One of the most popular things to do at Disney World is dine with Disney characters. There are several options to choose from and it can be hard to know which ones to book. We’ve eaten at quite a few and have come up with what we believe are the best character meals at Disney World.
What is Disney Character Dining?
Character dining is a unique experience where guests can interact and take photos with their favorite Disney characters while enjoying a meal.
It adds an extra element of magic to the dining experience, making it perfect for families who love to meet and greet Disney characters.
Why Choose Character Dining?
There are many reasons why character dining should be on your list of must-do activities at Disney World. Here are just a few:
- Meet Multiple Characters at Once: Disney Character dining allows you to meet and interact with multiple characters without having to wait in long lines or rush around the parks trying to find them.
- Perfect Photo Opportunities: As Disney World is known for its exceptional attention to detail, character dining offers the chance to have the entire family in a photo with characters.
- No Lines: This is the only time when you can meet characters without having to stand in meet & greet lines!
Best Character Meals at Disney World
There are several different character dining experiences at Disney World which can make it hard to decide which ones to choose.
These are the ones we consider as the best character meals at Disney World.
Akershus Storybook Dining at EPCOT
If you are looking for a character meal that will let you meet Disney Princesses at Epcot, you should book breakfast at Akershus.
You will get a Norwegian-style breakfast (with an American twist) and see many of the Disney Princesses.
Tusker House at Animal Kingdom
When it comes to character breakfasts, one of our favorites is Tusker House.
You will get to dine on all your favorites and get to drink the iconic POG juice while meeting with Mickey Mouse & friends dressed in their Safari gear.
This is the absolute best way to meet the Fab Five while in Animal Kingdom.
Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom
If you want a true royal experience, nothing beats dining inside Cinderella Castle.
This table service character dining at Disney World really makes you feel like royalty when you get to dine with Cinderella, Prince Charming, and other princesses.
Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom
Available for breakfast, lunch & dinner, this is the restaurant that you will want to book if you want to meet Winnie the Pooh & friends.
Each character will come to your table for one-on-one time for pictures and autographs.
Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios
If you are a foodie but still want to meet Disney characters, consider Hollywood & Vine’s Seasonal Buffets.
They have a fantastic selection of food based on what’s in season and also give you the chance to meet & greet with Minnie, Mickey and other Disney characters in their finest outfits.
Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Cafe (Beach Club)
During breakfast, Minnie Mouse and other characters show up in their beach outfits.
Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast is a traditional American breakfast, with an omelet bar.
It is a great place to hit if you are on the Skyliner or are planning to visit Epcot or Hollywood Studios because you can walk from breakfast right to those parks!
‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast at Polynesian Resort
Do you love Stitch? The only Disney dining option where you can meet both Lilo & Stitch is at ‘Ohana inside the Polynesian resort.
This family-style restaurant gives you a traditional menu of all-you-can-eat eggs, bacon, biscuits, waffles and potatoes along with fresh fruit and tropical bread.
It’s a great place to stop when you are on your way to Magic Kingdom since it’s on the monorail.
Things to Know about Disney Character Dining
You will have to arrive on time at the restaurant as these meals work on a rotational dining schedule.
If you arrive late, you might not be able to be seated until there is a lag to fit you back in.
Disney characters will come to your table while you eat to sign autographs. Make sure you have your autograph books ready.
The only problem with that is that you will need to pay attention to the order in which characters make their way to your table.
That way you don’t go to get more food when a character is on their way!
Cost of Character Dining at Disney World
Disney character meals are one of the most expensive restaurant experiences to have.
This is partly because the food is limitless and partly because you are able to meet Disney characters.
Getting Reservations for Character Meals
When it comes to character dining, you are going to want to make sure you book your meals with Disney characters in advance.
This can be done through the My Disney Experience App.
The character dining restaurants tend to book quickly, so as soon as you know which ones you want to eat at, be sure to make reservations.
If you are unable to get the reservations for the places you want to eat, don’t give up.
Check in the system frequently because people change their reservations all the time, even up to days before!
We hope that you found this information useful. If you need more information about Disney character meals, be sure to read our Guide to Disney World Character Dining.
Do you have a favorite place for character dining at Disney World?
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