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Disney Character Dining at WDW Resorts

Do you and your kids love meeting Disney characters while eating in a WDW restaurant?  I know I sure do!  Here are all of the places in resorts around “the World” where you can do just that.

For starters, let’s check out the EPCOT Resort Area.

Inside Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Cape May Cafe is open for breakfast and dinner, but Disney characters only join guests for breakfast.  This beach-themed buffet is home to Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and even Chip and Dale (if you’re lucky)!  They all look the part and are dressed in full beach attire to perfectly go along with the setting of Cape May Cafe.  This restaurant’s cuisine is great; you can find items from breakfast pizza to Mickey Waffles.  It’s open for breakfast from 7:30am to 11:00am.

Cape May Cafe awaits steps away from EPCOT!

Cape May Cafe awaits steps away from EPCOT!

The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel has a Central Park, New York-inspired dining experience called Garden Grove.  This is a family style buffet that is open for breakfast and dinner.  Characters that make appearances here consist of: Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale.  “Good Morning Character Breakfast” takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, which are the only two days of the week when characters greet guests here for breakfast.  Fridays are seafood nights here!  That is something special.

Ready to scan the Magic Kingdom Resort Area for some character dining?

At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, you can find one of the most interactive and unique dining experiences with Disney characters.  Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is a masterful barbecue buffet with unforgettable dancing and memories.  Where else can you say you were line dancing with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale?  Make sure you try the barbecue ribs, hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese.  Dinner showtimes here may vary from night to night.

Have you tried 1900 Park Fare in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa yet?  This restaurant never disappoints.  It’s hard to top any day that starts with a “Supercalifragilistic Breakfast” where you can meet: Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, Piglet, and Winnie the Pooh.  This breakfast buffet delights guests (with its signature custom-made omelets) from 8:00am until 11:50am.  Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner here is served from 4:30pm until 9:00pm, and gives guests the chance to meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drisella.

That's me meeting Mary Poppins in 1900 Park Fare earlier this year!

That’s me meeting Mary Poppins in 1900 Park Fare earlier this year!

Time to celebrate with Mickey Mouse!  One of the most exciting character experiences in all of WDW is Chef Mickey’s, which is a very large buffet on the grand concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  When the music plays and tells you to “celebrate” that means it’s time for you to start waving your napkins in the air to not only celebrate with the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse, but also with Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy.  Mickey is dressed up in his chef’s outfit, and the rest of his friends are donned in cooking attire.  Breakfast is served from 7:00am until 11:30am and dinner is served from 5:00pm until 9:30pm.  Does it get much better than enjoying french toast for breakfast or carved beef for dinner while watching the Monorail run right passed you?

Pluto playing at Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey’s. Photo by Disney Photo Snapper

Last but certainly not least… well, actually – my personal favorite… ‘Ohana!

For me, no dining experience beats ‘Ohana.  My favorite things to eat from the family style platter of food that is brought to the table for breakfast are the island-style fried potatoes and the Hawaiian pork sausages.  They really are as good as they sound.  Characters are only available here for breakfast (served from 7:30am to 11:00am); these are: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Pluto.  The best thing about meeting these characters at ‘Ohana is that they wear awesome Hawaiian outfits.  Though dinner doesn’t have characters present to greet guests, ‘Ohana still is one of the most entertaining and interactive restaurants to eat dinner in WDW.  With live, soothing Hawaiian music, storytelling, and games for the young ones to play around the restaurant, the experience here is anything but boring!

Welcome to 'Ohana - by Disney Photo Snapper

Welcome to ‘Ohana – by Disney Photo Snapper

When dining at any of these restaurants, make sure you don’t forget to bring your cameras with you and have your autograph books ready!  Be sure to check out these restaurants even further.  You just might find that some of the most special character dining experiences take place outside of the theme parks and in WDW resorts!

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