Character Dining

Character Dining is easily one of the most popular experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort. Being able to see some of your favorite characters up close; without having to wait in long lines or only being able to watch them roll by on a float, is what makes Character Dining so enticing.

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What is Character Dining?

Character Dining is essentially that. Dining with characters. Well sort of. You’re not sitting down to eat with The Fab Five, but they are walking around, posing for photos and maybe you might even get a little dance or a funny interaction. Character Dining is either Prix Fixe, Buffet, or Family Style; large platters for the entire table. Both Buffet and Family Style are “all-you-care-to-enjoy”, so don’t be afraid to ask for more of your favorite dish!

Modified Character Dining

Currently, Character Dining is a “modified experience”. Prior to COVID, you could hug the characters, take selfies, have them sign autographs, and sometimes join in a Conga line with them.

Modified Character Dining at Garden Grill

Just because it is modified right now, doesn’t mean it’s still not fun. Kids honestly just love being able to see their character besties. Having dedicated time with the characters where they are only paying attention to your kids is still just as magical.

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Character Dining Locations

  • Garden Grill
    • Located inside Epcot in the World Nature section
  • Ravello Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & friends
    • Located at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Be Our Guest*
  • May or may not be considered a true Character Dine. Throughout your meal, you might catch a glimpse of Beast wandering the halls
  • Located inside Magic Kingdom Park
Be Our Guest
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Temporarily Unavailable Character Dining

  • Cape May CafĂ©
    • Character Dining is currently unavailable, but the restaurant is open
    • Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • The Crystal Palace
    • Character Dining is currently unavailable, but the restaurant is open
    • Located inside Magic Kingdom Park
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table Character Dining is currently unavailable, but the restaurant is open
    • Located inside Magic Kingdom Park in Cinderella Castle
  • ‘Ohana
    • Character Dining is currently unavailable, but the restaurant is open
    • Located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Story Book Dining at Artist Point **Temporarily Unavailable

What meals are offered for Character Dining?

Surprisingly, not all of the Character Dining restaurants offer Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Some of the restaurants only offer two out of three meals. The only two restaurants that offer all three meals are Hollywood & Vine and Tusker House. So it is important to pay close attention to what meal you will be getting during the time you will be there. It is also important to pay attention to the price. Breakfast is always cheaper than lunch/dinner. And because of this, breakfast reservations can be harder to come by.

Breakfast offerings can be found at: Chef Mickey’s, Ravello and Topolino’s Terrace (as well as the other two listed above)

Lunch offerings can found at: Be Our Guest and Garden Grill (and the above)

Dinner offerings can be found at: Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey’s, and Garden Grill (and the above).

** I just want to point out that Topolino’s Terrace and Ravello do offer dinner; it’s just that dinner is not a Character Dine.

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Is Character Dining worth it?

I feel like this is a loaded question, but one that I get all the time.

Character Dining is definitely one of the most expensive meals you will have On Property. This is one of the only meals you cannot share and are priced per child (3-9) and per adult (10+). For a family of four, a Character Dine can run you nearly $200. Even though it is expensive, it’s important to not compare how much you would normally spend on a typical family meal when dining out; because what you are paying for is the experience.

What can you expect at a Character Dine?

One thing you can expect at a Character Dine is pure joy on your children’s faces. The excitement, happy dances, and smiles are undoubtedly priceless. You can also expect some unique dining atmospheres, appropriately themed outfits for all the Characters and, a LOT of food! No two Character Dining restaurants are the same and you can expect something different from each and every restaurant.

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The Characters do a great job interacting with every table, making sure every table has a little “one on one time” with the Characters, and families might even receive a special signed keepsake instead of having characters sign your autograph books.

If you’re wanting to know if it’s “worth it” to spend the money because you really can’t get over the cost, that is definitely an answer you’re going to have to come to on your own. If you find a Character Dine that you know your kids just have to go to, check out my Money Saving Tips for some ideas on how to help with your Disney budget.

I can tell you from my own experience, Character Dining is something my family always fits into our schedule. We love trying all the different restaurants and seeing the characters dressed up in their fun outfits. Make sure you look at all the options, check out the menus, and what characters are at what location. Every Character Dine is different. If you have a little one that HAS to meet Vampirina, then you are definitely going to want to go to Hollywood & Vine. If you want to get a good breakfast to start your day, then you might want to make reservations for Topolino’s Terrace. For my family, Character Dining is just that extra touch of pixie dust that sets a Disney vacation apart from anything else.

Again. Be sure you know what restaurants serve what meals, what characters are at that location, and does the menu have something for everyone.

Spreading magic one post at a time

Kristin

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