Best character dining at Walt Disney World is really all a matter of opinion due to preference. Some people will love one restaurant and others not so much. If we take a deeper dive into what each one is about between the characters, ambiance, and food, then let you decide what is best for YOU and your family. I will give you my opinion but remember it’s just that, my opinion.

Note: On most of these, you can click on the link for more details and information about each character dining experience.

Note: Characters and prices are always subject to change.

Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

This one ranks at the top of my list for character dining. It is super fun and magical with one of the best ambiances of all the character dining with cheerful music and dancing of Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey.

The dinner is actually one of my favorites as well. It is a prix fixe versus your typical buffet and the food is really delicious. It is on the higher end cost-wise; however, if you have the Disney Dining Plan or Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, this is a great place to use a credit for the most bang for your buck!

What makes this character dining experience even more special is after dessert is served, you have an opportunity to have an exclusive meet and greet with the Evil Queen. (The only other character dining with an exclusive photo is Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table) A PhotoPass photographer will be present to capture the moment and you can always ask them to capture a picture with your camera/phone as well.

  • Location: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Characters: Snow White, Evil Queen, Grumpy, Dopey
  • Meals: Prix Fixe Dinner
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: $60 – adults (10+), $39 – children (ages 3-9)
Evil Queen

1900 Park Fare – Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

1900 Park Fare dinner is another favorite character dining experience of mine because the signature strawberry soup is amazing and the buffet is good.

I seriously love the antics of the step-sisters. It is a great opportunity to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming, but the step-sisters steal the show here.

The ambiance of this restaurant is fine. It’s better suited for breakfast here with Mary Poppins with the carousel horses.

  • Location: Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Characters: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella
  • Meals: Dinner Buffet
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: $60 – adults (10+), $39 – children (ages 3-9)
Anastasia at 1900 Park Fare

1900 Park Fare – Supercalifragilistic Breakfast Character Dining

If you are looking to meet Mary Poppins, this is where you need to be! The strawberry soup is also served during breakfast and brunch so don’t miss out!

  • Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Characters: Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh
  • Meals: Breakfast & Brunch
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: $45 – adults (10+), $29 – children (ages 3-9)

Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

If you want a special un-birthday tea party with Alice in Wonderland and her friends, this is a fun afternoon geared towards girls ages 4-12. It is not a meal, but because it’s a character experience with food, I am including it.

You can expect a cupcake and apple juice (tea) and a take-home craft. It is $49/child and is Monday – Friday from 2-3 pm. It is not part of the Disney Dining Plan and you have to make reservations in advance by calling (407) 824-1391.

‘Ohana Character Dining

‘Ohana if a fan favorite because of the food. It’s your typical American buffet breakfast but add some pineapple and coconut for a Polynesian take on it. Lilo & Stitch are also fun characters and Stitch is always very photogenic. I always love our family photos with Stitch.

  • Location: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Characters: Lilo & Stitch and friends (Mickey & Pluto)
  • Meals: Breakfast Only (for characters) Buffet
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast: $42 – adults (10+), $27 – children (ages 3-9)

Trattoria al Forno – Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast

Trattoria al Forno is easy to get to from both Epcot and Hollywood Studios, conveniently located on the Boardwalk at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort. Enjoy a nice table-service meal that is not a buffet.

  • Location: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort
  • Characters: Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider
  • Meals: Breakfast Only and includes fruits, pastries, and choice of entrée
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: $45 – adults (10+), $29 – children (3-9)

Be Our Guest

Technically, Be Our Guest Restaurant is not character dining; however, because the Beast makes an appearance at dinner time usually, I have included it. Unfortunately, Beast is not guaranteed, but if you really want to try to meet him, this is your opportunity. If you want the ambiance and to see inside the castle and don’t necessarily need to see the Beast, I recommend breakfast!

  • Location: Magic Kingdom Fantasyland
  • Characters: Beast (not guaranteed)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch are casual dinings, Dinner is Prix Fixe with a special photo opportunity with the Beast (not guaranteed)
  • Dining Plan: Breakfast & Lunch: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan; Dinner: 2 credits Disney Dining Plan, 2 credits Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, and N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast Entrees – $29 – adults, $16 – kids’ menu, Lunch: prices vary per menu items ($6-$18), Dinner: $62 – adults (10+), $37 – children (ages 3-9)
The Beast Meet & Greet at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Tusker House Character Dining

We love Tusker House as the buffet has always been good and the character interactions with Donald, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy are always fun. There’s even a chance you may be able to join a conga line with them.

The ambiance is fun and feels very safari and fits in right with the rest of the Animal Kingdom. This is the only character dining in the Animal Kingdom and a great way to see four of the Fab Five characters in unique outfits.

  • Location: Animal Kingdom
  • Characters: Safari Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Buffet
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast $42 – adults (10+), $27 – children (ages 3-9), Lunch & Dinner: $55 (10+), $36 – children (ages 3-9)
Safari Donald

Garden Grill Restaurant

When it comes to the food, besides Story Book Dining, this is at the top of our list as a family favorite. The veggies served with most meals come straight from Walt Disney World’s very own greenhouses. They taste fresh and are really good along with the rest of the meal.

