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All of Disney World's Character Dining Locations Ranked

All of the Disney World Character Dining Locations Ranked - Pinterest ImageCharacter dining is one of the easiest ways to meet a whole host of characters and fill up for (or wind down after) a fun-filled day in the parks! With so many characters to meet and delicious food to taste at Walt Disney World's restaurants, it can be difficult to decide on the best character dining experience for your family. 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 (be sure to book with us for discounts!). When it comes to deciding on Disney World character dining, we're hoppy to remove the guess work! We’ve ranked all of the restaurants offering character dining based on the characters (of course!), food and atmosphere to help you choose the best fit for your family vacation.

Note: The characters listed are the characters that generally appear at these dining locations. They are subject to change. There may be more or less (or even different) characters during your visit.

Ranking the Disney World Character Dining

1. Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Best Disney World Character Dining - Tusker House

Located in the Harambe Village of Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tusker House adds vibrant flavor and fun to your Disney day! Meet Mickey, Goofy, Daisy and Donald in their safari gear throughout the day as they greet your table and lead a joyful dance party around the dining room. Adventurous eaters can explore the buffet of African flavors in addition to American classics such as Mickey waffles and bacon for breakfast, and macaroni and cheese or roasted chicken for lunch and dinner. 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.

We chose Tusker House for our number one character dining location because there is something for everyone at the buffet, the food is delicious and you get to dance and sing with classic Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse himself! Tusker House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with character meet-and-greets at all three meals.

2. Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast at Garden Grill inside Epcot

Best Disney World Character Dining - Garden Grill

The Garden Grill claims the number two spot on our list of best Disney World character dining thanks to its unique atmosphere, hearty meals and the amount of time characters spend at each table. 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. The food is classic American fare in bountiful portions, served all-you-care-to-eat family style. Heaping plates of fresh-from-The-Land salad and vegetables, along with buttermilk mashed potatoes and french fries, accompany turkey breast slices with gravy, slow-braised pot roast and carved pork with apple chutney to appease every taste. (And dessert — berry shortcake with vanilla bean whip cream — is yummy, too!)

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.) We never feel rushed with the characters here. The Garden Grill is open with characters for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

3. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot

Disney Character Dining - Best Disney World Character Dining - Akershus

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.

4. Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom

Disney Character Dining - Best Disney World Character Dining - Dessert at Cinderella's Royal Table

When it comes to Disney, nothing says "dream come true" like dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the heart of the Magic Kingdom, inside of 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.

At Cinderella's Royal Table, you can look out the castle windows overlooking Fantasyland and visit with princesses such as Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White as you enjoy gourmet dishes such as braised pork shank with rainbow carrots or beef and shrimp with fingerling potatoes. The food is exquisite, but the real showstoppers are the desserts! Try the “Clock Strikes Twelve," dark chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate ganache served with a raspberry coulis, or Jaq & Gus, amaretto cheesecake with an almond crust, macerated peaches and hibiscus meringue, to please even the tiniest tummies.

Best Character Dining at Disney World - Cinderella's Royal Table

Princesses are also 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 Happily Ever After, you'll get a spectacular view of the fireworks 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 180 days ahead!

5. 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers a delightfully different experience for every time of day. At the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, enjoy a buffet of made-to-order omelets, carved ham, and of course, Mickey waffles. Cheery characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh stop by to say good morning! In the afternoon, the venue is host to the Wonderland Tea Party, during which kids snack on children’s tea (apple juice) and cupcakes that they get to decorate themselves, as well as some other tasty teatime treats. During the hour-long tea break, our favorite tea-loving characters, usually Alice and the Mad Hatter, entertain their guests with stories and crafts.

Disney World Character Dining - Perfectly Princess Tea Party

Royal princesses also have the option of partaking in tea in the Grand Floridian's tea room on select mornings with Rose Petal, a magical rose from Aurora's garden, and sometimes even Aurora herself! At Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, mealtime is a truly regal affair as each family is welcomed as the honored guests of Cinderella and Prince Charming. Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella are usually in attendance, greeting guests as they dine on a buffet of international salads, meats, seafood and sides. There are also plenty of American staples such as macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza and chicken tenders for the tadpoles.

