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Most Magical Guide to Character Dining at Disney World!

Updated: Jul 29


Your guide to character dining at Disney World!

Getting to experience a character dining meal at Disney World is often on most people's 'must do' list.


So what is character dining? How much does it cost? And which one should you book?


Find out everything you need to know about character dining at Disney World, which is the best value and which ones to skip!



How Disney World Character Dining Works

Most character dining meals cost a set price and include all of your food and sometimes also include a drink. Some character dining meals are all-you-care-to-enjoy, where you can order more of the foods you like!


The characters make their way around the restaurant during the meal so that everyone has time to see and interact with them. You can also take physically distanced photos so you have memories to take home of your experience!


At the moment character dining experiences are temporarily modified experiences. You can still see and interact with the characters but now with incorporating physical distancing.


Some character dining experiences will give you a pre-signed photo of the characters as they can't autograph currently.


Character dining meals that were previously a buffet have now become family-style dining, where a platter or skillet of food is served to your table for you to share. Many of these meals are all-you-care-to-enjoy so you can order more of the foods you enjoy the most!




There are five character dining experiences currently available at Disney World including the famous Chef Mickey's!

Which Restaurants Have Character Dining?

There are currently 5 character dining experiences for you to enjoy at Disney World! There are three in the Disney Parks and two in the Disney Resorts.


Let's take a look at each, which characters you will see, what type of foods you can enjoy and the cost.


Garden Grill - EPCOT

Characters:

  • Chip 'n' Dale, Mickey, Pluto.

Price:

  • Lunch and Dinner - adults $55, children $36.


Head to Garden Grill to dine on classic American fare, some of which was grown in the EPCOT greenhouses! You can see where this produce is grown by riding the Living with the Land attraction next door.


On the menu is a Harvest-inspired Garden Salad, Grilled Beef with Chimichurri, All-Natural Sliced Turkey Breast with Turkey Gravy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb and Leek Stuffing and a Berry Short Cake dessert.


There is also a plant-based version of this meal.


This restaurant also rotates! You will get to see inside the Living with the Land attraction as you turn during the course of your meal.


Chip and Dale, Pluto and Mickey will also visit you whilst you dine!



Hollywood & Vine - Hollywood Studios

Characters:

  • Breakfast - Disney Junior characters such as Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Fancy Nancy and Roadster Goofy.

  • Lunch and Dinner - Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy.

Price:

  • Breakfast adults $42 children $27

  • Lunch and Dinner adults $55 children $36


Hollywood & Vine is the only character dining meal where you can meet Disney Junior characters! Come here for breakfast to see characters like Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and Roadster Goofy.


On the breakfast menu is a selection of baked goods. You then can then choose from a range of entrees such as Toasted Open-faced Salmon Bagel, Hazelnut Spread-stuffed French Toast, House-made Pancake Stack, Four-Egg Scramble (Plant-based Eggs available), Four-Egg Cheese Omelet and a Plant-based Egg Frittata.

On the kid's menu is a choice of Scrambled Egg, Mickey Waffle, Pancakes, Plain Yogurt, Cereals, Oven-roasted Potatoes, Fresh Fruit Cup, Bacon and Country Sausage.

At lunch and dinner see Minnie and her friends, who are dressed in costumes that change seasonally!


For lunch and dinner start with a Chopped Salad Bowl with Homemade Smokehouse Ranch Dressing or the Plant-based Chopped Salad that comes with a Plant-based Ranch Dressing.

Then choose from a selection of entrees such as Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Filet of Beef, Carved Herb-roasted Turkey Breast, Macaroni & Cheese with Shrimp, Spice-rubbed Pork Loin, Seared Fresh Salmon with Grain Mustard-Beurre Blanc and a Plant-Based Asparagus and Summer Truffle Risotto.

For dessert choose from White Chocolate Cheesecake with Guava Sauce, Chocolate S’mores Pie, Plant-Based Spiced Cherry Pie, Lemon Cake with Fresh Strawberries and a Vanilla Crème Brûlée.


Kids have options such as Seared Salmon, Roasted Bee, Roasted Turkey, Ice Cream Sundae and Apple Pie.


Tusker House Restaurant - Animal Kingdom

Characters:

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy

Price:

  • Breakfast adults $42 children $27

  • Lunch and Dinner adults $55 children $36


Tusker House Restaurant at Animal Kingdom is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can see Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy in their safari costumes!


For breakfast start with a Pastries Basket which comes with Safari Bread, Multigrain Croissants and Cornbread served with Whipped Butter, Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread and Strawberry Preserves.


Fresh Fruit with Honey Yogurt sauce is up next.

The Breakfast Platter is made up from Scrambled Eggs, Mickey & Simba Waffles, and Durban Chicken & Egg Curry with Jasmine Rice served with Bacon, Sausage and Roasted Potatoes.

