There are so many wonderful character meals around Walt Disney World. I included a list of some of my favorites based on the food, the character interactions, and overall experience. I like to do the character meals that have the harder to find characters as well, such as Flynn Rider or the Seven Dwarfs. They are a great way to meet many of the characters without standing in line for each meet and greet! Plus, did you know that if you are using the Disney Dining Plan, many character meals are only one credit?
This is not a comprehensive list but here are some of my favorites:
- Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno
The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno is my favorite character meal at Walt Disney World. Trattoria Al Forno is located on Disney’s Boardwalk, right next to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, which is a short walk or boat ride to EPCOT or Hollywood Studios. This meal starts with fruit and a variety of pastries served in Rapunzel’s frying pan. The entrees are themed and include options such as pancakes, breakfast calzone and more. While eating, guests have the opportunity to meet characters including Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric. The food is delicious and the characters are fun and engaging!
- Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
This is the newest character meal, dinner only, located at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Guests have the opportunity to meet Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy while dining on a three-course prix fixe menu, with shared appetizers and desserts. A PhotoPass photographer is also available to capture you posing with The Queen herself!
- Garden Grill
The Garden Grill is in EPCOT’s Land Pavilion and offers character dining at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can meet favorite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Pluto and of course, Chip and Dale! The meal is served family-style with some of the food choices grown right at the Living with the Land greenhouses. While eating, you may notice that the restaurant slowly rotates through the scenes in the Living with the Land ride. This is a favorite, and perhaps a hidden gem. If you are able to grab a breakfast reservation before park opening, you can then head to some of the park’s most popular attractions, including Soarin’ Around the World, which is right downstairs!
- Tusker House
Tusker House is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, near the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. This restaurant features character dining with Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy for all three meals. The food includes an African flair as well as kid-friendly favorites and you can also opt to dine here as part of the Rivers of Light dining package. During the buffet-style meal, kids are invited to join in with the characters as they march in a parade around the restaurant! This is a great option for any meal but I especially love it for breakfast.
- Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is located inside Cinderella Castle and is 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan. It is the only way to go inside the castle. When you arrive for your reservation for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will be taken inside where you will find a PhotoPass photographer and Cinderella waiting to greet you! While dining from this prix fixe menu, guests have the opportunity to meet classic princesses. Character appearances are subject to change but you may encounter Princess Aurora, Snow White, Jasmine or Ariel. In my opinion, this meal is a must-do at least once. Many people enjoy planning this meal after getting their little ones transformed into a prince or princess at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and dressing up is encouraged. Who doesn’t want to say that they have eaten inside Cinderella Castle?
Just as a reminder, this is not a comprehensive list. There are many more options that I did not include here, and I haven’t eaten a character meal that wasn’t fun. They are located throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, at the parks, and at many deluxe resorts.
When booking character dining, it is important to remember that reservations can be made 180 days in advance, starting at 6:00 am. If you are staying on Disney property, you will be able to book 180 days before your check-in date, for the length of your stay. Many of the character meals are VERY popular and will be booked quickly.
Also, while planning your day, keep in mind that character meals can take 60-90 minutes to finish. It is a great way to meet all the characters without waiting in long lines while still having fun interactions.
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