No matter what time you dine, be sure to keep an eye (and ear) out for “Big Bertha,” a turn-of-the-century organ crafted in France that plays while you eat, setting the mood for a whimsical meal at 1900 Park Fare.

6. Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at Disney's Boardwalk

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - Best Character Dining at Disney World

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 are welcomed with a royal entrance and individually make their way to your table. 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!

7. Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Best Disney World Character Dining - Storybook Dining at Artist Point

Heigh-ho, it's off to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort we go for a character dinner featuring Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and even the Evil Queen! 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. Disney's newest 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.

8. 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. Disney Junior favorites such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Vampirina and Roadster Goofy interact with the little ones. Breakfast features waffles, frittatas and fresh fruit.

During lunch and dinner time, Minnie Mouse and her friends host seasonal dinners with tastes and festivities to reflect the season. Character guests usually include Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy in their best seasonal outfits, of course. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining is also eligible for the Fantasmic! Dinner Package. With the dinner package, guests can dine at one of the three participating restaurants (The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano or Hollywood & Vine) before heading over to reserved VIP seats for Fantasmic!, the park’s nighttime spectacular.

9. The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom

Best Disney World Character Dining - Crystal Palace

Another great restaurant for the little ones is The Crystal Palace, nestled beside the hub in Magic Kingdom. The open, Victorian-style setting is a bright and verdant backdrop for meeting friends from Winnie the Pooh, including Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and the willy, nilly, silly ole bear himself, Pooh. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Pooh and friends present at all three buffet-style meals. The food is classic fare such as fruit, pastries and omelets for breakfast, and carved meats, soups, breads, fish and vegetables at lunch and dinner. Be aware of the timing here. If you are finishing your meal around the same time a parade or fireworks display is ending, it can get a little crowded as you try to make your way back out into the park.

10. ‘Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

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 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.

The real allure of ‘Ohana is at dinnertime. 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, noodles and vegetables, finished with ‘Ohana’s specialty, bread pudding a la mode with banana-caramel sauce. With the right timing, dinner at ‘Ohana also provides a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

11. Chef Mickey’s

Best Disney World Character Dining - Chef Mickey's

Disney's Contemporary Resort offers a classic buffet-style restaurant serving breakfast, brunch and dinner. At Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet, the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy) join guests for their meals. 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. The enormous buffet offers a variety of dishes at every meal.

For breakfast, enjoy fresh fruit, cereals and oatmeal, breakfast potatoes, sausage, pancakes and other morning favorites. Brunch adds soup, salads and seafood to the breakfast offerings. At dinner, choose from a carving station, pasta, seafood paella and a smorgasbord of sides and desserts. With so many options, this is a great choice for groups with diverse palates as well as picky eaters. Chef Mickey’s is a crowd-pleaser with a few surprises.

12. Cape May Café at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Best Character Dining at Disney World - Cape May Cafe

Minnie Mouse loves to throw a beach bash! Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Disney's Beach Club Resort gathers Minnie and her BFF Daisy in their beachy best to start the day sunny side up. Breakfast includes a mix of items from sliced deli meats and cheeses to bagels, scrambled eggs, seasonal fruits and veggies and cereals. This is a relaxed, casual dining experience and a  perfect choice if you're staying at one of the Epcot-area resort hotels, but it offers fewer characters than some of other character breakfasts, so it's lower on our list.

The Four Seasons also hosts a Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals, as does the Garden Grove at the Swan Hotel. However, since these are not exactly official Disney Resorts, they were not included in this ranking.

With so many Disney World character dining locations, you're sure to find at least one that will make the whole family happy. These are our picks for the best Disney World character dining. What are your favorites? Share in comments below!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney Advance Dining Reservations

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Characters

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 13, 2019 at 11:06 p.m. Jody Says...

Would you recommend that guests dress up for the character dinner? We have a character dinner with the princesses and hope to do rides before the dinner so don't want to wear or carry costumes if we don't have to. Looking for suggestions. Thanks

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jody!