The Plant-Based breakfast features Fresh Fruit with a Non-Dairy Yogurt, a Plant-Based Platter with Just Egg, Beyond Sausage and a chickpea curry. On the lunch and dinner menu is Assorted House-made Breads served with Hummus, Coriander and Mango Chutneys, African Inspired Salads, Moroccan-spiced Beef, Cape Malay Green Curry Shrimp, Spit-roasted Herb Chicken, Green Beans with Carrots and Corn, Roasted Potatoes, Jasmine Rice, House-made Macaroni and Cheese, Plant-Based Impossible Durban Curry, Animal-inspired Mini Desserts and a Plant-Based Chocolate Mousse.


Chef Mickey's - Contemporary Resort

Characters:

  • Breakfast and Dinner Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.

Price:

  • Breakfast adult $42 children $27

  • Dinner adult $55 children $36


One of the most famous character dining experiences is Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort. Here you will see the Fab 5 in their chef costumes! The Contemporary Resort is one monorail stop, or just a 5-minute walk, from Magic Kingdom. The close proximity to the park is one of the reasons this is such a popular character dining meal.


At this all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast dine on Fruits Of The Season, Mini Yogurt Parfaits, Harvest Sweet Rolls with Honey Butter, Sea Salt and Cream Cheese Icing-Poured Tableside, Fresh Fried Sweet Fritter with Vanilla-Cinnamon Sugar, Scrambled Eggs, Chicken Sausage, Beef Brisket with Mushroom Ragoût and Roasted Onions, Mickey Waffles, Pork Sausage Links, Mickey-shaped Waffles (Plant-based), Smoked Bacon, Tofu Scramble (Plant-based), Loaded Potato-Cheese Casserole, Banana Bread French Toast with Espresso-Mascarpone Cream.

Lunch and dinner is also all-you-care-to-enjoy and on the menu is Seasonal Composed Plant-based Salad, Chef Mickey’s Caesar, Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Mushroom Cream, Plant-based Farro Wheat Fried Rice, Baby Carrots in a Dijon-Tarragon Butter and Brown Sugar, Asparagus with Gremolata, Prime Rib with Mushroom Ragoût and Roasted Onions, Traditional Roasted Breast of Turkey with Summer Succotash and Gravy, Roasted Salmon Sweet Mustard Glaze and Southern-style Braised Kale, Tofu Bowl, Mickey Mousse Dome, Apple Crumble Tart, Strawberry Cream Cake and a Plant-Based Chocolate-Raspberry Tart.


Topolino's Terrace - Riviera Resort

Characters:

  • Breakfast - Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy.

Price:

  • Breakfast adult $42 children $27


The character dining breakfast at Topolino's Terrace is one of the newest character dining experiences at Disney World as is already a fan favourite. Enjoy the incredible views over Disney World Resort from this top-floor restaurant and see Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy in their artist costumes!


Choose from a selection of entrees such as Quiche Gruyère, Two Eggs-Any Style with Roasted Potatoes served with choice of Smoked Bacon, Ham, Sausage, or Plant-based Sausage, a Plant-Based Wild Mushroom Scramble, Sour Cream Waffle with Roasted Apple, Chantilly, Orange-Maple Syrup, Smoked Salmon Bagel with Cream Cheese, Spiced Sausage Hash, Wood-fired Butchers Steak.

For children is Scrambled Egg, Fruit and Yogurt or Mickey Waffle Dippers. All these dishes are served with a choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small DASANI® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice



The dining room for Cinderella's Royal Table is stunning! Plus you are dining inside the castle!

Character Dining Experiences Currently Unavailable

Disney World has a total of 13 character dining experiences. With so many to choose from it gives you a nice range of different characters and cuisines so whatever you are looking for you will be able to find!


At the moment character dining has been temporarily suspended in some restaurants and some character dining locations are yet to reopen.


Here are the rest of the character dining experiences at Disney World that are temporarily unavailable.



Restaurants That Have Reopened With Character Dining Temporarily Suspended


Cinderella's Royal Table - Magic Kingdom

Characters:

Disney Princesses

Price:

Adults $62 Children $37


This character dining meal was made famous for being able to dine with the Disney Princesses and with the restaurant being inside Cinderella Castle!


Although the Princesses are temporarily not at this restaurant you can still dine inside the beautiful dining room inside the Castle.


At Cinderella's Royal Table you get to enjoy a three-course meal for a set price.


For the appetizers choose from Soup of the Day, Charcuterie, a Plant-Based Castle Salad made with Hearty Mixed Greens, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Riesling-marinated Golden Raisins, Pink Lady Apples, and Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette.

