Best Disney World Character Dining for 2022 (The Ultimate Guide)

Disney World character dining can be one of the most charming experiences you’ll have on a Disney vacation. Some of these character meals will provide the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. I know because I have a few of my own.

When it comes to dining with characters at Disney, there are quite a few choices. In fact, there’s a lot of information that the average guest doesn’t know in advance of reserving these character meals.

This Disney character dining guide covers all of the character meals at the Walt Disney World Resort, including updates for 2022. It discusses everything from the best character meals to the cost of meals. I’ve also included a section to help you choose which one might work best for your family.

Dining at Disney can make or break your vacation, depending on your choices. Hopefully, this review will provide you with the necessary information to plan and enjoy a wonderful meal.

Traditional character meets and interactions are now available in the Disney Parks. You can now visit with characters, get hugs, and receive autographs at character dining experiences.

However, unfortunately, many of the character meals at Disney World are still on hold or modified at this time. We’ll continue to keep the guide updated as more characters return to meals.

Below each character dining experience, we list whether or not the meal has returned to normal capacity or if it’s still modified. Additionally, each dining location links to the menu on Disney’s site. The menu will also indicate whether or not the restaurant is available or if the character dining experience has been modified.

This article was last updated on June 16, 2022.

List of 2022 Disney World Character Dining Restaurants

Here is a list of the Disney character dining meals available at Walt Disney World in 2022.

*Disney does not consider Be Our Guest as a formal character dining location. However, the Beast is known to make an appearance in the dining hall during dinner. Unfortunately, his appearance is not guaranteed.

Character Dining Locations (Open with No Characters in 2022)

The following restaurants are now open. Unfortunately, the characters have not returned at this time.

Some guests have seen Cinderella from time to time at Royal Table. However, this is not guaranteed and should not be expected until Disney makes a formal announcement.

Character Dining Locations (Have Not Re-Opened in 2022)

Disney World Character Dining Meals (Theme Parks)

Below is a summary of every Disney character meal available by location. We’ll start with the theme parks before moving on to the ones at each Disney Resort hotel. You can use the links below to locate specific information.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Our first stop is Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. This Disney character meal serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, the restaurant doubles as signature dining.

Disney World Character Dining

Pricing: This is the most expensive character meal at Walt Disney World. However, it comes with a few perks. Guests have the opportunity to have their picture made with Cinderella before being seated. In addition, a trinket like a magical star or plastic sword is usually delivered to each child at the end of the meal.

Menu: Here

Positives: Obviously, the most significant appeal for most is that you get to dine inside Cinderella’s Castle. From our experience, the food has been excellent once and subpar on another visit. However, the character interaction is terrific.

Negatives: A character meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table is expensive and can take up a considerable amount of your touring time.

Characters: Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, and Rapunzel

Overall, Cinderella’s Royal Table is considered the creme de la creme of Walt Disney World character dining. If the idea of eating inside the castle appeals to you, I recommend making a reservation at least once to check it out.

*Currently, this experience is modified, and there are no characters. There have been some reports of Cinderella coming through the restaurant from time to time. However, her appearance is not guaranteed.

The Crystal Palace

Next up is Magic Kingdom’s The Crystal Palace, where guests have the opportunity to dine alongside Winnie the Pooh and Friends. The Crystal Palace serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Usually, this is a buffet-style restaurant. However, at this time, the experience, like many others, has been modified.

Character Dining at Disney World

Pricing and Menu:  View Here

Positives: Crystal Palace is the only place to meet Piglet and Eeyore at Magic Kingdom except for the seasonal holiday extra-ticketed parties.

Negatives: At some point during the day, you have to eat. However, reserving a full-service meal at Magic Kingdom can take away valuable time in the park if you only have one day to spend here.

Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore

Overall, I think that Crystal Palace is worth the meal when the characters are available. That is, of course, if you or someone in your group are fans of these darling characters.

Outside of this meal, it is very difficult to see Piglet and Eeyore in the Disney Parks. Typically the only other place you can find them is during one of the seasonal parties at Halloween or Christmas.

*Currently, this experience is modified, and there are no characters.

