Disney World character dining is a wonderful addition to your Disney vacation. You can dine with Winnie the Pooh, the Disney Princesses, or even Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
how does disney character dining work
For the most part, Disney Character Meals work the same way as any other Disney Dining. Around four characters visit your table at least once during your meal and there is often a short show or parade with audience participation. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your Disney World character dining experience.
how to book a disney character meal
Disney character dining is reserved the same way as any other dining at Disney. The only difference is that character meals usually fill up faster. It is best to reserve your character dining as soon as your 180-day reservation window opens. If you need additional instructions on Disney dining reservations, please hop over to get the lowdown on Disney Dining
the disney characters will come to you
Please don’t leave your seat and go to the characters to get a picture and autograph. The characters will come to you. They are on a schedule where all but the fastest eaters will get a visit from each character before you finish their meal. The servers are also good at giving you a heads up when the characters are heading your way, so you won’t miss them by getting up to refill your plate.
keep the autograph book and camera handy
Be prepared to drop everything when a Disney character comes to your table. We find it easiest to keep the camera turned on and ready to go and the autograph book sitting on the table.
disney princess dining
The quickest and easiest way to meet the Disney Princesses is at a Disney Princess Meal. Princesses in training are encouraged to wear their ballgowns and tiaras to dinner.
akershus royal banquet hall
A mixture of Disney Princesses hosts breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets in the Epcot Norway Pavilion. Breakfast includes traditional American options as well as ones from Norway. Lunch and dinner are traditional Norweigan cuisine. Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel appear on a rotating schedule. There is no guarantee which of the princesses will be at each meal.
bon voyage adventure breakfast
Meet not only Rapunzel and Ariel but also their princes Flynn and Eric for breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on the Disney World Boardwalk. The menu includes both traditional American fare and Italian-inspired entrees.
cinderella’s happily ever after dinner
1900 Park Faire in the Grand Floridian Resort hosts Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella for a buffet dinner. The food is good, but not exceptional. For Cinderella fans, the Happily Ever After Dinner is easier to book than Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella’s hilarious “evil” stepfamily loves to interact with guests.
cinderella’s royal table
Cinderella greets guests before they enter the dining hall within the Magic Kingdom castle. Additional Disney Princesses visit your table during the meal. If you plan to dine here with your princess, I suggest taking her to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique before your meal for a royal makeover.
Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the hardest reservations to get in Disney World, so plan to make yours at exactly 180-days before your trip. The Royal Table is a Signature Meal and uses two table-service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prix fixe meaning that you pay a fixed price but still choose a plated meal from the menu.
disney character meals with mickey and friends
Dine with Mickey along with other classic Disney characters – Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n Dale.
Breakfast, brunch, and dinner are served at the Contemporary Resort while the Monorail stops overhead. Guests love Chef Mickey’s due to appearances by members of the Fab Five – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. Plan to make your reservations when your window opens 180 days before your trip.
chip ‘n dale’s harvest feast
Chip and Dale host breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the rotating Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot’s Land Pavillion. Meals are family-style and feature vegetables grown in Epcot’s Living With the Land Greenhouses
minnie’s beach bash breakfast
Minnie and her friends dress in their “beachy” best for breakfast in the Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort. The American breakfast buffet includes Mickey waffles. Donald and Goofy regularly attend the meals, but the characters may vary.
minnie’s seasonal dining
Minnie Mouse and friends host a different dinner buffet each season at Hollywood & Vine in Disney Hollywood Studios. Seasonal themes include Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, Minnie’s Springtime Dine, Minnie’s Summertime Dine, Minnie’s Halloween Dine, and Minnie’s Holiday dine.
The menu will change with each season and Minnie will start hosting lunch in mid-September 2017.
mickey’s backyard bbq
Eat at an outdoor Barbecue in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Chip ‘n Dale. You can work off your meal by joining the line dancing or learning rope tricks. This unique dining experience uses two dining credits on the Disney Dining Plan.
tusker house restaurant
Donald Duck hosts breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Enjoy American and African-inspired food while characters like Goofy, Donald, and Daisy stop by wearing their safari clothes.
more disney characters meals
If the Princesses or Mickey and Friends aren’t your cup of tea, Disney World offers additional character dining options.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at 1900 Park Faire in the Grand Floridian Resort. The unusual assortment of characters includes Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore provide fun entertainment at our favorite character meal in Disney World. Located in the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace serves a delicious American buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
disney junior play ‘n dine
Playhouse Disney characters are on the scene for the breakfast buffet at Hollywood & Vine in Disney Hollywood Studios. Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake of the Neverland Pirates are on hand to take pictures and sing along with your Disney Junior fans.
best friends breakfast featuring lilo and stitch
Lilo & Stitch, along with other friends host a family-style breakfast with Polynesian influences. Breakfast is served at ‘Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian Village Resort.
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