The Best Character Dining Options at Walt Disney World
A great way to meet some characters in Disney is during a character meal. Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, but you get some special friends stopping by to take photos and sign autographs. My family loves to start our days off with a fun character breakfast and then head to the parks…or go on rides, watch parades and then end the day with dinner with the characters! There are many great options, both in the parks and at select resorts! So, no matter what your plans are for the day, or which characters you are hoping to meet, you can find a character dining option to add to your itinerary! Grab your camera and autograph book and get ready to meet some favorite Disney friends…
Minnie’s Beach Bash (Cape May, Beach Club Resort)
What’s better than a beach party to start your day? That’s easy…a beach party with Disney pals to start your day! Join Minnie, Goofy and Donald for a beachy-themed breakfast! Enjoy a delicious buffet, serving Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, oatmeal and more!
Bon Voyage Breakfast (Trattoria al Forno, BoardWalk Inn)
Walt Disney World’s newest character dining experience features Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric! Start your meal off with a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries. Entrée choices include “Shipwreck al Forno”- calzone with scrambled eggs, soppressata, bacon, sausage, cheese and Sunday gravy; “Tangled Eggs”- tomato and basil scrambled eggs, fresh mozzarella, Sunday gravy and roasted potatoes; “Tower of Pancakes” and more! Kids will enjoy Mickey pancakes, Mickey waffles or the “Little Royal Breakfast”- egg, bacon and toast.
Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet (Contemporary Resort)
Get ready for a fun breakfast, lunch or dinner filled with singing, dancing and some classic pals! Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy are here and can’t wait to meet you! While enjoying your meal, you can also enjoy watching the monorail going through the Contemporary and check out the stunning views of Bay Lake!
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground)
Head to the open-air pavilion for a hoedown that you will not forget! Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Chip ‘n Dale are waiting for you to join them for some good old country fun, like line dancing, cowboy rope tricks and live country-western music! Get ready to feast on an all-you-can-eat BBQ spread in between all the fun!
Supercalifragilistic Breakfast (1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
Not only will you get to enjoy a beautiful setting and an extensive buffet menu, you will also get to meet some magical characters, like Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger! You’ll snap some truly memorable photos, while dining on custom-made omelets, Mickey waffles, pancakes and more!
Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner (1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
You are Cinderella’s and Prince Charming’s dinner guest! They will be serving seafood, beef, pasta and salad options, as well as mac & cheese, pizza and chicken for the little princes and princesses! But that’s not all…you will also get the unforgettable experience of meeting Anastasia and Drizella (Cinderella’s Stepsisters) and Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother.)
Best Friends Breakfast (‘Ohana, Polynesian Village Resort)
I have to be honest, this is one of my absolute favorites and one that my family books for every vacation! This breakfast features Lilo & Stitch, who are also joined by Mickey and Pluto! The kids will love the character interaction and getting to participate in a conga line around the restaurant…complete with maracas! Don’t worry, for those of you who are truly young at heart, you can join in on all the fun! Breakfast is a Polynesian-inspired menu served family-style and includes scrambled eggs, Island-style potatoes, smoked bacon, Hawaiian pork sausage and fresh fruit and breads. The ‘Ohana juice is a guest favorite!
Donald’s Dining Safari (Tusker House, Animal Kingdom)
Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy invite you to enjoy a meal with them in this Harambe marketplace eatery at any time of the day! Come in for a breakfast or lunch buffet, or stop by for a family-style dinner. No matter which meal you choose, you are bound to have an adventure and enjoy food filled with African flavor!
Princess Storybook Dining (Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Norway Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase)
A meal truly fit for royalty! Attend this feast, honoring some of our favorite princesses and dine in a medieval castle! Princesses being honored may include Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and others! All princes and princesses welcome to attend!
Chip ‘N Dale’s Harvest Feast (Garden Grill, Epcot)
This unique dining experience is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The menu is harvest-inspired and offers farm-fresh items, served family-style. Guests will be served delicious veggies that are grown right in the Living with the Land greenhouses…you can’t get much fresher than that! You will get to meet your dining hosts, Chip ‘N Dale, Mickey and Pluto, all while enjoying the views of the Living with the Land attraction from the only rotating restaurant in WDW!
Disney Junior Dine ‘n Play (Hollywood & Vine, Hollywood Studios)
Preschool friends will love singing, dancing and laughing with Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and Handy Manny, all while enjoying a delectable breakfast buffet. Items include Mickey waffles, frittatas, fresh fruit and pastries. Get ready to dance the morning away!
Minnie’s Seasonal Dining (Hollywood & Vine, Hollywood Studios)
Join Minnie, the sweetest party host around for lunch or dinner! She and her friends, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy invite you to a Hollywood-style party like no other! Themes, costumes and menu items change seasonally.
Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom)
Calling all princes, princesses, kings and queens! Get ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a picture-perfect, storybook setting! You’ll be in awe as you climb the spiral staircase to the majestic banquet hall, which overlooks Fantasyland. Throughout your meal, you will visit with some very special royal friends, who may include Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Jasmine and Rapunzel. Tiaras welcome!
Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)
Talk about a dining experience with character! Join Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore in this enchanting palace, inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the 1800s. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet, featuring American favorites and pose for photos with some of the cutest friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood!
A couple of things to keep in mind: reservations for all character dining experiences are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance. Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.
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