Complete Guide to Disney Character Dining Experiences 2022

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Complete Guide to Disney Character Dining Experiences 2022

*Special note: Disney recently announced that more character meet and greets will be returning September 20th, 2022! Disney World character dining continues to make its return to the Walt Disney World Resort! You can once again enjoy meals with your favorite characters at The Crystal Palace, Cape May Cafe, and ‘Ohana!

If you are looking for a truly magical experience, Disney World character dining 2022 is a must! There’s no surprise that Disney character dining has been one of the most popular options for guests visiting WDW for as long as it’s been available. Just like the amazing rides, everyone seems to have their favorite character dining experience at Walt Disney World.

However, for first time visitors or guests thinking about booking a character dining experience it can be overwhelming. The reason being is Disney theme parks and hotels offer a variety of Walt Disney character dining opportunities. In this guide we’ll break down the best character meals at Disney World including the best breakfast opportunities, WDW character dining pricing, reservations, and so much more!

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What is Disney Character Dining 2022?

Disney World character dining is one of the most magical experiences a Disney lover can encounter. Disney World character dining is a special experience where guests can dine at certain resorts or restaurants and have themed character interactions. It remains to be a crowd favorite due to the fact that you do not have to stand in line to meet your favorite characters and you get to eat a rather delicious meal.

Characters typically move from table to table during your meal and stop for photos, autographs, or even some small talk. It is a low stress, comfortable environment out of the elements where you can sometimes meet 5 different characters!

Related post: Top 10 Best Disney World Restaurants in 2022

Disney Character Dining Options 2022

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One of the most important things to consider when booking your Disney character meal is that pre-shut down character experiences are back! This means that instead of the Disney characters free roaming through each dining room, they once again stop and take photos with you at the tables! There are also some previous restaurants that had character dining, but still have not brought back their characters when they reopened.

Special note: The character dining options scheduled to return in 2022 have staggered return dates. So make sure you double check your reservation if you plan on attending one of these dining experiences! Also, many character dining buffet meals have been converted to prix fixe menus. Make sure to check your favorite restaurant’s menu to double check.

Also please keep in mind some of the Disney World character dining reservations do require a valid Walt Disney World ticket if the restaurant is in one of the theme parks.

List of all the character meals at Disney World 2022

  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Topolino’s Terrace
  • Tusker House
  • Garden Grill
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella photo-op)
  • Be Our Guest (The Beast roams around for photo-ops)
  • ‘Ohana – Characters returning September 27th
  • The Crystal Palace – Characters returning September 20th
  • Cape May Cafe – Characters returning October 4th

List of WDW character dining that have returned without characters 2022

  • Trattoria al Forno

These are all restaurants that have returned for guests to book meals, but have not brought the characters back for a meet n’ greet. The prices are a bit cheaper than they were when characters joined guests, so if you’re looking for a cheaper Disney character breakfast in 2022, this may be the best option.

Disney character meals list – Restaurants that are NOT open 2022

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – in EPCOT park
  • 1900 Park Fare – Grand Floridian Resort

How to Grab the Best Disney World Character Dinning Reservations 2022?

It’s important to note that Walt Disney World dinning reservations open up 60 days in advance. We always recommend you make your Disney character dinning reservations as soon as your window opens especially if you know you want to dine in a specific location. If you missed grabbing a popular reservation be sure to reach out to us!

All guests who purchase their discount Disney World tickets from The Park Prodigy can get Disney dinning reservation help! This includes telling us which restaurants you would like reservations at and allowing us to use a tool to check throughout the day for you.

Related Page: Weekly Disney World Ticket Deals 

List of all Character Meals at Disney World 2022

Below, you’ll find a useful Disney character meals list, broken down by location:

Magic Kingdom Character Dining 2022

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Disney character breakfast – Magic Kingdom

  • The Crystal Palace – Characters returning September 20th

Magic Kingdom character dining lunch and dinner

  • The Crystal Palace – Characters returning September 20th
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – Photo op with Cinderella before you enter the dining room only.
  • Be Our Guest

The Crystal Palace: This location is on Main Street and includes characters from the Hundred-Acre Wood. (Special Note: Crystal Palace will once again be hosting Winnie the Pooh and his friends beginning September 20th, 2022.) We really missed the full character dining experience because it is the only Winnie the Pooh dining in Magic Kingdom and are excited to see it return.

Be Our Guest Restaurant: This is an unforgettable dining experience and when you dine, you feel like you’re sitting in a Disney movie. The themes are elaborate, and the food is amazing. While this is technically not one of the traditional “character dinners at Magic Kingdom,” where the Beast will roam around, the Beast has been known to make an appearance here.

Signature Celebration Package at Cinderella’s Royal Table Dinner: Cinderella’s Royal Table has long been considered one of the best places for character dining at Disney World. Guests who book this character dining experience can celebrate with Cinderella and her Prince! The reason this is one of the most popular Princess dining options at Disney World  is your meal is right inside Cinderella Castle!

