Guide to all character meals at Disney World

(Article last updated: February 6, 2017)

One of the things that many people want to include on Disney World trips is character meals but there are so many to choose from that it's hard to figure out which ones to do.

In this post, I have listed all of the character meals at Disney World with info on which characters appear, prices, menus, tips, and how to get to early breakfast reservations to help you out.

Let's get started...

Magic Kingdom character meals

Crystal Palace (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
Price range: $26-41/adult, $16-22/child
Location: Main Street
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menus

Pros: This is a Winnie the Pooh and friends character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions. The food is served buffet-style and includes favorites like breakfast lasagna, puffed french toast, pineapple upside down cake, bread pudding and character waffles.

Cons: Can be a wait, even with reservations (which you almost always have to have to get in here)

Tips: The Cast Members here are known for providing great service, including recognizing special occasions so be sure to note if you're celebrating on your reservation and mention it when you check in as well.


Cinderella's Royal Table (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine (though she's rarely available)
Price range: $57-70/adult, $35-43/child
Location: In the castle
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
Link to menus

Pros: The experience, view, characters and some of the food is good too (like the stuffed French toast)

Cons: Expensive, waits can be long to get in even with a reservation

Tips: This reservation needs to be made 180 days in advance, particularly for 8 a.m. breakfast


Be Our Guest (dinner)
Be Our Guest restaurant

Character: The Beast
Price range: $21-35/entree
Location: Fantasyland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menu

Pros: Interesting French food options (I like the potato leek soup and desserts the best here), this is the only place to meet The Beast

Cons: Service and food are inconsistent, waits can be long even with a reservation

Tips: This might be the hardest dining reservation to get in all of Disney World since it's the newest restaurant. I don't happen to think it's worth the trouble (breakfast and lunch here are much better in my experience, though The Beast doesn't appear at those meals) but be sure to make reservations 180 days in advance if you want to eat here for dinner.

Epcot character meals

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Mary Poppins and Snow White (princesses can vary and will likely not all appear)
Price range: $44-51/adult, $25-30/child
Location: Norway section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menus

Pros: Great use of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan

Cons: Expensive if paying out-of-pocket, waits can be long even with a reservation

Tips: Eat breakfast here if you have picky eaters since lunch and dinner feature foods that are a bit more adventurous and not as popular for families


Garden Grill (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
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Characters: Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
Price range: $30-40/adult, $18-20/child
Location: In The Land Pavilion
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menu

Pros: This character meal is served family-style and is all-you-can-eat with the meal including various meat entrees, veggies, rolls and dessert. While you eat, the restaurant rotates slowly and Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto stop by for a visit. This is a great use of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan and WDW Prep's top fave character meals at Disney World.

Cons: Can be a bit tricky to get to and strollers aren't allowed after a certain point

Tips: It is often possible to get a reservation here when many others aren't available

Hollywood Studios character meals

Hollywood and Vine (breakfast, lunch)
*Beginning May 2017 Disney Jr. characters will be available at breakfast only

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Characters: Breakfast and lunch feature Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake
Price range: $28-32/adult, $16/child
Location: Echo Lake area near the front of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menus

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people

Cons: Can be loud, not all dishes are great

Tips: Don't forget to try the sundae bar after your meal (available at lunch)


Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine (dinner)
*Beginning May 2017 Minnie's Seasonal Dine will be extended to include both lunch and dinner service

Characters: Minnie and pals decked out in special costumes that vary based upon the current season/holiday
Price range: $47/adult, $28/child
Location: Echo Lake area near the front of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menus

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people and the Fantasmic! Dinner Package is a available here

Cons: Can be loud, not all dishes are great

Tips: Don't forget to try the themed desserts and/or sundae bar after your meal

Animal Kingdom character meal

Tusker House (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
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Characters: Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse
Price range: $31-35/adult, $20/child
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menus

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food (standard breakfast items, various African dishes available at lunch and dinner)

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 180 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.

Resort character meals at Disney World

1900 Park Fare (breakfast and dinner)
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Breakfast characters: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
Dinner characters: Prince Charming, Cinderella, Anastasia, Drizella and Lady Tremaine
Price range: Breakfast is about $17/child and $27/adult. Dinner is about $23/child and $42/adult.
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menus

Pros: Fun character interactions and it's fun to have both sushi rolls and gummi bears at dinner (where else would that be possible?)

Cons: Fairly expensive, especially since the food isn't super good (you're definitely paying for the experience)

Tips: If you arrive by monorail, it may not be obvious where this restaurant is located. When you exit the monorail, go down to the first floor and you'll find the restaurant by the front doors.


