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Our Complete Guide to Character Dining at Walt Disney World

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Character dining is one of our favorite additions to a Walt Disney World trip. A meal and meeting characters? Win-win! Character dining at Disney World saves time by seeing lots of characters during a meal versus waiting in lines. There are tons of options available throughout the theme parks and resort hotels if you're interested in booking a character meal. We highlight all of the locations below, and don't froget to check out our rankings to see what our top froggy favorites are!

Character Dining at Disney World - Donald with guest at Topolino's Terrace

Overview of Character Dining at Disney World

Disney World has quite a variety of character dining experiences, ranging from Disney royalty to Mickey and friends in unique outfits. You'll have plenty of food options to choose from, as well. Each location offers a fun themed experience sure to delight the entire family!

Character Dining at Disney World – Winnie the Pooh posing with guest at The Crystal Palace

Each of the four theme parks has at least one character dining location, as well as some at the resort hotels. Over the past few years, character dining has slowly returned, and we are hoppy to say the majority of locations are now open! All the open locations have returned to traditional greetings, so you can get your hug and close photo (and even autographs when possible).

The only character dining location that has not returned yet is Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Disney's BoardWalk. We are so hoppy that 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has reopened, as of April 10!

We'll go through an overview of each experience below, grouped by location, as well as our top tips for making the most out of your character dining experience. Remember that valid park admission (and a park reservation for non-dated tickets) is required to dine inside the theme parks. Advanced dining reservations are highly recommended for all locations.

Note: The characters listed are the characters that generally appear at these dining locations. They are subject to change. There may be more, fewer or even different characters during your visit. Pricing information is accurate as of publish date and does not include tax or gratuity.

Character Dining in Magic Kingdom Park

There are two character dining locations located within Magic Kingdom. Though not officially considered character dining, we also want to mention Be Our Guest Restaurant, the elegant table-service restaurant themed to "Beauty and the Beast." This popular location offers an incredibly themed atmosphere, and you can even see the Beast make a tour around the ballroom.

Cinderella's Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table — Cinderella at photo backdrop

When it comes to Disney, nothing says "dream come true" like dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the heart of Magic Kingdom, inside Cinderella Castle. You’re greeted by Cinderella herself as you enter the castle and ascend the spiral staircase (or take the gilded elevator) to the banquet hall above. As you dine, Disney Princesses, such as Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White, will come to your table for photos and a brief interaction.

At Cinderella's Royal Table, you can look out the castle windows overlooking Fantasyland as you enjoy gourmet prix fixe dishes such as duck two-ways, beef tenderloin or chickpea panisse. The food is exquisite, but the real showstoppers are the desserts! Try the “Clock Strikes Twelve," dark chocolate mousse with a caramel and crunchy praline center served with chocolate sauce and hazelnut gelato, or "Jaq & Gus," cheesecake with seasonal flavors and garnishes, to please even the tiniest tummies

Young princesses are given a magic wand to take home with them, while princes are given a small souvenir sword. To make things a little extra magical, tadpoles are given a wishing star and are prompted to literally wish upon their star with a wave of their wand or sword. Lily has kept her wishing star for years!

Cinderella's Royal Table is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you're lucky enough to be dining during the fireworks, you'll get a spectacular view with the lights turned down and the music piped in! This is one of the toughest places to get a table in all the land, so make sure to book this advance dining reservation early — preferably a full 60 days ahead!

Pricing: $69 per adult, $42 per child (breakfast); $84 per adult, $49 per child (lunch/dinner)

The Crystal Palace

Character Dining at Disney World - The Crystal Palace: Winnie the Pooh and friends

A great restaurant for the little ones is The Crystal Palace, nestled beside the castle hub in Magic Kingdom. The Victorian-style greenhouse setting is a bright and verdant backdrop for meeting friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, including Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and the willy, nilly, silly ole bear himself, Pooh.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Pooh and friends present at all meals. For lunch or dinner, enjoy a buffet with dishes such as country-fried chicken, fire-roasted prime rib, mashed potatoes, seasonal ravioli and more. There are even kid-approved selections so everyone can find something they like. Be sure to save room for dessert with great options including the s'mores tart and apple cobbler. For more information, check out our complete Crystal Palace guide!