You certainly can! If you do, we recommend that you keep things simple and comfortable so that it's good for all-day wear. For Lily, this means leaving the wands and accessories that could easily be left behind or dropped at home, keeping things above the knee so they don't drag or get tripped over and wearing tennis shoes. We're also big fans of simple cotton since it can be hot or rainy (there are a ton of super cute options at places like Kohl's, Target and Walmart) I usually pack a change of clothes for her in our bag, too. Our niece, who is a tween, does some Disneybounding to help her feel "themed" to the occasion, while also staying comfortable - comfort is the name of the game! Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. Terri Money Says...

How or can you make reservations a couple

months in advance for the Bonvoyage Breakfast?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri!

You can make reservations up to 180 days in advance of your visit using the My Disney Experience app or calling (407) 939-3463. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. NANCY Says...

i'll only be going to disney world for the day (not sleeping the resort). I'll be purchasing my ticket that day at the park. Can I stiil make reservations to eat with the princesses for my girls. if so, how much to eat with princesses?

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Jul 15, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

As long as you have valid park admission for the restaurant in question, you'll be able to enjoy character dining! For example, if you're eating at Akershus, you'd need valid park admission to Epcot for the day; if you're eating at Cinderella's Royal Table, you'd need valid park admission to Magic Kingdom. The price varies per location (and also meal time), so we recommend seeing which dining options meet your needs here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2019 at 3:27 a.m. Megan H. Says...

Will my 4 and 7 year old picky eaters be able to eat dinner at the tusker house? I've made and canceled the reservation so many times. I'm torn because I know they will eat at the rain forest cafe but for a table credit I'd like more of an experience.

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Jun 19, 2019 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

Tusker House should have something for everyone, even the picky eaters! The dinner buffet serves kids' deli meats and cheeses, mashed potatoes, corn dog nuggets and macaroni and cheese.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2019 at 1:49 a.m. Precious Says...

Hi, my son and I are going to Disney in August. I am going to splurge and stay in deluxe this time around. We usually stay at moderates. Which deluxe do you think a 7yr boy would prefer? He's into animals, but wasn't interested in AK. So our choices are: Poly, Contempo, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club. Also what are your recommendations for character meals, we will be on the dining plan. Thanks in advance! :-)

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Our pick would be Wilderness Lodge, but you can't go wrong with the Beach Club either. As far as character dining, we'd look at Tusker House, Ohana or Crystal Palace.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2019 at 2:34 a.m. CAROLYN BETHEA Says...

Hi we will be in Orlando Florida from August 26th to August 30th and we will staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Waterpark in Lake Buena Vista we will be to going to the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday August 28th how can I get information for the Mickey Bracelets or how can I purchase 3 Mickey Bands..

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May 31, 2019 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolyn!

You can purchase MagicBands directly from the Disney Store, either online before you arrive, or in just about any shop once you arrive to the parks :) Once you have the band, you'll want to log into My Disney Experience to link the MagicBand. We find it easiest to do this ahead of time so that you can just show up and start to use the bands immediately in the turnstiles, but it certainly can also be done once you arrive.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2019 at 8:55 p.m. Louise Says...

Hi,

Thank you for a lot of great tips! I'm new to Disney world (haven't been since I was kid myself!) and I find it super confusing! Do you have any tips for starting to plan our stay at Disney? It's so overwhelming I don't really know where to start..

We will be in the Orlando area between Thursday October 24th and Monday October 28th. Any idea when it will be easier to get resevations? Does it matter if it's weekdays or the weekend?

Thank you so much for any help you could give!!

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May 30, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louise!

We toadally understand - it can be a lot at once, but we are hoppy to help! There are more or less two dates you'll need to keep in mind when scheduling your Disney World vacation: when your dining reservation window opens (180 days in advance of your visit) and when you can book your FastPass reservations (either 60 days from your vacation if you are staying on Disney property, or 30 if you are staying off-site). Both of these windows open up at 7 a.m. Eastern, so we recommend trying as soon as you're able for some of the more high-demand dining and FastPass reservations ... they go quickly! Because they open first, we tend to book our vacation around the difficult to get reservations; it can vary when these are available, but in October, you should have more luck on a weekday than a weekend. You can find our timeline for planning here, with links to a lot of related resources so that you can get hoppin' on your vacation planning. Hope this helps! Please let us know if we can help with any additional questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2019 at 2:25 a.m. Carol Says...

