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Character Dining 101

Character dining at Walt Disney World is incredibly popular and for good reason. The characters make their way around the room and stop at each table to mingle with the guests. The whole family can take pictures with the characters, get an autograph or just chat it up with their favorite characters. It’s a great way to meet characters without having to stand in line and you get to enjoy a meal while you do it! Talk about an excellent use of multitasking!

Below is a list of all of the character dining restaurants, their locations, type of food offered, which meals offer a character dining experience, and which characters you can expect to see at the restaurant. Please note that this list was accurate at the time of posting but character appearances are subject to change.

Tigger at The Crystal Palace
Magic Kingdom 

The Crystal Palace
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore
Tip: Book a reservation before the Magic Kingdom opens so you can get some photos of a fairly empty park!

Cinderella’s Royal Table
Type of Food: American, A la carte
Meals with characters: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Characters: Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Jasmine and/or Belle (Princesses are on a rotating schedule)
Tip: This is a very popular restaurant! Make sure to book reservations right at the 60 day mark.
Cinderella's Royal Table

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Type of Food: Breakfast - American, Family Style
Lunch and Dinner – Norwegian, Family Style
Meals with characters: Dinner (Breakfast and Lunch will return on May 14, 2023)
Characters: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel

The Garden Grill
Type of Food: American, Family Style
Meals with characters: Breakfast*, Lunch and Dinner
Characters: Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale
Fun Fact: The restaurant rotates! As the restaurant rotates, guests can enjoy different views of the Living with the Land attraction. Pretty neat, huh?!

*Breakfast will return on June 14, 2023.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood & Vine
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Disney Junior Play n' Dine Breakfast - Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, and Roadster Racer Goofy
Minnie's Seasonal Dining Lunch and Dinner - Minnie, Mickey, Pluto and Goofy
Fun Fact: The characters at Minnie's Seasonal Dining change outfits based on the season. 
Minnie dressed in her spring finest
Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tusker House Restaurant
Type of Food: African, American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Characters: Donald, Mickey, Daisy, and Goofy
Donald at Tusker House Restaurant
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Minnie at Cape May Cafe

Cape May Café 
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast
Characters: Minnie, Goofy and Donald
Fun Fact: If you love seeing the characters in different outfits, visit Cape May Café to see them in their beach apparel.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey’s 

Mickey signing autographs at Chef Mickey's
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast and Dinner
Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald
Tip: This is a very popular restaurant! Make sure to book reservations right at the 60 day mark.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Pog Juice at 'Ohana breakfast
Type of Food: American, Polynesian, Family Style
Meals with characters: Breakfast
Characters: Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch
Specialties: Pog juice
Lilo at 'Ohana
Mickey at Topolino Terrace
Disney's Riviera Resort

Breakfast a la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera
Type of Food: French, Italian
Meals with characters: Breakfast
Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy
Tip: This is a very popular restaurant! Make sure to book reservations right at the 60 day mark.

Mickey Waffle Dippers on the Kids' Menu
Snow White at Artist Point
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
Type of Food: American, Prix Fixe Menu
Meals with characters: Dinner
Characters: Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and The Queen

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals at Ravello
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast (Thursdays, Saturdays and select Tuesdays)
Characters: Goofy and Pals

Important Info: The Four Seasons' Kids 5 and Younger Dine Free Program does not apply to this Character breakfast.

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

Garden Grove
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast (on Saturdays and Sundays)
Characters: Chip and Dale, Goofy, and Pluto
Important Info: This restaurant does not accept MagicBands as a form of payment.

Should you make reservations in advance? Yes! Absolutely, yes! Advance reservations can be made 60 days in advance and are highly recommended. During slow times it is possible to get a table without advance reservations but I don’t recommend risking it. Make those reservations at the 60 day mark to give yourself the best chance to book those hard to get character dining reservations. Remember, we offer the complimentary service of booking dining reservations for you. Contact your Kingdom Konsultant agent to help with all of your reservation needs.

*This list of character dining was accurate as of its last update on May 25, 2023.

Ashley has been a Disney Parks fan from an early age and loves anything vintage Disney. You can email Ashley at


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