'Ohana (breakfast)
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Characters: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
Price range: $30/adult, $18/child
Location: Polynesian Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Breakfast menu

Pros: Food options to please most people (all-you-can-eat American breakfast), kids are included in activities during the meal (which mortifies my kids but outgoing kids find it fun)
Cons: Popular spot so reservations are hard to get, check in can take a long time so maybe even consider arriving early for your reservation

Tips: Book ASAP if you are interested in eating here, breakfast hours extend until 12:00 pm which makes it a great place to grab a late breakfast


Chef Mickey's (breakfast, brunch/lunch and dinner)
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Characters: Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto
Price range: $38-50/adult, $21-27/child
Location: Contemporary Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe plus being able to ride the monorail right into the building, sundae bar makes a fun dessert

Cons: Food isn't particularly good but is sufficient, reservations are hard to get

Tips: Request to be in the main dining room to get the maximum amount of fun. I've always felt left out when we were in the other rooms.


Mickey's Backyard BBQ (dinner show)
Character meals at Disney World

Characters: Chip, Dale, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Price range: $56.99/adult, $32.99/child
Location: Ft. Wilderness
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes (2 Table Service credits)
Link to more info

Pros: Meal includes music and dancing with the characters, wine and beer are included, plentiful picnic-style food (barbecued meats, corn on the cob, watermelon, etc.)

Cons: Located outside on a covered patio which can be quite hot at certain times of the year, only available Thursdays and Saturdays, not offered in January and February, you can't drive directly to this event but must take Ft. Wilderness transportation to get there

Tips: Consider taking a boat there from Magic Kingdom


Cape May Cafe (breakfast)
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Characters: Donald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse
Price range: $28/adult, $16/child
Location: Beach Club Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Breakfast menu

Pros: Nice variety of foods to choose from, characters are dressed in beach attire, often easier to find a reservation here than other character dining locations

Cons: Only 3 characters here, fairly expensive for breakfast food

Tips: Be sure to try the yogurt bar which has lots of great toppings


Bon Voyage Breakfast
Beginning April 2nd, 2017. Advanced Dining Reservations open now.

Characters: Beloved Disney characters including Rapunzel & Flynn Rider and Ariel & Prince Eric
Price range: $34/adult, $20/child
Location: Tattoria al Forna at Disney's Boardwalk
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes

Pros: Unique experience to see the princesses and princes together

Cons:

Tips:


Wonderland Tea Party
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Characters: Alice and Mad Hatter
Price range: $40 per person
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? No

Pros: 1 hour tea party from 2-3 p.m. for kids age 4-10 where kids to get to make and eat cupcakes, hear a story, have tea (juice) with the characters and make flower bouquets

Cons: Only available Monday - Friday

Tips: Kids do this event without parents so parents should plan to do something nearby like stroll the beach, order a drink, explore the resort, etc.


Perfectly Princess Tea Party
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Characters: Aurora and Rose Petal
Price range: $333.64 for 1 adult and 1 child (additional children age 3-9 are $234.98, additional adults age 10+ are $98.66, and upgrading a child over 9 to get the full package is $136.22)
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? No

Pros: A whole event rather than just a meal that includes each girl receiving a doll, tiara, bracelet, rose, scrapbook plus food and entertainment (boys receive a crown and plush bear)

Cons: Only available Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30am-12:00pm

Tips: Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character for this event

Transportation to early morning character meals at Disney World

The only time I ever recommend breakfast is if it's before the parks open (if you eat any later, you end up eating during prime park touring time) but it's confusing to understand how to get to the dining reservations.

Although Disney will often tell you that transportation begins 1 hour before the parks open, there are earlier options for people with early dining reservations.

Here's what's available:

  • Buses for the Magic Kingdom and Magic Kingdom resort area start running at 6:30 a.m. daily
  • Buses for Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge start running at 7-7:15 a.m. daily
  • Buses for the Hollywood Studios and the Epcot-area resorts will start running at 7-7:15 a.m. daily
  • Buses for Epcot start running at 7-7:15 a.m. daily
  • The ferry from the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) to Magic Kingdom begins running 1 hour before Magic Kingdom opens
  • The express monorail (that goes from the TTC to MK) begins 30 minutes before MK opens
  • The resort monorail (which will go from TTC to The Polynesian to The Grand Floridian and then to MK) begins at 7 a.m.
  • The Epcot monorail usually begins operating at 8 a.m.
  • The boats that service the Epcot-area resorts and go to Epcot and Hollywood Studios start running at 8:30 a.m. daily

Is the Disney Dining Plan right for you?

If you end up doing several character meals, the Disney Dining Plan might make a lot of sense. Review my post on maximizing Disney Dining Plan credits to see which restaurants offer the best value.

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Will you be doing any character meals for your trip? Our family has a tradition of going to Chef Mickey's on our arrival day to kick things off. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Shannon B

I really appreciate all of the info provided on this site! It has been so helpful to me while planning our family’s first trip! Our daughter is OBSESSED with Pooh and we have made reservations on her birthday in September at Crystal Place. Our ADR is for 9:05am. Will we still be able to get into the park early to insure we don’t miss our reservation? I am afraid if we don’t get in early we will miss this special breakfast. I am planning on ordering a cake and everything. What do you think? Also any thoughts on how early we should leave CBR to get there in time? Thank you so much!