This is an extraordinary way to end a visit to Magic Kingdom and is great for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and more. The dining portion of the experience takes about 90 minutes. This full experience is temporarily unavailable. You can still dine at this location which we still recommend, but the only character you can greet is Cinderella before your meal. Magic Kingdom character dining reservations are strongly recommended!

Related Article: 10 Best Dining Experiences in Walt Disney World 

Epcot Character Dining 2022

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Character meals in Epcot for breakfast

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (not currently open)

Epcot character dining – Dinner and Lunch

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (not currently open)
  • Garden Grill

Garden Grill Restaurant: This is the best Epcot location for breakfast, lunch and character dinners at Epcot. Meet Chip ‘n’ Dale and their pals while eating a family-style meal at this rotating location. (It’s located near Living with the Land at Epcot.) Menu items include a garden salad, grilled beef with chimichurri and sliced turkey with gravy.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: Located in the World Showcase, guests can join Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining and it’s one of the best character meals at Disney inside a medieval castle with beautiful archways and cathedral ceilings. This is a great location to mingle with Disney Princesses and get autographs and photos. (Special note: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is closed and not accepting any reservations at this time)

Expect to meet these characters here: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, and Ariel. It’s important to note that this experience is temporarily unavailable.

Related Article: Complete Guide to the Best EPCOT Restaurants 

Animal Kingdom Character Dining 2022

The only Animal Kingdom character meal is at the Tusker House, which is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can expect to pay $42 – $55 depending on what time you choose to dine.

Tusker House Restaurant: This experience is themed as a colorful Harambe marketplace eatery, and visitors can join Safari Donald Duck and friends regardless of time of day. That’s right, guests can eat with the characters at Disney World for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This buffet experience is temporarily unavailable.

Related article: Ranking the Best Restaurants in Animal Kingdom 2022

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Hollywood Studios Character Dining

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There is only one Hollywood Studios character dining experience available for guests and that is the Hollywood & Vine – Disney Junior’s Play n’ Dine.

Hollywood & Vine: Celebrate a Disney character breakfast with Disney Junior stars or meet Minnie and friends at lunch and dinner seasonal dining parties. This is the best character dining at Disney Hollywood Studios. The restaurant offers the Disney Junior Play n’ Dine breakfast and Minnie’s Seasonal Dining, which are hosted throughout the year. Disney Junior stars are available only during breakfast.

Related Article: Complete Guide to the Best Hollywood Studios Restaurants 

Disney Character Meals at Resorts 2022

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There are a few things that make character meals at Disney resorts so popular. The first reason is that you don’t need a Walt Disney World park ticket to go, and they make for a great option for travel days or non-park days. The second is these restaurants are some of the best Disney character dining 2022 on property.

We love spending our time exploring the Walt Disney World resorts and seeing how much they have to offer. Luckily, all of Walt Disney World resorts have reopened for guests since the closing. Unfortunately, some of the character dining experiences haven’t returned.

Character meals at Disney resorts that are open:

  • Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Cape May Cafe – Characters returning September 27th, 2022
  • ‘Ohana – Characters returning October 4th, 2022
  • Trattoria al Forno (no characters at this time)

List of the best places for character dining at Disney World hotels 2022:

Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

Located in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this experience is geared for kids ages 4 to 12. Guests will join characters from Alice in Wonderland for an hour-long party. This experience is temporarily unavailable.

Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

Back finally! Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, visitors can meet Disney characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs while enjoying Disney character dinner. Meeting Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and—if you dare, The Queen, every evening for dinner!

Disney dining plan character meals: One Disney Dining Plan Table Service Entitlement will be redeemed per guest for the Disney Dining Plan for this experience.

‘Ohana

Located in Polynesian Village Resort, visitors who book this character breakfast Disney World will hangout with Lilo, Stitch, and other favorite Disney friends. It’s important to note that character dining is only available for breakfast. Feast family-style as characters visit with guests, sign autographs, and pose for photos. This experience is scheduled to return October 4th, 2022.

Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea

This is technically not a “dining” experience, it’s a tea party, but it’s still worth mentioning. Located in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this experience shows young princesses the royal treatment—and a visit from a Disney Princess! Princess Aurora is known to make an appearance, sign autographs, and take photos. This experience is temporarily unavailable.

Cape May Café

Located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney characters will join guests for the Cape May character breakfast only. A lot of visitors have said this is one of the best character breakfast at Disney World. The Disney Cape May Cafe breakfast price averages around $25 for a children and $45 for an adult. This experience is scheduled to return September 27th, 2022.

What characters are at Cape May breakfast? Meet Minnie and friends at Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast, and they’re dressed in their best beach attire. This experience is temporarily unavailable.