We have 8:35 reservations at Tusker House - our first ever sit-down Disney meal ????. AK opens at 9:00 that day. Trying to eat and then get in line for Flight of Passage (no Fast Passes left????). Do you think we'll be able to eat and beat some of the crowds to FOP?

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May 30, 2019 at 4:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol!

Breakfast, especially a character breakfast, usually takes about an hour to complete, which means you'll be getting out just as others will be getting into the park. At park opening, Flight of Passage's wait time automatically gets pushed to 120 minutes or so because most folks head straight for it (even for Extra Magic Hour admission, the wait time was showing 60 minutes a half an hour before park opening). We recommend getting to Tusker House as early as you're able (you'll be able to enter Animal Kingdom a half an hour before your reservation, so right around 8) in case you can be seated a few minutes early. It's certainly possible if you speed through breakfast, but we'd still count on a wait! Keep checking for FastPass reservations throughout the day just in case there's a cancellation!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2019 at 9:20 p.m. Lisa Says...

Taking our 8 and 10 year old for the first time. Dinner at 1900 Park Fare, Buy was hoping for Ohana. Do they typically open up more reservations as it gets closer? How common is it that people cancel reservation? Is there a wait list we can get on? Heading there Nov 2019

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May 28, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Unfortunately, Ohana is one of the most popular dining reservations to snag in advance. While Disney World does not release more reservations, other park goers do change plans and cancel reservations. We recommend checking in often to see if you can snag a canceled reservation (including while you're in the parks!) Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2019 at 6:59 p.m. Laura P Says...

Hello....we’re heading to Disney in early June, but not planning on doing Epcot. Are we still able to do breakfast at the Chip n Dale restaurant in Epcot without park tickets? Not sure how all this works as it’s our first trip with kids. Thanks for any help!

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May 23, 2019 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Unfortunately, you'll need valid park admission to eat at any of the restaurants within the parks, so you'd need a ticket to head into Epcot to eat at Garden Grill with Chip 'n' Dale.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. Kim Says...

Hi,

Whats the price range for Akershus Royal Banquet? Want to do some character dining, and Cinderella Royal table seems so expensive.

Thanks

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May 6, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

Akershus is $35-$60 per adult, so a little more wallet-friendly than CRT. We really love their breakfast (especially if you have early risers!) Not only can you enter the park half an hour before your dining reservation, but also, you'll exit right next to Frozen, which enables you to fill little tummies, meet all of the princesses and then ride a pretty in-demand ride right away. You'll meet similar characters (minus Cinderella, of course) and get to participate in a mini parade, as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 21, 2019 at 5:03 a.m. Terri Says...

Is the dinner at Hollywood and vine a character dinner for the fantasmic vip?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri!

Yes it is. At dinner, you'll see Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Goofy as part of Minnie's Seasonal Dine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2019 at 6:13 a.m. Hana Says...

Be Our Guest Restaurant- another popular one and is it true that Belle is NOT there and BEAST is only found at Dinner? / Cinderella’s Royal Table - is the only way to Call for RSVP? / Thank you for this useful info!!!!

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Apr 18, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hana!

That's correct; dinner is the only time that you can meet the Beast and Belle is not there. For Cinderella's Royal Table, you can also make a reservation using My Disney Experience. You're able to start making reservations up to 180 days in advance, and we recommend doing it as soon as possible as these book up quickly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 9, 2019 at 4:16 p.m. Suz Says...

Hello! I made a reservation for everyone over the age of 3, do you happen to know if a child is under 2 if they need to be included in the count?

Thank you!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suz!

We recommend including the littles in the reservation so that the right amount of chairs/high chairs can be included in your seating arrangement.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 29, 2019 at 8:39 p.m. Patricia Daniels Says...

Is there a way to see fireworks without being in the park?

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Mar 29, 2019 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patricia!

