Guide to all Disney World character meals

by Shannon Albert 68 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last update: March 5, 2015)

Guide to all Disney World character mealsOne 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.

Today, I have listed out every Disney World character meal with info on which characters appear, prices, menus and tips to help you narrow it down.

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: $25-40/adults, $15-20/child
Location: Main Street
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
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: ~ $55-70/adult, $35-40/child
Location: In the castle
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credits
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menus

Pros: The experience, view, photo package included, characters and some of the food is good too (like the stuffed French toast, prime rib, kids sundae, Major Domo’s Favorite Pie and Blueberry Buckle)

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)
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Character: The Beast
Price range: $15-20/entree
Location: New Fantastyland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
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 (lunch here is much better in my experience, though The Beast doesn't appear at lunch) 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: $40-50/adults, $25-30/kids
Location: Norway section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
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 (dinner)
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Characters: Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
Price range: About $40 for adults, $20 for children
Location: In The Land Pavilion
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
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.

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 meal

Hollywood and Vine (breakfast and lunch)
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Characters: Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake
Price range: $26-35/adult, $14-20/child
Location: Echo Lake area near the front of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
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

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: ~ $18/kids, $30-60/adults
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
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

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 $13/child and $25/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $40/adult.
Location: Grand Floridian
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menus

Pros: Fun character interactions and I loved being able 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: About $13/child and $25/adult
Location: Polynesian Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
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



Chef Mickey's (breakfast and dinner)
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Characters: Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto
Price range: Breakfast is $18/child and $33/adult. Dinner is about $20/child and $45/adult.
Location: Contemporary Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
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)

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)
Yelp rating: yelp35
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: $26-30/adults, $14-17/child
Location: Beach Club Resort
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Breakfast menu

Pros: Nice variety of foods to choose from (such as chorizo with eggs, Mickey waffles, cheese grits, bacon, etc.), 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



Garden Grove (breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Friday nights)

Characters: Pluto, Chip, Dale and Goofy
Price range: $23.99/breakfast ($5-14 for kids), $30-35 for dinner (about $15 for kids)
Location: The Swan
On the Disney Dining Plan? No
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menus

Pros: Good food that includes interesting options like the Japanese breakfast, more availability at this location than most other character dining meals

Cons: Not on the Disney Dining Plan, can't charge to your Disney resort room or use Disney gift cards here since this isn't an official Disney hotel, character dining only available Friday-Sunday, inconsistent service

Tips: Be sure to try the dessert bar


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: $250 for 1 adult and 1 child (additional children age 3-11 are $165, additional adults age 12+ are $85)
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, Thursday and Friday from 10:30am-12:00pm

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

Transportation to early morning dining reservations

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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