When you’re visiting Walt Disney World, making a reservation for a Disney character dining experience is the easiest way to meet and greet Disney characters without having to chase them all over the parks, wait in long lines for pictures, and rush through a few moments with the character before your turn is over. For this reason, character dining experiences have become more popular with guests at Walt Disney World over the last few ears. So, more dining experiences have been added to the options and more experiences have been booked solid months in advance!
To be sure you’re choosing the character dining experience that will feature the atmosphere, food, and characters you and your family will most enjoy, it’s helpful to do a little research before making your reservations. Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll find at three of the most popular Walt Disney World character dining experiences:
(1)Chef Mickey’s: This character dining experience is one of the most popular, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, Chef Mickey’s takes place at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which means it’s an option open to families that don’t have park tickets. So, all of those families that are choosing to take a day off during their vacation to enjoy the pools and the sites at Downtown Disney will be likely to also choose Chef Mickey’s. Another reason this site is so popular is that the food is great and the atmosphere is whimsical and fun. It’s one of the largest sites, but Mickey, Minnie, and their pals manage to make time enough for every guest, so if you’re looking for a delicious and high-energy start to your day, this is a good choice.
(2)1900 Park Fare: This is another character dining experience that’s found outside the park, but it’s a much different experience than Chef Mickey’s. The lavish Grand Floridian Resort is the home to 1900 Park Fare, so the atmosphere is just a little bit more high class and elegant. Don’t worry, it’s still a fun and family-friendly experience so you won’t have to break out the Sunday best and put your kids on their best behavior. The characters are different depending on what day you go. If you join them for their breakfast buffet (complete with their delicious French toast), you’ll see Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins, along with a few of their friends. If you hit Cinderella’s Gala Feast in the evening, you’ll find Cinderella and her friends instead.
(3)Cinderella’s Royal Table: This dining experience, held at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom theme park, is probably the most popular dining experience, so make your reservations early! It’s a little pricey, but the atmosphere is to die for and Cinderella and her princess friends always make an appearance. You may even meet Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother if you’re there at the right time! Note: you will need theme park tickets in order to enjoy this character dining experience, so be sure to plan accordingly! If it’s the only thing you’re doing that day, it probably won’t be worth it to get park tickets just for this meal, so you’d be better off going to one of the character dining experiences that take place outside of the theme parks.