able to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with
Disney characters has proven to be very popular
among Disney guests. In response there has been
a dazzling increase in the number of Disney
restaurants offering this up close and personal
encounter. So now in between bites of scrambled
eggs at breakfast or prime rib at dinner you and
yours can hug, be photographed with or get
autographs from any number of Disney characters,
as they make their way from table to table.
Character meals can be found in all of the four
major theme parks, as well as many of the Disney
resorts. These character meals are
all-you-can-eat affairs that are offered in one
of three styles: buffet, family style or a
Now as with much of what you will find at Walt
Disney World a magical encounter of this
magnitude does not come cheap. Is it worth it?
Only you can be the final judge, but if you have
kids or are just a big kid at heart, then you
may not want to miss this special brand of
Tips On Dining With
Who Are You?
Be sure to find out which characters will be
joining you at your character meal. Don't rely
on past experiences or conversations with
friends who may have dined there previously.
Character line-ups can and do change from time
to time. Also, the characters found at breakfast
may not be the same as those found at lunch or
dinner. Ask the Disney reservation agent when
you are making the priority seating just which
Disney characters you can expect.
What Difference Does It Make?
When you are seated in the restaurant place the
kids in the seats nearest the aisle. In this way
the characters will have easy access for those
hugs and autographs.
All I Have Is a Napkin
While characters will sign just about anything
you put under their oversized noses it is best
to be prepared. Pick up an autograph book prior
to your trip and don't forget to bring it along
for this special character encounter. Also since
most of the most characters don't have pockets
they won't be carrying a pen with them, so bring
one along and preferably a large one that will
be easier for the characters to use. Sharpie
markers work out great!
Maybe Next Time
These larger than life characters will some
times frighten young children. Allow your child
to warm up to the idea of wrapping their little
arms around something this big. If they are not
entirely sold on the idea, relax they will be
eventually. Maybe if Mom or Dad would give Goofy
a hug and mug it up for the camera they might be
more inclined to do so. If you are not sure you
want to be seen in an embracing a chipmunk or a
donkey in public remember you are on vacation
and you probably have a better chance winning
the lottery than you do of bumping into any of
the other dinner guests again
It's My Turn
Disney has a procedure for everything and
character greetings at these mealtime encounters
are no exception. Your child like a young Jacque
Cousteau may want to seek out Mickey and friends
on his own. If allowed to do so you may find
that you are asked to retrieve young Jacque and
return him or her to your table to wait their
turn. Rest assured each character will be by
your table at least once and will afford you and
yours ample time to hug, be photographed with or
get autographs from them.
The Crystal Palace
Located at The Magic Kingdom, Mainstreet
Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: American, Regional
Priority seating recommended
Located near Main Street guests will find breakfast, lunch and dinner all
served here buffet style with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet all in
Tip: Try a late lunch around 3:00pm and make it your big meal of
Cinderella's Royal Table in Cinderella
Castle at Magic Kingdom theme park offers a Character Dining experience
in a mythical, medieval setting. Lords and ladies of all ages will sit
wide-eyed at the all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and prix fixe lunch and
Signature Dining dinner as they hobnob with Disney royalty.
Guests receive a royal welcome upon arriving at this private dining hall
full of enchanting fairytale details like high archways, leaded windows,
grand light fixtures, coats of arms and medieval flags.
All meals end happily ever after here, with scenic views of Fantasyland
and perfectly magical dining companions.
Once Upon a Time Breakfast – Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother,
Belle, Snow White and Aurora for the most important meal of the day at
this all-you-care-to-eat feast.
Fairytale Lunch – Rub shoulders with Disney's royal elite—the
princesses!—at this grand luncheon.
Dreams Come True Dinner –
Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother,
Belle, Snow White and Aurora
Complimentary Imaging Package
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes one professional Imaging
Package per group of 4 paying Guests, 2 packages for groups of 5 to 8
Guests, package includes:
Additional photos may be purchased
- 4 prints 4" by 6"
- One print 6" by 8"
- One print 6" by 8" of Cinderella Castle
- Cinderella-themed photo holder
If not on Disney’s Basic or Disney’s Deluxe
Dining Plan full payment will be required at the time of booking for all
reservations at this location.
If guests have purchased Disney’s Basic or
Deluxe Dining Plan this location is considered a “Signature Dining
Restaurant” which takes 2 table service meals from either dining plan.