There are several. At Magic Kingdom specifically, two places we can think of to watch the fireworks are at Trader Sam's at the Polynesian Village Resort, and on the beach at Fort Wilderness. Both places pipe in the music to accompany the fireworks, as well. Frog Pond, where are your other favorite fireworks viewing areas outside of the parks?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hello! We are heading to WDW in early April. My son's 6th birthday is on April 6th and we will be at Animal Kingdom that day. I would like to plan a special birthday dinner...any suggestions? Also, can we get birthday buttons at any park or only Magic Kingdom? TIA!

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Mar 11, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Hoppy birthday to your tadpole! Birthday buttons are available at Guest Relations at any of the parks - so you'll still be able to grab one at Animal Kingdom! Tusker House is a great option - it's got a delicious dinner buffet with something for even the pickiest of eaters, AND you'll get a visit from Safari Donald, Daisy and Mickey. Make sure to note his birthday when making your dining reservation and when you check in - you may get a little something special during your dinner to celebrate!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 10, 2019 at 10:55 p.m. Lorie Says...

Hello!, I will be in Disney for the weekend of the 12th of April taking my children 6 and 12 yr olds, I wanted to know how much does the breakfast buffet at the crystal palace go for?

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Mar 11, 2019 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorie!

This can vary depending on the time of year, so Disney lists this as a range on their website ($35-$59.99 per adult). In our experience, you can expect to spend around $38 per adult and $23 per child (3-9) for the breakfast buffet, plus tax and gratuity.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 5, 2019 at 1:22 p.m. Mike R Says...

Hi,

Based on recommendations I'd like to try the crystal palace in April. Our twin girls will be 2-1/2 years old. Do you know if there are any special meal discounts for kids under 3 (which are free to enter the park). What is the price structure in general. Based on age???

Thanks!

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Mar 5, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

That's exactly right - the pricing structure for the buffets is based on age. Children under 3 are free, and children from 3-9 get the discounted child rate. We hope your girls have a frogtastic time meeting the Hundred Acre Wood crew!)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 15, 2019 at 7:37 p.m. Stacy Says...

We are staying in Orlando but not doing Disney. I did make reservations for cape May and chef Mickey. Will it be difficult for us to drive in and park at the resort to eat?

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Feb 20, 2019 at 10:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy!

You shouldn't run into any parking issues; just let the security guard at the resort know that you have a reservation. He'll consult his magical list and grab you a pass :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 13, 2019 at 1:32 a.m. Liz Says...

I want the main Mickey characters and I can't decide between Chef Mickey or Hollywood & Vine. Are the VIP seats to Fastasmic worth it? I assume that is an extra cost?

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Feb 13, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Great question. The VIP seats to Fantasmic aren't at an outright extra cost, as they are included with your dining package at Hollywood and Vine, but the cost for your dining experience will be slightly higher than it would be at Chef Mickey's ($46 per person at Hollywood and Vine vs. $35 per person at Chef Mickey's).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 11, 2019 at 2:38 a.m. Andrea Says...

My kids are big Disney Junior fans, so I made a reservation at Hollywood and Vine for the play and dine breakfast. Are the Disney Junior characters at lunch as well? I’m finding conflicting info online. Lunch would be preferable for us. Help!

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Feb 11, 2019 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

Hoppy to help! It looks like the Disney Junior characters are only around for breakfast, while it's the fab 5 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy) for lunch and dinner. If lunch is better for you, you could change your reservations to lunch and meet Mickey and Minnie and the gang, then visit Animation Courtyard (also in Hollywood Studios) for some Disney Junior meet-and-greets and a dance party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 4, 2019 at 2:20 a.m. Jenny Plant Says...

Hello! Do they have Disney photographers' at Chef Mickey's restaurant?

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Feb 4, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

They sure do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 23, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. Michael J Sapia Says...

If I do Chef Mickey what time does it start and how far is it from Magic Kingdom

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Jan 23, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

It looks like Chef Mickey's opens around 7 a.m. each morning (giving you plenty of time to try to make rope drop)! Chef Mickey's is located in the Contemporary Resort, next to Magic Kingdom. You can get there by monorail or by a walkway from Magic Kingdom (about a half a mile).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 15, 2019 at 4:54 p.m. Krystal Says...

