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Disney World Character Meals

At Disney World one of the most coveted things to do is to eat with the characters.  My family travels to Disney World every year and we have dined at most of these restaurants – some more than once!   If you want to eat amongst the characters, fear not,  they happen all over the Disney Kingdom! Advanced reservations are highly recommended and can be made at some restaurants up to 180 days in advance. The meals are either served buffet-style, family-style, or plated. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your meal as the characters will make their way around to each table. If you chase them, they might run away! Enjoy a variety of meal options and have fun checking out Disney World’s Character Meals.

Epcot:

The Garden Grill

If you love Chip and Dale’s, you have to come to the Chip and Dale’s Harvest Feast. It is located in the Land Pavilion of Future World. This restaurant features dinner with Mickey’s gang including Chip and Dale, and of course, Pluto. They are all dressed in their farmer’s best too. The kid’s menu has chicken tenders and mac and cheese on it. Reservations are recommended here.

Princess StoryBook Dining

All three meals are served here at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion. For the family style All American Breakfast from 8:30-10:10am you tend to find Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Mary Poppins stopping by. Lunch and dinner are Norwegian style dining with the Disney Princesses and sometimes Ariel in her beautiful gown will grace guests with a visit. Pictures are taken upon arrival with the Disney Princesses and each group of up to 4 paying guests receives a photo.

The Magic Kingdom:

Crystal Palace

On Main Street, USA you will find Crystal Palace and the Winnie the Pooh gang. At each meal you will have Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore come and see you at your table. The kids have their own buffet at Pooh Corner and the adults can relax a little and meals are served buffet-style. There is a dessert bar with lunch and dinner that is oh so yummy! With dinner there are carved meats and peel-and-eat shrimp added to the buffet. Make sure to make advance reservations.

Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table

In Cinderella’s Castle on the second floor houses the most sought after character meal at Disney World! It is open for all three meals and the characters vary with usual sightings of Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, but you also might catch a glimpse of Belle, Jasmine, or Snow White. There is a photographer there to capture the special moment with your group before you take you seats in the lobby. It is good to note that full payment is charged to your card when making this reservation. If you don’t have a credit card, a reservation cannot be made here. Reservations are a must as this is always a sell out.

The Animal Kingdom:

Tusker House

Let Safari Donald Duck and his friends Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy quack you up at the wildest Character Breakfast or Lunch this side of Kilimanjaro!  It’s an all you can eat breakfast and/or lunch buffet which includes traditional American fare and some unique dishes with flavorful African influences.  Be sure to bring your autograph books and cameras because the characters, who are all dressed up in their safari gear, will come around to each table during the course of your meal!  Advance reservations are recommended!

Hollywood Studios (aka: MGM):

Hollywood & Vine

You can join popular Disney Junior pals such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny as they host 2 fun-filled, musical meals (breakfast and lunch) at the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine! The breakfast buffet includes favorites such as Mickey waffles, frittatas, pastries and fresh fruit. For lunch, you can treat your taste buds to a buffet of things like baked chicken, deli meats, hearty pastas and fresh salads.  At lunch time there is even an ice cream station, too!  Be sure to make reservations for this one, too!

Resorts:

Cape May Café

For a Buffet-style breakfast head over to the Beach Club breakfast. While dining on traditional breakfast food, mingle with Goofy, Minnie, and Donald Duck.

Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary Resort

For a traditional breakfast buffet you can’t beat hanging out with Chef Mickey, Chip and Dale, and Chef Goofy. The dinner menu brings out all the fixings and as an ice cream bar sure to please the little ones. Advance recommendations for both breakfast and dinner are highly recommended, as this is a coveted character meal.

1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian

1. The Supercalifragilisitic Breakfast has Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter plus Mary Poppins in attendance. You can’t beat the omelet bar either!

2. Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner includes Cinderella and Prince Charming, Anastastia, Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and the Fairy Godmother. Take photos in the lobby as not all the characters stay for the meal. Dinner includes ice cream and a drink to boot!