Princess Storybook Dining at Restaurant Akershus
Located in World Showcase at the Norway Pavilion
Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Theme park admission required
Priority Seating recommended
Disney Princess Storybook Dining experience in
a medieval castle-themed restaurant. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
showcases American cuisine for breakfast and authentic Norwegian cuisine
for lunch and dinner. Start the day with a breakfast of American
favorites served family style. For lunch and dinner, take an adventurous
"taste of Norway" with an impressive Norwegian buffet (koldtbord) of
cold dishes and hot entrees available à la carte. The rotating menu and
buffet selections includes Mustard Glazed Salmon, Sauteed Chicken
Breast, Vegetable Stuffed Pasta, and Braised Lamb and Cabbage. Or try
the Scandinavian special meatball dish made of pork, beef and capers
called kjottkaker. Across the koldtbord is a grand selection of prepared
salads, sliced meats and cheeses. Children's menu choices are more
familiar: pizza, pasta, hot dogs and grilled chicken.
Characters may include a combination of such favorites as Snow White,
Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Mulan and others.
Located in the Land Pavilion in the Future World
Meals served: Dinner
Theme park admission is required.
Priority seating is
A character dining experience for dinner featuring Mickey, Pluto, Chip
and Dale. Generous all-you-care-to-eat, family-style dinners include
such delicious favorites as grilled steak, rotisserie meats and
Play and Dine at Hollywood & Vine
Located at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Cuisine: American (Buffet)
Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (note: there are no
characters at dinner)
Theme park admission is required.
Priority seating is recommended.
A "Cafeteria of the Stars" reminiscent of the '30s and '40s with an
extensive buffet. Character Dining includes Join Jo Jo and Goliath from Jo
Jo's Circus and June and Leo from the Little
Einsteins for breakfast and lunch. Sing and dance along with your hosts,
the Playhouse Pals, as they entertain you with interactive moments
featuring everyone's favorite Playhouse Disney songs. Featured on the
breakfast buffet are favorites like Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles,
frittatas and fresh fruit. Across the lunch buffet, find kid- and
adult-friendly entrees, such as baked chicken and assorted deli
Fantasmic! Dinner Package at Hollywood & Vine
Fantasmic! Dinner Package — When making reservations for Hollywood &
Vine restaurant, ask for the
Fantasmic! Dinner Package to receive priority seating during the
spectacular nighttime show at Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park.
Witness up-close the heroic struggle of Mickey, as he faces Disney
villains in this lavish spectacle sure to thrill the whole family.
Hollywood & Vine dinner buffet may include such specialties as
herb-crusted baked salmon with citrus butter, and red pepper pesto
multigrain pasta (vegetarian). Fresh-roasted meats, peel-and-eat shrimp
and mussels complete the array of savory selections. End dinner on the
sweet side with treats from the sundae station and dessert bar.
There are no characters at dinner.
Tusker House Restaurant
Located at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Meals served: Character Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
(note: Characters make an appearance for Breakfast only)
Theme Park admission required
Donald’s Safari Breakfast
“Awaken the Day” with your favorite Disney Characters at Donald’s Safari
Breakfast. All-you-care-to-enjoy Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, and
honey-glazed ham along with unique and flavorful dishes with an African
Tusker House Lunch and Dinner (non-character dining)
Home of the very best food in Harambe. All-you-care-to-enjoy
spit-roasted carved meats, unique salads, creative vegetarian offerings,
hearty stews, and delicious desserts – all with an African touch! Plus a
special kid’s buffet sized for the little travelers.
Marinated Vegetable Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich served w/ potato
wedges, 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh
Cape May Café
Located at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
Meals served: Breakfast, Dinner
Priority seating is recommended
Breakfast - Buffet served here every morning with Minnie, Goofy and
on hand. Eggs, pancakes, meats, breads and fresh fruit served buffet
Dinner - The Cape May Clam Bake is also served buffet style with a wide
variety of seafood, salads, meats, and desserts, but this time without the
1900 Park Fare
Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Meals served: B, D
Cinderella's Gala Feast Dinner at 1900 Park Fare
Guests have the opportunity to dine with Cinderella and her storybook
friends. The Grand Floridian's 1900 Park Fare is hosting Cinderella's Gala
Feast. Characters may include; Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine,
1900 Park Fare Breakfast – Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
A breakfast character buffet which includes Mary Poppins, Alice in
Wonderland and Mad Hatter.
