There are many reasons you might consider enjoying a character breakfast, lunch, or dinner during your next trip to Disney. I mean, they are carefree and fun. They are a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of “themepark life” — which is to say there are two important things: seats and air — and, aside from feeding your hungry family, character meals kill two birds with one stone: you don’t have to stand in line so your kids get to see their favorite characters. Instead, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Belle, Cinderella and more come to your table and you can get photos with them or autograph books signed.
Here are the top 10 character meals at the Walt Disney World Resort:
Location: Magic Kingdom
Many Disney fans have set up reminders on their smartphones so they make their reservations ASAP for Cinderella’s Royal Table, up to 180 days in advance of their visit. Use My Disney Experience to assist you with your reservation. For adults and children alike, the prospect of dining inside of Cinderella’s castle is a dream come true, which is why it is booked solid most days. Guests may meet beloved Disney characters such as Cinderella at the entrance, snap a picture and then have other princesses visit your table. Details about pricing and menus is here.
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
One of the most coveted character meals at Walt Disney World Resort, Chef Mickey’s offers a buffet plus the chance to spend some time with Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Pluto (although characters may vary). It’s a great place to celebrate a birthday, since there’s a special song. It’s located inside the Contemporary Resort and offers breakfast, brunch and dinner. Find out more details here.
Location: Magic Kingdom Park
Find Hundred Acre Wood Friends at this very popular buffet located inside Magic Kingdom. There’s a wide selection of food to please big and tiny appetites and, if you’re celebrating a birthday, make sure to tell your server and join in the parade. For pricing and more information, click here.
Location: Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Cape May Cafe offers a breakfast buffet inside the Disney’s Beach Club Resort hotel and is quieter than other character meals. Crayons on the table will keep your kids entertained while they draw on white-paper tablecloths. Try the hearty omelets, Mickey waffles, breakfast pizza, fruit, oatmeal and other goodies while you meet characters such as Goofy, Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse, who sign autographs and take photos while dressed for the beach. Find out more here.
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Do you want to dine with Cinderella and Prince Charming? “Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner” at 1900 Park Fare in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers that and more. Guests of all ages can partake in a prime rib dinner buffet while meeting Cinderella and her friends, while during “Supercalifragilistic Breakfast” a different character experience is offered, currently with Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. Click for details.
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Have a Disney Junior fan in the house? Then this is the character meal for you! Currently, Disney Junior Friends host two fun-filled, musical meals during breakfast at Hollywood & Vine, located inside Disney Hollywood Studios. Lunch and dinner are now at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine, hosted by Minnie featuring the “Fab 5.” More information about Hollywood & Vine here.
Also located inside Epcot, the Garden Grill Restaurant offers traditional American dishes during a meal hosted by Chip & Dale. Join in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mickey Mouse also makes an appearance, dressed up in farmer’s clothes. Each table enjoys an ever-changing view of Living with the Land at this slowly rotating restaurant. See such scenes as a rainforest, farmhouse, thunderstorm, sandstorm and prairie as you feast on all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style fare. Find more information here.
If Disney princesses bring magic into your daughter’s life then this restaurant — located inside the Norway pavillion at Epcot — is a great option. Dine in a medieval castle while Disney Princesses come to your table and pose for pictures. For more details on Akershus, click here.
Location: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
‘Ohana serves breakfast family-style inside the Polynesian hotel, hosted by Lilo and Stitch. The juice is delicious, but make sure Stitch doesn’t get close to it. Breakfast selections include scrambled eggs, island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon and a variety of fresh fruits and breads (the pineapple bread is a personal favorite), but you can ask for cereal and gluten-free options. Find out more about ‘Ohana here.
Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner character dining inside of Animal Kingdom, make sure to give this African-themed restaurant a try. The buffet has plenty of salads, breads and main dishes, plus a special station for younger guests. More details on Tusker House Restaurant, here.
Oh, and remember to make reservations! Dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, either by calling (407) 939-7211 or click here.