3. Guests ages 4 to 12 can join the Characters from Wonderland for the Wonderland Tea Party which includes an hour of games, stories and cupcakes! All of the kiddos are given “tea” (apple juice) to sip on while they decorate cupcakes with sprinkles and more and make a craft to take home with them.

Polynesian

1. The ‘Ohana Character Breakfast includes dining with Lilo and Stitch plus Pluto and Mickey. This is a family- style meal and advance reservations are strongly recommended.

2. Garden Grove Café Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday features Pluto and Goofy. The menu has both buffet and a la carte options are available. If you didn’t make reservations this is a great choice for last minute dining is often not crowded. For dinner, the Swan Hotel opens at 5:30pm where Goofy and Pluto perform nightly and on Fridays specials guests Chip and Dale are added to the lineup.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Head on over to this open-air pavilion for all-you-can-eat BBQ Feast, especially if you hungry! Enjoy a live country western band with a dance floor that is just ready for line dancing led by your favorite Disney friends, typically Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, and Chip and Dale.


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  98 Responses to “Character Meals at Disney World”

  1. You are the best and cannot thank you enough for sharing this. I am still trying to figure out when we are going next year, but pinned this to be able to use for when I am planning. So, thank you and hope you are enjoying Disney now 🙂

  2. We did a couple of the character ones last time we went – we loved the buffet style ones – the breakfast – fun for kids! 🙂

  3. I love Disney! We went to Disney Land in 2010 and Disney World in 2007. They are both very spectacular parks. Have a terrific day!

  4. We love the character breakfasts. I especially love when Mickey Mouse comes out to visit. 🙂

  5. So, we tried to get a reservation at Be Our Guest. It was no dice. So, Jason will end up waiting in line starting at 9am for one of the tickets they pass out while the rest of us go enjoy the park. Hopefully he gets one or I will be in a foul, foul mood!

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  7. We usually just one character dining when we go. The kids think they’re too big for it now though so I’m hoping that now I have Madison I’ll have an excuse to go character dining. 🙂

  8. really can’t wait….to try them with my family :)…It must be awesome to have this character dining with my 8 and 4 yo kiddos 🙂

  9. My girls would completely lose it if any of the Disney Princess came by their table. I cannot even imagine. But it’s unlikely we will ever get there until they are much older, so the fascination might be over by then. The windows will be safe from their shrieks! LOL
    But, I still might go a little nuts if I met Tigger.

  10. This is such great information for families planning a visit to Disney with their little ones. A character meal is a great opportunity for photos that the kids will treasure.

  11. I have done a few of these when I’ve gone, but it’s been many years and it sounds like there is a lot more than there were back then.

  12. I had a Mickey’s Backyard BBQ booked but cancelled as I read reviews of tons of mosquitos which I happen to be allergic to. Still trying to get my hands on Chef Mickey.

  13. Sounds like fun. I’m pretty sure Mica would love to go there…

  14. I have always been a big fan of Cinderella, so I know enjoy the Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

  15. I’ve been to the castle myself, but haven’t taken the kiddos yet. Can’t wait!

  16. This is one of my favorite parts of visiting any of the Disney resorts. Meeting the Characters! The classic are fun but the new ones are exciting also. I would LOVE to meet Stitch.

  17. Thanks for sharing all these great characters. Even though I am in my twenties, I would love to go to Disney. I went when I was 4 and barely remember a thing!

  18. This sounds like a great way to enjoy a family dinner at Disney. I’ll have to do this the next time I visit Disney.

  19. That’s such a great idea for the kids to be able to eat with the characters!

  20. Again – another great list that i need to save for when I have kiddos! Thanks for the tips!

  21. We love Disney, I wish we could go more often. We’ve enjoyed a couple of character breakfasts, they’re so fun!

  22. I always say the best food I have ever eaten has been at Disney.

  23. We’ve done a couple of the character meals with our kids…when they were younger. Everyone really enjoyed them. Thanks for such a great list, I wish it had been so easy to find when I was looking for them years ago.

