Are you looking for a Character Dining Experience outside the Disney theme parks? There are plenty of Character Dining options at the Walt Disney World Resorts, too! Here’s an overview to help you decide.
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Featured Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy
Meal Details: Breakfast & Dinner – Buffet
Menu Samples: Breakfast – premium fruit bar, cereal, pancakes, Mickey Mouse waffles, eggs, omelets, pastries; Dinner – roasted chicken, carved beef, savory sides and kids’ favorites like mac ‘n’ cheese
Highlights: Chef Mickey’s is THE place to meet the Fab Five. Have an early breakfast here then take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Lunchtime can be very crowded and noisy, but Mickey in a chef hat makes up for it. Another great option to have dinner here then watch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from the Observation Deck of the Contemporary Resort.
1900 Park Fare
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Featured Characters: (Breakfast) Mary Poppins, Alice, Mad Hatter, Pooh; (Dinner) Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, the two stepsisters
Meal Details: Breakfast – Buffet; Afternoon – Wonderland Tea Party; Dinner – Buffet
Menu Samples: Breakfast – custom-made omelets, carved ham, mini pancakes, Mickey Mouse waffles; Dinner – prime rib, salmon, chicken Marsala
Highlights: The themed aspects of the character dining experiences here are extra special. Join Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and other Wonderland friends for the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast. Cinderella, Prince Charming and other storybook characters host the Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. If you want something “for kids only,” check out the Wonderland Tea Party held in the afternoons. (If you’re not between 4 and 12, you’re not allowed.)
Cape May Café
Location: Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Featured Characters: Goofy, Donald, Minnie Mouse
Meal Details: Breakfast – Buffet
Menu Samples: Mickey Waffles, fresh-baked pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt bar
Highlights: Fill up on a yummy breakfast next to Minnie Mouse at Cape May Café. (She’s dressed in her cutest swimsuit!) The Beach Club Resort is within walking distance to Epcot, so it’s a great choice if that’s the park you have on the schedule that day.
Location: Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Featured Characters: Lilo and Stitch, Mickey, Pluto
Meal Details: Breakfast – Family-style
Menu Samples: Scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon, fresh fruits and breads
Highlights: Lilo and Stitch will keep you in “stitches” during your character breakfast at ‘Ohana. The family style service is speedy, so an early breakfast will put you at the Magic Kingdom in time for park opening.
Location: Walt Disney World Swan
Featured Characters: Rafiki and Timon (Monday & Friday); Goofy and Pluto (all other nights)
Meal Details: Dinner – Buffet, Breakfast – Buffet (Saturday & Sunday only)
Menu Samples: Each night features a different themed buffet like Southern BBQ, Mediterranean Night and Seafood Sensation
Highlights: The Garden Grove is a Central Park-themed restaurant with a 25-foot oak tree that stands in the middle of the dining room. It’s a nice break for a quieter meal when the kids really want to meet a few characters.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Dinner Show
Location: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Featured Characters: Mickey, Minnie and Friends
Meal Details: Dinner – All-you-care-to-eat buffet
Menu Samples: Barbeque smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, watermelon
Highlights: Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Dinner Show is technically not a Character Dining experience; it’s billed as a dinner show with character encounters. There’s a country-western band, line dancing and rope tricks. The best part is being able to boogie with characters on the dance floor!
Important Note: Due to the popularity of Character Dining, advanced reservations are strongly recommended. You make reservations up to 180 days in advance online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
If you’re looking for Character Dining experiences in the Walt Disney World theme parks, check out this helpful blog: Character Dining at the Disney Parks…At a Glance.
For general character greeting tips, check out these helpful blogs…
Attention Character Groupies! Top 10 Character Greeting Tips…by Tad
So You Want to Mickey, Huh? Tips for Meeting Mickey Mouse…by Lily