Walt Disney World has a LOT of character meal options and every one could be very totally different. From the costs to the characters you possibly can meet, meals, and environment, quite a bit can go into choosing the place to dine.
Hey from The Evil Queen at Storybook Dining at Artist Point
If meeting characters is a must-do in your listing, then character eating is a good way to try this. They’re useful because 1) you’ll get a meal, 2) you gained’t should waste a FastPass or time in line on meet and greets on the parks, three) you possibly can sit in your chair and let the characters come to you.
Appears easy, proper? Nicely, it kind of is, however the catch is that these dining options may be PRICEY. Since you could have the chance to interact with totally different characters whereas dining, Disney hikes up the prices.
So, which ones are value your time and money, you ask? Properly… we’ve obtained all of the solutions for you right here! We’ve ranked each character eating spot based mostly on worth, food, characters, and expertise.
- 1 1. Cinderella’s Royal Table
- 2 2. ‘Ohana Breakfast
- 3 three. Artist Level
- 4 four. Trattoria al Forno Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast
- 5 5. Garden Grill
- 6 6. Tusker Home
- 7 7. Crystal Palace
- 8 8. 1900 Park Fare
- 9 9. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- 10 10. Hollywood and Vine
- 11 11. Cape Might Café Breakfast
- 12 12. Chef Mickey’s
- 13 13. Garden Grove
- 14 14. Ravello
- 15 Honorary Mentions
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1. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Why do we have now Cinderella’s Royal Desk ranked highest you ask? Nicely, for starters, you get to eat INSIDE the fort in the Magic Kingdom. And actually, nothing compares to that experience.
Though the portions could be a little small for the worth, there’s nothing more magical than assembly the princesses like Aurora, Cinderella, and Snow White inside the fort, particularly when you’ve got little ones.
Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Desk
It’s costly, however it’s the right method to create lasting reminiscences. And no, this won’t rank as someone’s number one to-do if they have visited the parks multiple occasions. BUT this is the must-do character expertise for first-timers, as a result of there’s nothing else like it.
These reservations refill VERY shortly, so you will have to make them 180 days prematurely. And be warned, you’ll have to pay for the expertise if you make your reservation.
The inside decor of Cinderella Fort
2. ‘Ohana Breakfast
Coming in a really shut second is ‘Ohana breakfast at the Polynesian Village Resort. We love dining here because it allows you to escape from the typical buffet-style meal. Food options include freshly made pineapple-coconut bread, Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes), Pua’a (Pork), and Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs).
The meals is great and the characters are enjoyable as a result of they’re totally different from most places. Right here, you’ll meet Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch dressed in their greatest Hawaiian gear!
And in the event you’re seated close to the windows, you’ll have an unimaginable view of the fort!
Sew clowning around on the ‘Ohana character breakfast
three. Artist Level
Artist Level is a more moderen character location at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
We take pleasure in Artist Point due to the theming — every little thing from the meals to the drinks is impressed by Snow White. With options like cottage beef stew, Brothers Grimm roasted hen, miner’s treasures sponge cake, and the smoking mirror cocktail, gadgets on the menu will make you are feeling like you’re a part of the Snow White story.
There are additionally some pretty nice character options: Dopey, Grumpy, Snow White, and the Evil Queen. That is nice because Grumpy and Dopey sometimes solely meet visitors during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas events.
We enjoy the menu choices and really just like the environment — a singular dining experience.
Whats up from Dopey at Storybook Dining at Artist Point
four. Trattoria al Forno Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast
Need to meet Ariel and Eric in one place? Need to dine on a tower of Rapunzel-themed pancakes? Then, that is the character dining choice for you. Trattoria al Forno’s Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast at Disney’s BoardWalk provides you with the prospect to satisfy multiple princes and princesses directly. This is pretty uncommon because the princes don’t meet frequently in the parks.
We love assembly everyone while making an attempt some fun themed breakfast choices like Pascal’s palette (recent fruit, yogurt, honey, and granola), King Trident’s shipwrecked al Forno (calzone with scrambled eggs and toppings), and the swimmer’s delight (egg white omelet with smoked salmon).
What stinks about this location is that it’s relatively costly and you may only meet characters throughout breakfast. This implies reservations are often exhausting to return by.
Prince Eric at Trattoria al Forno
5. Garden Grill
I really like dining at Backyard Grill in Epcot because the situation isn’t often crowded and the meals is absolutely yummy, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The restaurant will slowly circle round as you take pleasure in scrumptious eats like creamy mashed potatoes and sliced turkey breast with gravy at lunch or dinnertime, or Chip ‘n Dale’s ooey-gooey Sticky Bun Bake and hearty bacon, ham and eggs at breakfast. Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale will stroll round and greet you when you chow down on your family-style meal.
And, for those who dine on the finish of the night time, the restaurant is often fairly empty and the characters will spend more time interacting with you. I really feel like this can be a hidden gem at Disney that often has open reservations.
Farmer Mickey at Garden Grill
6. Tusker Home
Tusker House is an effective dining choice at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in case you’re trying to meet characters like Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy. We love the distinction in eating options and the truth that the characters are dressed of their lovable safari outfits.
The breakfast buffet has typical breakfast fare, plus a couple of more exotic treats, plus you get the delicious POG juice (passionfruit, orange and guava). The dinner buffet consists of choices like hummus dips, roasted pork, basmati rice and curry hen, and banana bread pudding.
Though we actually take pleasure in this spot, it’s typically crowded and noisy, however we’ve found the characters to be so much fun, particularly sassy Miss Daisy!
Daisy Duck at Tusker Home
7. Crystal Palace
When you love Winnie the Pooh, then Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom is the place for you. Come be a part of within the enjoyable as you meet Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. Meeting Piglet is a real deal with because you possibly can’t meet him at another location!