  24. I’ve never been to disneyworld! It’s def. on mylist…

  25. We went to Disney when I was 4 and one of my fondest memories was having breakfast with the Winnie the Pooh characters (my favorite Disney character is Eeyore). I’d love to take my youngest there some day.. great advice!

  26. If I ever get back to Epcot I will certainly check out these dining experiences. They sound like fun!

  27. This is fantastic. I’ve always wanted to do this.

  28. This looks like so much fun! I’d love to have dinner with Safari Donald.

  29. GREAT list! This will help me next time we go, we have done a few of them last time and my kids loved them. So worth every penny for the memories!

  30. Just another reason why I can’t wait to go to Disney! I would love the Cinderella Ever After Dinner!!

  31. This is a great compilation that will be useful in October when I speak at the Niche Parent Conference! We usually stay at the Contemporary and have breakfast with Chef Mickey. Of course, I always go to the animal kingdom so I can get a hug and a photo with Rafiki. He’s my boyfriend LOL

  32. We are going to go to Disneyland next year and I am SO excited!

  33. I have not been to Disney World or Disney Land for that matter, yet. I think it is time for our family to make a trip! It all looks like it would be such fun, then I could blog about our awesome experience 😛 LOL

  34. Such a cute idea! I’ve never been to Disney World before but once I finally have this baby and he’s old enough this is something that I would definitely want to do! Thanks for sharing!

  35. All of these are amazing the only one I haven’t tried is O’hana. We however love Chef Mickey’s it’s our favorite.

  36. My favorite is always been the Polynesian.. the food there is so great!

  37. this is great info to have – thinking of a trip soon!

  38. I can’t wait to take my girls to Disney. We are hoping next year.

  39. This is an experience I really want my little girls to experience. Disney is such a magical place that they shouldn’t go without!

  40. Chef Mickey is always one of our favorites!

  41. I really hope to get to Disney World at some point in my kids’ lives. I am not sure if it will happen but if it does, we will for sure do a character meal!

  42. I’ve been to Disney numerous times but have never done this! It’s so funny how so many things go on at Disney… I didn’t even know about some of these places!

  43. Ah I’m glad you posted this! My family and a friend of my daughter is going to Disney World in October and I need as much info about it as I can so that I can plan a great trip!

  44. I had NO IDEA that you could sit down and eat with the characters. How cool it must be to have a meal with a fairy tale princess!

  45. Great round up. HOpefully next summer we’ll head there (for the first time for ANY of us!). I want to do the whole bit!

  46. Oh wow, I had no idea! We’re headed to Orlando in two weeks. I’ll have to look into this.

  47. This would be so fun to do while at Disney! Thanks for the tips!

  48. Whoa! This is a really detailed list! Thanks for sharing it all! Lucky you got to experience it all!

  49. You know I never have been to Disney before, we are up in MN, the family vacations were usually during sporting events or camping, would love to visit and experience a fun dinner.

  50. We haven’t had a chance to go to Disney yet but I know my kids will love the character dining options!

  51. We’ve been to most of these and love the character ones but hope to take advantage of the non character ones next time. There are so many amazing places to eat while there.!

  52. I’ve heard about these character meals at Disney and I think it’s a great way for the kids to connect to their favorite Disney characters. My boys would love to have this experience.

  53. My daughter will totally love the Crystal palace, she is a big fan of winnie Pooh, thanks for sharing ^_^

  54. We spent so much time at character meals when my kids were little. I think they thought Minnie and Mickey were part of the family already!

  55. I am so pinning this for when I do head to Disney World! Awesome sauce 😀

  56. We have never been to Disney but will keep this bookmarked for when we plan our trip.

  57. We love the character dinners at Disney World! Even as an adult I get excited when the characters come in, especially Mickey. We go to Animal Kingdom and The Magic Kingdom the most.

