As we've outlined at length, there are a ton of reasons to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. You get the benefit of being right there on property, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the parks. You get the benefit of making FastPass+ reservations, dining reservations and more ahead of other visitors. But perhaps best of all, you are fully immersed in the Disney magic the whole time you are visiting! You know we frogs are all about the pool, it's one of the main hotel selling points for us, but another primary consideration of where to stay—especially if you are staying on site—are the dining options and the character dining options.
The Disney World hotel character dining experiences take place at some (not all!) of the Disney deluxe resorts. We highly recommend you make Advance Dining Reservations as far in advance as possible for the character meals. Some of the Disney World hotel character dining experiences are especially popular! While you don't have to be staying at the hotel hosting the breakfast or even be a Walt Disney World hotel guest to book a character breakfast, it sure does make it convenient if you are! Here is an overview of all the Disney World hotel character dining options.
*All Disney World hotel character appearances and entertainment listed here are subject to change.
Here is Our Guide to Disney World Hotel Character Dining
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Featured Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy
Meal Details: Breakfast & Dinner – Buffet
Menu Samples: Breakfast – seasonal melons and fruit, ham and cheese or Italian frittata, Mini Mickey waffles, Minnie's Muffins; Brunch - seasonal salad selection, peel-n-eat shrimp, cheesy potato casserole, Mickey Mousse Domes, sundae bar; Dinner – beef-port short ribs, carving station, baked salmon, sloppy joe's, mac ‘n’ cheese, cocktails and non-alcoholic specialties
Highlights: Chef Mickey’s is THE place to meet the Fab Five. Have an early breakfast here then take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The lunchtime can be very crowded and noisy, but Mickey in a chef hat makes up for it. Because this location is so close to Magic Kingdom, it's a very popular character dining spot. Make sure to book your reservations in advance!
1900 Park Fare
Location: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Featured Characters: (Breakfast) Mary Poppins, Alice, Mad Hatter, Pooh; (Dinner) Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, the two stepsisters
Meal Details: Breakfast – Buffet; Afternoon – Wonderland Tea Party; Dinner – Buffet
Menu Samples: Breakfast – custom-made omelets, carved ham, Mickey waffles, pancakes with bananas foster; Wonderland Tea Party - apple juice "tea" and cupcakes; Dinner – Mongolian beef, mojo roast pork loin, chicken tenders, macaroni & cheese
Highlights: The themed aspects of the character dining experiences here are extra special. Join Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh for the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast. Cinderella, Prince Charming, Cinderella and other storybook characters host the Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. If you want something "for kids only," check out the Wonderland Tea Party held in the afternoons. (If you’re not between 4 and 12, you’re not allowed.)
Garden View Tea Room
Location: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Featured Characters: "Rose Petal," a magical rose from Aurora's garden; Princess Aurora
Meal Details: Select mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Menu Samples: Apple juice "tea," fruit, cheeses, sandwiches and princess cake
Highlights: Young tadpoles are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princess. Each princess party attendee (ages 3-9) will receive a Princess Aurora doll, a tiara, a silver princess bracelet, a princess necklace, a fresh rose, a special princess sticker page and a princess cinch bag. Each prince will receive a sword and shield, a souvenir pin, a plush bear and a "best friend" certificate.
Cape May Café
Location: Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Featured Characters: Goofy, Donald, Minnie Mouse
Meal Details: Breakfast – Buffet
Menu Samples: Mickey Waffles, fresh-baked pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt bar
Highlights: Fill up on a yummy breakfast next to Minnie Mouse at Minnie's Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Café. (She’s dressed in her cutest beach attire!) Disney’s Beach Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot, so try to schedule the breakfast on a day that you're headed to Epcot. When you're done with breakfast, head toward the Boardwalk, which has its own entrance to the park.
Location: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Featured Characters: Lilo and Stitch, Mickey, Pluto
Meal Details: Breakfast – Family-style
Menu Samples: Scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, Mickey waffles, assorted breads and fruit
Highlights: Lilo and Stitch will keep you in "stitches" during the Best Friends Breakfast at ‘Ohana. The family-style service is speedy, so an early breakfast will put you at the Magic Kingdom in time for park opening. This breakfast is very popular, so be sure to book early!
Location: Walt Disney World Swan
Featured Characters: Rafiki and Timon (Monday & Friday); Goofy and Pluto (all other nights)
Meal Details: Dinner – Buffet, Breakfast – Buffet (Saturday & Sunday only)
Menu Samples: Breakfast - omelettes, country casserole, fruits, macadamia crusted French toast; dinner - prime rib, cedar plank blackened salmon, turkey sliders, chicken fingers; seafood buffet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
Highlights: The Garden Grove is a Central Park-themed restaurant with a 25-foot oak tree that stands in the middle of the dining room. It’s a nice break for a quieter meal when the kids really want to meet a few characters.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Dinner Show
Featured Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip 'n' Dale
Meal Details: Dinner – All-you-care-to-eat buffet
Menu Samples: Barbeque smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, watermelon
Highlights: Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Dinner Show is technically not a Character Dining experience; it’s billed as a dinner show with character encounters. There’s a country-western band, line dancing and rope tricks at the open-air pavillion. The best part is being able to boogie with characters on the dance floor!