Pricing: $48 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); $61 per adult, $40 per child (lunch/dinner)

Character Dining in EPCOT

EPCOT offers two character dining experiences.

Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast at Garden Grill

The Garden Grill in EPCOT has a unique atmosphere, hearty meals and ample time with characters. The restaurant, located in The Land pavilion at EPCOT, slowly rotates as guests dine, giving them a unique perspective of the Living with the Land boat ride below and a changing background throughout the meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food is classic American fare in bountiful portions, served all-you-can-eat, family style. Heaping plates of fresh-from-The-Land salad and vegetables, along with buttermilk mashed potatoes, accompany turkey breast slices with gravy, grilled beef with chimichurri and herb and leek stuffing to appease every taste. (And dessert — berry shortcake with whipped cream — is yummy, too!)

We never feel rushed with the characters at Garden Grill. Chip 'n' Dale, Pluto and Mickey clad in his farmer’s overalls meet and play with guests as they dine. Every time we visit, Lily and Tad love posing with Pluto and playing with Chip 'n' Dale! (By the way, do you know how to tell Chip 'n' Dale apart? It's easy. Chip has a black nose, like a chocolate chip! Dale's nose is red.)

Hop on over to our Garden Grill foodie review for more details!

Pricing: $47 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); $62 per adult, $40 per child (lunch/dinner)

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall — Tiana posing with group

Akershus is the ultimate princess party, located in EPCOT's Norway pavilion, which is now home to Royal Sommerhus and Frozen Ever After. The dining room is set in a medieval castle with a buffet feast fit for royalty! Our little princess, Lily, loves meeting her favorite princesses. After meeting Belle in her beautiful yellow ballgown, Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ariel and Cinderella are on rotation, ready to mingle and march. (Elsa and Anna do not appear at Akershus, but you can find them greeting guests nearby at Royal Sommerhus.)

You’ll find familiar fare at the banquet tables, along with some Norwegian delights such as the breakfast smorgasbord (Leap loves the hashbrowns!) or the traditional Norwegian meatballs at lunch and dinner. It’s impossible not to feel like royalty as we dine at Akershus, and I love seeing the smile on Lily’s face as she gets to visit with her favorite princesses. Tadpoles also get to participate in a princess processional, dancing and waving alongside their favorite characters!

Akershus is a great alternative to Cinderella's Royal Table if you aren't able to get that coveted reservation.

Pricing: $55 per adult, $35 per child (breakfast), $67 per adult, $43 per child (lunch/dinner)

Character Dining in Disney's Hollywood Studios

There is one character dining location in Disney's Hollywood Studios, but you'll find plenty of variety as it offers seasonal options!

Hollywood & Vine

One of the best character dining restaurants for the littlest tadpoles is Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Disney Junior Play 'n Dine breakfast satisfies the entire family with a hearty buffet featuring waffles, omelets, pastries and more. Disney Junior favorites such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake (of the Never Land Pirates), Vampirina and Roadster Goofy interact with the little ones.

During lunch and dinner time, Minnie Mouse and her friends host seasonal dinner parties with outfits and decor to reflect the season. Character guests usually include Minnie, Mickey, Goofy and Pluto ... in their best seasonal outfits, of course. Head over to our Frog Family review for more details! When making a dining reservation, you'll want to note the time if you're hoping to eat with a particular set of characters!

Note that this video was captured when characters were socially distanced, but they can now greet guests at the table for hugs, autographs and photos.

Pricing: $47 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); $63 per adult, $40 per child (lunch/dinner)

Character Dining in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park offers one great character dining location — one of our top favorites!

Tusker House Restaurant

Located in the Harambe Village of Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tusker House adds vibrant flavor and fun to your Disney day! Tusker House offers an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet and an opportunity to snap photos of Donald Duck and friends in safari gear.

We love heading straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris when the park opens in the morning before settling in at Tusker House for a hearty breakfast! The Jungle Juice is a delicious and refreshing treat. The table also gets a pastries basket filled with safari bread, multigrain croissants and cornbread, served with several spreads. The breakfast platter includes scrambled eggs, Mickey and Simba waffles, Durban chicken and egg curry, plus the usual bacon, sausage and roasted potatoes. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

For lunch and dinner, you can get plentiful Moroccan-spiced beef, spit-roasted herb chicken, Cape Malay green curry shrimp, berber-marinated pork, African-inspired salads and assorted house-made bread. Sides include veggies, jasmine rice, Impossible Durban curry, roasted potatoes and house-made mac and cheese. Top off your meal with animal-inspired mini desserts (or chocolate mousse, which is available upon request).