Akershus Princess Storybook Dining

Over at Epcot, the Akershus Princess Storybook Dining serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals offer a Norwegian smorgasbord with an entree option during lunch and dinner. At breakfast, the table gets an all-you-care-to-enjoy skillet along with a breakfast buffet.

Character Dining Review at Disney World

Positives: The character interaction here is a huge plus. It’s the only other Disney Princess dining location other than Cinderella’s Royal Table. There are also a few unique items on the Smorgasbord buffet.

Negatives: Like the other theme park character meals, this one will take up a decent amount of touring time. However, there are not a lot of “princess-related” activities at Epcot. Therefore, it might be just the right thing to add to the mix in your planning.

Characters at Akershus: Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel

Overall, I think that Akershus is a good fit for anyone wanting to dine with princesses. While still expensive, this character meal costs less than Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Corresponding Character Dining Review: Akershus Princess Character Breakfast Review

*This Disney character dining experience hasn’t returned yet in 2022.

Garden Grill Character Dining

Garden Grill at Epcot serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant slowly rotates while you dine. At specific points, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at Living with the Land.

Dining with Characters at Disney

Menu and Pricing: Here

Positives: The restaurant is unique in the fact that it moves while you are dining. This is also a fun chance to see Mickey Mouse dressed as a farmer.

Negatives: Meals here are brought out in family-style presentations. The menu is limited. It’s kind of like eating at the lunchroom cafeteria. If you don’t like the Disney food served, you are out of luck.

Characters at Garden Grill: Chip, Dale, Mickey (Farmer), and Pluto

Personally, I’m not a fan of the menu at Garden Grill, but I absolutely love Living with the Land. Therefore, if you love the characters or the opportunity to get a different viewpoint of a favorite ride, it might be worth the meal.

*Currently, this experience is modified, and there are characters.

Hollywood and Vine Character Dining

Now that we’ve made it over to Hollywood Studios, we’ll take a look at their only character dining location. Hollywood and Vine serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The restaurant is usually a buffet-style meal.  Hollywood and Vine is where most will want to take younger kids who want to meet the Disney Junior Characters.

*2022 Update: The buffet is scheduled to return to Hollywood and Vine on August 28, 2022.

Character Meals at Disney World

Menu and Pricing: Here

Positives: Kids get to see some of their favorite television characters.  The buffet here has a lot of items, and overall the restaurant receives decent reviews.

Negatives: The food will likely be mediocre.  Make sure to reserve the specific meal you are looking for here.  As noted below, different characters meet here for breakfast and dinner.

Characters at Breakfast: A variety of Disney Junior Characters like Vampirina and Fancy Nancy

Characters at Dinner: Minnie Mouse and Friends (Seasonally-themed)

Here is the schedule for the 2022 Hollywood and Vine Seasonal Dinners:

  • Silver Screen Dine began on January 4, 2022 through February 28, 2022
  • Springtime Dine begins on March 1, 2022 through May 30, 2022
  • Summertime Dine begins on May 31, 2022 through TBD.
  • Halloween Dine, check again for dates to be announced.
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine, check again for dates to be announced.

*This character dining experience has returned to full capacity.

Tusker House Disney Character Meals

Lastly, for the parks, Animal Kingdom has a popular option for Disney character dining. Tusker House serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant offers a buffet-style meal and is located in the Harambe section of the park.

Character Dining location

Menu and Pricing: Here

Positives: Tusker House is a popular character dining experience to meet a few classic characters in unique outfits.  The food here might be considered a step above similar types of experiences.

Negatives: There is typically a little more time to have a meal like this at Animal Kingdom than at the other parks.  But it will still take away from your touring time.

Characters at Tusker House:  Donald Duck and Friends in Safari Suits

Overall, Tusker House is normally a popular character dining location. However, it hasn’t received rave reviews since it reopened to a modified dining experience with characters. Below is a basic description of the menu from Disney’s website. Reference here.

“For breakfast, munch on favorites like Safari Bread, Mickey and Simba Waffles, and Durban Chicken and Egg Curry with Jasmine Rice. Lunch and dinner offerings include Moroccan Spiced Beef, Berber Marinated Pork, Spit Roasted Herb Chicken, and Cape Malay Green Curry Shrimp.”

With the return of buffets at Disney World, we’ll likely see these experiences revert back in the near future.

