Guide to all character meals at Disney World

(Article last updated: October 24, 2018)

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, we have listed all of the character meals at Disney World with info on which characters appear, prices, menus, and transportation information on how to get to early breakfast reservations to help you out.

Let's get started...

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Magic Kingdom

Breakfast

Cinderella’s Royal Table (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $56.00/$34.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: The experience, view, characters (which include Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, and sometimes Jasmine), and some of the food, like the stuffed French toast, are good

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

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


Crystal Palace (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $32.00/$22.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: This is a Winnie the Pooh and friends buffet character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions

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.


Lunch

Cinderella’s Royal Table (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $67.00/$40.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: The experience, view, and characters (which include Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, and sometimes Jasmine), are all good

Cons: Expensive, waits can be long to get in even with a reservation, most food is mediocre

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


Crystal Palace (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $44.00/$25.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Winnie the Pooh and friends buffet character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions

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.


Dinner

Be Our Guest (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $60.00/$36.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Interesting French food options, the only place to meet The Beast

Cons: Service and food can be inconsistent, waits can be long, hardest dining reservation to get at Disney World

Tips: This might be the hardest dining reservation to get in all of Disney World. Be sure to make reservations 180 days in advance if you want to eat here for dinner.


Cinderella’s Royal Table (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $67.00/$40.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: The experience, view, and characters (which include Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, and sometimes Jasmine), are all good

Cons: Expensive, waits can be long to get in even with a reservation, most food is mediocre

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


Crystal Palace (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $44.00/$25.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Winnie the Pooh and friends buffet character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions

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.


Epcot

Breakfast

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $45.00/$26.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: One of the best uses of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan, good princess character interactions (characters here often include Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan)

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)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $33.00/$19.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Family-style, all-you-can-eat, restaurant rotates slowly (you can catch glimpses of scenes from Living with the Land), characters stop by for a visit (usually Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto)

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.


Lunch

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52.00/$31.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: One of the best uses of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan, great princess interactions (characters here often include Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan)

Cons: Expensive if paying out-of-pocket, waits can be long even with a reservation, traditional Norwegian foods may not appeal to everybody

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 (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $43.00/$26.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Family-style, all-you-can-eat, restaurant rotates slowly (you can catch glimpses of scenes from Living with the Land), characters stop by for a visit (usually Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto), 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.


Dinner

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52.00/$31.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: One of the best uses of a Table Service credit when using the Disney Dining Plan, great princess interactions (characters here often include Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan)

Cons: Expensive if paying out-of-pocket, waits can be long even with a reservation, traditional Norwegian foods may not appeal to everybody

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)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $43.00/$26.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Family-style, all-you-can-eat, restaurant rotates slowly (you can catch glimpses of scenes from Living with the Land), characters stop by for a visit (usually Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto), 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

Breakfast

Hollywood and Vine (breakfast)

Table Service

Hollywood & Vine Play 'n Dine

Price (adult/child): $33.00/$19.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, Disney Jr. characters appear here and usually include Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and Goofy

Cons: Can be loud, not all dishes are great

Tips: Often times guests with pre-park opening reservations at Hollywood and Vine will be allowed to sign up for Jedi Training Academy before their meal.


Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Dining Package (breakfast)

Table Service

Hollywood & Vine Play 'n Dine

Price (adult/child): $39.00/$24.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, get reserved seating for Fantasmic, same number of dining plan credits as if you booked without the dining package, Disney Jr. characters appear here and usually include Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and Goofy

Cons: Can be loud, not all dishes are great

Tips: Often times guests with pre-park opening reservations at Hollywood and Vine will be allowed to sign up for Jedi Training Academy before their meal.


Lunch

Hollywood and Vine (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $44.00/$26.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, Minnie and friends appear here, good value on the Disney Dining Plan

Cons: Can be loud, definitely more about the experience than the food

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


Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Dining package (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52/$32

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros:Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, Minnie and friends appear here, good value on the Disney Dining Plan (especially if you book the Fantasmic Dining Package because you get a character buffet plus great Fantasmic seating for just 1 credit)

Cons: Can be loud, definitely more about the experience than the food

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


Dinner

Hollywood and Vine – Fantasmic Dining Package (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $57.00/$35.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, Minnie and friends appear here, good value on the Disney Dining Plan

Cons: Can be loud, definitely more about the experience than the food

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Fantasmic.


Hollywood and Vine (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $50.00/$30.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Buffet offers lots of options that please a wide variety of people, Minnie and friends appear here, good value on the Disney Dining Plan (especially if you book the Fantasmic Dining Package because you get a character buffet plus great Fantasmic seating for just 1 credit)

Cons: Can be loud, definitely more about the experience than the food

Tips: In the winter you can find Minnie and friends decked out in cute holiday attire which can make for fun photo opportunities.


