Character Dining Breakdown for Walt Disney World

Character dining is very popular and very much a part of most families trips to Disney. One of the most confusing things and hard to follow is which characters are where and if they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner or just breakfast, etc. Also, people are always asking me – which is the best and when they mean the best typically they are asking about who has the best character interaction and not the best bacon (though food is important) because these meals are not cheap but most are buffets and you can eat a lot of yummy food to get your value plus the pictures and smiles on your kids faces (or your adult faces) will be something priceless.

I am going to start also by saying that this information is correct as of today March 21, 2106 (I hope it is!) but the characters are always changing and this is who is typically there. Though no character is ever guaranteed so know that going in and do not be disappointed but enjoy the event! If you HAVE to meet one specific character you might need to fastpass that for a meet and greet. One more tip when you see a description like Luau Mickey or Safari Donald this describes the character theme at this meal. So, Safari Donald is dressed up like he is going on a safari for example!

Starting with character meals that require 1 Table Service Credit when using the Disney Dining Plan:

 

Ohana at Polynesian Resort – 

Best Friends Breakfast – Breakfast Only

Lilo, Stitch, Luau Mickey, Luau Pluto

 

Garden Grill Epcot

Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast (all meals)

Chip & Dale, Farmer Mickey & Farmer Pluto

 

Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet (all meals)

Chef Mickey, Chef Donald, Chef Goofy, Chef Minnie & Chef Pluto

 

Tusker House at Animal Kingdom

Donald’s Safari Meal (all meals)

Safari Mickey, Safari Donald, Safari Goofy,  & Safari Daisy

 

1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast (breakfast only)

Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins and Bert, Tigger & Pooh

 

1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort

Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner (dinner only)

Cinderella, Prince Charming, Cinderella’s  Stepsisters (Anastasia and Drisella) and Wicked Stepmother (Lady Tremaine)

 

Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios

Disney Junior Play n’ Dine (breakfast and lunch only)

Disney Junior Characters: Jake, Sofia, Doc McStuffins & Handy Manny

 

Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine (dinner only)

Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy

  • January 4, 2016 – March 20, 2016
    Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine

    Celebrate Hollywood blockbusters at a banquet honoring the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown!
  • March 21, 2016 – June 5, 2016
    Minnie’s Springtime Dine

    Shake off winter’s chill with a fabulous fête marking the bright and beautiful delights of spring!
  • June 6, 2016 – September 11, 2016
    Minnie’s Summertime Dine

    Heat things up at a beach-inspired bash welcoming the excitement of the season!
  • September 12, 2016 – November 6, 2016
    Minnie’s Halloween Dine

    Head to Minnie’s favorite haunt as all her pals gather for a frightfully festive Halloween feast!
  • November 7, 2016 – January 6, 2017
    Minnie’s Holiday Dine

    Deck the halls at a dazzling dinner party filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season!

Cape May’s at Beach Club Resort

Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast (Breakfast only)

Beach Minnie, Beach Donald and Beach Goofy

 

Akershus in Norway at Epcot

Princess Storybook Dining (all meals)

Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White

 

The following are character meals that require 2 Table Service Credits when using the Disney Dining Plan:

Mickey’s Backyard Bar-B-Que  at Fort Wilderness Resort

“Dinner Show” (dinner Only )

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale

 

Cinderella’s Royal Table in Castle at Magic Kingdom

Fairytale Dining (all meals)

Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White and sometimes Belle (cast of princesses will consistently vary)

Review: The Garden Grill’s “Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast” Character Dinner

0192900a1c04b092c7a25098ad8190a1c721abd33eLet me start by telling you how not excited I was for this specific reservation. I am not a farmer fan and so to meet Farmer Mickey or any of his farm friends was a bit of a meh in my book. But, I had heard good things and really wanted to try out the food since so much of it comes from the Land. The Living with the Land boat ride is one of my favorite places to relax in Epcot and I find the massive fruits and vegetables amazing. Maybe I am a farm fan and just did not realize it? Well, moving on, in my quest to do all character dining experiences at some point I made reservations for three at the Garden Grill for dinner.

So, we went and it was a bit chaotic at the host stand but they did have some nice lemon 018b754a91ab17d813cfecd5dc281a9ff9b3b5c1c2water while you wait. After we were seated the fun began and it was SO fun. I was so impressed with the hilarious character interactions of Chip and Dale as they played pranks on each other and guests and made it fun to just watch them trot around. Farmer Mickey and Pluto also joined in the fun a ton of the time and were really engaging. Our server was great and was so into his job and not in the overly creepy way but he knew all about the food, the characters and was around just the right amount.

Now, for the best part – the FOOD. Yes, we all love the food at Disney and we are usually

Yes I took a picture of just the butter!

Yes I took a picture of just the butter!

happy with most meals but I was beyond happy with the Garden Grill starting with the awesome Orange Blossom Honey butter for the bread (with sea salt, honey and orange blossoms somehow in there) to the macaroni and cheese topped with Goldfish crackers. I never thought that I would enjoy something like that but try it and see – the crunch takes it up a notch. We asked for thirds on butter (hey we were on vacation!) and honestly it was maybe the best butter ever. Have I mentioned how good the butter was? The eating is family style and they bring you a bit of01d1994803047b0b2091ada736d7d30b572bf45995 everything at first to try and as you find what you like and want more they bring you those things out specifically. We do not like fish and so from the beginning we said no fish and our amazing server made sure no friends of Nemo were even near our table! After feasting on turkey and filet and broccoli (even the broccoli was awesome!) we were full and in a bit of a hurry to hit our fastpasses for Soarin’ but our server insisted we try the dessert if only for the fresh Vanilla Bean whipped cream. So, of course we did not want to be rude and dug in and finished all of the Seasonal Berry Skillet with fresh whipped cream and then rolled ourselves right on out of there.

I will return as often as I can because well, I have a problem and the only solution is more Orange Blossom Honey Butter from the Garden Grill.

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Have you been? Do you love it? If not, what is wrong with you? Just kidding – that is okay too because more for me!