Updated: Jul 29, 2021
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!
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
Chip 'n' Dale, Mickey, Pluto.
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
Breakfast - Disney Junior characters such as Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Fancy Nancy and Roadster Goofy.
Lunch and Dinner - Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy.
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
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy
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
Breakfast and Dinner Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.
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
Breakfast - Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy.
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
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
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
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
Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy
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
Lilo and Stitch
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.
Character Dining Restaurants That Still Remain Closed
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - EPCOT
Breakfast - Adults $53 Kids $34
Lunch and Dinner - Adults $63 Kids $41
This Norweigan restaurant at EPCOT would give you the chance to see the Disney Princesses at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On the breakfast menu was Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Salami. Roasted Turkey, Smoked Pork Loin, Peppered Mackerel, Dilled Salmon Gravlax and a range of cheeses such as Jarlsberg Cheese, Muenster Cheese and Gjetost Cheese.
Lunch and Dinner starts with a buffet with foods such as Scandinavian Seafood, Imported Cheeses, cured and sliced Meats and a vast selection of Salads and Fruits.
For your main course choose an entree from the following: Norwegian Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Fillet of Salmon, Herb-roasted Chicken Breast, Seared Pork Tenderloin or the Viking Mixed Grill which is a tasting portion of our Fillet of Salmon, Norwegian Meatballs and Grilled Sausage and is served with Braised Red Cabbage, Scandinavian Potato Dumpling with Zucchini, Leeks, Peas, and Mushrooms served in a Coconut-Curry Sauce, Cheese and Spinach-stuffed Pasta with a Parmesan Cream Sauce.
For dessert you received an assortment of Norwegian-inspired desserts
Kids could choose from Grilled Chicken Breast, Salmon, Grilled Beef, Macaroni & Cheese, Norwegian Meatballs and Traditional Pizza.
Storybook Dining at Artist's Point with Snow White - Wilderness Lodge
Snow White, Evil Queen, Dopey, Grumpy.
Adults $60, Children $39.
Head to this whimsical restaurant to be transported to the German forest where you could meet Snow White and her friends. This is also the only place at Disney World where you can meet the Evil Queen!
The starters were a sampling dishes of:
Hunter’s Terrine made from Chicken, Black Truffle, Stone Fruit Preserve, House-made Pickles
Wicked Shrimp Cocktail with Soy, Miso, Avocado, Thai Chili, Greens
For your entree you could choose from:
'Cottage' Beef Stew made from Tender Beef, Preserved Vegetables, Spaetzle, Mushrooms, Aged Cow's Milk Cheese
Royal Prime Rib Roast served with Horseradish-Mashed Potato, Carrots, Popover, Jus
A Stroll through Nature made with Asparagus, Leeks, Arugula, Gnocchi, Sage, Parmesan
Brother’s Grimm Roasted Chicken which comes with Herb-crusted Potatoes, Fire-roasted Petite Squash, Golden Raisins
Magic Mirror's Slow-braised Pork Shank with Celery Root Mashed, Wilted Greens, Jus
Bashful’s Butter-poached Sustainable Fish served with Farro, Fava Beans, English Peas, Gremolata
Sorceress Spell of Land and Sea which is Charred Barbecue Pork, Clams, Daikon Noodles, Spring Onion Chimichurri
The dessert selection was served to your table and included:
Miner’s Treasures - Sponge Cake, Chocolate Gems, Berry Panna Cotta
'Poison' Apple -Dark Chocolate-Apple Mousse, Sour CenterFairy Tale Gooseberry Pie
The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen - Crackled Maple Popcorn, Ganache Heart
If you are vegan, vegetarian or plant-based there is an entire plant-based menu that will have three courses available on request.
On the children's menu was: Fruit, Vegetables, Cheese, and create-your-own Honey Butter to start, followed by Royal Prime Rib Roast, Prince and Princess Pasta with Red Sauce or Cheese Sauce or Vegetarian Steam Bun with Crisp Shiitake, Hoisin, Pickles, and Cilantro, Grilled Chicken. The children's dessert option is the same as for the adults.
1900 Park Fare - Grand Floridian Resort
Breakfast: Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger
Dinner: Cinderella, Prince Charming, The Ugly Stepsisters, Lady Tremaine
Breakfast Adults $45 Children $29
Dinner Adults $60 Children $39
Visit the charming Grand Floridian Cafe to enjoy a character breakfast with some beloved Disney characters straight out of English children's books! Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger were all here for breakfast!
The breakfast buffet options included: Hickory-smoked Ham with a Brown Sugar-Maple Honey Glaze, Smoked Salmon Lox with Capers, the famous Floridian Strawberry Soup with fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream, Classic Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce, Made-to-Order Omelets and Eggs, House-made Corned Beef Hash, Pancakes with old-fashion Syrup, Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, Maple French Toast, Crushed Avocado, Bacon or Sausage, Potatoes O'Brien, Cheese Grits, Sticky Buns or Croissants, Fresh Fruit, Mickey Waffles with Old-fashioned Syrup and Sticky Cinnamon Buns.
