Our Guide to Walt Disney World Character meals was last updated in October 2018. The guide provides information on all the current Disney World Character Meals including helpful hints & tips. In addition, we have exclusive video footage from many of the venues.
Going to Walt Disney World?
Going with kids?
If you are, meeting characters is likely to be a big part of your Walt Disney World Vacation.
In fact, for many adults, it is also a big part of their vacation too.
It is difficult not to get involved with the fun of meeting the occasional Disney Character.
However; one thing you will meet is long lines. One way to avoid these lines is to book one of the Disney World Character Meals.
Character Meals are located throughout Disney World and are offered at each theme park plus at several resorts. Whether it is Mickey Mouse, a Disney Princess or Winnie the Pooh there is likely to be a character meal where you can meet your favourite character.
Whilst they often don’t offer the best food character meals are always great fun.
Magic Kingdom Character Meals
Crystal Palace at The Magic Kingdom
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner this impressive venue is located on Main Street USA.
This is your opportunity to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet. A great character experience which is popular with all little ones even if Piglet does not really look much like Piglet!
Booking is essential for this Character Meal and the Disney Dining Plan is accepted. A generous but not stunning buffet is available to go with your experience.
Cinderella’s Royal Table Magic Kingdom
Set upstairs inside Cinderella Castle this restaurant hosts a highly sought-after character meal. Advance Dining Reservations are essential and should be booked as soon as the 180-day booking window opens.
Characters do vary but you can expect to meet Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora & Snow White. The Fairy Godmother often appears at dinner. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted but this is a Signature Location and costs 2 table credits.
Be Our Guest at Dinner
The very popular Be Our Guest is not a traditional character meal. However; on leaving you can meet the Beast.
Dinner, at Be Our Guest, was changed during summer 2018 and is now a fixed price signature meal. The meal is not cheap costing around $60 or 2 table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. However, the dishes are enhanced from before and include a selection of French favourites.
Be Our Guest is a Quick Service site for breakfast and lunch. Beast is not present at either lunch or breakfast but the food is better than most Quick Service locations.
EPCOT Character Meals
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Located in Norway and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Belle is your host who you meet on arrival. In addition, you will see a selection from Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Mary Poppins and Snow White.
Food is better than many of the other Disney World Character Meals but might not be popular with picky eaters. If you are a little picky about your food breakfast is probably a better choice.
Disney Dining Plan is accepted and costs only 1 credit. Another popular place but easier to book than the Royal Table.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is considered by many Disney World experts to be one of the best value meals on the Disney Dining Plan. This is probably my favourite of all the Disney World Character Meals.
Served family style and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The usual characters are Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto.
Disney Dining Plan is accepted and reservations are usually easier than at other character meal venues.
Hollywood Studios Character Meals
Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood and Vine
Hollywood and Vine character meals have changed frequently in recent years. Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine is now only available for breakfast. Characters do change and the new star is Vampirina. Other characters you are likely to meet are Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins & Goofy.
This meal is great fun for little ones and costs 1 Table Service Credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
A Fantasmic Dining Package is also available and provides VIP seating to watch the show. The dining package, in my opinion, is only worthwhile if you are on the dining plan as it still costs one credit. If you are paying out-of-pocket it does cost a bit more.
Not the best food at Walt Disney World but the kids will not care.
Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine
Now serving for lunch & dinner is this ever-changing seasonal feast. Minnie and pals are decked out in special costumes that vary based upon the current season. The Disney Dining plan is accepted and Fantasmic Dining packages are available.
The following seasons have currently been announced:
September 3, 2018 – November 8, 2018
Visit Minnie’s favorite happy haunt for a spooktacular Halloween feast that’s frightfully delightful.
November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Deck the halls at a dazzling dinner party filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season!
2018 started with a celebration of Hollywood but there have been no announcements for 2019 yet.
Animal Kingdom Character Meals
Donald’s Safari Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at Tusker House.
