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A Complete Guide to Disney World Character Dining

Dine with your favorite Walt Disney World Characters

Dine With CinderellaThere’s nothing quite as magical as seeing your child’s face light up when they get to finally meet their favorite Walt Disney World character in person. The best way to ensure they get to meet their favorites, without waiting in long lines, is to take advantage of one of the many character dining experiences Disney World offers. Note that the prices for many of the meals will vary based on the season and even the day of the week you plan to visit. You can also bundle up prices with vacation home rentals or Orlando hotels when visiting.

Character Dining at Magic Kingdom

There are three character dining experiences available in the Magic Kingdom:

Crystal Palace

  • Meals offered: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Price: $25 – $50 for adults and $15 – $30 for children
  • Characters: Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger
  • Reservations required: Yes! This is one of the most popular characters dining experiences on property.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

  • Meals offered: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Meal type: Table service. You choose between 6 – 8 entrees, depending on the meal. Non-alcoholic drinks are included.
  • Price: $57.00 – $70.00 for adults and $35 – $45 for kids.
  • Characters: An ever-changing combination of princesses that may include Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, and/or Jasmine.
  • Reservations required: This is an extremely popular experience. You should make these reservations the first day they open up – 180 days before your trip.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest

  • Meals offered: Though Be Our Guest is open for lunch and dinner, dinner is the only meal where characters appear.
  • Meal type: French food
  • Price: $15 – 20 per entree.
  • Characters: The Beast.
  • Reservations required: Yes. We suggest making reservations in advance. The earliest you may make a reservation is 180 days and if you want to attend this character breakfast you need to plan early.

Character Dining at Hollywood Studios

There is just a single character dining experience in Animal Kingdom but it’s a great way to meet loads of classic characters at once.

Hollywood and Vine

  • Meals offered: Breakfast and lunch. Note that dinner reservations are also available but no characters appear at dinner.
  • Meal type: Buffet with a focus on African cuisine, though there are American comfort foods that appeal to kids, too.
  • Price: $30 – $45 for adults and $25 for kids.
  • Characters: At a minimum, you’ll meet Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse – all dressed up in their safari gear! Be sure to take your time so you don’t miss the hourly conga line with Goofy.
  • Reservations required: Yes during the busy season. Some walk-ups may be available during off-peak times.

Character Dining in the Animal Kingdom

There is just a single character dining experience in Animal Kingdom but it’s a great way to meet loads of classic characters at once.

Tusker House

  • Meals offered: Breakfast and lunch. Note that dinner reservations are also available but no characters appear at dinner.
  • Meal type: Buffet with a focus on African cuisine, though there are American comfort foods that appeal to kids, too.
  • Price: $30 – $45 for adults and $25 for kids.
  • Characters: At a minimum, you’ll meet Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse – all dressed up in their safari gear! Be sure to take your time so you don’t miss the hourly conga line with Goofy.
  • Reservations required: Yes during the busy season. Some walk-ups may be available during off-peak times.

Character Dining at Epcot

There is just a single character dining experience in Animal Kingdom but it’s a great way to meet loads of classic characters at once.

The Garden Grill

  • Meals offered: Dinner.
  • Meal type: Family style, all-you-can-eat.
  • Price: $37.97 – 44.72 for adults and $19.10 – 21.29 for children. Tax is included but gratuity is not.
  • Characters: Chip, Dale, Farmer Mickey Mouse, and Pluto.
  • Reservations required: Reservations are suggested but are not as difficult to get as some other character dining experiences.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

  • Meals offered: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Meal type: Start with a buffet that includes a unique sampling of Norwegian food and then enjoy your choice of entrees from the menu.
  • Price: $39 – $55 for adults and $24 – $34 for children.
  • Characters: You can count on at least two characters at each meal. Common options include Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Mary Poppins.
  • Reservations required: Yes.

Character dining at nearby Resorts

1900 Park Fare

  • Meals offered: Breakfast and dinner.
  • Meal type: Buffet.
  • Location: Grand Floridian
  • Price: $38.33 – 44.50 for adults and $19.16 – 21.29 for children. Tax is included but gratuity is not.
  • Characters: Breakfast: Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and friends; Dinner: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and Anastasia and Drisella.
  • Reservations required: Depending on the time of year, this can be one of the easier character meals to get into. However, reservations are still recommended.

‘Ohana

  • Meals offered: Breakfast. Note that lunch and dinner reservations are available but they are not character dining experiences.
  • Meal type: Buffet with classic American foods.
  • Location: The Polynesian resort.
  • Price: $22.36 – 26.62 for adults and $12.77 – 14.90 for children.
  • Characters: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto
  • Reservations required: Yes. Because there is only one character meal here each day, spots fill up quickly so call early.

Chef Mickey

Chef Mickey’s

  • Meals offered: Breakfast and dinner.
  • Meal type: Buffet including sundae bar.
  • Location: The Contemporary Resort.
  • Price: $33.01 – $50 for adults and $18.10 – $27 for kids.
  • Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck
  • Reservations required: Yes. Both breakfast and dinner are extremely popular.

Cape May Cafe

  • Meals offered: Breakfast
  • Meal type: Buffet.
  • Location: Beach Club Resort.
  • Price: $26.62 – 30.88 for adults and $13.84 – 17.03 for kids.
  • Characters: Donald Duck, Goofy, and Minnie Mouse.
  • Reservations required: No. This is the easiest character dining experience to get into, thanks to the out-of-the-way location and the fact that it’s relatively expensive. However, if you need a last-minute reservation, this is the one to make.