This is buffet-style dining with typical breakfast meals like scrambled eggs, fruit, and bacon for breakfast, and soups, salads, and carved meat choices for lunch and dinner.
I really like consuming right here in the course of the Happily Ever After fireworks as a result of the wait employees will often allow you to go outdoors to observe them and then will allow you to return to complete your meal. The top of the night time can also be when the restaurant sees fewer visitors so the characters may have extra time to play around together with your group.
But, we’ve to admit, more often than not this location is crowded and it will probably get somewhat scorching and stuffy.
Eeyore at Crystal Palace
8. 1900 Park Fare
1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa gives distinctive character greeting options. At breakfast, you’ll typically meet Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Pooh, and Tigger.
And at dinner, you will be able to satisfy Cinderella AND Prince Charming along with Woman Tremaine and the Evil Stepsisters.
The interactions listed here are all the time a lot of fun — particularly when Prince Charming or Cinderella decides to bop with a young prince or princess diner. The environment is slightly quieter than at other character meals, however that’s not all the time a nasty factor. The buffet has a number of the identical options as many other eating places, though we’ve discovered the chilly Strawberry Soup right here to be a standout.
It may be pretty exhausting to get a reservation here since individuals need to meet Cinderella and the characters and in addition need to visit the Grand Floridian, so ensure you make these reservations as quickly you’ll be able to!
Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare
9. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Akershus Royal Banquet Corridor is a lesser-known princess character meal in Epcot’s World Showcase. We really feel that this location is pretty laid-back so far as character meals go. You’ll often see Snow White, Belle, Ariel and Aurora — perhaps others, however not Anna and Elsa. You need to visit them at the Royal Sommerhus on the other aspect of Norway pavilion.
The menu gadgets right here could be a little unusual — they offer some traditional Norwegian dishes — so they may not please everybody in your get together. Remember to take a look at the menus earlier than reserving your eating reservation at this spot!
When you do select to dine right here, attempt reserving your reservation earlier than park opening so that you could be one of the first in line for the highly regarded Frozen Ever After attraction subsequent door. This often has an extended wait, so if you can save time by avoiding that line, it’ll let you knock more stuff off your to-do record.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
10. Hollywood and Vine
Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is THE place to go in case your youngsters need to meet Disney Junior characters like Vampirina and Fancy Nancy. Be forewarned though — the Disney Junior characters are only at breakfast.
When you’re dining right here for lunch or dinner you’ll meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. The meal’s theme and menu modifications typically, based mostly on the season.
The environment is usually loud right here and the meals is pretty typical buffet fare.
Vampirina at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine at Hollywood and Vine ©Disney
11. Cape Might Café Breakfast
The Cape Might Café at Disney’s Seashore Club Resort gives a more relaxed character meal — Minnie’s Seashore Bash. Nevertheless it doesn’t supply as many character choices — just Minnie, and some associates. And although it is inexpensive, the expertise just doesn’t blow us away. This is another location with commonplace breakfast buffet choices like an omelet station and fruit.
The final time we dined right here we have been disenchanted with the food and felt very rushed.
Minnie Mouse at Cape Might Cafe
12. Chef Mickey’s
Many individuals rave about Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Modern Resort as the “IT’ character dining spot. Right here you’ll be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto in their chef outfits, which is absolutely cute!
However we expect that it’s means too crowded, serves boring, commonplace meals like mac and cheese, salad, and carved meats, and is just too massive of a restaurant for the characters to move round effectively. It’s very noisy, each from the opposite diners and the monorail periodically passing overhead. General the experience feels rushed and messy.
Chef Mickey at Chef Mickey’s
13. Garden Grove
Situated at the Walt Disney World Swan, this can be a inexpensive and less well-known character meal choice. Characters seem every night time at dinner, and at breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. The primary disadvantage is you could only meet two or three characters right here — more often than not it’s simply Goofy and Pluto, typically Chip ‘n Dale show up. The big advantage here, though, is that it’s quite a bit simpler to get reservations and it’s often quite a bit much less frantic.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Backyard Grove Character Dining
Dinner is a buffet or you’ll be able to order from the a la carte menu, and there are sometimes themes, like seafood night time. Weekends, breakfast is only a buffet, with offerings like Mickey Mouse Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelets and corned beef hash.
Ravello on the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is on our record simply because it’s one other character meal choice that you simply won’t have heard of. Clearly it’s a bit more durable to get to, because it’s not on Disney property, and it’s also a bit costlier. But should you’re having hassle booking one thing at Crystal Palace or Cape Might Buffet, and also you’re determined dine with characters, you may think about this.
Ravello on the Four Seasons
A couple of other places the place you possibly can meet a character or two while eating that aren’t true character eating spots are Be Our Guest restaurant and Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Lengthy at Fort Wilderness.
Beast sometimes greets visitors in his fort throughout dinnertime. He does not go from desk to table, so you’ll have to wait in a little bit of a line to satisfy him when you spy him after you’re finished together with your meal.
The Chip ‘n’ Dale Sing-A-Lengthy happens nightly at Fort Wilderness and is a superb place to satisfy these characters for FREE. You’ll be able to truly interact with Chip ‘n’ Dale as you toast s’mores and watch a movie beneath the celebs.
Fort Wilderness Campfire
These are our rankings for all of the character eating at Walt Disney World — we understand that Your Mileage Might Range! Dining is such a subjective factor and your loved ones’s likes and tastes might differ wildly from ours.
Also, issues change! Not solely do chefs and menus change, but typically the restaurants themselves shake things up. The truth is, be on the lookout for a brand new character eating location that can be making its solution to Toy Story Land very quickly. Learn all concerning the new Roundup Rodeo BBQ table-service location right here!
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