The ambiance is super fun with this character dining meal as well as you rotate through the Living with the Land ride.

  • Location: Epcot
  • Characters: Chip, Dale, Mickey, Pluto
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Family-Style All-You-Care-To-Eat
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast: $42 adult (10+), $27 children (ages 3-9), Lunch & Dinner: $55 adult (10+), $36 (ages 3-9)
Mickey Mouse in overalls at Garden Grill Restaurant

Chef Mickey’s Character Dining

If you are looking for an exclusive meet and greet with the Fab Five, this is it! They are all decked out in their chef outfits, but your meal is like they actually cooked it. It’s definitely geared towards kids.

The ambiance of this restaurant isn’t very fascinating either unless you like to watch the monorail pass by through the center of the Contemporary Resort. This is a fairly loud restaurant. It will have longer waits and is more crowded due to its popularity.

Some people absolutely love Chef Mickey’s character dining. It’s one and done for us. It was cute and fun but left more to be desired. I would only recommend this restaurant for the characters.

  • Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Characters: Fab Five – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto
  • Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, & Dinner Buffet
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast & Brunch: $50 – adults (10+), $33 – children (ages 3-9), Dinner: $60 – adults (10+), $39 – children (ages 3-9)
Disney Dining at Chef Mickey's

The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace character dining has the same opinion I have of Chef Mickey’s. The food and ambiance aren’t as great as other character dining experiences and only go here for the characters themselves. This is the one place you will have an opportunity to meet Piglet and Eeyore unless they make a rare appearance elsewhere.

  • Location: Magic Kingdom
  • Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet
  • Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, & Dinner Buffet
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast: $42 – adults (10+), $27 – children (ages 3-9), Lunch & Dinner: $55 adults (10+), $36 – children (ages 3-9)
Winnie the Pooh at Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom

Cape May Café

This is a convenient character dining restaurant for breakfast if you are staying at Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club Resort. It’s also much quieter than Chef Mickey’s and not as popular or busy.

Another option if you want to meet Minnie is at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios if it’s available during your visit. It rotates schedules with Disney Junior.

  • Location: Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Characters: Minnie and friends (Mickey, Donald, Daisy)
  • Meals: Breakfast Only Buffet – Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: $42 – adults (10+), $27 – children (ages 3-9)

Cinderella’s Royal Table Character Dining with the Princesses

This is by far the most popular character dining restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. Make sure to book this one ASAP and at 180 days from the first day of your vacation if you can. You can always try the day before you want to dine to see if there were any cancellations if you are having trouble getting a reservation.

Note: People start to finalize their plans a week out so start looking a week out up to even the morning of when you want to dine for reservations to come open.

Before you are seated, you will have a special meet and greet with Cinderella in the Grand Hall. You are then whisked upstairs to be seated for a wonderful sit-down meal and greeted by some of your favorite classic princesses. A dream come true for your little princess.

Note: Make sure to look into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I recommend making a reservation here first before your special meal with the princesses.

TIP: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is also located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort as well as Disney Springs.

  • Location: Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Castle
  • Characters: Cinderella & Classic Disney Princesses (Aurora, Snow White, Ariel – occasional appearances of Jasmine and Belle)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Dining Plan: 2 credits Disney Dining Plan, 2 credits Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast: $62 – adults, $37 – children (ages 3-9), Lunch & Dinner: $75 – adults (10+), $45 = children (ages 3-9)

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

If you desire to meet the princesses and it doesn’t have to be in Cinderella’s castle, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a perfect alternative. It doesn’t cost as much, only 1 credit versus 2 on the Disney Dining Plans.

Note: that this character dining is in Epcot next to Frozen Ever After ride, so you will need plans to visit Epcot for this princess meal.

  • Location: Epcot – Norway
  • Characters: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, Ariel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner All-You-Care-To-Eat Family Style
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: Breakfast: $53 – adults (10+), $34 – children (ages 3-9) , Lunch & Dinner: $63 adults (10+), $41 – children (ages 3-9)

Hollywood & Vine

This is the only character dining experience in Hollywood Studios and the only character dining with Disney Junior characters. However, take note, that this restaurant rotates between Disney Junior and Minnie & Friends, so when you are making a reservation, know what you are making a reservation for!

  • Location: Hollywood Studios – Echo Lake
  • Characters: Disney Junior OR Minnie & Friends (rotates)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Buffet
  • Dining Plan: 1 credit Disney Dining Plan, 1 credit Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, N/A Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • Cost: $42 – adults (10+), $27 – children (ages 3-9), Lunch & Dinner: $55 – adults (10+), $36 – children (ages 3-9)

Reservations for Character Dining

With character dining being very popular, make sure you book your reservations as early as possible. Disney allows dining reservations to be made 180 days ahead of time. You can check availability and make reservations here.

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