Character dining is one of the most unique dining option you will find at Walt Disney World. Where else can you eat Mickey waffles with The Mouse himself or enjoy regal entrées with Disney princesses? Many of the character dining options also include fun entertainment for kids. The only downside to character dining? The cost. Character meals are some of the most expensive meals you’ll find at Disney, but are they really worth it?
No matter which character dining experience you select, you’ll be sure to enjoy lots of delicious food. Character breakfasts, my personal favorite dining experience, often serve traditional breakfast favorites including eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and of course Mickey waffles. There may also be additional items to go along with the restaurant’s theme. For example, at Tusker House you’ll enjoy scrumptious African inspired dishes including coconut-sweet potato casserole, beef bobotie, and fried plantains. Guests at ‘Ohana will enjoy POG juice, a blend of passionfruit, orange, and guava juices.
The food options for lunch and dinner character dining experiences are equally delightful. Guests to Cinderella’s Royal Table will enjoy dishes such as pork two ways, beef & shrimp, or grilled beef salad. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot, serves up Norwegian plates including Tradisjonell Kjøttkake, Svinekotelett, and Norwegian inspired desserts. Located in The Land pavilion at Epcot, The Garden Grill serves up farm fresh entrées including turkey breast, pot roast, garden fresh vegetables, and more.
The most exciting part of character dining is, of course, the characters! While you’re dining, the characters will make their way around the restaurant stopping at every table. They’ll often arrive with playful antics. As my family was enjoying the farm fresh foods at The Garden Grill, Chip approached our table. He motioned to the food to ask if we were enjoying it. We told him it was delicious and offered him a bite. Chip shook his head no and rubbed his fully belly letting us know he had just eaten and was too full for another bite. You never know what the characters will do when they arrive at your table.
As the characters stop by your table, they’ll also gladly pose for photos. This is one of the greatest benefits of character dining. You can meet your favorite characters without the long lines often found in the parks! In addition to photos, many of the character dining experiences also host fun activities where the children will parade around the restaurants, singing and dancing with the characters.
Have you ever wished you could walk through a nearly empty Magic Kingdom or stop by Cinderella Castle for a visit? Character dining is the perfect way to do just that. Book an early breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table or the Crystal Palace and you can actually visit Magic Kingdom before park opening. This is the perfect time to take some stunning photos of Main Street, U.S.A and Cinderella Castle. Another perk of dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is the fact that you can actually dine inside the castle. This is a dream come true for any little princess! At Epcot, The Garden Grill restaurant slowly rotates past part of the Living with The Land attraction. It’s not every day you get to dine at a spinning restaurant! Chef Mickey’s provides an opportunity to dine next to the monorail as it passes through Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Is It Worth It?
Now, for what you really want to know: is character dining worth it? With many character dining experiences costing $30 – $50+ per adult and $15 – $35+ per child, there’s no question these meals are quite expensive. Even if you have the Disney Dining Plan, several of the character meals cost two table service credits. Despite this, I have to say character dining meals are definitely worth it! You’ll make family memories to last a lifetime. Some of my favorite Disney memories as a kid are from character dining experiences. As an adult without kids, I still enjoy character dining. My family always ends our Disney vacations with a character breakfast. On our honeymoon, my husband and I decided to end the trip with a special breakfast at ‘Ohana. Dining with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto became one of our favorite memories of the trip. Whether you’re a child or just a child at heart, you’re sure to have a wonderful time dining with your favorite characters at Walt Disney World! So go ahead and splurge on this one of a kind dining experience!
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