As of early 2022, this character dining experience has completely returned.

Disney World Character Dining at the Resort Hotels

That wraps up the character dining meals in the Disney theme parks. Now we’ll take a look at the options in the resorts. We are starting with Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

1900 Park Fare Character Meals

1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian serves breakfast, brunch, and dinner. There are two character meals here.

First is the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast and the dinner service is Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. Different characters are available at each meal. See below.

Menu and Pricing: View Here

Positives: This is an excellent meal for meeting some harder-to-find characters in the parks. Plus, it’s always lovely to visit the Grand Floridian.

Negatives: Make sure you plan for transportation in advance to any resort dining experience. Sometimes resort dining reservations can be challenging to get to if you aren’t staying nearby.

Breakfast Characters: Mary Poppins, Alice, Mad Hatter, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh

Dinner Characters:  Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella

Those with plans to enjoy a meal here will need to pick which characters are most important. It is very difficult to see the Mad Hatter anywhere else.

In the evening, Prince Charming and Lady Tremaine are also very rare. Normally, you might catch a glimpse of Prince Charming in the Festival of Fantasy parade. And Lady Tremaine is often available at Villains After Hours and the Halloween Party. However, those are both extra-ticket events.

*This restaurant has not re-opened at this time.

Related: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Review

Chef Mickey’s Character Dining

Next, we’ll take the monorail over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort to look at their character dining option. Chef Mickey’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a buffet-style meal.

Tips for dining with Characters at Disney World

Menu and Pricing: View Here

Positives: The monorail goes by overhead while you dine here.  Additionally, you can eat next door at the resort’s counter service location, Contempo Cafe. You’ll get the same overhead monorail experience, less the characters for a fraction of the cost.

Negatives: This meal is overpriced for what most will consider mediocre food.  You are paying for location and characters when you eat here.

Characters at Chef Mickey’s: Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse

*This Disney World character meal has returned to full capacity.

Related: Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review

‘Ohana Character Dining

As we continue our loop of the Magic Kingdom resort area, we have made it to Disney’s Polynesian Resort for ‘Ohana. This location only offers character dining during breakfast. They do have dinner service here, but that’s not a character meal.

One of the characters at dining in Disney World

Pricing and Menu: View Here

Positives: The location, atmosphere, and character interaction were delightful on our last visit.

Negatives: The food at breakfast is very average.  While we had a good server, our overall experience wasn’t great.  We had to wait a long time to be seated, which appears to be a common trend.

Characters at ‘Ohana: Mickey Mouse (Hawaiian), Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto

Corresponding Character Dining Review: ‘Ohana Character Breakfast Review

*Unfortunately, while ‘Ohana is open for breakfast, characters have yet to return at this time. However, both Mickey Mouse and Stitch waffles are available at this location.

Related: Disney’s Polynesian Resort Review

Storybook Dining at Artist Point

As we make our way across the water, we’ll take the resort boat service to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge this time. The occasion is dinner at Princess Storybook Dining.

Princess Storybook Dining at Artist Point serves dinner only. This meal has a prix fixe menu where you select an entree, appetizer, and dessert. Selections are limited.

Pricing and Menu: View Here

Positives: The character dining here is excellent and provides a rare opportunity to meet the Evil Queen from Snow White. We really enjoyed the characters here.

Negatives: For our last meal, the food wasn’t necessarily up to par, considering the cost of the meal. Read the full review below to learn more. 

I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews since our last visit. However, I feel like overall, the good outweighed the bad. We wouldn’t hesitate to return and plan to in the future.

Characters: Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen

Corresponding Character Dining Review: Storybook Dining at Artist Point Review 

This character dining experience is now available with characters.

Related: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Review

Cape May Cafe Dining with Characters

Moving on to my personal favorite resort, Disney’s Beach Club, we’ll take a look at their popular character breakfast, Cape May Cafe. This restaurant serves breakfast only with characters.

During dinner, a seafood buffet is available. However, there are no characters at dinner.

Dining Characters Disney

Pricing and Menu: Here

Positives: Meet classic characters in unique costumes here.  This is a great location for anyone staying in the Epcot Resorts area.

Negatives: Pricing is high as with all of the other character meals.