At Dinner time you had the chance to meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and the Ugly Sisters. The character interactions at this dining experience are amazing!
For dinner the buffet options include: multiple salads such as Caesar or Kale Salad, Farro Salad and Loaded Potato Salad, the famous Floridian Strawberry Soup with fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream, Creamy Chicken, Fried Catfish with Rémoulade, Honey-Sriracha Salmon, Mongolian Beef Butternut Squash Ravioli, Barbecued Pulled Pork, Ratatouille, Herb-crusted Prime Rib with Chimichurri and a Dessert Assortment.
Let's look at the best and worst character dining experiences, which ones you should book and which to avoid!
My Top Picks
Topolino's Terrace for great food, an amazing view and the ability to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy in their artist costumes!
Storybook Dining at Artist's Point with Snow White for a beautifully themed restaurant, a unique menu and the chance to meet the Evil Queen!
1900 Park Fare for incredible character interactions in the quaint setting of the Grand Floridian Resort.
My Least Favourite Character Dining Experiences
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for terrible food, rushed character interactions and a high price for what you get.
Chef Mickey's because of its popularity it can get very busy and loud with little time to interact with the characters.
Ohana because it can get very hectic and loud at this character dining experience.
Best To Worst Disney World Character Dining Meals That Are Currently Open
Hollywood & Vine
Which Should You Pick?
The current character dining experiences available at Disney World are all pretty good so it is hard to rate them from best to worst!
Topolino's Terrace is the stand out as the food is amazing, the setting is beautiful and you get to see Mickey and Minnie!
Chef Mickey's would be my last pick because it can be very busy because of how popular it is and therefore can feel a bit rushed. You most likely won't get meaningful character interactions here. If you would love to see Mickey at your meal then Topolino's Terrace is the one to book!
Hollywood & Vine, Garden Grill and Tusker House are all great options too. The way to pick between them would be which characters you would like to see or what type of food you enjoy. You are likely going to have a great time no matter which one you pick!
The five character dining meals that are currently open all charge the same price. Breakfast costs $42 for adults and lunch and dinner costs $55 for adults. Because of this the best way to choose character dining meals at the moment is based on which characters you would like to meet.
Out of all the character dining experiences at Disney World the only one I actively avoid is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The food was the worst I have ever had at Disney (if fact it was some of the worst I have ever had anywhere!) and the character meetings were super rushed and not worth the money.
If dining with the Disney Princesses is what you are looking for then I would pay the bit extra and book a table for Cinderella's Royal Table, as you also get to dine inside Cinderella Castle or head to Trattoria al Forno at Disney's BoardWalk.
How To Choose Character Dining Meals
The main things to consider when picking your character dining are:
What character do you want to see?
What type of food do you like to eat?
All of these factors can help you narrow down which experience to book. If you are looking for a character dining meal in the park you are visiting this can help you narrow down a lot, as most parks only have one or two character dining meals to choose from.
If you don't mind travelling to a Disney World Resort you then have many more options available. Oftentimes the food and quality of the character interactions are much better at the resorts as they have the ability to spend more time with you. The only exceptions to this are Chef Mickey's and Ohana because of their popularity they get very busy so your time with the characters may be impacted by this. (Check out my blog post about why you should make the journey and dine at the Disney Resorts!).
Sometimes you will have a certain character that you want to see so this can be a big deciding factor. Characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse make appearances at lots of character dining experiences so you have a big range to choose from.
If you are looking for certain characters like Stitch or Vampirina they only appear at one meal so you know exactly where to book! The Evil Queen can only be met with at Storybook Dining, there isn't a meet and greet with her in the parks, so this is a fantastic way to meet this Disney Villain!
Sometimes the character dining meals that have characters that you don't see as often can be the best! This can be because a lot of people want to dine with Mickey and Minnie so these experiences can be overlooked. The interactions at these experiences can be much more meaningful and fun and help to create the best memories! Some great underrated character dining experiences can be found at Trattoria al Forno and 1900 Park Fare.
If you don't mind which characters you get to meet, you are just looking for a fun experience and good food, then some of the best choices for you are Topolino's Terrace, 1900 Park Fare, Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White, Garden Grill and Trattoria al Forno.
If there is a certain type of cuisine you enjoy that can also influence your decision. All the menus for the Disney restaurants, including character dining meals, can be found on the Disney World Dining website.
The cost can also be a deciding factor. Prices can differ wildly so if there are two character dining experiences you are interested in but one is significantly more expensive this can help you to pick which to book.
If you are excited to start planning your dining for your next Disney World trip check out my Dining Guide and Planner to learn everything you need to know about dining at Disney World plus tips on how to save money and get the most sought after reservations!
If you are ready to book your dining reservations have them all in one handy place using my Dining Reservation Number Planner.
If you are vegan, vegetarian, on a plant-based diet or dairy-free check out my Vegan WDW page to find out everything about plant-based dining at Disney World!