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The 5 Best Disney Character Dining Experiences

Disney Character Dining

Dining at Disney World Florida can range from a quick-service burger to a gourmet steak. But one of the experiences it’s most famous for is the character meals!

So what is Disney character dining? Basically, you can book meals at some theme park and resort restaurants where the Disney characters come to you! This is a great way to get some one-on-one time with the characters without the queues and crowds you’d get the parks, and they’re especially fun for children to get photos and autographs.

There are lots on offer and all of them are good fun, but these are some of the best in terms of character interaction, food choices and setting…

1. Chef Mickey

  • Where: Disney Contemporary Resort
  • What: Buffet-style restaurant
  • Characters include: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto
  • Meals available: Breakfast or dinner

This Disney character breakfast includes cereals, baked goods and lots of cooked choices including the infamous Mickey waffles.

Dinner features soups and salads, meats and sides and includes veggie and children’s options

Insider Tip: Be sure to try the Parmesan mash and look out for the napkin swirling dancing!

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Chef Mickey at Disney World
A family photo at Chef Mickey

2. Cinderella’s Royal Table

  • Where: Magic Kingdom
  • What: Restaurant in Cinderella Castle
  • Characters include: Lots of Disney Princesses!
  • Meals available: Breakfast, lunch or dinner

Imagine eating a meal in Cinderella castle in the Magic Kingdom, with a whole array of princesses coming to visit you. Every little prince and princess’s dream come true!!

The characters here do vary, but at the time of writing they are Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine or Snow White – depending on whether you book breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Fairy Godmother also sometimes makes an appearance at dinner!

This is a pre-plated meal with some delicious choices including a traditional breakfast, beef tenderloin salad and pan-seared all-natural chicken. There are a small selection of desserts too.

Insider Tip: This experience is extremely popular, and I’d advise making your Advanced Dining Reservation as early as you can.

Cinderella's Royal Table at Disney World
Meeting the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

3. Crystal Palace

  • Where: Magic Kingdom
  • What: All-you-can-eat buffet
  • Characters include: The Winnie-the-Pooh gang
  • Meals available: Breakfast, lunch or dinner

Join Pooh and his friends – usually Tigger, Eyeore and Piglet – at this wonderful buffet restaurant in the Magic Kingdom!

Their breakfast lasagne is to die for! Plus you can expect cereals, baked goods, omelettes and fresh fruit. For lunch/dinner there’ll be breads, salads, pastas, meats and desserts. Children’s choices are also available.

Insider Tip: Try to get an early breakfast reservation before the park opens, making sure it is not an Extra Magic Hours day. The price of the meal will be more than worth it for the photos of a deserted Main Street!

Meeting Winnie The Pooh at Crystal Palace
Meeting Winnie The Pooh at Crystal Palace

4. ‘Ohana

  • Where: Polynesian Resort
  • What: “Family Style” table sharer meals
  • Characters include: Lilo & Stitch, Mickey & Pluto
  • Meals available: Breakfast

This fabulous restaurant holds a “Best Friends” Disney character breakfast, with Lilo and Stitch, Mickey and Pluto and other Disney best friends! Your food is served ‘family style’, which means it is brought to the table and shared out.

The meal includes yummy breads (iced cinnamon and pineapple/coconut – mmm), eggs, potatoes and meats and kids’ options.

Insider Tip: Make sure you join in the ‘Ohana Family Parade!

Cuddles with Stitch at Ohana!
Cuddles with Stitch at Ohana!

5. Tusker House

  • Where: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • What: All-you-can-eat buffet
  • Characters include: Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy
  • Meals available: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

If you fancy some delicious extras with your buffet then Tusker House is definitely for you! Donald’s Safari includes a visit from Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy in their explorer outfits.

For breakfast you can choose from a selection of pastries, hot and cold cooked items, Mickey waffles and fresh fruits. Lunch and dinner offer an African twist on salads, meats, fish, rice and vegetables.

Insider Tip: Be sure to sample the Jungle Juice!

Tusker House at Disney World
Donald in his Safari outfit at Tusker House

Other great Disney World character dining options include:

  • Cape May Café (Beach Club)
  • Princess Storybook Dining (Norway Pavilion, EPCOT)
  • The Garden Grill (Future World, EPCOT)
  • Playhouse Disney’s Play ‘N Dine at Hollywood and Vine (Hollywood Studios)
  • 1900 Park Fayre (Grand Floridian)
  • Trattoria al Forno – Bon Voyage Breakfast on the Boardwalk, were you can meet Ariel & Eric and Rapunzel & Flynn. Breakfast is plated, with several tempting dishes on offer including breakfast calzone and frittata.

I would strongly advise that you make your Advanced Dining Reservations for any character meal you want to book to avoid disappointment. All of the meals mentioned here are on the Disney Dining Plan (although Cinderella’s Royal Table will be 2 Table Service Credits per person).

More about eating in Orlando!

5 of the Best Restaurants on International Drive

Eat like a Wizard! Food and Drink at Universal’s Diagon Alley

Guide to Discovery Cove Food

Where to find the best Disney Breakfast

The 10 best Disney World Snacks

Epcot Food and Wine Festival – a First-Timer’s Guide

Please Note: The attendance of particular characters cannot be 100% guaranteed at any of the character meals.

About the author:

Janine has been to Florida 8 times in the last 12 years and is a self-confessed Disney World addict! She has an 8-year-old daughter who is one of the “Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World” kids. Janine loves to write and has contributed to several Disney-inspired blogs. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram
  • Laura Coughlan Humphries

    Awesome – thanks.

  • Vikki

    Great article! It is so hard to choose a character meal and this really helps!

  • Sarah Beeley

    Definitely agree the Tusker House character dining was worth doing. As well as a photo with Donald aswe went in Mickey and friends characters, in safari outfits, came round the restaurant meeting the diners and even got the children who wanted to join in to do a dancing train around the restaurant. The kids loved it.

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