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Guest Rates Popular Character Dining Spot as Worst in Disney World

A family enjoying a meal together at a theme park, with the castle in the background. Two children are wearing Mickey Mouse ears, smiling and holding Publix sandwiches as they talk to their parents.
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When visiting Walt Disney World Resort, there are almost 400 places to eat — that’s a lot of food! There is something for every palate and options for every budget. One of the most popular — and more expensive — dining experiences at Disney World is character dining. Nearly every Deluxe hotel and each one of the four theme parks has a character dining experience. Some character dining is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. Others are served family style, but they are also all-you-can-eat, you just get to stay at your table!

Character DIning

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While most people love dining at a character meal, one family recently had anything but a pleasant experience when they decided to dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. TikToker Katie Johnson (@livefromauthens) said that her family decided to dine at the popular restaurant, but would never go back. In fact, she said they would have preferred any other character meal in the Resort.

According to Johnson, her family — which consisted of her husband and two young children — waited a very long time to get their food. Service was so slow that her kids started to get “antsy”. The meal took an hour and a half.

Her family was also upset because no characters came to their table. Johnson was upset that her family had to leave the table, and they never got to see any characters. Be Our Guest has a prix-fixed menu and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


This was my only regret #disneyworld #beautyandthebeastcastle We wasted so much time and money

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While Ms. Johnson may have thought she was warning guests about what a terrible character dining experience she had, many pointed out that Be Our Guest is not a character dining experience.

A character dining meal is when various characters come out, go table to table, and interact with guests. Be Our Guest does not have that. Guests who dine in the Magic Kingdom location will have to wait in a small line to meet the Beast in a separate room either before or after their meal. It is also unlikely that they will see Belle.

Be Our Guest Magic Kingdom

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If you would like to enjoy a character meal and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters, be sure to check out locations like Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort, Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toppolino Terrace at Riviera Resort, or Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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  1. Be Our Guest is the worst place to go even if no characters . We been 2 times and will never go back. Worst food I have ever tried to eat and service is non existent except to collect your money. The sandwich they brought was like one you find at a gas station. Dried out and like it was put together months ago. The other meal my wife had was about the same.

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