Characters: Minnie Mouse and Friends in Beach Attire

*Cape May Cafe is now open. Unfortunately, characters have yet to return to this character dining experience as of mid-2022. Thankfully, the breakfast buffet is available once again.

Related: Disney’s Beach Club Review

Trattoria al Forno

A trip across Crescent Lake gets us to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn for another unique dining option. Trattoria al Forno serves a special character breakfast called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast.

Your table will be treated to a basket of pastries, and each individual selects an entree from the menu.

Pricing and Menu: View Here

Positives: The food selections for this meal consistently receive rave reviews.

Negatives: Disney’s Boardwalk might be a little difficult to get to early in the morning.

Characters: Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider

Additionally, Trattoria al Forno is one of my top recommendations for character meals at Disney World. Some of the characters here are extremely rare and difficult to meet in the parks.

This is the only location I’m aware of for meeting Flynn Rider. Prince Eric is sometimes available for meets at seasonal parties. Every once in a while, he shows up with Ariel in Epcot.

*Unfortunately, characters have not returned to this dining experience at this time.

Related: Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review

Topolino’s Terrace

From Crescent Lake, we’ll take the Disney Skyliner over to Disney’s Riviera Resort for my favorite Disney character breakfast.

Topolino’s Terrace serves breakfast only with characters. Additionally, it is the newest character dining experience available at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

Pricing and Menu: View Here

Positives: This is the best food I’ve had to date at any character meal at Disney World. Additionally, the classic characters are endearing. 

Negatives: The new Riviera Resort might be challenging to get to in the morning unless you are staying there or next door at Caribbean Beach Resort. If you have a car, you might elect to drive it over. I’ll add a section with tips on how to get to the character meals below.

Characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, and Daisy Duck

Corresponding Character Dining Review: Character Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace Review

*This character meal is available with characters.

Related: Disney’s Riviera Resort Review

This wraps up our summary of each character meal at Walt Disney World. Remember, there is no character dining available at Disney Springs.

Over at Magic Kingdom, you might run into the Beast from Beauty and the Beast at Be Our Guest Restaurant. However, this restaurant is not considered character dining. So seeing the Beast is not guaranteed.

Additionally, there is a Goofy and Pals Character Breakfast at Ravello. Ravello is located at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. You can read more about the experience here on Disney’s site. The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy takes place on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Sadly, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ permanently closed a few years back. And the character meal at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Hotel is no longer offered on the weekends.

Related: Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Review

Unfortunately, the Grand Floridian’s Wonderland Tea Pary and the Perfectly Princess Tea Party have not returned to date as of mid-2022. While these are not character dining experiences, they do include food and characters.

The Best of Disney World Character Dining in 2022

When it comes to character dining at Disney World, it can be tough to select the right experience without research. I often have people tell me that they have “heard” this or that place was the best, so that’s why they booked it.

While it’s great to take recommendations from friends and family, it’s also important to know that a meal like this is a bit of an investment.

In fact, the average family of four will typically spend upwards of $200.00 on one character dining experience. In comparison, that’s another day added on to the park for most families holding multi-day tickets. It could be another night at a Disney value resort under most circumstances. There are so many things that these funds could be applied to during your vacation.

With that being said, character dining can be a great thing that your family leaves talking about for years to come. It offers a private, more intimate setting with characters.

These meals are a great way for children who might have shy tendencies to warm up to characters by seeing them interact with other guests. In addition, the characters are highly trained and do well when dealing with children who might be upset with their appearance.

When it comes to choosing a character dining meal, I would start with the following considerations:

  1. Go for the food.
  2. Go for the character you want to have more time with and know the food might be average.

As much as I wish we could have the best of both worlds, I think the price tag for character dining might be too much to lament for long after the meal is done.

But for those of you wanting to get the best of both worlds, meaning good food and good characters, these would be my recommendations for the best Disney World character dining experiences:

  • Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table (might see Cinderella but not guaranteed)
  • Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno (no characters at this time)
  • Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace
  • Storybook Dining with Snow White at Artist Point

If you were going to go for option one only and didn’t have much of a preference as long as your kids got to meet some characters, these would be my recommendations:

  1. Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno (no characters at this time)
  2. Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace

Lastly, I recommend going through the list above and basing your reservation solely on the characters for those of you wanting to have a unique character experience. Know going into your reservation that you are paying the price typically for the character appearances.