1900 Park Fare

Located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, this place has Disney character breakfast and dinner buffets hosted by Disney characters. Here you may meet Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, or Winnie the Pooh at breakfast. And at dinner, Cinderella and Prince Charming are the hosts. This experience is temporarily unavailable. 

Topolino’s Terrace

One of the best places for Mickey Mouse character dining at Disney World. Located in the Riviera Resort, this restaurant offers a breakfast character experience, Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and friends. This is a new Walt Disney World character meals experience where guests can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck as they parade through the restaurant.discount-disney-world-tickets-banner

Ravello

Located at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, this restaurant features a Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals. The Four Seasons’ “Kids 5 and Younger Dine Free” program does not apply to this Disney character breakfast. It takes place on Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, and includes a complimentary download of digital photos.

Chef Mickey’s

Looking for brunch with Mickey Mouse? What about dinner with Mickey Mouse at Disney World? Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, experience an enhanced all-you-care-to-eat family-style character meals at Disney World in a bright, happy space. Each table will receive a special autographed card keepsake from Mickey and his friends. Throughout the dining experience, Mickey Mouse and some favorite pals will make surprising appearances in each of the dining rooms.

Trattoria al Forno

If you’re looking for a Disney World princess breakfast, here’s one! Located at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, this place offers the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast featuring characters such as Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. Characters are available for autographs and photos. This experience is temporarily unavailable.

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Disney World Character Dining Prices 2022

Character dining at Walt Disney World is a magical experience that every family should try at least once. While it can be a once in a lifetime experience, the cost of character dining at Disney World can be excessive. But fear not, there are options for the cheapest Disney character meals.

Although overall prices will vary based on the Disney World character dining experience you choose the average price for will range between $40-$65 plus tax and gratuity.

What is the cheapest character meal at Disney World in 2022?

No matter where you eat at Walt Disney World, breakfast time will be the cheapest Disney character dining prices. Disney World character breakfasts have gone up in price, but also haven’t had as large of a range since the reopening of the parks. You can find character breakfasts to be between $42 – $55 for adults and $27 – $34 for kids. Breakfast is usually served as an all you care to each or family style, making sure that you get the most for your money.

The cheapest character breakfast at Walt Disney World used to be Crystal Palace, which is located at Magic Kingdom park. Pooh and his friends will greet your table in between bites for photo ops. This experience will resume September 20th, 2022.

If you’re looking for a Mickey Mouse meet n’ greet, try Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.

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What is the cheapest character breakfast at Walt Disney World?

Since the COVID-19 shutdown, we’ve seen a lot of changes with returning favorite character breakfast spots, which makes this section a bit more difficult. Therefore, where there used to be many cheap Disney character meals for breakfast, the list is much smaller now. There are four restaurants priced at $42 for adults and $27 for children, which happens to be the cheapest character breakfasts at Walt Disney World.

Cheapest character breakfast at Walt Disney World 2022

  • Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What is the cheapest character dining at Disney World for lunch or dinner? 

Lunch: Walt Disney World has so many options for lunch, it becomes almost overwhelming to choose! But, if you’re looking for the cheapest Disney character dining, we would suggest Garden Grill, which is located at Epcot! This lunch comes with an incredible meet n’ greet from Chip and Dale, Mickey and others in farming outfits. Adorable!

Dinner: This dining period always tends to be the priciest of them all, but always offers the most exciting food and character choices. A truly magical experience is dining inside of Cinderella Castle during dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table experience. If you’re looking for the least expensive character dining in Disney World for dinner, we would recommend Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios. 

If you’re looking for dinner with Mickey Mouse at Disney World you can book at Garden Grill, Chef Mickey’s or Tusker House. These all happen to be some of the cheapest dinner character meals at Walt Disney World.

Disney World Character Dining Reservations 2022

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We strongly recommend that you make a reservation for Disney character meals exactly 60 days out—as they are extremely popular and book out quickly. The guidelines for booking character meals at Disney World, allow you to make ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations) 60-days prior to your arrival date. Thinking of planning ahead? Check out our guide on how far in advance you can book Disney.

The best option to make Disney dining reservations is to log onto the WDW website , where you can search all the restaurants available for specific dates and times.

Character Meals at Disney World FAQ

Q: What is character dining at Disney World?

A: An opportunity to interact with your favorite characters, enjoy delicious food and make wonderful Disney memories!

Q: How long are character meals at Disney World?

A: We recommend at least 90 minutes for characters meals. As you will want to enjoy the experience just as much as the food!

Q: Who do you meet at Ohana breakfast?

A: Good question! Guests visiting Ohana will hangout with Lilo, Stitch, and other favorite Disney friends. But currently, the character portion of ‘Ohana is unavailable.

These are our best character meals at Disney World; which do you think is the best Disney character dining?

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

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Our Disney  World Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

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Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!