When thinking about taking out a Walt Disney World Memory Maker package its not just about all of the amazing ride photos you can get while at the theme parks or your family posed in front of the castle. Walt Disney World also offers PhotoPass opportunities at several of it’s Table Service Dining locations? Whether you’re treating yourself to a dinner show or dining with Princesses, you’ll want to preserve those amazing Disney memories that last a lifetime. Here are 8 of our favorite dining locations with PhotoPass photography options.
1. Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – This open-air dining experience gives guests the chance to saddle up next to some of your favorite Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale while enjoying an all-you-care-to-eat BBQ Feast. Foodies can indulge in BBQ classics like ribs, hamburgers and corn on the cob. Bring your dancing shoes and join your Disney friends for a boogie to the in-house Country Western Band. During the experience, a Disney PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture the magic.
2. Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom (Dinner Only) – If you’re lucky enough to nab a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest then you’ll get to see the ever elusive Beast. A bashful character, he doesn’t make the rounds table to table like some of the other characters dining experiences but he does go into each dining area to briefly welcome guests at regular intervals. You can also stop and have your photo taken with him after your meal. A PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture the magic. The Beast no longer appears for meet and greets out with Be Our Guest so this exclusive encounter is definitely one of the major perks for booking for dinner. In addition, the cuisine at Be Our Guest with its emphasis on French Cuisine is some of the best that Magic Kingdom has to offer. However, we recommend making those dining reservations early because this is one of Disney’s hardest to get restaurant bookings.
3. Chef Mickey’s- Disney’s Contemporary Resort: One of my Disney must-dos is a trip to the Contemporary Resort to enjoy a breakfast at Chef Mickey’s. One of Disney’s most-popular character dining experiences, here guests can enjoy classic American cuisine from Mickey Waffles at breakfast, BBQ Ribs at brunch to carvery items for dinner. Guests also get to mingle with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy who are bound to put a smile on your face with their singing and dancing shenanigans. There’s also a fun PhotoPass photo spot where you can have your photo snapped as soon as you come in with a loveable Chef Mickey statue.
4. Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom – For princesses of any age, no dining experience really captures that fairytale moment quite like dining in the heart of Cinderella’s Castle. Cinderella’s Royal Table will have you feeling like royalty as you indulge in elegant dishes right in the heart of the Magic Kingdom. Several of your favorite Disney Princesses will also be on hand and visit each table to say hello, sign autographs and pose for photos. Guests entering the restaurant will join a queue where you’ll stop to have your photo taken with Cinderella herself before making your way up the staircase to the magical dining room. This is another tricky dining reservation to get so book as early as possible.
5. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Those hoping for a rootin’ tootin’ good time should look no further than this fun-filled dinner show. Located at the Pioneer Hall this high-spirited vaudeville-style stage show will have guests, laughing, singing and stomping your feet while dining on all-you-can-eat fried chicken and BBQ pork ribs. Those over 21 can also indulge in unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria. A PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture the evening’s festivities.
6. Ohana- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – One of our favorite breakfasts at Disney World, each morning Ohana plays host to the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch. The food is served family style (with big skillets being brought to the table) including amazing items with a Hawaiian twist like Island-style friend potatoes, Hawaiian port sausages and Hawaiian-style ham topped with pineapple compote. And if that isn’t enough, guests are visited by Lilo, Hawaiian Mickey, Pluto and also have a chance to get photos with Stitch! Ohana is open for breakfast from 7:30am – 12:00pm daily.
7. Akershus Royal Banque Hall – Norway Pavilion – Epcot – Another great spot for Princess spotting, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers storybook dining with Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora, Mulan, and Cinderella. You’ll love the ambiance of this restaurant, which includes royal thrones, regal tapestries, and dramatic archways; but you’ll also enjoy the delicious cuisine, which feature some Norway-inspired options. Feast on breakfast classics, a Norwegian smorgasbord or amazing seafood dishes depending on your time of day. Guests entering can stop and have their photo snapped with a Disney Princess before proceeding into the dining hall. As you dine, you’ll also be visited by some of the other princesses listed above, who appear at mealtimes on a rotating schedule.
8. 1900 Park Fare – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – This buffet restaurant is conveniently located on the monorail line and offers two different character dining options for breakfast and dinner. Guests dining in the morning will be treated to the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast. Characters in attendance are usually Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, as well as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Breakfast items include custom-made omelettes, pancakes, Mickey Waffles, carved ham and so much more. Breakfast is served daily from 8:00am – 11:50am. From 4:00pm – 9:00pm, the restaurant offers Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner where diners are made to feel like the honored guests of Cinderella and Prince Charming. Dinner buffet items include seafood, salad, carvery items, salads as well as a kid-friendly buffet for tiny travellers. Prince Charming and Cinderella make the rounds to meet guests before the party is crashed by Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella. At both dining experiences, a PhotoPass photographer is stationed at the entrance to take your family’s photo in front of a beautiful backdrop of the castle.
Reservations can be made at each of the character dining locations on our list 180 days in advance via the My Disney Experience app or by calling 407.WDW.DINE. Spaces for each of these fill up quickly so try and make those reservations as early as you can. Dining experiences range in price from $15 – over $50 per adult depending on the experience. For those on the Disney Dining Plan, all of the dining options listed above are 1 Table Service dining credit except for Cinderella’s Royal Table, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ and Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue which come in at 2 Credits.
Guests planning on attending and having their photos taken at several of these fun dining locations may want to consider taking out a Memory Maker package. Memory Maker includes unlimited downloads of any of the ride photos and pictures taken by PhotoPass photographers during your stay (including those listed above). Memory Maker costs $199 for those waiting to purchase the package until you are at the parks. However, purchase in advance (up to 3-days before your vacation) and you’ll save $30 making the cost $169. More information on MemoryMaker can be found here.
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