Tusker House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with character meet-and-greets at all three meals. Explore our foodie review for more details!

Note that this video was captured when characters were socially distanced, but they can now greet guests at the table for hugs and autographs.

Pricing: $47 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); $62 per adult, $40 per child (lunch/dinner)

Character Dining in Resort Hotels

Though there are some great options within the parks, we think some of Disney's best character dining takes place at Disney's Resort hotels. While you don't have to be staying at the hotel to partake in a character meal, it's another good reason to stay on-site (book with us to save some extra green!). If you want to park at the resort, just be prepared to show your dining reservation on your phone to the security at the gate, as well as a photo ID.

Though not an official Disney Resort, we also wanted to mention the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals at the Four Seasons as another option.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point — Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Heigh-ho, it's off to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort we go for a character dinner featuring Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen! Enjoy appetizers and then choose your entrée from a prix fixe menu, including Royal Prime Rib Roast, Brother’s Grimm roasted chicken or a vegetarian option — A Stroll Through Nature — featuring butternut squash, arugula and gnocchi. Rounding off the menu are cocktails, mocktails and beer and wine from Oregon and Washington state, as well as some sinfully delicious desserts such as Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie and, of course, a  “poison” apple. This Disney character dining location is notable not only because of its delicious eats but also because of its atmosphere. Guests dine in a rustic Enchanted Forest to mimic the iconic movie, complete with twinkling lights.

Hop over to our foodie review for more royal details!

Pricing: $65 per adult, $39 per child (dinner)

 Topolino's Terrace: Flavors of the Riviera — Disney's Riviera Resort

Topolino’s Terrace — Mickey

As the latest Disney character dining option, Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's Terrace at Disney's Riviera Resort has one of the most adorably themed character dining experiences. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy have arrived at the European Riviera to study different art forms. Their outfits reflect their areas of expertise: Mickey the painter, Minnie the poet, Donald the sculptor and Daisy the dancer. We think the character interactions are the highlight of this character breakfast. We didn't feel rushed during our individual interactions, and the characters made multiple rounds. Lily twirled around in her dress alongside Daisy in her tutu!

The prix fixe menu includes shared pastries, an entrée and fresh juice or coffee. Entrées include spiced sausage hash, wood-fired butcher's steak, smoked salmon, sour cream waffles and more. The tadpoles can create their own combination of an entrée (Mickey waffle dippers, scrambled eggs or fruit and yogurt) and two sides (roasted potatoes, fruit cup, granola, bacon or sausage) from the kids menu.

Hop on over to our Topolino's Terrace foodie review for more details!

Pricing: $49 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); open for dinner without characters

‘Ohana — Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

'Ohana – Lilo posing with guest

Dynamic duo Lilo and Stitch, along with other classic Disney characters such as Mickey and Pluto, join guests for the Best Friends Breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Breakfast is the standard fare of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage, bacon and fruit served 'ohana style. If you’re looking for a Polynesian-inspired breakfast, head over to Kona. Check out our full review for more information!

The real allure of ‘Ohana is at dinner time. No traditional Disney characters appear during dinner, but the evening meal is certainly not lacking in fun as entertainers sing, tell stories and invite guests to join them for games and dancing. The dinner menu at ‘Ohana features our favorite pineapple-coconut bread, followed by salad, pork dumplings, honey-coriander chicken wings, meat skewers and vegetables, finished with ‘Ohana’s specialty, bread pudding a la mode with caramel sauce. With the right timing, dinner at ‘Ohana also provides a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Pricing: $49 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); open for dinner without characters

Mickey Mouse at Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey's — Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort offers a classic buffet-style restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. At Chef Mickey’s Family Feast, the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy) join guests for their meals in culinary outfits. The restaurant overlooks Bay Lake, as well as the 90-foot-high mural by Mary Blair that has become an icon of the Contemporary Resort.

