If you are traveling to Walt Disney World with children, chances are you will spend several hours of your trip waiting in line to meet characters such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Cinderella. Meeting Disney characters is a treat for children and adults alike, but the wait can be exhausting. You can save your family a lot of time by making reservations for a character dining experience at the beginning of your trip.
When my family travels to Walt Disney World, we usually arrive at our resort in the afternoon or very late at night. We spend those few hours unpacking and swimming at the resort, or sleeping if we arrive late at night. The first thing we do the next morning is dine at Chef Mickey’s. There, we not only fill our bellies with delicious food to energize us, but our children can interact with very popular characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. The best part is, we don’t have to wait in line for them! The characters actually walk around and visit with each table. We leave the restaurant with autographs and pictures to begin the trip, and our children are eager to ride rides. We book our dining reservation early, around 8 a.m., so we arrive at the park shortly after it opens.
There are many other restaurants that offer character dining, so explore your options and the characters that are present at each location before making your selection. Character dining is extremely popular so it is imperative that you make advance reservations.
If you purchased a Disney Dining Plan, you will be pleased to know that most character dining options are just one Table Service credit per family member. At the time of publication, Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Grand Floridian were the only character dining experiences that require two table service credits per family member.
A list of all character dining experiences can be found here.