Character Dining is a signature Disney experience that allows guest to dine in the company of their favorite Disney characters while enjoying a buffet or family style meal. From fairytale princesses to Winnie the Pooh to the great Disney icon Mickey Mouse, dozens of favorite Disney friends will visit you at your table for hugs, autographs, or to lead you in an interactive song or dance. These experiences are a great alternative to standing in line for character meet and greets, especially for Disney vacationers with a packed schedule – they take care of two different missions at once!
You can find Disney character dining opportunities in each of the four Disney theme parks, as well as many of the resort hotels around Disney World. Disney Character breakfasts are a great way to start the day, full of music, laughter, and fun. The buffet service means that dining during these meals is usually quite efficient, although guests waiting for a specific character may find themselves waiting for some time as the character makes his or her way around the dining room. In general, it is wise to budget at least one full hour for a character breakfast.
All of the character meals are extremely popular, so making a reservation is usually necessary – even for breakfast! It may seem unusual to make a reservation for a casual dining breakfast experience, but meals start at a specific time and the dining rooms are almost always completely full.
Character Breakfasts At The Magic Kingdom
Cinderalla’s Royal Table
The Royal Table is a restaurant in Fantasyland, inside the most iconic landmark of any Disney Park – Cinderella’s Castle. Guests can enjoy an all you can eat buffet in the royal presence of not only Cinderella, but many other Disney princesses as well. The inside of the castle is as beautiful as the outside, with sconces, leaded windows, and other décor that helps to make guests feel like royalty.
The Crystal Palace
This restaurant on Main Street USA features a standard breakfast buffet as well as a separate buffet – Pooh’s Corner – just for kids. The décor combines the whimsy of Pooh’s world with the sparkling white Victorian-era architecture and design of the building as a whole. Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood join you as you dine.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, inside a castle modeled after a medieval castle in Oslo, Norway, hosts a Princess Storybook dining breakfast. Although lunch and dinner at the dining hall feature food inspired by Norwegian cuisine, breakfast features classic American-style favorites. A royal host of Disney princesses joins diners as they enjoy their meal in the beautiful Epcot World Showcase Pavilion dedicated to the country of Norway.
Character Breakfasts At Hollywood Studios
Hollywood and Vine
At Hollywood and Vine, guests can meet a hodge podge of characters from the Disney Junior lineup of television shows, such as June and Leo from Little Einsteins and Handy Manny. The breakfast buffet includes always popular Mickey waffles as well as other breakfast classics. This is a great character breakfast for the youngest Disney visitors.
Tusker House Restaurant
The Tusker House Restaurant in the Africa area of the Animal Kingdom offers a safari breakfast a la Donald Duck. Donald’s Dining Safari Breakfast has American breakfast standards as well as a few dishes inspired by cuisine found on the African continent. In a restaurant filled with African artifacts, Donald is usually joined by Daisy Duck and more of his closest friends to entertain diners and sign autographs.
Character Breakfasts At The Disney resort hotels
1900 Park Fare
1900 Park Fare is located in the flagship resort of Disney World – the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This resort is in the Magic Kingdom Resort area, and on the monorail line that can take guests to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot theme parks. In an elegant Victorian dining room, the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast features characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice of Wonderland fame, and the Mad Hatter. The menu offers some special dishes for guests between the ages of 3 and 9 in addition to classic American breakfast dishes.
Cape May Café
Goofy is the star of the Cape May Café breakfast, and he is frequently joined by a host of his best friends, including Mickey Mouse. This restaurant is located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort on the half-moon shores of Crescent Lake. Full breakfasts and continental breakfast treats are some of the selections as this restaurant. The Beach Club is within convenient walking or boating distance of the Yacht Club Resort, the BoardWalk Inn, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
Although all of the character breakfasts at Walt Disney World are popular, Chef Mickey’s is clearly one of the busiest of all. Mickey Mouse remains the marquee character for kids seeking autographs and hugs from Disney favorites, and this restaurant is all about the Mouse. In addition to Mickey, guests can also expect to interact with a selection of Mickey Mouse’s closest friends including Minnie Mouse.
The restaurant features a buffet-style breakfast in the main concourse of the Contemporary Resort, with the monorail passing overhead. The bright and colorful design of the Contemporary Resort makes it popular with families, and the resort is also right next to the Magic Kingdom theme park. Even Disney visitors who are not staying at the Contemporary can easily visit the resort for breakfast.
‘Ohana is the most popular restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, one of the original resorts on the Disney World property. The restaurant is know for tasty food and large servings, and the character dining breakfasts at this restaurant are a delicious destination for families. Diners are joined by Lilo and Stitch from the 2002 animated film and the subsequent Disney television series. Although the items on ‘Ohana’s breakfast menu are mostly recognizable American classics, each is served with a Polynesian twist that makes is tasty and unique.