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Character Dining at Walt Disney World

By Olan Suddeth [ 45 ]

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If you plan to stay at Disney World for more than a couple of days, you should consider a character meal, especially if you have younger children (though many adults find that their inner child ejoys the experience, as well). Character meals offer not only an opportunity to meet, chat with, and get autographs from your favorite Disney characters (without having to stand in long lines!), but also feature menus that consist of a refreshing variety as compared to normal counter service Dinsey World fare.

As a general rule, you'll need to obtain priority seating (reservations) for any character meals. If you are staying in a Disney resort, the staff will be glad to help you, or you can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Character meals consist of three service styles:

  • Traditional buffet-style: available at most character meals. Serve yourself from the avaiable selections.
  • Family-style: the server brings large platters/bowls/plates of food to your table; serve yourself and pass them around.
  • Pre-plated meals: served to each guest; each plate includes the same meal.

Most meals are all you can eat; if you are attending a family-style or pre-plated restaurant, you need only ask for second helpings.

In all character meals, the character make their way around the dining area, making sure to stop by each and every table. Encourage your children to stay seated and to wait their turn; it makes for a much more enjoyable and relaxing meal, and each person will get personally visited by the characters. If you try to chase them down, the characters may ignore you, and you may miss out on another character's visit to your table!

Walt Disney World offers meals for children ages 3-9; those under three eat free, while kids ten and older must pay the adult price. Our price guides do not include tax or gratuity.

The single most important piece of advice is this: if at all possible, make your reservations for an "off peak" dining time. While this is not really possible for breakfast, a lunch time of 3pm may give you drastically more time with the characters, as the restaurant will not be nearly as crowded as, say, at 12:30pm.

Magic Kingdom Character Dining

Crystal Palace - located in Main Street, this buffet-style restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A separate buffet, "Pooh's Corner", is offered for kids. Meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore!

Breakfast consists of eggs, pancackes, french toast, meats, breads, fruit, and more. The lunch menu includes salads, sandwich meats, pasta, a dessert bar, and children's selections of chicken fingers, pizza, and macaroni and cheese. Dinner includes chicken, beef, peel and eat shrimp, salads, side dishes, dessert, and the children's buffet.

Price: Breakfast - $17.99 for adults, $10.99 for children; Lunch - $19.99 for adults, $10.99 for children; Dinner - $22.99 for adults, $10.99 for children.

Cinderella's Royal Table - located on the second floor of Cinderella castle, this pre-plated restaurant offers the famous "Once Upon a Breakfast", as well as lunch. Meet Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, as well as other princesses - you may meet Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and rarely, Ariel. You absolutely must get advance reservations for this meal (months ahead of time is not a bad idea); this is the single most difficult character meal to get a reservation for! A credit card is required to make a reservation for this meal.

The breakfast menu includes muffins, fruits, bacon, sausage, eggsm french toast, and potato casserole, and kids can gets waffles and pancakes. Lunch consists of pasta, salmon, pork tenderloin, and various sides.

Price: Breakfast - $31.99 for adults, $21.99 for children; Lunch - $33.99 for adults, $22.99 for children. The Magic Your Way Dining plan is accepted here, at the exchange rate of TWO table service credits per diner.

Liberty Tree Tavern - this Liberty Square restaurant features a family-style dinner with several characters, including Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. PLease note that while this restaurant does serve lunch, no characters are present at that meal.

The menu includes ham, turkey, flank steak, vegetables, salads, and more, and chidlren may also opt for macaroni and cheese.

Price: Dinner - $27.99 for adults, $12.99 for children.

Epcot Character Dining

The Garden Grill - home of Chip and Dale's Harvest Feast, this restaurant, located in the Land Pavillion of the Future World section offers family-style service for lunch and dinner. Meet Mickey, Chip, Dale, and Pluto dressed in farmer attire.

The menu consists of grilled flank steak, rotisserie meats, contry fried catfish, vegetables, chef's potatoes, cornbread stuffing, whole grain bread, and desserts. In addition, kids can also get chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese.

