Walt Disney World Character Dining Update

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A Disney World Character Dining experience can turn a great trip into an extraordinary trip.

Walt Disney World Character Dining is a must for many families. The opportunity to have a Princess visit your table (or any of the other characters) can make a great vacation extraordinary.

But to enjoy a character meal, you need to plan.  First, make a reservation. Because these are some of the fastest booked restaurants (especially Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle) reservations are essential. Next, Disney changes dining options often. Walt Disney World Character Dining has changed several times in the last year and more changes are coming, so, make sure you check before you go. Also, you should be aware that Disney may change which characters appear at any time so under promise and over deliver for your kids.

What’s New(er)

Recently Disney World Character Dining has added two new dining options. Both are located in the resort areas.

The first new Disney World Character Dining option is at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Artist Point. The theme of the character dining experience is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The spirit of the enchanted forest is created through the addition of tree branches that twinkle and dazzle.  Furthermore, theming extends to the poison apple napkin rings and the small cauldrons that soup is served in.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

There are far fewer details for the newest Disney World Character Dining experience. Topolino’s Terrace is slated to be a new Signature table-service restaurant that is scheduled to open in the “Fall” of 2019.  Topolino will be located on the roof top of Disney Riviera Resort., however, the resort is taking room reservations for dates starting in December of 2019. Although the characters are not announced, we do maybe have a clue as to who may be there is in the name of the restaurant.  Topolino is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse. Could we see Mickey here? Because, the Terrace will offer great views of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, this breakfast will be a great way to start your day.

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera

  • Location: Disney’s Riviera Resort, Topolino’s Terrace
  • Characters: Not Yet Announced.
  • Meal Type: Prix-Fixe
  • Disney Dining Plan: No Currently Listed
  • Hours: Breakfast (TBD)
  • Tables in Wonderland: Not available
  • Menu Link – No link is available. The restaurant will feature Flavors of the Riviera, which would consist of both Northern Italian and Southern French cuisines.

In addition, former fan favorite Mickey’s Backyard BBQ served it’s last burger on December 31st, 2018. The BBQ is now closed to make way for Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

Finally, in mid-2017 Hollywood and Vine began a lunch offering of Minnie’s Seasonal Dining. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining no longer just appears during holiday seasons, but is offered year round.

Walt Disney World Character Dining At the Resorts

(no theme park admission required)

Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet

A Mickey Waffle (or three) is the perfect way to start the day

Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch

  • Location: Disney’s Polynesian Resort, on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House
  • Characters: Stitch, Lilo, Mickey and Pluto
  • Meal Type: Family Style (Large skillets are delivered to the table which include eggs, bacon, sausage, and fried potatoes. Mickey Waffles come around separately)
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Breakfast 7:30 am. to 12:00 p.m. Noon
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast

Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

  • Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 1900 Park Fare
  • Characters: Alice and the Mad Hatter
  • Meal Type: Tea (Guests of honor will sip a special “tea” that tastes remarkably like apple juice, decorate cupcakes, make a take-home craft—and have photos taken with their merry hosts)
  • Disney Dining Plan: Not available
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: No
  • Note: for children 3-12 only. Sorry Grandma.

Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea

Strictly speaking this isn’t Character Dining as it is a Disney Experience. The event is designed for a 3-9 year old and a parent.  Tea lasts for an hour and a half. Guests will learn Rose Petal’s story, participate in songs and 3-9 year olds will be presented with gifts and a rose. Wear your best princess dress or princely gear because the event ends with a parade through the Grand Floridian and a photo.

Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast

Garden Grove

Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals

  • Location: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, Ravello Restaurant
  • Characters: Goofy & Pals
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: Not Available
  • Hours: Breakfast: Thursdays, Saturdays and some Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: No
Smiles abound at every Disney World Character Dining experience.

Disney World Character Dining In The Parks

(Theme park admission required)

Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table

  • Location: Magic Kingdom, Inside the Castle
  • Characters: Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, Belle
  • Meal Type: Table Service
  • Disney Dining Plan: 2 Credits
  • Hours: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    Lunch 11:40 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
    Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 11:20 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

    Not every magical adventure starts on a ride.

The Crystal Palace

  • Location: Magic Kingdom, take a left at the end of Main Street.  The Crystal Palace faces the Castle
  • Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m.
    Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Dinner 3:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

  • Location: Epcot, World Showcase, Norway
  • Characters: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, Ariel
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
    Lunch 11:55 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Dinner 4:55 p.m. – 8:35 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link
We stumbled onto our first Disney World Character Dining experience and had a magical time.

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast

  • Location: Epcot, The Land, 2nd Floor
  • Characters: Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse, Pluto
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine

  • Location: Disney Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine
  • Characters: Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates), Sofia (from Sofia the First), Doc McStuffins, Roadster Goofy (from Mickey and the Roadster Racers)
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

Minnie’s Seasonal Dining

Theming changes seasonally. For 2019:

  • Silver Screen Dine, January 7, 2019 – March 10, 2019, Join Minnie Mouse for a fabulous dinner party celebrating the glitz and glamour of Hollywood!
  • Springtime Dine, March 11, 2019 – June 2, 2019, Shake off the chill of winter with a party to welcome the beautiful wonders of spring!
  • Summertime Dine, June 3, 2019 – August 25, 2019 , Head to Hollywood & Vine where Minnie Mouse and pals are hosting a beach-inspired party!
  • Halloween Dine, August 26, 2019 – November 3, 2019, Visit Minnie’s favorite happy haunt for a spooktacular Halloween feast that’s frightfully delightful.
  • Holiday Dine, November 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020, Deck the halls at a dazzling dinner party filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season!
  • Location: Disney Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine
  • Characters: Minnie, Daisy and Donald Duck, Goofy
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Lunch 11:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner 3:20 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

Tusker House

  • Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tusker House
  • Characters: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse
  • Meal Type: Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: One Credit
  • Hours: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
    Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Dinner 3:35 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tables in Wonderland: Yes
  • Menu Link

I want to thank fellow blogger Kristen Dyer for providing me with the photos of Askershus and Tusker House that made this post possible.

 

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