Walt Disney World reopened over a year ago, and things are really starting to settle down in the Parks as Guests and Cast Members find their new groove. More and more things are becoming available, and the magic of Walt Disney World is really starting to shine again.
One of the things people missed most when Disney World first reopened was the Disney character dining. We can understand this. After all, character meals are a huge part of the Disney experience for a lot of people. That said, we also totally understood why Disney couldn’t offer those beloved character dining experiences right away.
Fortunately, the Walt Disney Company figured out how to change things up in such a way that Guests could have their magical Disney dining experiences once again while still keeping everyone safe. That said, they still haven’t reopened all of the Disney character dining options that once existed, and the ones that have returned are different in some ways.
Wondering where you might enjoy a character dining experience on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Here are the Disney World character dining options at Disney World right now as we kick off 2022. We’ve included info on each experience to help you decide which meal(s) might be best for your family.
A classic and a favorite of young children, Chef Mickey’s is found in the Contemporary Resort and serves up both a character breakfast and a character dinner. Characters are Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and most of their friends, and are a lot of fun.
Food is served family-style at breakfast and as individual meals at dinner (with the exception of dessert). Breakfast includes a lot of traditional favorites such as Mickey waffles, sausage, bacon, and eggs. The dinner menu includes prime rib, salmon, turkey, and a selection of desserts served family-style.
Topolino’s Terrace in Disney’s Riviera Resort is a very popular restaurant, and is especially popular for breakfast when it becomes a character dining experience featuring Minnie Mouse and her pals. The characters do an excellent job of interacting with each table, even while staying socially distant.
The meal price is a flat rate based on age. Meals are served individually, and the foods are traditional selections, each with a fun, modern twist. Some of our favorites include the Sour Cream Waffle and the Wild Mushroom Scramble.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point
The newest addition to the current character meal lineup, Storybook Dining at Artist Point is an immersive dining experience that allows guests to jump into the world of Snow White. During their meal, they will meet Snow White herself, some dwarfs, and the Evil Queen. They will be surrounded by Snow White-inspired scenery, and will enjoy foods inspired by the movie.
Currently, this dining experience is only available at dinner time. Prices are based on age, and food choices include things like an amazing mushroom soup, herb chicken, prime rib, and more.
If you’re looking for a character meal in Epcot theme park, you’ll want to head to Garden Grill in “The Land” building. This is another eatery that features Mickey Mouse and some of his friends, and the characters are present at both lunch and dinner, but breakfast is not currently being offered.
The restaurant rotates through various landscape scenes, making for an extra entertaining experience. You’ll get to dine in a lush rainforest, a dry desert, and more.
Food is served family-style and includes roast turkey, grilled beef, and all the fixings.
Hollywood and Vine
Hollywood and Vine is an excellent choice for those looking to get in a character meal while at the Hollywood Studios Disney park.
In the mornings, breakfast is served with a whole host of Disney Junior friends and is very popular with preschoolers and toddlers. Meanwhile, afternoons and evenings feature meal times with Minnie and her friends dressed in seasonal garb.
Food is family-friendly and includes stuffed french toast, pancakes, and more for breakfast, while dinner offers options such as sliced beef tenderloin and herb crusted turkey.
Finally, there is Tusker House. This Animal Kingdom character dining experience recently reopened, and fans of the eatery are thrilled to have it back. Characters are available all day and include Donald Duck and his buddies in their safari gear.
The adventure breakfast is served family-style at this Animal Kingdom theme park eatery and includes an entire platter of traditional favorites, as well as Durban chicken, egg curry, and more. Lunch and dinner include Moroccan spiced beef, shrimp curry, and a whole lot more. Of course, there are also plenty of kid-friendly options for the picky eaters in your group.
Bonus: Be Our Guest
Though technically not a Disney World character meal, we feel that Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom deserves a spot on this list. Why? Because the Beast visits diners during both lunch and dinner, but only walks through and doesn’t interact with guests much. Still, the ambiance more than makes up for the short-lived character sighting, as it truly feels like you’ve stepped into the castle from Beauty and the Beast.
The menu is prix-fixe and features things like lobster bisque, filet Mignon, and an adorable Chip-inspired dessert.
Bonus: Cinderella’s Royal Table
Last but not least, we must mention Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. This used to be the ultimate character meal. It allowed you to eat in the castle and meet a huge number of Disney princesses all in a single meal time.
Right now, it is still one of the best Disney World restaurants, but it doesn’t quite qualify as a character meal. You do still get to dine in Cinderella Castle for this one, and that is definitely magical. Additionally, Cinderella does make quick appearances. However, she doesn’t visit every table, and no other princesses are available.
This menu is also prix-fixe, with breakfast options like shrimp and grits and beef tenderloin, along with dinner options such as pork tenderloin and sea scallops.
Yes, Disney World character dining is back, and there are quite a few available at this point. Walt Disney World Resort is doing an awesome job ensuring they are still incredibly magical and delicious. No, you won’t get the hugs and autographs you once received with every character dining experience, but you will get lots of smiles, a yummy meal, and some awesome Disney dining memories.