Character Dining

Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and PlutoCharacter Meals are some of the most popular dining at Walt Disney World. I mean who doesn’t want to have breakfast with Mickey or their favorite princess. For those of you new to Disney Dining  “character meals” are dining experiences in which Disney characters meet and greet guests while they eat. They generally travel from table to table, stopping to interact with each party for a hug, photo, autograph, or possibly a conversation. You enjoy a buffet, family style or pre fix meal.

What makes a character meal worth the usually significant cost is you are guaranteed quality time with the character. Typically in order to meet characters you need to wait in line in the hot sun and you never know if they may go on break right before they get to your family.

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Here is a run down on where you can meet your favorite characters.

 

Mickey and Friends

Chef Mickey’s- Contemporary Resort, Magic Kingdom Area Resort
The Fab Five! Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck
$38-50/adult, $21-27/child – One Table Service Credit
Chef Mickey’s is a pretty typical Disney buffet. Menu items often vary but for breakfast you can expect things likeMickey waffles, cheese blintzes, biscuits and gravy, three-cheese omelets, scrambled eggs, french toast, fruit, pastries, oatmeal, cereal. During dinner, selections may include roast chicken, carved sirloin, orange teriyaki chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, pizza, pasta. Ice Cream Sundae bar is a ton of fun for kids.

Tusker House – Animal Kingdom, Africa
Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse
$31-35/adult, $20/child – One Table Service Credit
This is one of Disney’s best kept secrets. The food is excellent, the character interaction is incredible. If you want to meet Mickey definitely consider Tusker House for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The buffet here changes daily, but along with the typical American fare of salads, chicken, pork loin, and mac and cheese, you’ll find African additions like couscous, tandoori tofu, basmati and jollaf rice, and entrees cooked with African spices.At breakfast, you can choose between standards like Mickey waffles and oatmeal, and new-to-you items like Beef Bobotie Quiche and Mealie Pap. I like to go at the last breakfast reservation as you can often catch them changing the buffet over and you get both breakfast AND lunch.

Garden Grill — EPCOT , The Land
Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
$30-40/adult, $18-20/child – One Table Service Credit
This character meal is served family-style and is all-you-can-eat with the meal including various meat entrees, veggies, rolls and dessert. While you eat, the restaurant rotates slowly. Food is fresh and grown right in the Land pavilion. The rotating menu for lunch and dinner can include grilled steak, roast turkey, and sustainable fish of the day.Also included are salad, rolls, veggies, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Breakfast features all sorts of traditional fare including eggs and Mickey Waffles, along with the signature dish: Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

Cape May Buffet – The Beach Club, EPCOT Area Resort
Donald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse
$28/adult, $16/child – One Table Service Credit
Characters only appear at breakfast but here you find some friends in their beach finest. Pretty standard breakfast buffet with hot items like oatmeal, egg dishes, breakfast pizza, pancakes and Mickey waffles.

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine – Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake
Minnie and pals decked out in special costumes that vary based upon the current season/holiday
$47/adult, $28/child – One Table Service Credit
Available for lunch and dinner. The buffet offers a variety of items such as herb-crusted baked salmon with citrus butter, red pepper pesto multigrain pasta, fresh-roasted meats, and peel-and-eat shrimp and mussels. There’s also a kids’ section to the buffet with favorites like chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Food is not great here. Fantasmic! dining packages are available.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ  — Fort Wilderness, Magic Kingdom Area
Chip, Dale, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
$56.99/adult, $32.99/child – Two Table Service Credits
Meal includes music and dancing with the characters, wine and beer are included, plentiful picnic-style food (barbecued meats, corn on the cob, watermelon, etc.)

Princesses

Cinderella’s Royal Table — Magic Kingdom, The Castle
Cinderella (stationary) Snow White, Ariel and either Aurora or Jasmine
$57-70/adult, $35-43/child – Two Table Service Credits
The experience of eating in the castle is what you are paying for here. Food is good but not worth the price. Character interactions are very rushed. Reservations are extremely hard to get. Some of the signature items include Stuffed French Toast, Beef Tenderloin, Major Domo’s Short Ribs, The Clock Strikes Twelve dessert.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — EPCOT, Norway
Belle (stationary) Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Jasmine, and possibly Mulan, Mary Poppins OR Snow White
$44-51/adult, $25-30/child — One Table Service Credit
This castle-esque meal in Epcot’s Norway offers buffet items with a Scandinavian twist (e.g. smoked fish dishes). The food is good, character interaction is great! Signature Dishes include: Kjottkake (Ground Beef and Pork Dumplings served with Mashed Potatoes, seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce), traditional Rice Cream dessert, traditional Norwegian koldtbord buffet (selection of prepared salads, sliced meats and cheeses), smoked fish

Bon Voyage Breakfast, Trattoria al Forno — The Boardwalk, EPCOT area
Rapunzel & Flynn Rider and Ariel & Prince Eric
$34/adult, $20/child — One Table Service Credit
Not only can you find unique characters here, the food is excellent. I am a huge sucker for themed menus so they got me with King Triton’s Shipwreck Al Forno, Tangled Eggs and Tower of Pancakes.

1900 Park Faire
Dinner: Prince Charming, Cinderella, Anastasia, Drizella and Lady Tremaine
Dinner is about $23/child and $42/adult — One Table Service Credit
One of the best meals in terms of character interaction. They all interact with eachother and the step sisters are hysterical. Buffet entrees include salmon and roasted prime rib.  and kid-friendly fare like chicken, cheese pizza, and macaroni and cheese.

 

Other Characters

1900 Park Faire
Breakfast: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
Breakfast is about $17/child and $27/adult — One Table Service Credit
At the Supercalifragilstic Breakfast, the restaurant serves a buffet menu with American favorites. Enjoy scrambled eggs and carved ham along with light and fluffy mini pancakes or Mickey-shaped waffles. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss Edy’s Soft Serve Ice Cream, which can be covered with spoonfuls of sugary toppings or fresh fruit. Don’t forget to try the strawberry soup!

Hollywood and Vine Disney Junior Play and Dine — Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake
Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake
$28-32/adult, $16/child
At breakfast, you’ll find  the standards … breakfast meats, egg dishes, Mickey waffles, pastries, fruit, and breakfast desserts. Food is fair. Great way to meet the Disney Junior characters if you have big fans — otherwise skip this.

Crystal Palace — Magic Kingdom, Main Street
Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
$26-41/adult, $16-22/child — One Table Service Credit
One of the few character meals that has both good food and fun character interactions. The food is served buffet-style and includes favorites like breakfast lasagna, puffed french toast, pineapple upside down cake, bread pudding and character waffles.

Ohana — The Polynesian Village Resort,  Magic Kingdom Area
Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
$30/adult, $18/child
Characters only available at breakfast. Breakfast served all you care to enjoy, family style. The menu takes a little bit of a polynesian twist on American standards. Enjoy Hawaiian pork sausages and Island-style potatoes. The Hawaiian breads are great but breakfast pales in comparison to dinner. Unless you have a big Stitch fan grab a Tonga Toast at the nearby Kona Cafe and save Ohana for dinner.

 

 

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