Walt Disney World character dining experiences are among the most coveted, and hard-to-book, experiences on property. And for good reason! Where else can you dine on a wide array of delicious dishes while your favorite Disney characters walk right up to your table for autographs and photos? While specific appearances at each location are of course always subject to change, these are some of our favorite characters just waiting to greet you at Walt Disney World restaurants.
1. The Beast
If you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan who is heart-broken that the Beast no longer appears with Belle in Epcot’s France pavilion, you can rejoice! You can meet the Beast after your dinner reservation at Be Our Guest. This is now the only place and time you can meet the Beast in Walt Disney World!
2. Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder
Trattoria al Forno, on Disney’s Boardwalk, offers a Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast attended by both Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder. It’s a magical start to a magical day.
Young guests are treated like princes and princesses at Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea, where they’ll enjoy a princess parade, gifts, a sing-along and stories, as well as a visit with Aurora.
4. Winnie the Pooh
Look no further than The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom for an unforgettable buffet featuring Winnie the Pooh and all of his Hundred-Acre Wood friends!
5. Alice in Wonderland
Young children (aged 4-12) can meet all of their favorite wacky characters from Wonderland at the Wonderland Tea Party at the Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare. This hour-long tea party involves decorating cupcakes, games and lots of photos.
6. Lilo and Stitch
Even if you’re not staying at the Polynesian Village Resort, you can still catch Lilo and Stitch there at the Best Friends Breakfast at ‘Ohana. They pose and sign autographs with guests throughout your Polynesian-inspired breakfast feast.
7. Mary Poppins
Everyone’s favorite nanny from across the pond makes an appearance, predictably, at the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. She’s right at home in the whimsical, turn-of-the-century atmosphere of the restaurant!
Disney princess fans won’t want to miss Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus in Epcot’s Norway pavilion. Princesses include Belle, Snow White, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty.
9. Cinderella’s Step-Sisters
Possibly the most entertaining character dining experience in Walt Disney World is Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare, where Anastasia and Drizella argue hilariously with each other – and with guests – completely stealing the limelight from Cinderella and Prince Charming!
10. Safari Donald and Friends
If you’ve ever wanted to meet your favorite classic characters decked out in their safari gear, then you’ll want to book a breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. Safari Donald, Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto await!
11. Chip ‘n’ Dale
You can meet these furry friends at Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at the rotating restaurant Garden Grill in Epcot. Even better: character dining with this dynamic duo is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
12. Fancy Nancy & Vampirina
Disney Junior favorites such as Fancy Nancy and Vampirina can be found during breakfast at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios. Book a Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine experience to join the fun!
13. Ariel and Prince Eric
The iconic (former) mermaid and her prince can often be seen hosting guests at Trattoria al Forno’s Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. Swim on over for a memorable breakfast!
14. Beach Minnie and Friends
Start your day with Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. You’ll find Minnie and all of her friends (such as Daisy, Goofy and Donald) dressed up for a day at the beach!
You’ll feel like royalty when you dine inside Cinderella Castle itself! Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table not only takes place in an unforgettable setting, but features character dining with Cinderella and other classic Disney princesses.