|source: Samantha Decker|
Lets face it, if you’re off to Walt Disney World one of the things on your ‘to do’ list whether your travelling with or without children will be to snag some photos with some of your favourite characters. Sure, you can check the in park schedules, spend some time over at Character Connection in Epcot and get some really great photo-pass shots but, if you’re looking for a little more one – to – one interaction then a character dining experience is going to be your best bet, especially if you’re travelling with your kiddies! And it helps if the food is not half bad either!
Here’s a super quick guide to…
Top 5 Character Dining in and around
! Magic Kingdom
- Chef Mickeys @ Contemporary Resort *DT*
This was my first ever Disney dining experience at WDW so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s a lively, loud atmosphere where kids and grown ups alike are encouraged to get involved, waving napkins around and joining in the fun. It’s a great way to start any holiday. Self serve buffet style, here you can meet the Fab 5, along with Chip n Dale, and all dressed up in their aprons and chefs hats. Be sure to get your official photo on the way in, the magnets make great keepsakes!
- O’Hanas @ Polynesian *DT*
It can be a little hit or miss depending on where you are seated, but if you time it just right, you can dine and watch Wishes at the same time! Served family style, which means all the offerings are brought to your table on a large skillet which is refilled upon request by your server. As you will only be seated one party to a table you won’t have to worry about sharing your skillet with strangers. Characters include the Fab 5, Lilo and Stitch in their Hawaiian shirts.
- Cinderellas’ Royal Table @
**DT** Magic Kingdom
Inside.The.Castle! Need I say any more? Served plated to your table. Characters include; Cinderella, Snow White,
, Belle, Ariel and Jasmine. Look up
in the rafters and see if you can spot the smallest of Cindrella’s friends! Aurora @ Crystal Palace *DT* Magic Kingdom
If you’re looking for breathtaking castle views then this is the place to go! Go left at the end of Main Street USA and you will find the opulent grand conservatory that is
. Very light and spacious inside,
the buffet has some fantastic offerings! Characters include Pooh, Eeyore,
Piglet and Tigger. Be sure to encourage the kids to take part in the parade
around the dining room! Crystal Palace
- 1900 Park Fare @ Grand Floridian Resort *DT*
A more pocket friendly way to dine with Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Ugly sisters (who are hilarious!), the evening buffet is delicious! I highly recommend breakfast too with Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Pooh and friends, buffet style. The place is much bigger than it looks upon entering with a similar feel to
. Crystal Palace
Remember to keep those cameras charged as there won’t be any photo-pass photographers at the locations to snap shots around your table. The Cast Members who assist the characters as they go around will be happy to take some group shots on your own camera with the characters.
As eager as the kids (and even you might be too!) to get a hug off Mickey – stay seated! They will come to your table and greet you in your seat! If someone in your party misses the character coming round (too busy piling their plate at the buffet I’ll bet!) then let a Cast Member know and they should be able to come back over to your table!
*DT* indicates this location is on the Disney dining plan and uses one table service dining credit.
**DT** indicates the location is on the Disney Dining plan and uses two table service dining credits.
Have you tried any of the above? Which is your favourite?
Until next time,