When planning a trip to WDW, it is just as important to think of food options as it is ride and experience options. First, you must ask yourself a few questions. What kind of food do you like? How long will the little ones sit still? Do you want something fancy or easy to please? Quick service or Sit down? And, the most important question of all: What character meals do you want to experience?!
We all have our favorite meal of the day, and our favorite characters, so why not combine them for the ultimate experience? While there are options throughout the parks and resorts, it is all in who you like the best. Also, to ensure you get your desired reservations, make sure to secure early!
Below are a few of the top character dining experiences based on personal visits, and tips from others. For more information on these and other character dining experiences, visit WDW directly, and to make your reservations today!
Name: Chef Mickey’s
Location: Contemporary Resort (near Magic Kingdom)
Pricing: $20-$50 per person (buffet/family style)
Offerings: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chef Mickey’s is a WONDERFUL dining experience. It offers a massive buffet (which means kids and adults are easy to please), along with meeting some of our favorite and beloved WDW characters. Chef Mickey’s is open throughout the day, but the breakfast buffet is delicious, and the offering of brunch allows you to spread out and have a later breakfast. At Chef Mickey’s, not only do you get a meal, but you also get a show while having the opportunity to meet with some of your favorite characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto.
Pros: Delicious food, great décor, and highly interactive characters!
Cons: Depending on where you are seated, you might not get the best view of the ‘show’ as Mickey and his friends dance and sing around the restaurant
Name: Hollywood & Vine
Location: Hollywood Studios
Pricing: $15-$60 per person (buffet/family style)
Offerings: Breakfast, Lunch
For those that seem to find their days planned around Disney Jr, THIS is the place for you! Character dining at Hollywood & Vine has a number of your little ones favorite characters from Disney Jr, including Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake, and Handy Manny. Just as Chef Mickey’s, this is a fun and interactive dining experience, so playing and dancing are a must! They also offer buffet dining, providing lots of options for even the pickiest eater.
Pros: Um, it’s Doc, Sofia, Jake, and Manny. While we could totally use some PJ Masks in the mix, and maybe the addition of Kion, I think our pack of 4 is golden!
Cons: They recently cut the live singers from their program to have quicker turn around and provide more reservations, but hopefully enough complaints will bring it back (one can only hope!).
Name: Cinderella’s Round Table
Location: Cinderella Castle @ Magic Kingdom
Pricing: $35-$70 per person (Signature Dining)
Offerings: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cinderella’s Round Table is the perfect experience for any princess, and queen if you so choose! 🙂
Treat your little ones to a fairly fancy Prix fix menu while spending some time and getting pictures with some of your favorite princesses at WDW: Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, and Jasmine.
What makes this a top dining experience for dinner is that, depending on the time of your reservations, you can view the Castle fireworks from your table. As someone who has experienced, and before anyone asks – No, the fireworks aren’t excessively loud in the Castle. As a matter of fact, you can barely hear them.
Pros: So many princesses! Such a beautiful restaurant, too.
Cons: Fairly pricey and fancy Prix fix menu at dinner – most kids can be picky eaters, so this might be a difficult meal to get them to eat.
Clearly, with more than a dozen character dining options, it is easy to be a little biased based on personal experiences, both good and bad. So, what are YOUR favorite character dining spots? My personal favorite – Chef Mickey’s for breakfast. I LOVE breakfast (who doesn’t?!), I LOVE the classic characters, and it was our daughter’s first dining experience, which made it even more special.