Overall, I think that anyone with a love for characters gets that and doesn’t mind. However, as someone that prefers better-than-average food, I find the selections at many of these disappointing.

I’m not saying that the food is downright bad. But I compare the food to what you might receive at a value resort food court.

Disney makes us expect more. And I don’t have these issues with the majority of other Disney restaurants.

How Disney Character Dining Works

As you probably know, some of these Walt Disney World character dining restaurants are very popular. It is common for character meals to be difficult to reserve. Additionally, spots fill up quickly when the 180-day reservation window opens.

Note: At this time in 2022, there is only a 60-day reservation window.

Therefore you will need to plan to get an advanced dining reservation. I highly recommend using an authorized Disney travel agent to reserve your vacation and advance dining reservation if you are not experienced. You do not was to miss any sought-after meals or experiences.

Additionally, a travel agent can help you arrange a Disney dining plan if desired. Most character dining requires two table service credits for guests using the dining plan.

You’ll also want to know the best way to get to your reservation from your current location. When leaving your resort, I usually recommend giving one to one and a half hours in advance of your reservation when using Disney transportation.

Like other Disney restaurants, you’ll need to check in once you get to the location. Busy spots often won’t let you check in until about fifteen minutes before your reservation. If you are at a resort for character dining, there should be a lounge nearby to pick up an appetizer or cocktail while waiting.

When you receive the text message that your table is ready, a host will greet you at the restaurant entrance. The host will either take you to a line for a special photo opportunity or start to inform you about the restaurant and any specialties.

Once seated, your server will come over and get you started. You’ll probably see characters visiting the restaurant with other families at this point. If not, they could be on break and will return shortly.

The characters are accompanied within the restaurant by a handler. Often this person stays in the background, so you might not notice them. They watch the characters meeting at tables and ensure that they visit an entire section before moving on to the next one.

If a character is at a table next to you and they appear to skip you, don’t worry. They have a specific order to follow.

However, with the characters being in full costume, they can easily get turned around. Ideally, if they skip you, the character handler will send them back your way before the next break. Or they might address you and let you know they’ll be back to you soon.

And even if none of these work out and say maybe you meet three out of four characters. Someone is supposed to come by your table and confirm that you have met all the characters. They could even come by and say something along the lines of you’re just waiting to meet Jasmine, right?

We’ve eaten at numerous character dining locations over the last ten years. I can attest that Disney Cast Members do an excellent job with documenting the meets and making sure every table is visited.

Disney Character Dining Photos 

When you visit a character dining experience at Walt Disney World, you’ll want to make sure to have something with you to take photos. Unfortunately, character dining experiences (with a few small exceptions) do not have PhotoPass photographers present to take your family photo.

Those exceptions are meals like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Princess Dining. These two usually have a princess greeting guests at the entrance of the restaurant before you are seated.

Another one is the Snow White character meal where the Evil Queen is present in the center of the room. She doesn’t come to the table, but guests can stand in line to meet her and have a picture made.

In these instances, there is typically a photographer taking photos with the greeting princess. The PhotoPass photographer will scan them to your band or ticket if applicable, and the images will show up in your My Disney Experience account. A Memory Maker package might be required to access the photos.

Unfortunately, photographers are not available at any restaurant to take pictures when the characters visit your table. Therefore, make sure to have something readily available nearby to take pictures.

Autographs at Disney Character Dining

2022 Update: Character autographs are now available again!

Another essential thing to remember is that many of the characters do sign autographs. So if your children are interested in collecting autographs, make sure to be prepared with an autograph book in advance.

I recommend purchasing a good, quality one on shopDisney before your Disney vacation. If you wait, you’ll end up having to buy one at a Disney park, and this is something simple you can have packed in your park bag before you leave. You can preview a few here on shopDisney if you like.

Character Dining and Autographs

Word to the wise, you might not think that your child will have an interest in collecting autographs. But it only takes one instance of them seeing someone else getting a character’s autograph. After that, most children will automatically want the same experience.

Character autograph books are a minimal investment. They also have plenty of pages in them so that you can reuse them again on a future trip. Just remember to store them with your “Disney stuff” when you get back home.

