Getting Your Donald Duck Fix at Walt Disney World

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Which Disney character has feathers, webbed feet, wears a sailor suit and has a short temper? It’s none other than Donald Duck! And if you are one of this hot-tempered duck’s many fans, you’ll want to be sure to meet him and enjoy every “Donald experience” that Disney World has to offer! Here are seven of them.


7. Visit the Mexico pavilion at EPCOT.

Donald is dressed up in his Mexican best at the Mexico pavilion on the World Showcase at EPCOT. He’s usually just past the Mexican pyramid to the left of the promenade. He meets Guests in a somewhat secluded bushy area just off the promenade, so keep your eyes open for a crowd forming! Donald dons a sombrero and brightly-colored serape’. He has also been known to meet Guests inside the pyramid from time to time. You can check the times and location of a “Donald encounter” via the My Disney Experience app.

6. Go on safari at the Tusker House Restaurant at Animal Kingdom.

You can book a “wild” dining experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that will have you coming back every time you visit Disney World. Donald is on safari, and he’s serving up some great fare with African flair! Donald’s Dining Safari takes place at breakfast, lunch and dinner—just choose your meal! For breakfast, enjoy fruit, frittatas, Beef Bobotie, cereals, Mickey waffles, banana bread pudding, fruit chutneys and more! Lunch and dinner offer the same fare, but dinner is served family style. Choose from different breads and pita, tabbouleh and hummus, spit-roasted chicken, roast pork, salmon, fruit chutney, curry chicken and more. Have a wild time at Donald’s Safari! Call (407) WDW-DINE to make your reservation.

5. Celebrate at Donald’s Dino-Bash!

Believe it or not, Donald just recently learned that his ancestors were actually dinosaurs, and he’s thrilled! And every day—weather permitting—Donald hosts a huge celebration called Donald’s Dino-Bash! It’s a brand new celebration held at Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland U.S.A. and features some very special guests, including Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, LaunchPad McQuack from Disney’s DuckTales and even Chip ‘n’ Dale, dressed in their “dino” best. Check showtime listings when you visit Animal Kingdom, and don’t miss the party!


4. Meet The Astounding Donaldo!

In Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, you can visit Storybook Circus where beloved Disney characters have joined the circus! Donald is “The Astounding Donaldo,” the snake charmer. Minnie Mouse is “Minnie Magnifique,” the poodle trainer, and Goofy is the daring stuntsman, “The Great Goofini!” Even Daisy Duck has joined the circus—she tells fortunes as the mysterious “Daisy Fortuna.”

3. See Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

Yes, the name says Mickey, but Donald Duck and his temper have starring roles in this 3D experience full of special effects and surprises. At Fantasyland Concert Hall, Guests are seated and put on their 3D glasses. As the curtain opens, Donald Duck is asleep—but not for long! Chaos and mayhem ensue when Donald is determined to hold on to Sorcerer Mickey’s magic hat. The concert takes Guests through scenes from some of Disney’s most beloved films—with a twist! Now Donald plays a role in those films! He encounters Ariel, Aladdin and Jasmine, Simba, Peter Pan and more! Donald finds out the hard way that the sorcerer’s hat can only be used by one, and that’s Mickey. It’s a great presentation and a great way to get your Donald fix at Disney World.

2. Experience the Gran Fiesta starring the Three Caballeros!

In the Mexico pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase, you can board a boat and take a tour of Mexico, but this is no ordinary tour of the country. Instead, it’s a tour of Mexico along the way to a concert by the Three Caballeros. There’s only one problem—one of the Caballeros is missing—Donald Duck. And all through the ride, his fellow Caballeros are looking for him; after all, the concert will have to be cancelled if they can’t find him. But Donald’s not lost—he’s just enjoying all that Mexico has to offer! And don’t worry, the concert takes place as planned, as the Three Caballeros are united again!

1. Have breakfast at Chef Mickey’s.

You can meet Donald and get his autograph too when you enjoy breakfast at Chef Mickey’s inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Donald, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto are all dressed in their aprons and chef’s hats. Enjoy fresh fruit, sausage, bacon, eggs, Mickey waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast pastries and more as the Fab Five make their way to your table to pose for pictures and sign autograph books. Chef Mickey’s is a fun family experience you won’t want to miss. Make your dining reservations via the My Disney Experience app or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.