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Imagine enjoying a meal while your child鈥檚 favorite Disney character circulates the room offering hugs, high fives and happiness. If this sounds enjoyable, then you may want to schedule one or more Character Meals during your vacation. This is a great way to meet and spend time with the characters, get autographs, take photos and have a meal at the same time. The best part is that you won鈥檛 have to spend time in a long line to do so. Read on to find out when the best time for a character meal is and聽

When Is the Best Time for a Character Meal?

Since each Character Meal takes about 90 minutes, you may not want to schedule one on a busy park day. How about scheduling one for your arrival date? Many people choose not to buy a park ticket for their arrival date, so what better way to have your first meal at Disney than making it a Character Meal? Be careful, though and don鈥檛 book your meal in one of the parks as you will need a ticket to enter; but there are several great choices at the resorts for you to check out. Another option is your departure date. A character breakfast is a great way to end your trip.

If those two options don鈥檛 work and you need to plan a character meal on a park day, try to make it at the same park you鈥檒l be visiting that day . This way you won鈥檛 lose time traveling from one park to another.

Advanced Reservations

Due to the increasing popularity of Disney’s dining plans, it is very important for guests to make advanced dining reservations for all character meals. For your best chance of getting the character meal of your choice, book as soon as you can, preferably 180 days in advance of your stay. Have your credit card on hand when you make your reservations.聽 They will not charge you for your meal, but Disney will hold your reservation with a credit card guarantee.聽 If you do not show up or cancel within 24 hours you will be charged $10 per person. You may book advanced dining reservations online, via the My Disney Experience mobile app or by calling (407)WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Magic Kingdom


Fairytale Dining

Cinderella greets you as you enter the castle and ascend the spiral staircase (or take the gilded elevator) to the banquet hall above. Overlooking Fantasyland, your little princes and princesses will love meeting and visiting with the Disney princesses. The food is delicious but save room for dessert!

  • Characters: Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White and Jasmine.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Signature Celebration Package

  • Priority Fireworks Viewing
  • After Fireworks Dessert Party
  • Characters: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White and Jasmine.
  • Meals: Dinner only

*This is one of the hardest reservations to get so you’ll definitely want to make an advanced dining reservation a full 180 days ahead if possible.

Cinderella’s Royal Table


The bright Victorian setting is the perfect place to meet all your favorite characters from Winnie the Pooh. The food choices includes fruit, pastries and omelets for breakfast, and carved meats, soups, breads, fish and vegetables at lunch and dinner.

  • Type:聽Buffet
  • Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger聽
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Crystal Palace



Lunch and dinner here is like Thanksgiving every day. The meals include pot roast, turkey with dressing and gravy and vegetables grown in the greenhouses inside the Living with the Land pavilion at EPCOT.

  • Family style dining in this slowly rotating restaurant with views from Living with the Land.
  • Characters: Pluto, Mickey, Chip and Dale (Dressed as farmers)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Garden Grill


Enjoy a wide selection of Norwegian cuisine while your little ones meet and parade around the dining hall with the Disney princesses.

  • Princess Storybook Dining
  • Charaters:聽Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Belle
  • Meals:聽Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Hollywood Studios


Disney Jr. Play ‘n Dine

Your kids will get to sing and dance with their favorite Disney Junior characters, and you will all enjoy made-to-order omelets, fruits, frittatas and Mickey waffles, and much more!

  • All you can eat buffet
  • Characters: Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and Roadster Goofy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Minnie’s Seasonal Dining

  • All you can eat buffet
  • Characters:聽Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy (Dressed seasonally)
  • Meals:聽Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hollywood and Vine – Junior Play ‘n Dine

Animal Kingdom


Dance and sing with classic Disney characters while you enjoy the buffet of African flavors in addition to American classics such as Mickey waffles and bacon for breakfast, and macaroni and cheese or roasted chicken for lunch and dinner.

  • All-you-care-to-enjoy buffet
  • Characters:聽Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy (Dressed up in safari clothes)
  • Meals:聽Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Grand Floridian


Supercalifragilistic Breakfast

This character meal feels like a party! Enjoy delicious pancakes, Mickey waffles and custom made omelets. This may be one of the best breakfasts in all of Walt Disney World!

  • All-you-care-to-enjoy buffet
  • Characters: Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
  • Meals:聽Breakfast Only

Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

Join the princess storybook friends as you dine on seafood, salad, pasta and beef specialties. There is also kid-friendly food such as chicken, cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese.

  • All you can eat buffet
  • Characters:聽 Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella
  • Meals: Dinner Only

Wilderness Lodge


Storybook Dining with Snow White

Dine in an Enchanted Forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Entrees include Royal Prime Rib Roast, Brother鈥檚 Grimm Roasted Chicken or a vegetarian option with butternut squash, arugula and gnocchi.聽 Make sure to save room for the sinfully delicious desserts!

  • Table service meal with a selection of entrees, shared appetizers and desserts
  • Characters: Snow White, Evil Queen, Dopey, and Grumpy
  • Meals: Dinner only

Contemporary Resort


Enjoy an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet of potato-cheese casserole, fruits, bacon and Mickey waffles, and don鈥檛 forget the pancake of the day! This is an amazing choice for your little ones.

  • All you can eat buffet
  • Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy (dressed as chefs)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Polynesian Resort


O’Hana means family and yours can enjoy this delicious family-style breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. Enjoy scrambled eggs, fruits, breads, island-style potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages and more.

  • Breakfast served family style
  • Characters:Mickey, Stitch, Lilo, and Pluto
  • Meals:聽Breakfast Only

Beach Club


Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast

The Cape May Cafe is a beautiful, New England style restaurant where you can enjoy a fun and delicious breakfast buffet with sausage, bacon, oatmeal, waffles, scrambled eggs and more!

  • All-you-care-to-enjoy buffet
  • Characters:聽Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy (dressed in beach attire)
  • Meals:聽Breakfast only

Boardwalk Inn


Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast

This is one of the better meals you will get with characters. For the meal, you’ll start out with a basket of pastries and then you have a choice of meals featuring eggs, pancakes, french toast, and more.

  • Table service meal with a selection of entrees.
  • Characters include Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric

Swan Hotel


Breakfast is a la carte with selections including 3 egg omelets, biscuits and gravy, and fruit-topped Belgian waffles. Lunch and dinner buffets feature prime rib, cedar plank salmon, with never-ending soups and “toss it or chop it” salads.聽The seafood buffet features a raw bar, jumbo scallops, fried-seafood basket, paella, and salmon.

  • Breakfast is served a la carte
  • Lunch and dinner is all you can eat buffet
  • Characters:聽Goofy, Pluto, (Breakfast and Dinner) Chip and Dale (Breakfast only)
  • Meals:聽Daily dinner and weekend mornings

Four Seasons Resort


Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals

  • All you can eat buffet
  • Characters:聽Goofy, Mickey and Minnie
  • Meals: Breakfast only – Thursday and Saturday (add Tuesday when school is out on break)

*Disney dining plans do not apply to this character meal

*You will have to arrange your own transportation to and from the Four Seasons

Riviera Resort


Beginning on December 16, 2020, Disney’s newest character dining location is breakfast at聽 Topolino鈥檚 Terrace where you’ll meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck鈥攕tylishly dressed from head to toe in outfits unique to Topolino鈥檚 Terrace and inspired by the Riviera. Breakfast will consist of pastries for the table and choice of entree.

  • Characters:聽Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy
  • Meals:聽Breakfast only