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Old 05-17-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Currently, Disney World offers eleven Character Dining locations. Here is a list of the locations, what characters to expect and type of dining experience.

Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom - characters at dinner only. Beast

Cape May Buffet - Beach Club Resort - characters at breakfast only. Goofy, Minnie and Donald Duck - in Beach Attire. Buffet

Chef Mickey’s - Contemporary Resort - breakfast and dinner. Chef Mickey, Minnie, Chef Goofy, Donald, Pluto. Buffet

Garden Grill - Epcot - dinner. Mickey, Pluto, Chip & Dale. Family Style

Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger. Buffet

Hollywood & Vine - Disney’s Hollywood Studios - breakfast and lunch. Disney Junior characters Handy Manny, Agent Oso, June & Jake.

‘Ohana - Polynesian Resort - characters at breakfast only. Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto. Family Style

1900 Park Fare - Grand Floridian Resort -breakfast and dinner. Supercalifragilistic Breakfast with a variety of characters. Currently there are Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter. Dinner - Cinderella's Gala Feast - Regulars include Cinderella and Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and the Fairy Godmother. Buffet

Tusker House - Animal Kingdom - breakfast and lunch. Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Mickey. Buffet

Cinderella’s Royal Table - Magic Kingdom - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Characters vary, but almost always include Cinderella and may include Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White. Fixed Price, limited choice of appetizer, entree and desert.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Epcot - Breakfast characters: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins. Lunch and Dinner are Norwegian style dining with Disney Princesses, too (including the occasional visit from Ariel in her gown). Family Style

Garden Grove - Swan Hotel - breakfast and dinner. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday features Goofy and Pluto. Dinner Monday and Friday - Timon and Rafiki; All other nights Goofy and Pluto. Buffet


* Note: Characters listed are not guaranteed and may change.

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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Well said! Many thanks for compiling that info! We should all follow up with posts including photos of the best dishes and character visits!
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Garden Grove - Swan Hotel - breakfast and dinner. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday features Goofy and Pluto. Dinner Monday and Friday - Timon and Rafiki; All other nights Goofy and Pluto. Buffet
Just wanted to add that they often include Chip 'n' Dale on weekends. We were there for a Friday seafood buffet back in January and had unbelievable multiple interactions with Goofy, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale. Goofy walked hand in hand around the restaurant with Sebastian for a good 10 minutes because of the light crowd. It was well worth the price, and the food was outstanding.
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Just wanted to add that they often include Chip 'n' Dale on weekends. We were there for a Friday seafood buffet back in January and had unbelievable multiple interactions with Goofy, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale. Goofy walked hand in hand around the restaurant with Sebastian for a good 10 minutes because of the light crowd. It was well worth the price, and the food was outstanding.
We have not been to Garden Grove since 2007, first trip that we took my brother's family. We need to go back.
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Good list. Just wanted to add that at Hollywood & Vine Leo has been replaced by Jake from Jake and the Never land Pirates. Also at Cinderella's Royal Table (at least for breakfast) I believe its usually Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Princess Aurora, and Belle (although they could swap out a princess if need be). The things you know when you have preschoolers!
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Good list. Just wanted to add that at Hollywood & Vine Leo has been replaced by Jake from Jake and the Never land Pirates. Also at Cinderella's Royal Table (at least for breakfast) I believe its usually Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Princess Aurora, and Belle (although they could swap out a princess if need be). The things you know when you have preschoolers!
Good to know.

Cinderella's Table books up quickly while some of others are easier to get reservations. I've noticed that. I'm four months out from my next trip and I'm not able to get any reservations whatsoever for the full ten days for Cinderella's Royal Table or Chef Mickey's but I was able to get into 1900 and Akershus pretty easily.
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Good list. Just wanted to add that at Hollywood & Vine Leo has been replaced by Jake from Jake and the Never land Pirates. Also at Cinderella's Royal Table (at least for breakfast) I believe its usually Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Princess Aurora, and Belle (although they could swap out a princess if need be). The things you know when you have preschoolers!
We had lunch last week at Hollywood and Vine and my kids were so excited to have Jake there instead of Leo. I know the food at H & V is not stellar, but my kids LOVE the interaction with the characters and the hosts when they have them up dancing to the Disney Junior songs and parading around the restaurant
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Currently, Disney World offers eleven Character Dining locations. Here is a list of the locations, what characters to expect and type of dining experience.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Epcot - Breakfast characters: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins. Lunch and Dinner are Norwegian style dining with Disney Princesses, too (including the occasional visit from Ariel in her gown). Family Style

* Note: Characters listed are not guaranteed and may change.

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Just wanted to say that Jasmine was not at Akershush when we went, I probably would not have noticed, but DH missed her horribly
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Just wanted to say that Jasmine was not at Akershush when we went, I probably would not have noticed, but DH missed her horribly

Haha, understandable, a noticeable omission...

I think she's only been there about 50% of the times I've gone thus far.


Oh well. Thanks for the nice compilation, Tom.
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thanks for the list, very helpful for planning
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