Do you have to stay at the resort to do the Chef Mickey or any of the other early dining places?

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Feb 15, 2019 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystal,

No, you do not have to be staying on Disney property to book a reservation at Chef Mickey (or to make an early dining reservation!)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 23, 2019 at 8:56 a.m. Kerry cradick Says...

Hi I’m flying out to Disney world on the 28th aug 19 staying at the all music resort on the 29th is my LG 3 birthday and on the 30th is my LG 2nd birthday we’re is there we can do some thing special with the help of staff maybe Wanting something special for them like lunch or dinner with Belle or Elsa n Anna for my 3 year old n maybe Minnie for my

2 year older would the hotels wish her happy birthday in there soeail days what’s this about a button from general office when enter the park for there birthdays

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Jan 25, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

Happy birthday to your tadpoles! How fun to have a big birthday trip :) If you head to City Hall on Main Street U.S.A. when you enter Magic Kingdom, they'll receive a free birthday button (and will get lots and lots of birthday wishes throughout the day from Cast Members and characters!) We hope you have a magical trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2018 at 6:02 p.m. Kathryn Says...

Is there a place outside of Disney parks to see Sofia the First?

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Nov 12, 2018 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn!

Unfortunately not :( If you're a Sofia the First (or Disney Junior) fan, Disney's Hollywood Studios is your best bet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2018 at 4:58 a.m. amy Says...

At the last minute, we are going to Florida the week of thanksgiving. We are planning to spend only one day at Disney world. We are having a hard time finding a character dining experience at the\is late time. Any advice?

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Nov 8, 2018 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

The booking window opens each day at 7AM EST, so be sure to check for reservations in the app early ... and continue looking even up to the day of your visit. Lots of people may cancel last minute. Check as much as you can - you never know when something may open up!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 6, 2018 at 2:57 p.m. WENDY LOVDAHL Says...

Are the characters available at all meal times at Akershus and Hollywood and Vine. Which meal is better to do at each place?

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Nov 6, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

Princesses meet and greet during ALL meals at Akershus, and we love them all. Hollywood and Vine hosts Disney Junior characters for breakfast and lunch, and the classics (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc.) for dinner.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 22, 2018 at 3:33 a.m. Shari Says...

Are there any character breakfast that have a Christmas theme? We live in the Orlando area so wanted to do something with the grandkids Christmas themed without going into the busy parks any suggestions?

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Oct 24, 2018 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shari!

We can't think of any Christmas-themed character meals that aren't inside of the parks. However, Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary is always one of our favorites, and you can check out the hotel's gorgeous gingerbread display!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. Micheline Says...

We are taking our 4-year old daughter to Orlando first week of November and want to take her for a meal with princess characters like Elena of Avalor. Do you have any recommendations? Unfortunately Cinderella’s Royal table aren’t available.

Thanks!

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Oct 9, 2018 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We don't think Elena of Avalor meets as part of any character dining experiences. We recommend checking out Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot for another great option to dine with the princesses outside of Cinderella's Royal Table :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2018 at 12:06 a.m. Marcia Says...

We have a 16 party family vacation scheduled for August 31, 2018 through September 3, 2018, staying at the Cars Hotel. What is the best character breakfast for those NOT purchasing park tickets. We all live in the Orlando area and have visited all of the parks many times. This trip is just fun Disney themed get-a-way without the parks. Thank you.

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcia!

OMG - Sounds like so much fun. Chef Mickey's has always been our favorite character breakfast ... it's a blast! If your group is interested in princesses, the Bon Voyage Breakfast with Tangled and Little Mermaid characters has some of the best food we've ever had on Disney property. Since these are located at resorts, they don't require park admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2018 at 4:59 p.m. Kelly chown Says...

Hi. I'm planning a family holiday this year. The farewell breakfast with Tangled and the Little Mermaid will this still be the same theme next April. I've never been able to meet Eric and my daughter's fave is Rapunzel so is perfect for us but if the characters change I may have a little cry if snow white ended up being there instead... Thanks

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

The characters stayed the same from last year, so we would expect them to still be there next year! This is always subject to change, though.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 2:27 a.m. DINA Says...

