Hey everyone! I know many of you are considering booking a character dining experience on your next Disney vacation or have done some in the past but want to know what to do next? There are so many options to consider, so we wanted to break down the list for you here in one place. While we can comment on a lot of them, as we have experienced many before, please leave a comment on your favorite or any suggestions! Happy character dining!
First, some tips….
- You will want to make sure you bring with you a camera and autograph book with pen. There are not usually any photopass opportunities or options to purchase posed photos with characters. So, it is up to you to capture these moments as well as autographs on your own. Cinderella’s Royal Table is an exception to this with a photopass option with Cinderella before your dining event.
- Breakfasts are the most popular, but there are more and more lunch and dinner options available every year. Consider a later meal in the day to keep booking options more available.
- Be sure you check ahead of time what characters will be appearing during your experience. These can change at any time. For example, if your little princess wants to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen, these characters are not available at any princess dining event. You’all want to schedule a special trip to Arendelle for that one. Also, to see the main mouse himself, Mickey that is, Chef Mickeys and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ ( which is rumored to be ending) is really the only dining option to meet him currently.
- We have experience with Cape May, Chef Mickey’s, O’Hana, the Bon Voyage Adventure Brunch, Princess Royal Banquet Hall, and Cinderella’s Royal Table. The Cinderella’s Royal Table was by far the best overall experience, food, and had some wonderful keepsakes included such as a special dessert, photopass pictures with Cinderella in the castle, a magic wand, and a princess signed placemat laminated to take home (pictured).
- You will want to take advantage of the 180 day booking window to schedule these dining events. Especially for Cinderella’s Royal Table, you will want to be on the phone exactly at that 180 day mark to get a reservation. It books up incredibly fast.
- Some of the experiences, such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, requires full payment up front for the meal. So, keep this in mind when you are booking.
So here it is…a breakdown of all the current character dining options available in the Walt Disney World Resort. Be sure to check the Disney dining site regularly or your My Disney Experience account for updates! B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, and D-Dinner.
1. Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary Resort, B and D (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto)
2. O’Hana at Polynesian Resort, B ( LILO and Stitch)
3. 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort. Supercalafragalistic Breakfast (Mary Poppins, Tigger, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh). Wonderland Tea Party ( Alice in Wonderland characters. Happily Ever After Dinner (Cinderella and Prince Charming). Perfectly Princess Tea (Princess Aurora).
4. Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom, B, L, and D (Winnie the Pooh and friends)
5. Bon Voyage Adventure Brunch at Trattoria al Forno, Boardwalk Resort, Brunch ( Prince Eric, Ariel, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider)
6. Princess Royal Banquet Hall at Norway Pavillion, Epcot, B, L, and D ( Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella)
7. Chip n Dale at Garden Grill, Land Pavillion, Epcot, B, L, and D (Chip and Dale)
8. Disney Junior and Friends at Hollywood and Vine, Hollywood Studios, B, L, and D (Disney Junior characters)
9. Cape May Cafe at Beach Club Resort, B ( Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, Donald)
10. Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals, Ravello at Four Seasons Resort, B ( Goofy and Pals)
11. Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, B, L, and D (Safari Donald and friends)
12. Cinderella’s Royal Table, B, L, and D (Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Aurora, Snow White)
13. Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, D ( Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, and Chip and Dale)
For an up to date list, please check out this link to My Disney Experience Character Dining