We recently asked our Facebook friends what their favorite Disney World character meal was. Here are the top 5-
1 – Chef Mickey’s
Home of the main Mouse himself! Join Mickey, Goofy, Chip and Dale for breakfast or dinner in the Contemporary Resort as the monorail glides by overhead. Not one for guests who like a quiet meal as it can get quite loud!
The usual breakfast items can be found on the buffet, including the yummy Mickey waffles. A popular choice from the dinner buffet is the parmesan mashed potatoes, the recipe for which can be found here.
The dinner buffet features carved meats which may include prime rib and pork loin, alongside chicken, pasta and salmon. Children are catered for at breakfast and dinner with their own separate buffet.
Breakfast is served 7 – 11:30 am, and dinner 5 – 9:30 pm.
2 – Crystal Palace
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet at the beautiful building set back from the walkway between Main St., U.S.A. and Adventureland.
A popular location which you’ll need to make Advanced Dining Reservations for. The restaurant is huge so ADRs are normally not too difficult to come by if you book well in advance, although the early breakfast timeslots fill up quickly. If you’re eating breakfast here, aim for one of the first ADRs of the day. That way, providing it’s not an early entry day, you’ll be one of the first to enter Magic Kingdom and be able to get some great uncrowded photos taken on Main St., U.S.A.
Every meal is a buffet and there’s a great choice of good quality food on offer. Not to be missed at breakfast are the breakfast lasagna and puffed French toast. The characters slowly make their way around the restaurant to pose with guests and sign autographs during each mealtime, only briefly stopping every now and then for some napkin twirling.
Breakfast is 8:05 -10:30 am, lunch 11:30 am- 2:45 pm, and dinner 3:15 – 9:30 pm.
3 – Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare
Meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella at 1900 Park Fare’s dinner at the Grand Floridian Resort. Somewhat cheaper than the other Cinderella character meals, easier to get an ADR for, and no need for a park ticket makes this a good character meal choice. The food isn’t bad either! An all-you-can-eat buffet features carved meats, pasta, salads, chicken, stir-fries, the famous strawberry soup and a great variety of desserts.
The characters are supposed to be fantastic here, each playing their part very well.
Dinner is served 4:30 – 8:30 pm. Breakfast is also available here, but is hosted by The Mad Hatter, Alice, Mary Poppins & Pooh.
4 – Princess Storybook Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Located in Epcot’s Norway pavilion, a cheaper alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table, and easier to get an ADR for. If you want to meet the princesses but CRT is a bit too expensive or you’ve not been able to snag a reservation, try Akershus. The food selection is better here too, with bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese potatoes served family-style at your table. Guests can also help themselves to a cold buffet which features pastries, yogurts, cheese, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and smoked salmon.
Whilst enjoying their feast guests are visited by a host of princesses, varying daily, but may include Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Mulan and Jasmine. Breakfast is served from 8 – 11:10am each day.
Lunch and dinner are also princess character meals, but the menu is made up of more Norwegian specialties which may not appeal to all appetites.
5 – Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House
Animal Kingdom’s only character meal location, this breakfast used to be called Donald’s Breakfastosaurus and was held at Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A. Now in Africa’s Tusker house, it’s where Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy all hang out in their finest safari gear.
Alongside the standard American breakfast items on the buffet, you’ll find a selection of African specialties which may include Yam casserole and Beef bobotie quiche. Think of it as a scaled down version of Boma, but with characters!
Breakfast is served 8:00 – 10:30 am.
Which is your favorite character meal?
Character Meal Tips
- Most character meals are very popular and can book up quickly at the 180 day mark. As soon as you know you’re going to WDW and which meals you want to do, make your ADRs online or by phone. You can always cancel them later if plans change.
- Chosen character meal booked up? Consider an alternative that has the same or similar characters. You can also keep trying as cancellations often open up nearer the time.
- For breakfasts, get an early seating time then you not only get to enter the parks before everyone else (unless it’s early entry day), but also get finished and out in time for park opening.
- Alternatively, book the latest breakfast timeslot. This turns breakfast into brunch and means you may get more individual character time as the restaurant might not be as busy (unless it’s one of the popular meals that are always booked out.)
- At buffet locations there’s nearly always a kid’s buffet offering more child friendly items such as Mickey waffles and Tater Tots at breakfast, or chicken nuggets and PB&J at dinner.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for more food if served pre-plated! If it’s a buffet, return as many times as you wish.
- Don’t forget your autograph books, pens and cameras. Have them at the ready when you see a character approaching.
- Some characters prefer to just have one photo per table rather than having individual photos with each child/person at the table, especially at the busier restaurants.
- Character meals aren’t just for kids, adults on their own can have a great time and the characters will still stop to pose for photos!
- There’s no need to follow the characters around, just stay at your table enjoying your meal and they will each stop by.
- Character meals are a great way to start or end a trip, and are good for getting kids who haven’t seen characters before used to them.