We are taking our 4-year old daughter to Orlando next week and want to take her for a meal with princess characters like Elsa and Anna. Do you have any recommendations? We are not planning on going into any of the Disney parks.

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dina!

Unfortunately, Anna and Elsa do not meet for any character meals. You can find them meeting and greeting in Epcot, which would require a park ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 13, 2018 at 7:58 p.m. Nikki Says...

Do all the character meals do something special for Birthdays? I know at Chef Mickey's you get a cupcake but not sure on the others.

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Jun 13, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki!

We have had a cupcake come out at all character meals where we have celebrated birthdays.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 18, 2018 at 10:31 p.m. Taylor Says...

Hi! You spoke so highly of the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast but it’s ranked last... is there a reason?

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May 21, 2018 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor!

The only reason it is ranked lower is because it's more specific in terms of characters. If you or your littles ones aren't huge Little Mermaid or Tangled fans, it might not be the best fit. It's so hard to rank these experiences since they're all so great, but we toad-ally recommend Bon Voyage! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2018 at 11:38 p.m. Elyssa H. Says...

Does Ohana definitely have Mickey? They don't advertise it. Do you know of any other character dining options that feature Mickey (not listed above). Thanks!

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Mar 15, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elyssa!

Lilo and Stitch are joined by a variety of Disney pals - this could be Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto or a few others. It's always a fun surprise!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 9, 2018 at 5:22 a.m. Priscila Says...

My husband is taking me and my 3 year old son to Disney at the end of July

My husband's birthday is the 30 of July

What's a good character dinning place where we can see fireworks at night and eat good food. My son loves all characters

Animal kingdom lodge , at what time can we pass by to be able to see the animals ?

Can we eat at their restaurants if we don't stay there

Thank you

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May 28, 2019 at 1:51 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi everyone Another place you can see the fireworks at the magic kingdom is on observation deck on the 4th floor of the Contemporary resort.

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Feb 9, 2018 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscila!

Sounds like you're going to have a great trip. You can absolutely eat at Animal Kingdom Lodge even if you're not staying there. Animals are always grazing around the savanna and you can check them out from the balcony anytime.

Our favorite character meal is Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort. You can watch fireworks from the fourth floor balcony afterwards!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 15, 2018 at 2:24 a.m. Ania Says...

Hello, what time are the fireworks?

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May 17, 2018 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ania!

The fireworks timing depends on the night. You can always check the daily schedule or times guide upon arriving at the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 11, 2017 at 8:44 a.m. Mariya Loss Says...

We’re located just north of Derby city centre in the historic Cathedral Quarter, a ten minute walk from the main shopping area and a four minute taxi ride from the train station.

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Oct 24, 2017 at 8 a.m. Michelle Crabtree Says...

Hi guys, thanks for all your great tips. We have booked Cinderella's Royal Table for a 9.10 breakfast on 7th April 2018 for my birthday. We are staying off site and was wondering what time should We get to Magic Kingdom for to allow time for bag check and entry Into the park? We have never done CRT before & are very excited already.

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

That's great! We love Cinderella's Royal Table. We recommend arriving at the park 30-45 minutes before the posted opening time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2017 at 11:49 p.m. Brittany Says...

Are there any hotel character breakfasts that Minnie appears at? I want to take my daughter who will be turning two but do not want to go to the park. What is the best route you suggest?

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Oct 23, 2017 at 10:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

Minnie appears at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2017 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

Minnie appears at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2017 at 1:08 p.m. Lynette plattsmier Says...

We are going to DW December 8th to the 15th. Are all character meals just at breakfast time. We would like to dine in the castle at night( afternoon) so we can see the fireworks well. If would be for 2 adults and one child. I had gastric bypass surgery so could we only order one adult and one kids meal. If yes, what's the cost and menu. Ty and plesss in advance

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Oct 20, 2017 at 3:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynette,

Hop over to Disney's site to read about Cinderella's Royal Table prices and menu. You may book reservations on the site too!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2017 at 1:13 a.m. Whitney Says...