  58. This is so awesome! I would definitely try them all when I go there someday.

  59. Never been. But this does sounds like a great activity if we ever do go! How fun!

  60. I remember going to a character breakfast with my family when I was young, I thought it was so much fun.

  61. I forgot exactly what it was called but when we went to Disney two years ago we had lunch with the princesses and it was awesome. My daughter absolutely loved it and the food was pretty good too!

  62. Thank You So Much For All The Wonderful Places We Can Take The Kids I Never Knew There Was So Many Different Events & Character Breakfasts Etc. Will Have To Look Into When We Plan A Trip Again!

  63. Thanks for sharing! This will be great to reference when we start planning out trip to Disney!

  64. The character meals are still some of my favorite memories from when I went to Disney as a kid. It’s so exciting at that age to see your heros come to life.

  65. Wow- seems like you got this down. We’ve never even been to Disney,

  66. This makes me want to go to Disney more than ever!! You know I love good food!

  67. We have yet to take the kids to Disney but we can’t wait. Character meals is definitely something that we will want to do.

  68. Great list! On our lat trip we did Cinderella’s Castle and my daughter was THRILLED! We also did the Disney Junior at Hollywood and Vine. The kids loved it!

  69. I love the options. I want to be able to take my kids to Disney World in a few years when they are older and will remember.

  70. We love the character dinners at Disney. We try to do one or two every time we go.

  71. There are a lot more of them now than there were when I had kids at home. Do they still do the Polynesian Luau with the Disney characters? We went to that and the kids absolutely LOVED it.

  72. My kids loved character meals when we went!

  73. Character breakfasts and things like this make trips memorable for life for kids. they are well worth the time and the money.

  74. We’re not planning to go to Disney World for a few more years, but I’ll have to book mark this for future reference. My primary concern is ALWAYS the food.

  75. I can’t wait to take my daughter to Disney some day! I’ll have to remember these restaurants when we go!

  76. This would be so much fun! My kids are really into Mickey Mouse these days.

  77. We go to Disneyland quite often. Need to take the kids to Disney World someday.

  78. I didn’t know there were so many great dining experience options at Disney World. I think I’d like the Storybook Princess experience! We don’t have anything quite like this at Disneyland!

  79. Wow, it would be so much fun to eat with the characters. I haven’t made it to Disney yet but it is on my list of things to do.

  80. I’ve never done a character meal, but I think we’d all really love it! Thanks for the overview of the options!

  81. Great list! We did Crystal Palace once, it was great. i think next time we’ll do Chef Mickey’s

  82. I love themed restaurants like these! I think the Cape May Cafe sounds really fun!

  83. These all sound like great fun. Theme restaurants are always a treat.

  84. How fun! I’d love to go to the Crystal Palace.

  85. Theme restaurants are the best! It’s so cool to sit around and eat while characters are milling around.

  86. WOW, this is all new to me! I haven’t ever been to Disney world so I had no idea there were so many options! They all sound so much fun!

  87. These all sound like such fun. I would love to visit these character meals!

  88. I think it would be really fun to have a meal with the Winnie the Pooh crew. I love that Disney offers such a variety of character meals.

  89. t has been so long since I have been to Disney, I had no idea they even did character meals. How cute.

  90. One of the first things I do when I plan a trip to Disney, is make a reservation at Crystal Palace. My family loves it!

  91. We’ve been to Disney, but I had no idea that all of this was available! This is a lot of fun info!

  92. Character Meals sound like a lot of fun! On the list when we finally get the kids to Disney World.

  93. I really want to do Walt Disney World again now that my girls are older. I know we would have a blast!!

  94. I love Disneyland!! I have never been to a character dining before but would love to one day.

  95. Chef Mickey’s is a huge fave and honestly, these are a great way to get pics and autographs without standing in long lines!!

  96. I would love to try the Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table. I have not been to Disney since i was a little girl i would love to go again soon.

  97. Hollywood vine at MGM would be perfect for our family – we’re big Disney Junior fans 🙂 thanks for sharing!