The entree choices are Duck Two-Ways which comes with Seared Duck Breast and Duck Leg-Confit Potato Croquette, Tenderloin of Beef, Roasted Chicken Breast served with Vegetables of the Day, Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with pasta or the Plant-Based Chickpea Panisse that comes with Tomato Jam, Roasted Carrots, Chermoula-spiced Garbanzos and Chive Powder. On the dessert menu is Cheesecake with Seasonal Flavors and Garnishes, Dark Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel and Crunchy Praline Center and the Plant-Based Coffee Pots de Crème made with Coffee-infused Coconut 'Custard', Passion Fruit Gelée and Crumbled Chocolate-Espresso Beans.


Children can enjoy dishes such as Seared Fish of the Day, Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Nuggets or Macaroni & Cheese with a Build-Your-Own-Cupcake dessert option!


The Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom

Characters:

Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet

Price: Adults $39 Children $23


The Crystal Palace sits across from Cinderella Castle and was home to Winnie the Pooh and friends!


Although Pooh and his pals are currently not available you can enjoy a new three-course meal, which replaces the previous buffet.


The meal starts with a Plant-Based Seasonal Salad made from Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Tomato, Carrot, Pickled Onion, Candied Pecans, and Red Pepper-Dijon Vinaigrette plus a Home-style Cornbread Muffin and Cheddar-Bacon Cornbread Muffin with Whipped Butter and Hot Pepper Jelly (a plant-based version of the bread service is available).

For your main choose from Crispy-fried Chicken with Macaroni & Cheese, Brown Sugar-glazed Bone-In Pork Chop with Baked Sweet Potato, Fire-roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Blackened Catfish and Shrimp or the Plant-Based Southern-fried Cauliflower with a Hot Maple Drizzle.

For the dessert enjoy a Family Style Dessert Platter shared by the table that comes with Peach Cobbler with Crème Anglaise, Banana Cream Pie, Hummingbird Cake or a Plant-Based Strawberry Shortcake



Trattoria al Forno - Disney's BoardWalk

Characters: Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, Prince Eric

Price: Breakfast - A la carte, prices vary


This restaurant at Disney's BoardWalk was that place to come to see characters from Tangled and The Little Mermaid. Although Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric aren't currently in attendance you can still enjoy an a la cart breakfast.


The breakfast menu items include: Oak-grilled Steak and Eggs, Sunrise Breakfast Pizza, Buttermilk Pancakes, Tiramisu-style French Toast and a Plant-Based Avocado Toast.

Kids can enjoy classic breakfast foods such as a Mickey Egg White Omelet, Fruit and Yogurt Plate, Buttermilk Flapjacks or the iconic Mickey-shaped Waffle! (The Mickey waffle can also be ordered to be gluten-free and vegan!)


You can also have dinner at this restaurant, although that isn't a character dining experience.


Cape May Cafe - Yacht Club Resort

Characters:

Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy

Price:

Breakfast Adult $25 Children $14


Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy could be found at the character dining breakfast at the Yacht Club resort in the Disney BoardWalk area.


Formally a buffet, when Cape May Cafe reopened this year it came back as an all-you-care-to-enjoy meal.


For breakfast you can now enjoy Assorted House-made Pastries and Spreads including Croissant, Multigrain Croissant, French Rolls, “Lobster Tail” layered Crispy Pastry filled with Pastry Cream, Mini Muffins with Butter, Jelly and Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread, Yogurt Parfait and Mixed Seasonal Fruit, Omelet with Ham and Cheese, Western or Veggies.

The Hot Breakfast Platter comes with Mickey and Minnie Waffles, Seasonal Pancakes, Brioche French Toast, Cage-free Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Crispy Potato Barrels and Beef Hash.


The vegan breakfast comes with Plant-Based Pastries, Yogurt Parfait, a Plant-Based Omelet and a vegan version of the breakfast platter is available upon request!


You can also have dinner at this restaurant, although that isn't a character dining experience.



Ohana - Polynesian Village Resort

Characters:

Lilo and Stitch

Price:

Breakfast Adults $25 Children $14


Lilo and Stich were your companions at the character dining breakfast at Ohana. Although they are temporarily not making an appearance this is still a great restaurant to get breakfast in, particularly on a day you are visiting Magic Kingdom, as the Polynesian Village Resort is on the monorail line.


For breakfast you are served Seasonal Fruit, the famous Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread or a Plant-Based Cinnamon Doughnut, Mickey Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Pork Breakfast Sausage Links and Hawaiian-style Ham topped with Pineapple Compote, Fried Potatoes. The vegan option comes with Just Egg Scramble, Beyond Sausage, Fried Potatoes and Plant-Based Mickey Waffles.


You can also enjoy a Polynesian feast here for dinner, although this is not a character dining meal.


Have fun interactions with characters such as Lady Tremaine at 1900 Park Fare

Character Dining Restaurants That Still Remain Closed


Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - EPCOT