Just wondering what is the earliest time available to reserve a breakfast character meal? Like do they do them prior to park opening? We're going September 2018. I know my 3 year old daughter wants to go into the castle so does my 8 year old son but he also wants to be able to hit all the coasters right at that beginning before the park opens and the huge crowds roll in! Any suggestions, it'll be our first trip to Disney so I'll take all the help I can get!!! :)

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Whitney,

If you're visiting the Magic Kingdom during an Early Entry day, the restaurants will take reservations during that hour.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2017 at 2:16 a.m. derrick Says...

Hello,

I was just wondering if I had to be staying at the grand Floridian hotel to be able to have breakfast at their restaurant. My friend loves Winnie the pooh and I want to make our trip even more magical with a character dinner.

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Sep 25, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Derrick,

You do not need to be a staying at a hotel in order to enjoy a character breakfast there. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2017 at 3:07 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi there. I found this post very useful. We will be going to DW in April 2018. I've been told by many that doing the safari first thing in the morning at Animal Kingdom is a must. If we plan on doing that, what time do you recommend making our breakfast reservation at Tusker House?

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

We recommend arriving at the park 45 minutes before the park opens and experiencing Kilimanjaro Safaris first. Make Tusker House reservations for 45/60 after the park's opening time. That should give you time to walk to the attraction, see it, then get ready for breakfast.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2017 at 5:04 p.m. gloria Says...

we have a 10yr old boy and a 6 yr old girl which character dining would be best for them. staying on property from 12-27-17 till 1-3-18 not sure what to do

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Aug 28, 2017 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gloria,

The best character dining for your kids depends on who they want to meet. For Mickey and pals, Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Hotel is great. Princesses? Cinderella's Royal Table. Tusker House is our favorite. Lilo and Stitch meet at Ohana Family Breakfast at the Polynesian Hotel. It really depends on who they want to meet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. JENNIFER LADD Says...

Looking for a character breakfast easy to get to on Tues am Oct 31st, my husband has vision issues

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Aug 28, 2017 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

The easiest one to get to really depends on where you are. If you don't want to enter a park, consider Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Hotel or Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2017 at 10:21 a.m. Natasha Says...

Hi there,

Just wondered do any of the princess chracter dining options do a breakfast option and do you know the earliest you can book

Thanks

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

You can have breakfast with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot) and Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom Park). You can book up to 180 days in advance of your trip, which we highly recommend doing so!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2017 at 10:57 p.m. Says...

Hi! We are planning to visit Disney in October 2017, but are not sure where to go for a character breakfast? We are not staying in a Disney resort.

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Jul 12, 2017 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Most of the restaurants listed on this post are in the parks, and many of them have breakfast, as well. For instance, Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom has character breakfast and so does The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park. You also don't need to be staying on-site at a Disney hotel to enjoy their restaurants! Have a great trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2017 at 1:14 p.m. Erin Says...

Any word if Moana will be added to any dining options? We're thinking about going to Disney in February. Thanks!

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Jun 29, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

We haven't heard of Moana sailing back to Disney World. We'll keep your frog eyes open to see if she does.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 23, 2017 at 7:11 p.m. Jasmin Says...

Are any of the character dining for October Halloween themed.

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Jun 27, 2017 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jasmine,

None of the character dining experiences are themed during Halloween.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2017 at 6:59 a.m. jennifer Says...

Not truw Hollywood & Vine has a Halloween theme character dining. Also a Christmas theme dining experience

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Oct 17, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Ohh. We forgot about those. Thanks for the reminder!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2017 at 5:59 p.m. Vart Says...

Yes, at hollywood and wine during dinner (dinner only) mickey pals are in halloween style dresses

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May 30, 2017 at 6:56 p.m. Sara Smith Says...

Hi

We are going to be in Orlando from the 31st October for two weeks, I would love to take my children to Mickeys BBQ but we are not staying at a Disney property, are we still able to book this.

Thank you

Sara

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May 30, 2017 at 5:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

You do not need to stay on Disney property in order to book Mickey's Backyard BBQ.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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