Beauties, Beasts & Beyond: Navigating The Best of Disney World's Character Dining

Looking for magical Orlando dining at Walt Disney World? There's no question that character interaction can sprinkle any Disney experience with that much more fairy dust. And lest you think that park admission is required, think again! While fabulous choices abound at each park – Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom or Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom's enchanted Fantasyland, for example – so, too, is magic hiding at the realm's many beautiful resorts. Guests adore the soaring ceilings and monorail rides they'll enjoy alongside their food and photo-ops at the Contemporary's Chef Mickey's and the Grand Floridian's opulence seeps into every interaction at 1900 Park Fare, where choices in character dining abound. Your child can enjoy a parent-free tea party with Alice and her Wonderland friends or meet princes, princesses and even evil stepsisters at Cinderella's Happy Ever After Dinner. Cravings for Mickey waffles (along with other classic early-day eats) can be sated at this venue's Supercalifragilistic Breakfast. 

Chip 'n' Dale and other favorites work the room as guests enjoy harvest-inspired fare alongside views from EPCOT's Living with the Land. This venue offers character dining for all three squares, so bring your cameras and autograph books....  Read More

Cape May Café
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Popular for its seafood bar, this restaurant offers a wealth of selections, including clams, mussels, chicken, fried fish and even tasty barbecued pork ribs in the evening, but mornings are for Minnie's Beach Bash Breakfast, when Mickey's...  Read More

Magic Kingdom ®
Chef Mickey's
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Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, Donald and Goofy will be on-hand for memorable pics and signatures as you and your traveling companions enjoy a buffet-style meal amid the soaring confines of the beautiful Contemporary Resort. Soak up lake views, the...  Read More

Magic Kingdom ®

Located in a pristine glass pavilion on Main Street, USA, this sunny restaurant's the perfect place to meet Pooh and his pals, who appear at each meal for photos, autographs and hugs. Inspired by the Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s,...  Read More

Magic Kingdom ®

Appropriately located in the Fantasyland realm of the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest brings diners inside the Beast's castle. Lunchtime here is a fast-service affair but come dinner, things become far more formal, with sit-down table service in...  Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom ®

Serving all three squares on the edge of "Africa" within Disney's Animal Kingdom, Tusker House also is home to Donald's Dining Safari. Translation: Donald Duck and pals will host your character interaction at breakfast and lunch. Early in the...  Read More


For a quintessential fairy tale experience, treat your princess to a meal with Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, Belle, Snow White and Aurora inside the Magic Kingdom's signature castle. Step into the magnificent dining hall, featuring a...  Read More

Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
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A bevy of lovely fairty-tale princesses await the arrival of your royal contingent in the Norway section of Epcot, where adventurous eaters can get a taste of that nation's interesting delicacies such as gravlax salmon, lefse, venison and more....  Read More

Magic Kingdom ®

Located in the opulent Grand Floridian Resort, 1900 Park Fare brings the fancy for your little princes and princesses. And character dining options abound. From the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast to Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner, your...  Read More

Magic Kingdom ®

Aloha! An island ambience pervades this restaurant whose name means "family" in Hawaiian. Although prevalent, families aren't the only ones entertained by the festivities, which include group singing, coconut races and hula hoop competitions. A...  Read More


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