Price: Lunch - $20.99 for adults, $11.99 for children; Dinner - $27.99 for adults, $12.99 for children.

The Garden Grill also offers an Ice Cream Social every afternoon at 3 pm, at the cost of $6.99 per person.

Princess Storybook Dining - visit the Akershus restaurant at breakfast, lunch, or dinner for this family-style character meal and dine with the princesses. Characters include Snow White, Jasmine, Belle, Mulan, and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). Ariel sometimes pays a visit, and Mary Poppins has been known to drop in, as well!

The American breakfast menu includes fresh fruit pastries, eggs, poptato casserole, sausage, and bacon. Lunch and Dinner consist of traditional Norwegien dishes.

Price: Breakfast - $21.99 for adults, $10.99 for children; Lunch - $23.99 for adults, $12.99 for children; Dinner - $27.99 for adults, $12.99 for children.

Animal Kingdom Character Dining

Donald's Breakfastosaurus - located at Restaurantasaurus in Dinoland USA, this buffet-style breakfast lets you dine with Donald, Goofy, Mickey, and Pluto.

The buffet features bacon, sausage, pancakes, cereals, eggs, fruits, and more.

Price: $18.99 for adults, $10.99 for children.

Character Dining at Walt Disney World Resorts

Cape May Cafe - located at the Beach Club, this buffet-style breakfast features Minnie, Goofy, Chip, and Dale.

The menu includes eggs, pancakes, various meats, french toast, waffles, cereals, fruits, and more.

Price: $18.99 for adults, $10.99 for children.

Chef Mickey's - located at the Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey's buffet is open for breakfast and dinner. Characters include Chef Mickey Mouse, Chef Goofy, Chip, and Dale.

The breakfast menu includes fruit, cereals, eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and various pastries. For dinner, you can expect soup, salad, beef, chicken, pasta, vegetables, peel and eat shrimp, desserts, and a fantastic ice cream bar, as well as various kid-friendly selections such as macaroni and cheese.

Price: Breakfast - $18.99 for adults, $10.99 for children; Dinner - $27.99 for adults, $10.99 for children.

1900 Park Fare - located at the Grand Floridian, 1900 Park Fare is host to two distincive buffet-style meals and sets of characters.

For breakfast, enjoy a "Supercalifragilistic Breakfast" with a variety of characters, including Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter. The menu features an omelete bar, pancakes, fruits, breads, bacons, sausage, and the like.

For dinner, come to "Cinderella's Gala Feast" and meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Suzy, and Perla, with occasional others. The menu includes soup, salad, beef, chicken, other carved meats, fish, pasta, dessert, and kid-friendly cuisine.

Price: Breakfast - $18.99 for adults, $10.99 for children; Dinner - $28.99 for adults, $13.99 for children.

Ohana Character Breakfast - come to the Polynesian to meet Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, and Mickey Mouse at this family-style restaurant.

The menu includes scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage, bacon, biscuits, and fruit.

Price: $18.99 for adults, $10.99 for children.

Garden Grove Breakfast - visit the Swan of Saturday or Sunday for this buffet-style breakfast with Goofy and Pluto (ala carte selections are also available). This meal is usually not crowded and provides a nice "spur of the moment" choice for a character meal.

The menu includes smoken salmon, bagels, french toast, waffles, eggs, potatoes, meats, cereals, breads, and fruits.

Price: $16.95 for adults, $8.50 for children.

Gulliver's Grill Dinner - located at the Swan, this buffet-style restaurant features a different theme for each eveening's menu. On Monday and Friday nights, dine with Timon and Rafiki; on all others nights, your hosts will be Goofy and Pluto.

As stated, the menu varies from night to night, but inlcudes items such as peel and eat shrimp, salad, chicken, beef ribs, potatoes, assorted vegetables, desserts, and much more. Also, ala carte selections are available.

Price: $26.95 for adults, $10.95 for children (ala carte selections have their own prices).

Article Copyright By Author. All Rights Reserved.    Date Added: August 17, 2006

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