Character Dining in the Parks

Walt Disney World is known for many things – great rides and attractions, great family fun – and great characters! Indeed, many families visit the Walt Disney World Resort each year and embark on a quest to find as many of the lovable Disney characters as they can – and while it may be challenging at times to locate the character from your favorite Disney film, we here at know of a sure-fire way to spend some quality time with just the one you are looking for. Do you want to know our secret? Character dining!

Character dining experiences are all over the Walt Disney World Resort, in and outside of the parks. These unique meals allow your family to eat at one of Disney’s first-class restaurants while different characters move from table to table to interact with each and every guest in attendance. It’s a great way to start off your morning at Walt Disney World, a perfect way to spend an afternoon or an even better way to finish off your day. And while, as we mentioned above, there are several character dining experiences at the Disney resorts, there are also many right inside your favorite Disney theme park, so keep reading to find out more!

Of course, if you’re planning on heading into the parks to partake in one of these character dining experiences, you must have admission into the theme park to get to your designated location. So before we fill you in on the best places to eat with Mickey and his pals, be sure to check out all of our discounted ticket prices to the Walt Disney World theme parks. Here at, we are your No. 1 online source for discounted admission into not only the Walt Disney World Resort, but also Universal Orlando, Sea World Orlando and all the other top attractions in Central Florida.

If you have ever thought about dining right inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Park, you’re in luck. At Cinderella’s Royal Table, you will dine in the Castle’s private dining hall amongst the Disney Royal Family at either the Once Upon a Time Breakfast or the Fairytale Lunch. Cinderella’s Royal Table also hosts a dinner each evening that includes a welcome fit for royalty and a special appearance by the Fairy Godmother.

Also at the Magic Kingdom Park, the Crystal Palace located not too far from Cinderella Castle is home to a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet with your favorite friends from the Hundred Acre Wood – Winnie the Pooh and his pals! You will be mesmerized by the plentiful American food offerings, including their famous sundae bar, and kids even have their own separate buffet just for them called “Pooh’s Corner.” Finally, the Magic Kingdom Park is also home to the Liberty Tree Tavern, where a family-style meal of roasted turkey, marinated steak and other colonial trimmings await guests each evening. To complete the back-in-time theme, Minnie and her pals are all dressed up in their finest Revolutionary War-era garb (need we say great photo op?).

Epcot is also home to various character dining experiences. At the Norway Pavilion, Disney Princesses join you in a Norwegian castle for a breakfast that is full of smiles and good, family-style American food at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Or, go from a fairytale castle to an equally as unique restaurant at The Garden Grill. This rotating dining establishment overlooks scenes from the Living with the Land attraction at Epcot, and Mickey and friends will entertain you as you dine on family-style favorites such as grilled steak, rotisserie meats or catfish.

If you are looking for a great place to eat at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios that is sure to please your children, you may want to think about the Disney Jr. at Hollywood & Vine. Here, you can sing and dance along with many of your children’s Disney Jr. pals while dining on a bountiful buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Finally, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park also is home to a unique character dining experience that will get your day off to a roaring start. At Tusker House Restaurant, Donald Duck and his pals will entertain guests no matter the time of day. This is the perfect spot for a photo op from breakfast to dinner!

No matter what character dining experience you decide to partake in during your vacation (we suggest you try them all!), we would like to remind you once again to check out all of our great deals on discounted tickets into the theme parks right here at Orlando Fun Tickets! And, as another friendly reminder, all of the above dining experiences are extremely popular at the Walt Disney World Resort, so please call (407) WDW-DINE up to 180 days prior to your visit to make advanced reservations to guarantee your family a meal they’ll never forget!