Donald is your host plus there is an opportunity to meet in addition Daisy, Goofy & Mickey Mouse. A great buffet accompanies your meal in an interesting environment.
A good meal but it is not the cheapest character meal. Disney Dining plan is accepted and costs 1 credit.
Disney World Resort’s Character Meals
1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian
1900 Park fare is open for breakfast and dinner but 2 quite different character meals are served.
At the breakfast, you can meet Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. We have recently visited 1900 Park Fare after a several years break and have created a review of our experience. The breakfast buffet in our opinion is one of the best in Walt Disney World. During Holiday Seasons this meal is extended into brunch.
Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner has culinary selections that are representative of several “kingdoms” from around the globe. Cinderella is you host and is usually supported by Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizella and Lady Tremaine.
The Character meals at 1900 Park fare are not the cheapest meals but have some great characters which you can’t meet elsewhere.
Disney Dining Plan accepted for all meals.
Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Only the breakfast served at Ohana is a character meal. The meal features Lilo, Stitch, Mickey & Pluto. It is a very popular location with a good family style breakfast. The restaurant accepts the Disney Dining Plan and Advance Dining Reservations are essential.
Plenty of family fun throughout your visit. Ohana is very popular for good reasons and we have more information in our review.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point Wilderness Lodge
I’m very cross about this new Walt Disney World Character Meal.
Artist Point was one of the finest restaurants at Walt Disney World and did not need changing.
However, it is now a rather expensive Signature Meal featuring Snow White, the Evil Queen and a few of the dwarfs.
Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort.
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a very popular and noisy character experience.
Not the best food but a great opportunity to meet Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto. This location is very popular and should be booked as soon as possible. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted. Our review of Chef Mickey’s has further information.
Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort
The usual characters are Donald, Goofy and Minnie dressed in their beach gear. Often a quieter venue which means more time with characters but usually there are only 3. We personally think a character meal should have at least 4 characters.
Disney Dining Plan accepted but perhaps not the best value use of a credit.
Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno
Located on Disney’s Boardwalk this Character Meal offers a rare opportunity to meet the Disney Princes.
Characters from Tangled and The Little Mermaid will greet you at your table.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is rumoured to be closing at the end of 2018. However, there is still time to experience this fun venue with Chip, Dale, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Located at Fort Wilderness this dinner show costs 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Your meal includes music and dancing with the characters. Wine and beer are included plus plenty of barbecued food. Reports from this location are very mixed.
Remember to leave plenty of time to get to Fort Wilderness as it isn’t the easiest of places to get to. Have a look at this guide to help you with transport or speak to your resort concierge.
Wonderland Tea Party at Grand Floridian
A Kid Only(4-10) Tea Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Kids get the opportunity to make cupcakes and have tea with the characters.
The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted. The experience lasts for 1 hour and parents do not stay during the party.
Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Grand Floridian
Rose Petal is your host for this very expensive experience with a guest appearance by Aurora. During this major event, girls receive a Princess Aurora doll, tiara, bracelet, rose, scrapbook and food. Boys get an alternative selection of gifts.
Disney Dining Plan is not accepted. The experience is not available on Tuesday and Thursday.
Non-Disney Resort Character Meals
There are Disney World Character Meals at several non-Disney properties:
Ravello at the Four Seasons
Garden Grove at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Covington Mill located inside Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Letterpress at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
Lakeside at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
As these Character meals are not held at Disney Resorts the Disney Dining Plan is not accepted. However, several of these meals are significantly cheaper than Character Meals at Disney owned resorts.
Learn More about Disney Dining
Our Guide to Meeting Characters at Walt Disney World is full of hints & tips.
Do you want to know more about the Disney Dining Plan? Have a look at our useful guide.
We have created a Guide to Dining at Walt Disney World which explains all the options available.
Our Guide to Walt Disney World is a great resource for planning your Disney World Vacation.