Olivia Stegall

I don’t know how to count! Planning to take the grandkids to WDW and scheduling buffet service character meals. Three adults plus the 5 year old for sure, but what about the 2 yo twins? Do I reserve for 6, to get a large enough table, even though only 4 are paying/have park tickets? (I have read that at buffets the under 3 guests eat off an adult’s plate.) Will we automatically have the 18% tip added? If we do a F! dining package with Minnie’s Seasonal Dine, how do we count the F! seat spaces?

Beth Bennett

Are the Paw Patrol characters anywhere in Disney World including character meals?

Jennifer Ramirez

No they won’t be; Paw Patrol is part of the nick jr franchise.

Jessi

Hi! We’ve got an ADR for 7:35 AM at Trattoria al Forno @ Disney’s Boardwalk for the character breakfast in October. We’re staying at AoA and we’re trying to figure out transportation. We really don’t want to drive. Will we be able to take Disney transportation to the boardwalk in time, or will we need to schedule an Uber? I’ve seen comments online that suggest you can get character meal transportation from AoA at 7 AM, but would we make it in time? Thanks!

Just curious if you found the best way to travel from AOA to Trattoria? As my family will be doing the same. Thanks

Natasha Villa-Gonzalez

We will be staying off-site but want to book an early breakfast at Cinderella’s royal table. Will we be able to enter early enough for the reservations before the park officially opens or will we not be able to because we are not able to use the extra magic hours?

Marcy Kay

You’ll be able to enter early even if staying offsite. You will simply show your reservation confirmation number. Make sure the time of your breakfast is shown also.

Paige

Approximately how long should it take to get from Pop Century to The Grand Floridian?

Lisa Buermann

Hi. We are going to Disney in September. I am trying to decide between dinner at Crystal Palace or Chef Mickey’s. It will be on an evening of Mickey’s Halloween Party, which we will not be attending. We are also planning dinners/lunches at 1900 Park Fare, Hollywood and Vine, Tusker House and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Thanks for your advice.

Callie

It depends on what you are looking for. If you go to the Crystal Palace, you’ll get a greater diversity of characters, seeing Pooh and friends. Chef Mickey’s has a similar line up as Tusker House. I really enjoy the ambiance of the Contemporary Resort, though, so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed on which ever one you choose. I think the food is about the same in both places in terms of quality.

Juliana

Which would you say is the best character meal for a 2 year old who is obsessed with Minnie and Mickey? We won’t have a meal plan and will be there in november.

Amelie Saladino

The Garden Grill is perfect. It was the easiest character meal we have done. (And we have been going once a year for many years) The characters are constantly making appearances, many times. And it’s cheaper than the others. We loved it, and so did our 2 year old.

Cathy

We are having a O Hana character breakfast at Polynesian then heading to Magic Kingdom for the day..do we park at Transportation Center then monorail over to Polynesian or can we park at Polynesian for meal and leave car after meal to go to MK? I doubt it but thought i would ask.
Cathy

April

Is there any where to see the marvel charters with a meal?

Amanda

Hello! How much time should I plan for character meals? We are doing chef Mickey for dinner, askershus for lunch, tusker house breakfast, crystal palace lunch, be our guest breakfast and cinderellas table for lunch(all on separate days obviously) but as far as planning fast passes I’m not sure how much time will be needed to eat and interact with characters, should I plan 2 hours?

Michelle

Thank you for all of this great info. I am planning our first Disney trip as a family (it has been 30yrs since I have been!) For July 2017. My kids are 5,13,14 & 18. My daughter (5) loves princesses but I am not sure her 3 big brothers would prefer to dine with them! Thinking Chef Mikey’s for an early breakfast on day one will be a good plan. What are the chances we will be able to satisfy the princess loving girl without doing another dining experience? Thanks so much!!

Shannon OKeefe

When we went with extended family, my 7 yr old daughter was the only girl (big brother and 6 boy cousins). So she and I scheduled a lunch at Cinderella’s castle with all the princesses while the rest of the family rode rides. It was a great mommy/daughter activity and allowed her to experience the magic of Disney princesses without boring the boys!

Jeremy

If you don’t want to dine with princesses (like in Akershus in Epcot) then I would say they are numerous places to meet princesses in the parks; especially Magic Kingdom and Epcot. She should be able to get her princess fix that way.

Sara

My daughter loves Doc McStuffins, but we werent planning on visiting Hollywood Studios. Can we do a character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine without visiting the park? Then we could still see Doc, but visit Magic Kingdom after?

Amy

No, unfortunately park admission is required to dine at Hollywood & Vine.

Tehyee

Hi,
If we stay off site can we still book character meals?
Also, are we still eligible for Fast Pass?

Amy

Yes, you can book character dinings but you cannot benefit from Extra Magic Hours unless you are staying at a Disney property.

Adrienne Roberts

Are there photographers at the character meals for the photo package?

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