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Character meals are a fun experience to add to your Disney World trip. Kids love them. Plus, they are a great time saver because they allow you to kill two birds with one stone: meet some of your children’s favorite characters while eating. They also let you skip the long waits at the meet-and-greet locations. But, which one should you choose? And what characters are at which restaurant? To help you decide which one is best for your family, here is a quick guide to all the character meals at Disney World. All children’s prices are for ages 3-9. Unless otherwise noted, each of these meals is worth 1 table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Advance Dining Reservations are highly recommended for all character meals. You can make reservations through Disney’s website.
1900 Park Fare
In the elegant Grand Floridian Resort, you will find 1900 Park Fare. This pretty restaurant features traditional all-you-can-eat buffets for breakfast and dinner. At breakfast, you can meet Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter. During dinner, the lineup changes to Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella. Breakfast prices are $29-37 for adults and $17-22 for children. Dinner costs $39-55 for adults and $25-31 for kids. My son loved 1900 Park Fare.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Halls allows you to dine with the princesses in the Norway pavilion of Epcot. The princesses appear on a rotating schedule and sometimes are joined by Mary Poppins. Breakfast is a buffet of traditional American style food. Lunch and dinner feature Norwegian style meals a la carte with a shared appetizer and dessert. Entree choices include cheese and spinach stuffed pasta, Norwegian meatballs, salmon, pork tenderloin, and potato dumplings. The kids menu offers pizza, beef medallions, and macaroni and cheese. Breakfast is $47-55 for adults and $29-33 for kids, while lunch and dinner cost $55-65 for adults and $35-40 for kids.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point is a new addition to the character meal lineup at Disney World. It is located at the Wilderness Lodge Resort and is only open for dinner. Characters here include Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen. Here, you choose a shared appetizer for the table, an entree, and a shared dessert. Prices are $55 for adults and $33 for children. The menu includes prime rib roast, roasted chicken, butter-poached fish, and pork shank. They also have chicken tenders and pasta for children.
Be Our Guest
Technically, Be Our Guest is not a character meal because characters do not come around to your table. But, at dinner, you can meet Beast in his study after your meal. Beast is not available during breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a prix fixe 3 course meal with your course of appetizer and entree. Everyone gets the same dessert trio platter. Appetizers include escargot, lobster bisque, and French onion soup. For an entree, your choices are sea scallops, filet mignon, lamb chops, and others. Kids can choose fruit and cheese or applesauce as an appetizer. The kids’ entrees include beef tenderloin, shrimp skewer, chicken, or macaroni and cheese. Dinner is $60 for adults and $36 for children. Dinner will cost you two table service credits on the dining plan. This dinner is one of the hardest reservations to get at Disney World.
Cape May Cafe
You will find Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club Resort. Join Goofy, Donald, and Minnie in their beach outfits for an all-you-can-eat traditional breakfast buffet. This meal ranges from $34-41 for adults and $20-22 for children. Characters are only available during breakfast at Cape May Cafe.
Chef Mickey’s is located in the Contemporary Resort. Here, you can dine with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto in their chef outfits. Chef Mickey’s is open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. All meals are traditional American food served as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Breakfast prices range from $38-42 for adults and $20-25 for children. Brunch costs $38-43 for adults and $21-25 for kids, while dinner prices are $47-55 for adults and $27-33 for kids.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is located inside the castle in the Magic Kingdom. This is one of the hardest dining reservation in all of Disney World to secure. The characters here vary, but include Cinderella, and other princesses. Children ages 3-9 receive either a princess wand or sword with this meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are a la carte. Breakfast choices include caramel apple french toast, shrimp and grits, and baked quiche. The menu at lunch and dinner offers braised pork shank, beef and shrimp, pan seared chicken, and beef tenderloin salad. The kids menu offers chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, or chicken leg. Prices range from $60-64 for adults and $35-39 for kids for breakfast and $71-80 for adults and $38-47 for kids for lunch or dinner. This meal will cost you two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.
Crystal Palace is at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet will visit you while you feast on traditional American food offered in an all-you-can-eat buffet. Crystal Palace is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast costs $25-38 for adults and $14-23 for children. Lunch and dinner prices are $38-52 for adults and $19-31 for kids. Crystal Palace is fun for all ages.
Garden Grill is one of the more unique character meals in Disney World. It is located in the Land pavilion at Epcot. It is a rotating restaurant serving all-you-can-eat family style meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu includes cinnamon buns, waffles, potatoes, bacon, sausage, eggs, and fruit. The lunch and dinner menu offers salad, bread, turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac-and-cheese, french fries, seasonal vegetables, and berry short cake for dessert. You will find Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale here. Prices for breakfast are $41 for adults and $25 for kids. For lunch and dinner, the prices range from $38-45 for adults and $19-27 for children. Garden grill is one of our favorite character meals.
Inside the Swan Hotel is Garden Grove. Have breakfast with Goofy and Pluto here on Saturdays and Sundays or eat dinner with them any night of the week. On Friday nights, Chip and Dale join them for dinner. You can choose either the buffet or a la carte for breakfast. The buffet is $25 per adult and $16 per child, while a la carte offerings range from $4-16. Dinner is a la carte and features prime rib, roasted chicken, fish, or vegetarian selections. The kids’ menu offers fish tacos, pasta, pizza, chicken tenders, and turkey sliders. Dinner prices are from $30 and up for adults and $18 and up for kids. All of the food is American style. Please note that because the Swan is not a Disney owned hotel, the Disney Dining Plan is not accepted at Garden Grove.
Hollywood and Vine
In the Echo Lake area of Hollywood Studios sits Hollywood and Vine. While breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all character meals, the lineup at breakfast is different than the other meals. At breakfast, you can meet Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Roadster Goofy, and Vampirina. At lunch and dinner, you can feast with Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy during Minnie’s seasonal dinner parties. All meals are traditional all-you-can-eat buffets. Breakfast will cost you $34-39 for adults and $19-23 for kids. Lunch and dinner prices are $47-52 for adults and $28-33 for kids.
In the Polynesian Resort, you will find ‘Ohana. Eat breakfast with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch. The meal is served family style and is all-you-can-eat. The menu consists of fruit, pineapple-coconut breakfast bread, potatoes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and waffles. Breakfast is $30-39 for adults and $20-25 for children. Characters are not present during dinner.
Trattoria al Forno
Head over to the Boardwalk Resort to enjoy the Bon Voyage Breakfast with Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. The meal includes a collection of pastries for the table to share, as well as an entree and drink for each person. The menu choices are a breakfast calzone, omelets, steak and eggs, apple pancakes, and other unique dishes. The price for breakfast is $34 for adults and $20 for children.
One of the fun character meals at Disney World is Donald’s Dining Safari at Tusker House in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. It is an all-you-can-eat buffet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You will find Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Mickey here. The menu features traditional American food and some unique African inspired dishes. Breakfast prices are $30-38 for adults and $18-23 for children, while lunch and dinner will cost you $37-52 for adults and $22-31 for kids.
Character meals at Disney World can be a fun addition to your trip. They are also a great way to save time because they allow you to meet your favorite characters without waiting in long lines. This list gives you a quick look at the character meals to choose from. For a complete look at the various menus, head over to allears.net. For a complete list of characters in the parks, see where to find the characters. If you would like more tips on dining at Disney, see my posts on the Disney Dining Plan, saving money on food at Disney, and tips for using the dining plan. Happy travels!
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