Animal Kingdom

Breakfast

Tusker House (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $33.00/$19.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food (standard breakfast items, along with some African-inspired dishes), classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

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.


Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $39/$24

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

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

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Rivers of Light.


Lunch

Tusker House (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $42.00/$25.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

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.


Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52/$32

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

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

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Rivers of Light.


Dinner

Tusker House (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $42.00/$25.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

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.


Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52/$32

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

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

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Rivers of Light.


Resorts

Breakfast

Garden Grove (weekend breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $25.99/$16.99

Location: Swan/Dolphin

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Buffet and a la carte menu options, characters appear on the weekend, easier to get a reservation here than most other character meals, nice ambiance

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, inconsistent service

Tips: Unlike the other character meals, in addition to their buffet, Garden Grove also offers a menu that can be ordered from instead.


'Ohana (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $31.00/$19.00

Location: Polynesian Village Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Food options to please most people (all-you-can-eat American breakfast), characters appear (Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and others)

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.


Trattoria al forno – Bon Voyage Breakfast (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $34.00/$20.00

Location: Boardwalk Inn

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Unique breakfast offerings and the only place to see Rapunzel and Flynn Rider & Ariel and Prince Eric together

Cons: Service can be slow at times, can be difficult to get here using Disney transportation

Tips: A small selection of princess and prince apparel and accessories are available to purchase right as you enter.


1900 Park Fare (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $33.00/$20.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Random character combo is fun (and often includes Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh), strawberry soup is good

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.


Cape May Cafe (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $38.00/$21.00

Location: Beach Club Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

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


Chef Mickey's (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $40.00/$21.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it's fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together (Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie & Pluto)

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 since the other rooms are further from the action.


Lunch

Chef Mickey’s (brunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $40.00/$21.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it's fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together (Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie & Pluto)

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 since the other rooms are further from the action.


1900 Park Fare (brunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $37.00/$22.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Random character combo is fun (and often includes Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh), strawberry soup is good

Cons: This meal is a brunch offering that is only available during the holidays. For 2018 those dates are Nov. 19th - 25th and Dec. 22nd - Jan. 1st, 2017.

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.


Dinner

1900 Park Fare (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $47.00/$27.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Fun character interactions (character lineup often includes Prince Charming, Cinderella, Anastasia, Drizella and Lady Tremaine) and it's fun to be 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.


Garden Grove (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $30.00/$14.00

Location: Swan/Dolphin

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good ambiance, characters offered nightly (depending on the day, the characters can include Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale), 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, inconsistent service

Tips: Unlike the other character meals, in addition to their buffet, Garden Grove also offers menu items that can be ordered instead.


Mickey's Backyard BBQ (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $57.00/$33.00

Location: Ft.Wilderness Campsites

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Meal includes music and dancing with the characters (Chip, Dale, Goofy, Mickey & Minnie), 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, usually only available Thursdays and Saturdays seasonally, 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.


Chef Mickey's (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $50.00/$27.00

Location: Contemporary

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it's fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together (Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie & Pluto)

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 since the other rooms are further from the action.


Storybook Dining at Artist Point (dinner)

Table Service

Storybook Dining at Artist Point

Price (adult/child): $55.00/$33.00

Location: Wilderness Lodge

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Meal includes Snow White, Evil Queen, and potentially some of the 7 Dwarfs

Cons: The location can make it tricky to get to if you aren't staying there or planning to visit Magic Kingdom that day

Tips: Consider taking a boat there from Magic Kingdom.


Everything Else

Perfectly Princess Tea Party

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $0.00/$334.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

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). The $334 price includes 1 adult and 1 child. More children can be added for an additional cost.

Cons: Only available Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00am-10:30am.

Tips: Party goers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or prince.n


Wonderland Tea Party

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $/$49.00

Location: Grand Floridian Resort

On the Disney Dining Plan? No

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: 1 hour tea party from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday for ages 4-12 where kids get to make and eat cupcakes, hear a story, have tea (juice) with the characters and make flower bouquets.

Cons: 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.

Tips: The price of this tea party makes it a popular option so be sure to book early if you'd like to attend.


Transportation

Transportation to early morning character meals at Disney World

The only time we 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 for early morning character meals at Disney World:

  • 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

Transportation options for the rest of the day

If your character meal is a lunch or dinner you may not be starting from your resort. In that case, use the WDW Prep Navigator to help you figure out how to get there.

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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 our post on maximizing Disney Dining Plan credits to see which restaurants offer the best value.

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