Is there anything more magical than eating inside Cinderella’s Castle?! I would have to say yes.. for me the most magical Disney Character Experience has to be Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT! It’s coming back November 4, 2022.
If you are headed to Disney my top recommendations for character dining are
1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT
It’s the ultimate princess party! Belle, Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ariel and Cinderella are on rotation, ready to dance and sing. (Elsa and Anna do not appear at Akershus, but you can find them greeting guests nearby at Royal Sommerhus.) The princesses interact with the kids and they even do a parade around the restaurant. It’s located right outside the Frozen Ride in Norway. The food is Norwegian inspired and like all Disney restaurants they are very accommodating to children with allergies and honor special requests!
2 Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Tusker House is a great all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet-style dining experience listed in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. I would recommend heading straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris when the park opens in the morning before settling in at Tusker House for breakfast! Another great option is watching the Lion King show right before or after and going for lunch. Donald and his friends are all in safari gear and the put on a little show while interacting with guests and signing autographs.
The breakfast platter includes scrambled eggs, Mickey and Simba waffles, Durban chicken and egg curry, plus the usual bacon, sausage and roasted potatoes. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
For lunch and dinner, you can get plentiful Moroccan-spiced beef, spit-roasted herb chicken, Cape Malay green curry shrimp, berber-marinated pork, African-inspired salads and assorted house-made bread. Sides include veggies, jasmine rice, Impossible Durban curry, roasted potatoes and house-made mac and cheese. Top off your meal with animal-inspired mini desserts. You can always request chicken fingers if necessary.
3. Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom
Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner , you will meet Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White as you enjoy gourmet prix fixe dishes such as duck two-ways, beef tenderloin or chickpea panisse. The food is excellent ! The dessert is also wonderful “Clock Strikes Twelve,” dark chocolate mousse with a caramel and crunchy praline center served with chocolate sauce and hazelnut gelato, or “Jaq & Gus,” cheesecake with seasonal flavors and garnishes, to please even the tiniest tummies.
Princesses are also given a magic wand to take home with them, while princes are given a small souvenir sword. To make things a little extra magical, tadpoles are given a wishing star and are prompted to literally wish upon their star with a wave of their wand or sword.
Cinderella’s Royal Table is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
5. Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood & Vine is a family-style back to a buffet.
The Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine breakfast satisfies the entire family with a hearty buffet featuring waffles, omelets, pastries and more. Disney Junior favorites such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake (of the Never Land Pirates), Vampirina and Roadster Goofy interact with the little ones.
During lunch and dinner time, Minnie Mouse and her friends host seasonal dinner parties with outfits and decor to reflect the season. Character guests usually include Minnie, Mickey, Goofy and Pluto … in their best seasonal outfits, of course.
6. Be Our Guest Restaurant
located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
Note you will see the Beast for dinner only and Belle is not there. Feast on French-inspired fare in one of our elaborately themed rooms—straight out of the beloved Disney classic!
Be Our Guest Restaurant is an expansive and elegant dining destination located at the foot of Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland. Whether you are enjoying lunch or dinner, you will experience an atmosphere made for memories.
Royal Rooms for Loyal Subjects
Be Our Guest offers 3 meticulously imagineered dining areas, each designed to immerse our Guests in the heartwarming mystery and romance of Beauty and the Beast:
- The Grand Ballroom – Go for baroque in this magnificent ballroom with its high, domed ceiling, chandeliers and snow-laced Gothic arches.
- The West Wing – Dine in the Beast’s mysterious West Wing study—if you dare—and perhaps you’ll even spy his enchanted rose.
- The Castle Gallery – Get swept up in the romance of Belle’s private library, and inspired by the larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast dancing.
Character Dining at the Resorts
Depending on where you are staying these can be a little harder to get to but might be worth checking out!
1 Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Minnie Mouse loves to throw a beach bash! Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Disney’s Beach Club Resortgathers Minnie and her BFF Daisy in their beachy best to start the day sunny side up. Breakfast includes a mix of items from pastries, omelets, yogurt parfaits, Mickey and Minnie waffles, brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and more. This is a relaxed, casual dining experience and we love it! Because beach club is our favorite hotel It’s my number one! Also you an walk to Epcot or take a boat to Hollywood studios from this great location!
2. 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa ( still closed)
I loved this one but it’s still closed! At Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, mealtime is a truly regal affair as each family is welcomed as the honored guests of Cinderella and Prince Charming. Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella are usually in attendance, greeting guests as they dine on a buffet of international salads, meats, seafood and sides. There are also plenty of American staples such as macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza and chicken tenders for the tadpoles.
3. Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
Done with Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen! Enjoy appetizers and then choose your entrée from a prix fixe menu, including Royal Prime Rib Roast, Brother’s Grimm roasted chicken or a vegetarian option — A Stroll Through Nature — featuring butternut squash, arugula and gnocchi. Rounding off the menu are cocktails, mocktails and beer and wine from Oregon and Washington state, as well as some sinfully delicious desserts such as Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie and, of course, a “poison” apple. This Disney character dining location is notable not only because of its delicious eats but also because of its atmosphere. Guests dine in a rustic Enchanted Forest to mimic the iconic movie, complete with twinkling lights.
4. Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This is everyone’s favorite but I have to say I prefer Cape May Cafe for breakfast. They offer a classic family-style restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. At Chef Mickey’s Family Feast, the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy) join guests for their meals. The restaurant overlooks Bay Lake, as well as the 90-foot-high mural by Mary Blair that has become an icon of the Contemporary Resort.
For breakfast, enjoy fresh fruit, Mickey waffles, banana bread french toast, loaded potato cheese casserole, scrambled eggs, bacon and other morning favorites. At dinner, offerings include caesar salad, potato gnocchi, roasted garlic potato gratin, prime rib, roasted turkey breast and more. With so many options, this is a great choice for groups with diverse palates, as well as picky eaters. Chef Mickey’s is a crowd-pleaser with a few surprises.
Others popular ones include Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk and of course Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Pro Tip: use the website Mouse watcher to get reservations or restaurants when they are unavailable on the DisneyApp.
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You cannot cancel reservations within 24 hours without a charge usually on the app. If you go directly to the restaurant the day of the reservation and cancel in person you likely will not be charged. Also it can be difficult to make reservations with a large party.. I recommend sometimes splitting it for example for a party of 10 people have one person do 5 and then 5 on another. When you get to the restaurant request to sit together and they will likely accommodate.