For breakfast, enjoy fresh fruit, Mickey waffles, banana bread french toast, loaded potato cheese casserole, scrambled eggs, bacon and other morning favorites. At dinner, offerings include Caesar salad, potato gnocchi, roasted garlic potato gratin, prime rib, roasted turkey breast and more. With so many options, this is a great choice for groups with diverse palates, as well as picky eaters.

Pricing: $54 per adult, $34 per child (breakfast); $66 per adult, $41 per child (dinner)

Cape May Cafe — Disney's Beach Club Resort

Minnie at Cape May Cafe

Minnie Mouse loves to throw a beach party! Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast is a wonderful character dining location at Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort. Minnie and her BFF Daisy are dressed in their beachy best to start the day sunny side up. Breakfast includes a mix of items from pastries, omelets, yogurt parfaits, Mickey and Minnie waffles, brioche french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and more. This is a relaxed, casual dining experience and a perfect choice if you're staying at one of the EPCOT-area resort hotels. Hop on over to our full foodie review for more details!

Pricing: $47 per adult, $30 per child (breakfast); open for dinner without characters

1900 Park Fare — Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 

1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa reopened April 10, 2024, with a refurbished location, returning dishes and new additions sure to delight. Open for breakfast and dinner, the buffet will offer classics such as the strawberry soup along with new dishes inspired by the characters you'll meet. Speaking of characters — there's a whole new lineup! Guests can greet Aladdin (in his royal Prince Ali outfit), Cinderella, Mirabel and Tiana (in her new look from Tiana's Bayou Adventure) — all characters that understand the power of a wish.

Reservations for 1900 Park Fare are open now.

Pricing: $54 per adult, $34 per child (breakfast); $66 per adult, $41 per child (dinner)

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast — Trattoria al Forno at Disney's Boardwalk (currently unavailable)

Currently, Trattoria al Forno is open, but the character dining experience is temporarily unavailable.

Located at Disney's BoardWalk (one of our favorite areas on Disney property), Trattoria al Forno is home to a breakfast celebration featuring some of Lily's and my royal favorites: Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric. Each is welcomed with a royal entrance and individually makes their way to your table. (Don't shy away from asking them questions ... Flynn had some hilarious conversations with us!) Brief interactive activities are planned for little ones, as well!

The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast offers some of the most delectable breakfast items out of any character meal offered. The prix fixe menu starts with pastries for the table and an individual fruit starter before ordering your entrées. King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno is a must-try breakfast calzone that has quickly become one of my top three favorite meals at Disney World. Exquisite drinks are available, as well ... if you're a Bloody Mary fan, the Caprese Bloody Mary is out of this world!

Tips for Disney World Character Dining

We've done a lot of character dining over the years and have some additional tips for getting the most out of the experience.

  • We personally prefer choosing breakfast for character dining. Most locations only offer characters during their breakfast, but some have them at lunch and dinner. We like that breakfast is a cheaper price and you can't go wrong with breakfast food (Mickey waffles anyone?). Plus, this allows flexibility for the rest of your day. Lunch and dinner are still great options as well — just be sure to double-check which characters are offered during certain times.
  • Meeting characters as they come to the tables can require the right timing if you're at a buffet. If you see a character making their way toward your area, we suggest hanging tight before going back up for food, especially if they're only a few tables away. Characters sometimes have a set rotation so it is easiest to go with the flow.
  • If you hoppen to be up from the table when they pass by, don't fret! Character attendants typically try to keep track of which characters have seen which tables. If you're nearing the end of your meal and still haven't seen a certain character, you could ask a character attendant to see if they are coming back out soon. Usually, areas have a great system in place ensuring characters come out in a timely manner. And you might even get to see a character a second time before you go!
  • Not sure how the kids will handle meeting characters? Sometimes character dining is that perfect balance between waving to a character from afar or having that one-on-one interaction. Already being at your table may make the meeting less stressful for young tadpoles.

Which character dining at Disney World will you choose? Be sure to check out our rankings to see which are our froggy favorites!

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Characters

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 16, 2024 at 6:49 a.m. Kristen Says...

Does the price for character dining always include the food or just the experience of meeting the characters?

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Apr 16, 2024 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

The cost covers the overall character dining experience. Specialty beverages and alcoholic drinks usually cost extra, but standard drinks such as soda, coffee and juice are included.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 13, 2024 at 7:29 p.m. Cherrelle Says...

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