While visiting Walt Disney World Resort there is a LOT to do. As many times as my family has visited, we haven’t even come close to ‘doing it all’ - and more new things are happening all the time! Unless you live on Main Street, U.S.A. (wait, is that an option?) you may never see and do all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. This may overwhelm some who may be on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with their family. There are many character meet and greet experiences throughout the four Theme Parks. For a family wanting to ‘do it all’, they may skip meeting their favorite characters due to long lines. I completely understand because during our first visit – that WAS us! However we still met Chip, Dale, Pluto, Mickey, AND Minnie during that trip without waiting even for a second in line. Wait – HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?! No they did not come to our hotel room, no I did not ‘sneak behind the scenes’, nor did we pay for any exorbitant VIP package. I am going to share with you my secret – Character Dining.
Character Dining allows guests to enjoy an all you care to eat style meal while your favorite Disney Characters come to YOU! As you refuel from your time in the parks, each Character who is hosting your meal will come right over to your family’s table for a one on one visit. This time is so relaxing and feels like you have your favorite Disney character all to yourself – at least for a few minutes!
There are many different Character Dining options currently available. Keep in mind that this list is current as of the date of this blog posting and can change at any time. The Characters listed also may not all be available upon your arrival, but I can promise you there will be friends to meet! Here is a listing of the current character dining options available.
- 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Breakfast: Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh
Dinner: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot in the Norway Pavilion
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, Ariel, Mary Poppins
- Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort
Breakfast: Minnie and Friends
- Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy
- Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner: Various Princesses
- The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit
- The Garden Grill at Epcot inside Future World
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner: Chip & Dale, Mickey, Pluto
- Hollywood & Vine inside Disney's Hollywood Studios
Breakfast & Lunch: Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Handy Manny
Dinner: Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy
- Mickey's Backyard BBQ at The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Dinner: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale
- 'Ohana breakfast at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Breakfast: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Pluto
- Tusker House Restaurant inside Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy
Again I can’t stress enough that ALL the friends listed may not be at your Character Dining experiences, but there will be characters at your character dining. Also not all restaurants have character dining during every meal period, as indicated.
As you can imagine, Character Dining experiences are VERY popular and reservations fill up quickly. Be sure to make reservations 180 days in advance or as soon as you book your trip if it is within the 180 days.
BRING YOUR CAMERA! PhotoPass Photographers are not stationed inside the restaurant. Some restaurants may have a photo opportunity when you arrive but they will not capture the experience at your table.
My favorite so far is the Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s. The Fab Five were all there for our breakfast and they also had a very large assortment of food to choose from.
Keep Character Dining in mind when planning your next Walt Disney World visit. You won't regret it!