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)

Hollywood Studios Breakfast Options

The final parks installment of our breakfast series: Where can you find a good breakfast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Snack/Quick Service

Starring Rolls Cafe Ok, so Starring Rolls Cafe may not have very many strictly “breakfast” foods, but they are open in the morning hours at Hollywood Studios. When else can you eat a giant cupcake for breakfast guilt free? It’s vacation! I’m partial to the Butterfinger cupcake myself. Starring Rolls does also carry other breakfast pastries and some fruit; as well as the most important breakfast staple: coffee.

The Trolley Car Cafe Recently opened, the Trolley Car Cafe is Hollywood Studios Starbucks location. This store carries the usual Starbucks pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee beverages. This Starbucks location also carries some of the same cupcakes as Starring Rolls Cafe! I guess Hollywood Studios really wants you to have cupcakes for breakfast.

Anaheim Produce A snack location, Anaheim Produce carries a few things suitable for breakfast like fruit and trail mix. I’d absolutely go for the cupcakes at the above two locations, but your mileage may vary. 😉

Table Service

Hollywood & Vine Hollywood & Vine is the only table service restaurant at Hollywood Studios to serve breakfast, but it’s a great meal! Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates) and Handy Manny appear at this Disney Junior character meal. This is the only place these 4 characters meet during a meal. The food is fresh and delicious, and includes waffles, breakfast meats, eggs, french toast, potatoes, pastries, cereal, fruit, a burrito bar and a yogurt bar. Hollywood & Vine breakfast is a must do for Disney Junior fans!

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Where do you eat breakfast at Hollywood Studios?

Hollywood & Vine – Disney Jr.s Play ‘n Dine

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I was recently able to dine at Hollywood & Vine for breakfast with my 2-year-old daughter.  She was very excited to meet Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First, two of the newer characters featured at this meal.  Jake, from Jake & The Neverland Pirates and Handy Manny also appear at this meal, making it great for both boys & girls!  I know one of the most common complaints I hear is that Disney needs more dining selections that appeal to boys, so this one is really great for the younger lads in your group!

IMG_0556I was impressed to see complimentary iced lemon water offered outside the restaurant in the patio area where you wait for your reservation.  It was very hot outside, and the refreshing drink was much appreciated.  We didn’t wait long for our table, however, about 5 minutes.  Upon entering the restaurant, my daughter spotted Jake right away and was very excited.  Shortly after being seated, our waitress took our drink order and invited us to help ourselves to the buffet.  Before we could head that way, Jake made a stop at our table, to the delight of my daughter.  After a few pictures and a high five from Jake, we headed to the buffet.

 

The meal was good and included all of your standard breakfast favorites.  My daughter enjoyed Mickey waffles, fresh fruit, tater tots (that I wouldn’t typically allow her to eat for breakfast) and chocolate milk.  I had a nice spread that included sausage gravy over a biscuit, cheese grits, breakfast potato casserole, and a small blueberry muffin, as well as much needed coffee.  All of the items I sampled were tasty and definitely worth the price of the meal ($24.99 for an adult; my daughter was free of charge since she is under 3.)  During our meal, Handy Manny dropped by our table for a couple of quick pictures.  My daughter wasn’t very interested in Manny, but the visit was still enjoyable.

IMG_0573We did wait quite some time to see Doc & Sofia.  We had finished our breakfast and waited about 15 minutes for both of them to come around.  My daughter was dressed in a Doc McStuffins themed outfit and got lots of fuss from Doc over her clothes.  Sofia was a hit as well.

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Overall, I would say this meal was great.  We enjoyed the food and loved the character interaction as well.  Have you dined at Hollywood & Vine since the new characters arrived?  What did you think?