Located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Meals served: Character Breakfast, Dinner
Priority seating is recommended
Lilo and Stitch Best Friends Character Breakfast – Located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
Savor the flavor and hospitality of the islands as Lilo, Stitch, Mickey
and Pluto make
you a part of their intergalactic 'ohana (family).
For dinner a continuous parade of skewered meats will be served as
soon as you are seated. First a couple of sausages followed by smoked
turkey, beef and chicken will all make their way to the table. In addition
your meal will include salads, dumplings, vegetables and teriyaki noodles.
Note: Characters do not make an appearance at dinner.
'Ohana, which means family, is a friendly and fun dining experience. The
children may be asked to take part in a hula-hoop contest or coconut race.
Also, on cue from one of the strolling entertainers who will ask for a
sign from the gods the chef will pour a liquid on the fire causing flames
to shoot up.
Chef Mickey's Buffet
Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Meals served: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy the fun and excitement of meeting Mickey and his pals during your
feast as the monorail quietly whisks by overhead. Chef Mickey invites you to a
buffet at this favorite for family fun Character dining. Choose from a
spectacular spread of seasonal specialties. Make your meal end sweetly ever
after at the sundae bar. Located on the fourth floor of Disney's Contemporary
Resort, this enormous buffet offers a wide variety of delicious items for the
Breakfast items include scrambled eggs, bagels, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy,
sausage links, French toast, muffins, croissants, assorted cold cereals, grits,
bread pudding and fresh pancakes prepared on stage.
Enjoy a hearty dinner with a premium salad bar, peel-and-eat shrimp,
oven-roasted prime rib, carved meats, seasonal entrées and a variety of
vegetables, potatoes and rice selections.
At Breakfast you can dine with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Chip and Dale. At
Dinner you will be joined by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald
Garden Grove Cafe
Located in the Swan Hotel
Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch
(Note: Characters only appear for the weekend Character Buffet)
Delight in a breathtaking, five-story, indoor
garden gazebo setting. The ambience is bright and casual and the food a
match for the light, breezy atmosphere. Enjoy breakfast à la carte or a
scrumptious buffet. Delight in delicious salads and sandwiches.
Mickey's Backyard BBQ is a
seasonal show that is offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from March through
Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Dinner Show is an all-you-care-to-eat Disney Character Dance party with live
entertainment at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
Frolic with Mickey, Minnie and Friends at this hearty, old-time dinner party at
the outdoor Fort Wilderness covered open-air Pavilion. With a full line-up of
line dancing, foot-stomping music from the band, rope tricks and kid-friendly
fun, you won't sit still for a second. Little ones can even dance a jig with
their favorite Disney Characters on the dance floor! Enjoy a delectable buffet
featuring all your beloved country vittles: barbeque smoked ribs, smoked
chicken, cheeseburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, corn on the cob,
watermelon and more. It's a mouth-watering, knee-slapping good time! (Beer and
wine is included for adults with proof of age)
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground - Fort Wilderness Pavilion Area
Guests who are driving to the show must park in the Fort Wilderness® parking
lot and then ride the bus at the Outpost bus stop to the Pavilion. Guests should
allow at least an extra 30 minutes for this bus ride. Boat transportation is
also available from the Magic Kingdom® to the Pavilion until approximately one
hour after the Magic Kingdom® closes.
- Mickey's Backyard BBQ is a seasonal show
that is offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from March through December.
- Advance Dining Reservations are available at
this dining location. This Walt Disney World® Resort dining location allow
reservations up 90 days in advance.
- Pre-payment is required. A cancellation
policy applies and may result in charges if you cancel with insufficient
notice. Specific policies related to this facility will be detailed at time
of reservation booking.
- Celebrations are acknowledged in the show.
- Guests may pick up Dinner Show tickets up to
7 days prior to show date at any Walt Disney World® Resort Guest Services
Desk. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show time. If you chose to
pick up your tickets at the show box office, please arrive 40 minutes prior
to show time.
- A cancellation policy applies and may result
in charges if you cancel with insufficient notice. Specific policies related
to this facility will be detailed at time of reservation booking.
• This location can accommodate most special dietary needs. Advance notice
may be required and cancellation fees may apply. Please indicate any special
dietary need at time of reservation booking.
- This experience takes place in a non-smoking
- Due to the popularity of our Disney table
service restaurants, dining availability may be limited or not available
without advance reservations.