Character Dining

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Character Dining

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Disney World Resort

Character Dining at the Disney World Resort is a delightful experience for all ages.

It is also on the must-do list for a Disney vacation.

If you are looking for character dining information, you’ve come to the right spot!

Here you will find the who, what, where, when, and how of dining with the Disney characters.

At a character meal, all dining guests will have a chance to meet their favorite characters. The characters circulate around the restaurant, spending a limited amount of time at each table. Take this opportunity to get some great photos and let the kids get autographs.

Chef Mickey and some fans!
Chef Mickey and some fans!

At a character meal, all dining guests will have a chance to meet their favorite characters. The characters circulate around the restaurant, spending a limited amount of time at each table. Take this opportunity to get some great photos and let the kids get autographs.

TIP: Try to visit the bathrooms before you are seated – you don’t want to be powdering your nose while the characters are at your table! While it is not unheard of, don’t expect the characters to re-visit your table if you missed them. They do have time constraints and if they did it for you, they would have to do it for everybody.

So go on – have some fun. I encourage you to do at least one character dining experience during your vacation – even if you don’t have any kids with you. Enjoy some pancakes with Pluto, chicken with Chip, or any other meal with Mickey and the gang!

WHO:
RESTAURANT CHARACTERS
1900 Park Fare Mary Poppins, Alice, Mad Hatter, or Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Step-sisters, Fairy Godmother
Cape may Café Goofy, Minnie, Donald
Chef Mickey’s Chef Mickey, Chef Goofy, Minnie, Chip, Dale, sometimes Donald
Cinderella’s Royal Table Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, various Princesses
Crystal Palace Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore, Piglet
Donald’s Safari Breakfast
at Tusker House
Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Mickey
The Garden Grill Restaurant Mickey, Chip, Dale, Pluto
Hollywood & Vine Jake the Neverland Pirate, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, Oso
Liberty Tree Tavern Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Mickey, Minnie, and friends
‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, Mickey
Perfectly Princess Tea Party Princess Aurora
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins
Wonderland Tea Party Alice, Mad Hatter

 

WHERE:
RESTAURANT LOCATION
1900 Park Fare Grand Floridian Resort
Cape may Café Beach Club Resort
Chef Mickey’s Contemporary Resort
Cinderella’s Royal Table Magic Kingdom
Crystal Palace Magic Kingdom
Donald’s Safari Breakfast
at Tusker House
Animal Kingdom
The Garden Grill Restaurant Epcot
Hollywood & Vine Hollywood Studios
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Fort Wilderness Resort
‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast Polynesian Resort
Perfectly Princess Tea Party Grand Floridian Resort
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Epcot
Wonderland Tea Party Grand Floridian

WHAT and WHEN:

The menu at a Character dining meal usually consists of traditional American cuisine. The meals are either pre-plated, family-style, or all-you-can-eat buffets. Disney likes to call these “all you CARE to eat” buffets – I guess they think it sounds a little less piggy.

Since it is so popular, Disney offers character dining options at each meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Prices vary but lunch is ALWAYS less expensive than dinner. Children under three dine free. The chart below shows which meals are offered at each location.

 

RESTAURANT BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
1900 Park Fare B n/a D
Cape may Café B n/a n/a
Chef Mickey’s B n/a D
Cinderella’s Royal Table B L D
The Crystal Palace B L D
Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House B n/a n/a
The Garden Grill Restaurant n/a L D
Hollywood & Vine B L n/a
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ n/a n/a D
‘Ohana’s Best Friend’s Breakfast B n/a n/a
Perfectly Princess Tea Party n/a n/a n/a
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall B L D
Wonderland Tea Party n/a n/a n/a

HOW:

How do you get to dine with the characters? Listen very closely. I’m going to tell you a secret….Book Early! Character dining is a wildly popular thing to do at Disney World – especially the Princess meals.

If you think you might want to dine with the characters, you must make advanced reservations (ADRs) way, way ahead of time. Availability may be limited or not available without a reservation. You can make a reservation up to 90 days prior to your visit.

The Disney Dining numbers are:

Disney Disney: (407) WDW-DINE

Believe me, your family will thank you for your planning ahead, and regard you as a hero!

When you make your ADR, you may be required to give your credit card number. This is especially true for the Princess meals at the Castle and in Norway.

What if you are on a dining plan? If you are using one of the Disney Dining Plans (either Basic or Deluxe), you can redeem a Table Service credit for a character dining meal. However, Cinderella’s Royal Table requires TWO table service credits.

Bon Appetit!

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