Disney Planning: Character Dining

There are nearly a dozen places on Disney World’s property where you can dine with the characters. Some restaurants are in the theme parks while others are on hotel resort properties. I’ve created a guide to help you match up the right character meal to your family. For those on the meal plan, all the restaurants on this list cost 1 table service meal credit unless noted and any picture packages will cost extra.

If You Like Princesses and Princes

Try Cinderella’s Royal Table

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Located at Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table sits right inside Cinderella’s Castle. You can eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner here for 2 table service meal credits though gratuities are included in the price. Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother always host the meal and they usually invite along Ariel, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and Snow White. Breakfast here is pre-plated while lunch and dinner have a la carte menus. Breakfast will include plenty of great foods (see Disney Food Blog’s experience) while the lunch and dinner menus include rich entrees like pork loin, short ribs, fried chicken, or beef tenderloin. Kids can try chicken nuggets, pizza, beef tenderloin, turkey pot pie, or a chicken leg. This is one of the most popular meals at Disney World so reserve a spot early!

Try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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Located at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is often overlooked but is a gem of a find. You can usually find a combination or all of the top princesses- Ariel, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, or Snow WhiteBreakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served here with breakfast featuring American foods served family style and lunch and dinner highlighting Norway’s top treats a la carte. Breakfast includes the usual treats and lunch and dinner both start with a cold “Taste of Norway” appetizer before moving onto hot entrees. Don’t be too afraid of Norwegian foods, you can find chicken sandwiches, salmon, and Norwegian meatballs while kids get chicken, ravioli, hot dogs, meatballs, salmon, or pizza.

Try 1900 Park Fare

Chef Gary - 1900 Park Fare

Located at the Grand Floridian, 1900 Park Fare is easy to reach from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the monorail resorts. They have 2 separate character meals but for dinner you can find Cinderella, Drizella, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Prince Charming. The meals are served buffet style and for dinner you can enjoy salads, soups (try the famous strawberry soup!), salmon, prime rib, pasta, and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

If You Like Mickey and Friends

Try Chef Mickey’s

Part of the buffet at Chef Mickey's

Located at the Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s is easy to reach from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the monorail resorts. You will find characters here for both breakfast and dinner. Be on the lookout for regulars Goofy and Mickey though they may bring along some friends like Minnie, Pluto or Donald Duck. The meals here are served buffet style with plenty of food for everyone. Expect typical breakfast foods like cereals, fruits, potatoes, eggs, doughnuts, pastries, and the ever-popular Mickey waffles. For dinner there’s a carving board, pastas, salad bar, and pizza. This is one of the most popular spots so book this location early.

Try Ohana

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Located at the Polynesian Resort, Ohana is easy to reach from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the monorail resorts. For breakfast you can hang out with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. The meals are served family style and you’ll have scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries, and fruits brought to your table.

Try Cape May Cafe

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Located at the Beach Club Resort, Cape May Cafe is just a short walk from the Yacht Club Resort, Boardwalk Inn, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. For breakfast you can dine with Goofy, Minnie, and Donald Duck. The buffet menu includes hot, cold, and bakery offerings including yogurt, cereal, Mickey waffles, french toast, and bread pudding. You’ll also have savory items like bagels, breakfast pizza, eggs, and potatoes.

Try Tusker House

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Located at Animal Kingdom, Tusker House brings together Donald and Daisy Duck along with regular guests Mickey, Minnie and Goofy over a breakfast and lunch buffet. You’ll find American favorites mixed in with African dishes or flavors like curry, tamarind, jollaf rice, and couscous. Don’t be intimidated, this is one of Disney’s secrets and you’ll be able to eat steaks, rotisserie chicken, salad, and bread pudding for lunch or the usual favorites for breakfast. This is a very vegetarian-friendly character meal and there’s something here for everyone.

Try The Garden Grill

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Located at Epcot’s The Land, Garden Grill serves dinner with Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. The meal is served family style with a very popular harvest salad, beef filet, turkey, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and a dessert based around the farming theme. Kids can enjoy a chicken leg or mac & cheese with healthy sides.

If You Like Disney Characters

Try 1900 Park Fare

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Located at the Grand Floridian, 1900 Park Fare is easy to reach from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the monorail resorts. They have 2 separate character meals but for breakfast you can find The Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, and Alice in Wonderland. The meals are served buffet style and for breakfast you have the typical spread with an omelette bar, Mickey waffles, and Edy’s soft serve for dessert. Make sure to try the famous strawberry soup!

Try Crystal Palace

A Magical Breakfast

Located at Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can catch up with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet over a buffet style meal at whatever time of day. The breakfast menu includes the usual dishes along with breakfast lasagna and a puff french toast. Lunch and dinner have a little bit of everything and the bread pudding seems to be the most popular dessert.

Try Hollywood & Vine

June (Little Einsteins) at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios

Located in Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will appeal to the youngest of kids. Eat breakfast or lunch with June from Disney’s Little Einsteins, Jake the Neverland pirate, Handy Manny and Special Agent Oso. Both meals are served buffet style with breakfast including Disney waffles and a singalong while lunch adds in singing and dancing over chicken, pasta, salads, and plenty of sides.

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