Character Dining

Even just having one character meal experience at Walt Disney World Resort is a MUST!  In fact, some people plan one or two a day during their trips!  No matter what your plans are, character dining experiences can give you two great things-autograph and photograph time with your FAVORITE characters, AND a good meal that is usually buffet style.  For many, that’s a win-win!  There are character dining experiences to fit almost any palate and character lover!

Princess Dining Experiences:

1900 Park Fare

Location:  Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Usual Characters: (Breakfast) Mary Poppins and friends, (Dinner) Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drisella



Location: Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Usual Characters: Belle and her princess friends (besides Belle no other princesses guaranteed)


Cinderella’s Royal Table

Location:  Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Usual Characters:  Cinderella is in the lobby for all meals, princesses greet at tables for breakfast and lunch while Susie, Perla, and Fairy Godmother come for dinner


FAB Five Character Dining Experiences:

Cape May Cafe

Location: Beach Club Resort & Villas

Meals:  Breakfast

Usual Characters:  Goofy, Minnie, Donald or Chip (in their beach gear)


Chef Mickey’s

Location:  Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Tower

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Usual Characters:  Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy


Garden Grill

Location:  The Land, Epcot Future World

Meals:  Dinner

Usual Characters:  Mickey, Pluto, Chip, Dale (in their farming gear)


Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Location:  Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Cabins

Meals:  Dinner

Usual Characters:  Mickey, Goofy, Minnie, Chip, Dale (Mickey is always there, but the rest of the crew changes often)


Tusker House

Location: Animal Kingdom

Meals:  Breakfast

Usual Characters:  Donald, Daisy, Goofy (Donald always present but sometimes other pals)


Other Classic Favorites:


The Crystal Palace

Location:  Magic Kingdom

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Usual Characters:  Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger


Garden Grove Cafe

Location:  Swan & Dolphin Resorts (in the Epcot Resort area, though not owned by Disney)

Meals: Breakfast (weekends only) and Dinner

Usual Characters: (Breakfast) Goofy and Pluto, (Dinner) Timon and Rafiki


Hollywood & Vine

Location:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Meals:  Breakfast and Lunch

Usual Characters:  Disney Junior characters which change from time to time



Location:  Polynesian Resort

Meals:  Breakfast

Usual Characters:  Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Pluto


Overall, each of these experiences is unique in its own way.  If you want to add some extra magic to your Disney vacation, consider making a dining reservation.  You’ll want to make your reservation about 6 months from the start of your trip.





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  • Christina C

    Great list! I can’t wait to go to Ohana but its always good to know the alternatives if that plan falls through. I havent been to a character dining in a while but this list is super concise and makes it easy to see where we can dine and who we can meet there. Thanks!

  • Cheryl Bulwinkle Herns

    We just returned from our Disney vacation this week. We were a group of 8 family members including our 3 granddaughters,4,11 and 13. While we loved all of our time at Disney, the best time was when we had breakfast at The Royal Table in the Castle. We felt like royalty from the minute we stepped inside the castle. We were greeted by Cinderella in the lobby. Pictures were taken and we were seated in the royal dining room. The service was fabulous and the food was delicious. The best part was the visit to the table by each of the princesses. We cannot express how much we enjoyed this breakfast. I was definitely worth the cost. Memories were made that will never be forgotten !!!