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Character Dining at it Finest & Funniest

When you think about Orlando theme parks, you may not think about eating with a character from the attraction, but it can be a fun thing to do. Especially if you are a fan of a particular character. A few years ago, we posted character dining options at Disney. There hasn’t been much change, so if your favorite characters are Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Handy Manny or Cinderella, check out our previous post.

SeaWorld Character Dining

There are character dining options at other Orlando theme parks too. SeaWorld offers Dine with Shamu which is very popular. After all, it is much better to eat with a killer whale than be eaten by one! Read more on a previous post about this Orlando dinner show.  If you are looking to join Sesame Street characters, it seems this character dining option is no longer offered. No more Cookie Monster? There are other options. In past years, during October, SeaWorld did offer breakfast with the Count. It is likely that they will offer this again. Read more about other dining experiences at SeaWorld…

Nickelodeon Character Dining

Character dining at Orlando theme parks

If you are staying at or near the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, perhaps your day could begin with SpongeBob’s Bikini Bottom Breakfast or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  SpongeBob’s breakfast is available every day, however, the TMNT Breakfast is only available Tuesdays and Thursdays certain months. Regardless, you’ll think it is Saturday with all of the Saturday morning cartoon characters. Your kids can meet Dora the Explorer, Cosmo, Diego, all of the Ninjas and more! Reservations are required. Prices for adults (13 & up) are $24 and $14 for kids (3 & under free).

Universal Studios Character Dining

You have a couple of restaurant choices for character dining options at Universal Orlando Resort. Cafe La Bamba serves up breakfast with characters from Universal’s Superstar Parade at Universal’s Superstar Character Breakfast. The cost is $25.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. Theme park admission is also required. Other locations for character dining oportunities include Jake’s (breakfast), located at Loews Royal Pacific Resort and other on-site hotel restaurants – Trattoia del Porto, The Kitchen and Islands Dining Room on select evenings for dinner.

It appears that the character breakfast at Island of Adventure’s Confisco Grille is no longer being offered or promoted. However, you still might run into one of your favorite characters while eating lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants at Island of Adventure. Dine at Mythos Restaurant, Confisco Grille or at the Three Broomsticks and have a memorable meal. The atmosphere at these Orlando theme park restaurants is amazing.

Capone’s Dinner & Show Character Dining

It goes without saying, we think the best characters to dine with are our very own mobsters and dames at Capone’s Dinner & Show. You can wait around after the show and have your photo taken with many of the cast members. The wait staff are more than happy to get shot at (with a camera, of course). Your entire family will love the show and audience interaction. The food is great and the drinks are unlimited. This Orlando character dining opportunity is the best value around. No theme park admission required! Reserve your seats online and save 50%! Tickets for adults are only $29.99 and $19.99 for kids (3 & under are free).

Disney Character Dining Options

Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort has a fantastic breakfast or dinner buffet, with lively environment.  The character interaction is great, and includes Mickey, Goofy, Chip & Dale, Pluto, and sometimes Donald.  There is also a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” station that everyone loves.  Cinderella fans shouldn’t miss lunch at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  They do a fun chanting ceremony where each section has their own little chant and they do the wishing ceremony.  All kids are given a light-up wishing star for the wishing ceremony.  The boys are also given a knight’s sword and girls a magic wand.  The characters interaction is great.  Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Fairy God Mother, Belle, and Snow White all come to your table for pictures and chat.  For Winnie the Pooh fans, Crystal Palace is a great buffet to enjoy.  Located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace features Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eyeore for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  All of these restaurants are a fabulous addition to your visit to the Magic Kingdom!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a beautiful place to visit, and features both the Garden View Tea Room and 1900 Park Fare restaurants.  1900 Park Fare is very amusing and features different characters at their breakfast and lunch buffets.  Breakfast includes Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter (a hoot!), Pooh, Tigger, and during “high season” Pinocchio & Geppetto.  Dinner features Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and the silly Step-sisters.  Garden View Tea Room serves afternoon tea in grand British tradition during My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party.  Your hostess will entertain the princesses with storytelling and songs and Princess Aurora will join in all the fun.  Your little Prince or Princess will also enjoy a keepsake gift.

The Epcot Park features Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at the Norway Pavilion and the Garden Grill Restaurant at The Land Pavilion.  Akershus Royal Banquet Hall serves American and Norwegian buffet favorites, providing a Disney Princess Storybook Dining experience in a medieval castle-themed restaurant.  The Disney Princesses and friends visit the tables for autographs and photo opps.  The Garden Grill Restaurant is a rotating restaurant that lets you enjoy the Living with the Land attraction, and even uses food from the Land greenhouse. Enjoy family-style dinners with Mickey, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale characters.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a family buffet dinner at Hollywood & Vine, the “Cafeteria to the Stars”.  The breakfast and lunch buffets both feature characters Handy Manny, June, and Leo.  Best for younger kids.

Animal Kingdom features Tusker House Restaurant, a fabulous, African-themed restaurant which only includes characters at the breakfast buffet.  They include Donald and Daisy Duck, as well as Goofy and Mickey.

There are also character dining opportunities at the Disney’s Beach Club Resort’s Cape May Café and Garden Grove at WDW Swan ResortDisney’s Polynesian Resort has ‘Ohana, with Lilo and Stitch and a Polynesian influence.

Of course, these are great to visit while you’re a guest in WDW parks, but, even if you aren’t visiting the parks, you can still dine in any of the enchanting Disney Resort restaurants (the theme parks require park admission).