Best Disney Character Breakfasts
At Disney World, character dining meals are designed to offer you the best of both worlds—great food in a fun atmosphere and the chance to meet your favorite Disney characters. Since the dining areas have a limited capacity, the characters have more time to spend with each family, making a character meal a great option for groups traveling with kids.
Character Breakfast Basics:
Disney offers character dining locations in the theme parks and at Disney World hotels and resorts. The characters that you’ll meet depend on the location you choose. There are meals featuring the classic Mickey pals, Disney princesses and Winnie the Pooh and friends along with a few other character based options. The food is served buffet style, and features everything from eggs to pastries, fruit to breakfast meats. Overall, the food served at character breakfasts is tasty and there is something for everyone.
You’ll need to make a reservation for any character dining experience, breakfast included. Some of Disney’s hardest to get dining reservations are for character meals. If you want to dine with Cinderella in the castle at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll need to book your table six months in advance. Other popular locations, like Chef Mickey’s , fill up months in advance as well.
As of October 2011, Disney has instituted a new reservations policy for character dining; you’ll need to give a credit card number to reserve your seat, and show up on your chosen day or time, or pay a cancellation penalty of $10 per person.
Best Character Breakfast Locations:
Cinderella’s Royal Table:
The original is still one of the best character meals offered. Guests report to Cinderella Castle for an elegant breakfast in a royal setting. You’ll meet Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother and a host of other royal guests when you dine at this location. Schedule your breakfast early in the morning, and you’ll get the chance to wander down Main Street USA before the park opens, and enjoy a rare moment of solitude in the usually bustling Magic Kingdom.
Story Book Dining:
Epcot’s Norway pavilion is home to a princess breakfast your little one will love. Each day, an assortment of the Disney princesses welcomes guests, poses for pictures and signs autographs table-side. This location has one of the best breakfast menus you’ll find, featuring fresh fruit and yogurt, eggs and bacon, and some of the best potatoes you’ll find on property. You never know who you’ll meet here, though Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and Snow White are almost always on hand to greet guests. You’ll also get a souvenir photo of your party with one of the princesses to take home with you when you leave this location.
If princesses aren’t your thing, or if you want to try a diverse meal in a great location, then consider the wildly popular Chef Mickey’s, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You’ll enjoy fantastic food in a fun setting—and be just a monorail ride away from either the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. This location features tableside visits by Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy, and is one of the best character meals to visit if you or a member of your family has special dietary needs. Chef Mickey’s offers a huge array of meal options, and can accommodate special food requests as needed.
A character breakfast really tops off a Disney World vacation, the food is great, the entertainment is outstanding, and the kids really have a great time. Plus, if you and your family take in a character breakfast then you will not have to waste your precious time at theme parks chasing down characters to get their autographs and pictures.