Character Dining (It's a Must for Me)

Polynesian 2004 with Goofy

Since I went to my first character dining with Mickey and the Gang at the Polynesian back in 2004, I got hooked on eating with my favorite Characters at Walt Disney World. Since then I have ate with Belle and the Princesses at Akershus, and also Mickey and the Gang at Chef Mickey’s. It is such a joy to get to meet the characters without having to wait in line at the parks, plus get  to eat a delicious meal at the same time.

At Character Dining, you get a table to sit at with your family and friends. You will have to reserve a table at a location of your choice through Disney. All you have to do it call 407-WDW-DINE for current details and dining reservations. When you arrive at your Character Dining place, may it be Cinderella’s Royal Table or Garden Grill, they will take your reservation card and you wait to be seated. At Chef Mickey’s, when they called us to our table, they stopped us at the front for a photo picture. This photo picture was offered to us later as a package deal, which we bought as our keepsake.

When we were seated at Chef Mickey’s we got to enjoy a buffet. We got to each go up and pick out what we wanted to eat at a few different stations. Since we had an early time in the morning, they

Chef Mickey’s 2009 with Mickey

had eggs, pancakes, Mickey waffles, fruit and more to pick from. I loved being able to go back up when ever I wanted to get more food if I was still hungry. When eating at Akershus, we were served platters of food. When the food was running low, they would bring more food to our tables, this was also the case when eating at Polynesian. It was also nice to sit and relax when the food was just being brought to you at the tables, but there wasn’t as many choices. They brought us Mickey waffles (which I ate a lot of), eggs, biscuits, fruit and bacon. I have enjoyed all the Character’s dining meals I have eaten at Disney World.

Akershus with Belle 2005

The best part of Character Dining is that each Character comes to your table. When we visited Chef Mickey’s Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto visited our table separately. We had time to take pictures with each one and my stepson got to have them sign his autograph book he brought along. Goofy had came at the beginning to our table, but only my dad was sitting at the time. Most of us had gone up to get our first plate. We were disappointed we had missed him, but he came back later to see us and pretended to count to make sure we were all at the table this time. It was great to have such wonderful interaction with all five characters. After three years, my stepson still talks about meeting them at Chef Mickey’s.

If you have never had  Character Dining experience, I recommend doing it once for you will be hooked. You might even find yourself having to book one every time to go to Walt Disney World. Just remember that there are many to pick from so start with some of favorite characters and enjoy the interaction you get when having them for a few minutes at your table while eating Mickey waffles.

 

3 comments

  1. I have eaten at the Tusker House (Animal Kingdom), Garden Grill (Epcot), Polynesian, Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom), and Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel, CA.) All of these Character dining experiences were well worth the price. It’s a fun experience regardless of age. I still remember Dale messing with me by moving the stuff on my table at the Garden Grill. I highly recommend it.

  2. Thanks Brett – Most people are back and forth as to whether or not the Character dining is a good option. Many argue the prices vs. value, but how often do you get to dine with Princesses??

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