*This 7 Best Family Walt Disney Disney World’s Character Dining Experiences article is written in part for EZ Dis Instant Impressions Travel Specialists. But all Disney World Character Dining opinions here are expressly my own.
Let’s face it when you have young kids going to Walt Disney World is all about the characters.
I mean at Disney World no matter which way you turn, you are most likely going to run into characters. And most kids wouldn’t have it any other way.
When in Disney not only can you get photographs with these Disney characters. But you also can get them to sign Disney themed autograph books, too.
See you can most certainly find characters at all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Plus, there are even some characters at the Disney World themed resorts. This often requires standing on long lines to greet and meet said Disney characters.
But you can also book certain dining experiences where you are guaranteed to interact during the said dining experience. Here you get to relax, eat and meet many of the characters at a more leisurely pace. You take pictures and also get autographs, too. But again this I have found to be an easier way to meet Disney characters, especially with young children in tow.
**Take note that in Walt Disney World, you can either pay for dining as you go or take a Dining Plan. Find out more about Disney Dining Plans available HERE. Most below require at least the Disney Dining Plan. Plus all seven character dining experiences shared in this article, require advanced reservations. Look below for further help with booking these dining reservations in advance.#disneylovers what are some of your favorite characters? Learn how + where to meet them now. Plus win big with our #disneygiveaway
But what are some of the best Walt Disney World character dining that my own family has experienced?
After multiple return visits to Disney World, we have become semi-pros at Disney World character dining.
Check out our list of best Walt Disney World’s character dining:
This has to be our favorite Walt Disney World character experience.
But you also get to dine in Cinderella’s castle which overlooks all of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The views alone are worth it.
Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed. But take note, if you are on the meal plan this requires two table service dining credits. And if you are booking without a dining plan, you must pre-pay for this dining reservation.
2. Be Our Guest
For those who are fans of Beauty and the Beast, this dining experience is for you. Located inside the Beast’s castle, you can dine in a few of the different rooms inside his castle, including the ballroom.
Plus, you can even dine in the Rose Gallery West Wing. This is where you will find the Enchanted Rose.
It is also a bit on the darker side. So take note though for small children. And what character dining would be complete without the actual meeting. Here you get to meet with The Beast himself (only at dinner time).
Plus, I have to make a special mention – Try the Grey Stuff! Seriously you won’t be disappointed!
A side note, this dining experience recently changed (July 28th) from one dining credit to a two-credit dining reservation similar to Cinderella’s Royal Table. So I also highly recommend getting there before this if this may be an issue for some. Plus, aside is that you only need a reservation for dinner, because breakfast and lunch are fast food. So, this is an inexpensive way to see Beast’s Castle but not meet Beast.
This is also in Walt Disney World’s The Magic Kingdom. But this happens to be buffet style one credit table service dining. They truly have a very varied menu and I have found there is something for everyone here.
And as for characters, it is here you can meet Winnie the Pooh and friends.
Watch out for that silly Tigger who will most certainly tease and entertain. And don’t miss the character parade.
If you happen to be in Walt Disney World’s Epcot and still have princess lovers, then Akershus is the place to be. Tucked in Norway in the World Showcase, here you can dine with many varied princesses.
The food by far is some of the best in Walt Disney World in my opinion for one table service credit. And not only do kids meet the princesses. But they can also parade around the banquet hall with them.
Now, we head over to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. At Tusker House, with one table service credit, you are entitled to a safari type buffet meal. Plus, you can meet and interact with Safari dressed Donald Duck and friends.
If you aren’t in the parks for the day, then Chef Mickey’s is a great place to still meet characters. This restaurant is in the Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort. This one utilizes one table service credit for a character buffet experience.
While the buffet is like most buffets, this is one for all Mickey and friends lovers. Here you can meet, Mickey Mouse and friends without paying for park admission for the day.
Also, one of my favorite restaurants by far in all of Disney for both breakfast and dinner happens to be ‘Ohana. This restaurant is located at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort worth one table service credit.
So once again can meet characters without the cost of park admissions if this is an issue. A special side note, you can only meet characters here for breakfast. But seriously this happens to be one of the best breakfast meals in all of Walt Disney World. Plus, did you know that ‘Ohana means family? So, what better place to take your family to dine than the restaurant that is named specifically after “family”.
Served family style, the scrambled eggs by far are one of my own personal favorites and recommendations. As for the characters, here you get to meet Disney’s Lilo & Stitch. Even though they are involved during the actual meal time.
You can meet, photo and get autographs out of the way before sitting down to eat. As you line up beforehand to meet with the two Disney movie-themed characters. Plus, the kid’s parade is one of the best in all of Walt Disney World.
There you have 7 of the best Walt Disney World Character Dining experiences for all families.
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What is your favorite Walt Disney World Character Dining experiences?
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