Character Dining Experiences You Will Love at Walt Disney World Resort
Character meet-and-greets are some of the very best things about Disney World. That said, waiting in line to meet your favorite characters isn’t exactly fun. The lines are often slow-moving, and younger visitors simply may not be able to stand still long enough to wait it out. This is where character dining comes into play.
Character dining opportunities exist in all four of the Disney World parks, as well as many of the Resort Hotels. These are perfect because they allow you to meet Disney friends while eating and without having to wait in any lines.
Honestly, no matter which character dining experiences you might choose, you’re sure to have a blast. That said, we do have some favorites that stand out from the crowd. Therefore, if you’re unsure of which options to choose, going with any of the following is definitely a safe bet.
1. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom
The ultimate dining experience and one every princess fan will adore, Cinderella’s Royal Table is a fan favorite for a reason. By dining at this well-themed eatery, you will have the opportunity to step inside of Cinderella’s castle, dine on food fit for royalty, and chat with princesses through it all.
The view down into Fantasyland makes it all even more magical, and every guest will leave with a souvenir so they can remember the experience forever.
2. Princess Storybook Dining
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, located in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase
Can’t get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table? That’s okay! The Storybook Princess Dining at Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is another wonderful option for the princess lovers in your life. Here, guests will be ushered into a palace dining hall, where they will meet multiple princesses and enjoy a yummy meal with many dishes inspired by the traditional cuisine of Norway.
3. Perfectly Princess Tea Party
Garden Tea Room at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Those who want even more princess fun will appreciate the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This tea party is every young princess’ dream. It includes a variety of lovely gifts, apple juice “tea”, dainty sandwiches, cake, and more.
Of course, a princess guest of honor will also be in attendance, making the whole event even more memorable.
4. Chip n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast
Garden Grill in Epcot
Prefer to dine with classic characters rather than princesses? Chip n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at Garden Grill allows you to do just that.
This meal is served family style, meaning you never have to get up to refill your plate, and every dish is filling, comforting, and delicious. Characters at this meal almost always include Chip, Dale, and Mickey, all dressed in their farming attire.
5. Donald’s Dining Safari
Tusker House in Animal Kingdom
If you’ll be spending the day in Animal Kingdom, Donald’s Dining Safari is a must-see. This character dining experience is hosted by Donald himself, and you can take part at breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the fabulous Tusker House Restaurant. We love the unique foods served up at this location, and kids will adore meeting some of the Fab Five dressed in their safari gear and ready for adventure.
6. Supercalifragilistic Breakfast
1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Many people feel that “face” characters (those without masks) are the best characters to meet during a meal. For this reason, the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort has become a guest favorite. During this meal you will meet such friends as the Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins, and all of these wonderful friends are full of character, making them quite entertaining.
Note:You can also enjoy a character meal later in the day at this location. The later meal is referred to as Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner and features Cinderella, Lady Tremaine, the Stepsisters, and Prince Charming.
7. Bon Voyage Character Breakfast
Trattoria al Forno at the BoardWalk Resort
A relatively new character meal, Bon Voyage Character Breakfast happens each morning at the BoardWalk Resort. This super fun meal features Rapunzel and Flynn Rider of Tangled, and both are extremely engaging and fun to spend time with. The food options here are some of the best of all the character meals we’ve tried, and we love the location on the BoardWalk.
8. A Buffet With Character
Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom
Are you a fan of Winnie the Pooh? If so, A Buffet With Character at Crystal Palace is the meal for you. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore all tend to be present at this wonderful meal, and they’ll be available for meet-and-greets no matter what time of day you decide to dine. That said, we especially love the breakfast at this location. Be sure to try Pooh’s Puffed French Toast!
Last but not least, we must mention Disney World’s newest character dining option. Story Book Dining at Artist Point is character dining with a twist, and we absolutely adore it.
Here, you will feel as though you’re stepping into the haunted forest where you will dine on various themed dishes that make you feel as though you are a part of the story. Snow White, the Evil Queen, and a couple of other characters are also available for meet-and-greets to complete the experience.
Chris Gonzales is a writer and freelance editor who hails from Oklahoma City but full-time RVs with his wife and son. As a family of WDW Passholders, they spend much of their time in Orlando and have become quite knowledgable about the parks. Though their travels take them away from time to time, they always find their way back.