How to get to Character Dining at Disney 

Coming and going around Walt Disney World can be quite a challenge if you aren’t familiar with the area. Here are a few tips to help you get to any of the character dining experiences at the resorts.

Magic Kingdom Resorts Area Character Dining

These resorts include Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, and Wilderness Lodge for character dining meals.

  • Anyone who wants to visit a resort on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop from another resort can simply do the following.  Take a bus to Magic Kingdom, and then board the resort monorail to that resort.
  • If you are traveling to Grand Floridian or the Polynesian you can also take a boat at the resort boat launch from Magic Kingdom.
  • If you are wanting to go to the Contemporary, simply walk over from Magic Kingdom. You will have to go through security to access these forms of transportation, but not through the ticket entry area.

I have a complete review on using the monorail service at Walt Disney World. It goes into full detail and provides tips on best using it to maximize your vacation time.

 Heading to the Wilderness Lodge for a character meal?

  • You can take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then boat or bus over to the Wilderness Lodge.  You will have to go through security to access the resort boat launch, but it’s a beautiful ride.

This review of the Magic Kingdom resort’s boat service will help you plan further in detail if needed.

Epcot Resorts Area Character Dining

For those headed to Boardwalk or Beach Club from another resort, you’ll want to try these tips.

  • Take a bus to Hollywood Studios from any resort and then do the following:
    • Use the Friendship Boat Service to get to either resort.
    • Walk the long pathway from Hollywood Studios to both resorts. It’s probably close to 3/4 of a mile to walk.
    • Take the Skyliner from Hollywood Studios to the International Gateway and then walk to either character dining location.

Lastly, for anyone headed to Topolino’s at Disney’s Riviera Resort, take a bus to Hollywood Studios and then take the Skyliner to Riviera. I have a guide here on using the Disney Skyliner with travel times.

*One significant point to remember when configuring how you will get to a resort for breakfast is that not as many buses return to the hotels from theme parks early in the morning. Often, it will be best to use a car service to visit the character meals at the resorts.

Disney Character Dining Tips 

The following tips are essential in planning for your character dining meals at Disney World.

  • Don’t forget to reserve your Walt Disney World character dining experiences as soon as you become eligible. Typically this is at 180 days in advance of your vacation but is reduced to 60 days at this time.
  • If you don’t get the desired reservation, check back often.  The best time to get a new reservation is when someone cancels.  This usually happens within 30 days to a week before the start of your vacation.
  • Know where you are going and how you are going to get there before your meal.  Also, make sure to take weather factors into consideration when traveling to your character dining meal.
  • If using free Disney transportation allow a good hour to hour-and-a-half for travel time.  In the event, you arrive late explain to the cast member your personal situation and they should fit you back into the schedule.
  • Don’t forget to bring your own camera and autograph books! You can pick one up here on shopDisney prior to your trip if you like.
  • If you are visiting a resort for a character meal, allow yourself a little time to explore before or after your meal.

Final Thoughts on Disney World Character Dining

A character meal can genuinely provide a bit of unexpected Disney magic on your vacation. I know this guide was a little lengthy, but I think it’s important to consider everything possible when planning your vacation. So often, it’s the things you don’t know that leave you feeling aggravated during and after your trip.

With that being said, Disney World is a massive place, and it’s going to be impossible to know every single thing. In those cases, I recommend rolling with the punches and chalking your experience up to remember for next time.

If you would like to know more about planning a Disney vacation, make sure to check out our Disney Resort Reviews. We offer detailed reviews of all the Disney World Resorts.

We fel that deciding where to stay is one of the most critical planning factors. It sets the precedence for your trip and leaves a basis for where you will go and how you will get there.

If you want to learn more about individual characters in each Disney park, you’ll enjoy the guide to Disney World characters here. We keep it updated regularly with the hope to provide the best information possible for planning your character meets.

Additionally, I have a full list of every single Disney restaurant review we have available here on the site. Or you might also like these other Disney dining guides:

For those planning character dining in 2022, make sure to bookmark this page. We anticipate many changes and things around the Disney Parks began to return to normal.

In the meantime, good luck planning your Disney World character dining! I hope it will be a meal truly worthwhile with many fond memories.