Disney's Character Dining
Character Dining at Walt Disney World is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone''s face, both young and old. There is a growing number of venues now offering this with reservations required to ensure the place is secured.
Whilst not particularly cheap, character dining is a unique experience which should not be missed. Characters take time to visit each table in turn, pose for photographs and interact with the party.
Advance reservation is required with the dining options varying from venue to venue to include a buffet, family style (large bowls delivered to your table) or pre plated options. The servers will happily provide more of any items on all options so don't be afraid to ask.
We recommend researching all possible venues as they vary greatly in style, characters and size with some suited to younger children whilst others are geared towards older visitors. There are a few hints and tips however, which will ensure you get the most from your experience:
Seems obvious but don't forget the camera! There a numerous opportunities to grab some everlasting unforgettable shots of a Character Dining experience with many Disney cast members on hand to assist and take shots of your party.
Special occasion – let 'em know
Disney love special occasions so if it happens to be someone's birthday or other special occasion whilst at the Character Dining, let the Disney cast member know at the Customer Services Desk. They may arrange a little surprise!
Grab an aisle seat
If possible, place children at an aisle seat as this offers the best opportunity for multiple pictures and more interaction with the characters.
The venues rotate characters around so those found at breakfast may not be around for other times of the day. Enquire when reserving your dining time as to who you can expect to meet – Disney are happy to allow you to choose the best time so you meet the desired character.
Avoid busy times
Reserve your dining time at an odd time ie not usual eating times and you stand a greater chance of having an extended interaction time with the characters.
Don't expect to be the first to be visited by the characters – there are often large numbers of people to go around! Be patient and enjoy the experience!
Cinderella's Royal Table
Who will we meet? Disney's Royal Family!
What type of meals? Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner - Pre-plated
Upon arrival guests have a photo opportunity in the castle lobby with Cinderella before proceeding to the dining room where the Disney Princesses will mingle among the tables and greet Guests.
Breakfast - Cinderella invites you into the glorious private dining hall of her castle for a storybook breakfast. Characters from Disney's Royal Family graciously host an all-you-care-to-eat pre-plated breakfast - a meal fit for royalty! Eggs, potatoes, meats, French toast and other yummy regal surprises.
Lunch - Dreams really do come true when you enjoy a charming lunch with a Disney Princess. Delight in a lunch graciously hosted by Characters from Disney's Royal Family. Featuring a salad plus a choice of one entrée such as salmon, pork tenderloin, pasta pomadore and more plus a blueberry buckle (cobbler) for dessert. Children will select from chicken strips, hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger and a crown sundae for dessert.
Dinner - Featuring a set menu with a shared appetizer plate and 4 to 5 set plate options (prime rib of beef, roast chicken, pork tenderloin, lamb shank, salmon and cheese tortellini) for the entrée plus a dessert (blueberry buckle, chocolate mousse cake, raspberry sorbet). Children will select from mini hot dogs, chicken tenders or macaroni plus either a sundae or raspberry sorbet for dessert. In addition, dinner Guests will also receive an exclusive lithograph.
The Crystal Palace
Who will we meet? Winnie the Pooh and Friends
What type of meals? Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner - Buffet
Indulge yourself in a bountiful buffet with Winnie the Pooh and friends. The light and airy ambience fits the upbeat blustery mood provided by Pooh and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood. Be here as the room comes alive with the sights and smells of the day's offerings, prepared in a live on-stage kitchen.
Don't miss "Pooh Corner," the separate buffet just for kids!
The Garden Grill Restaurant
Who will we meet? Mickey & Friends
What type of meals? Lunch, Dinner - Family bowls
Mickey Mouse and his friends invite you for a spin in this rotating restaurant where they serve you delicious fresh signature skillet offerings. Come to the party and meet Mickey and his pals hosting a family-style Disney Character experience for dinner! Favourites include grilled steak, rotisserie meats and country-style catfish. This rotating restaurant overlooks scenes from the Living with the Land attraction and even features food grown in the Land greenhouse. Scenes that you can see from this slowly rotating restaurant feature a thunderstorm, sandstorm, prairie, rain forest and farm house.
Akershus (Princess Storybook Dining)
Princess Storybook Dining at Restaurant Akershus
Who will we meet? Disney Princesses and other Disney heroes
What type of meals? Breakfast - Family bowl
Enjoy a regal all-you-care-to-eat experience with Princess Power. Meet Disney's famous crowned and gowned fairytale Heroines inside an authentic Mediaeval castle as they graciously entertain you at a breakfast, lunch and dinner fit for royalty. 14th century architecture showcases artisan woodwork, hand-painted furniture, and beautiful Norwegian antiques. Breakfast begins with all your starter favourites.
Tusker House Restaurant
Who will we meet? Mickey, Donald and Goofy
What type of meals? Breakfast - buffet
Drop into Harambe Village's safari orientation centre for a delicious bite to eat amidst a cool, colourful African-themed restaurant featuring beautifully displayed animal photos and drawings. Look for this restaurant on the edge of the savannah to satisfy your beastly hunger.
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Who will we meet? Mickey and Friends
What type of meals? Breakfast – Family Bowl
Located on the second floor at the Great Ceremonial House at Disney's Polynesian resort. This festive family style restaurant is situated around a 16-foot long open fire pit.
Join Mickey and friends as they welcome you with Polynesian hospitality for a breakfast filled with extraordinary food, fun and, of course, 'ohana (family). Located on the second floor at the Great Ceremonial House at Disney's Polynesian resort, this festive family style restaurant is situated around a 16-foot long open fire pit.
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort
Cape May Cafe
Who will we meet? Minnie, Goofy & Friends
What type of meals? Breakfast - Buffet
Take in waterfront views from this charming seaside location.
Goof around all you want at a breakfast hosted by Goofy and his loveable pals. Get your day off to a hearty start with an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast featuring breakfast favourites like eggs, seasonal fruits, meats, pastries and Character-shaped waffles. And don't forget those autograph books.
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Who will we meet? Mickey & Friends
What type of meals? Breakfast - Buffet
Located on the fourth floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort, this enormous buffet offers a wide variety of delicious items for the whole family.Enjoy the fun and excitement of meeting Mickey and his pals during your feast as the monorail quietly whisks by overhead. Chef Mickey invites you to a buffet at this favorite for family fun Character dining.
This is offered by many agents and operators as part of the 'Chef Mickey Character Breakfast' which includes a limousine transfer from your accommodation.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Garden View Tea Lounge
My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party
Who will we meet? Princess Aurora
What type of meals? Afternoon tea
Put on your tiara and be a part of this fun- and fantasy-filled tea party for you and your little princess - hosted by Rose Petal, an enchanted rose who delights in storytelling and sing-a-longs. Girls are encouraged to attend dressed up in their favourite Princess attire and receive the royal treatment as they sip tea and enjoy a special visit from Princess Aurora*.
Young princesses also receive a special 18" My Disney Girl doll dressed in a matching Princess Aurora gown plus accessories, plus they take home their own ribbon tiara, silver Princess link bracelet, fresh rose, special princess scrapbook set and a "Best Friend" certificate.
Call (407) 939-6397 for reservations.