Disney Announces Return of MORE Character Dining!

Crystal Palace
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We have exciting news to share, Disney fans! As Disney inches closer and closer to the normal we knew before the pandemic, they are slowly bringing back a number of experiences that we know and love. Disney has brought back a number of buffets, character interactions are back, shows like Festival of the Lion King have returned, and now we can share that more character dining experiences are on the way! That’s right, Disney is bringing back some of its most popular character dining experiences in just a matter of weeks!

'Ohana Character Dining

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Disney Parks Blog first revealed the information, and we know that the following locations will be seeing the return of characters — ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club, and the Crystal Palace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. Disney Parks Blog wrote the following:

Do you love interacting with characters? Have you been waiting patiently for that special hug as you feast on delicious eats? Well, you’re in luck because the time has come for even more character dining experiences to make their grand return! 

Across Walt Disney World, some of our guest-favorite restaurants are gearing up to welcome popular pals back, including Stitch for breakfast at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Minnie and her friends for breakfast at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and Winnie the Pooh and friends at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Park for both lunch and dinner.

Get ready for some hugs, laughs, and lasting memories because here are the places getting character dining back soon! 

Cape May Cafe

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Here are the character dining return dates for each location:

  • The Crystal Palace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom – September 20
  • ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – September 27
  • Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club – October 4
Crystal Palace

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It is important to note that the Disney characters will not return for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all Disney Park and Disney Resort hotel locations. Prior to the pandemic closure, the Crystal Palace had Winnie the Pooh and friends greeting Guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, when character dining returns to the location, Pooh and his friends will only be out at lunch and dinner.

Crystal Palace

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These are not the only popular dining experiences to return to Walt Disney World Resort. Recently, both Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long both returned to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Hoop-Dee-Doo strongly recommends advanced reservations, as it is extremely popular. The Chip ‘n Dale experience does not require reservations and happens nightly at Fort Wilderness, weather permitting.

You can book your character dining experiences by clicking here, or visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website. There is still no word on if or when the Disney dining plan will return.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!