Disney World Character Meals

Minnie at Chef Mickey's

Character dining is an important part of the Disney experience when traveling with children, or children at heart. There are ten different character meal venues at Walt Disney World proper, plus a few others in satellite locations.

What’s a Character Meal?

For those of you new to Disney travel, “character meals” are dining experiences in which Disney characters meet and greet guests in the restaurant. They generally travel from table to table, stopping to interact with each party for a hug, photo, autograph, or possibly a conversation. Your group gets guaranteed quality time with characters in air-conditioned comfort (rather than standing in endless autograph-and-picture lines), while simultaneously enjoying waffles, pasta, carved meats, or in some cases, adult beverages. It’s a win for junior as well as mom and dad.

Guide to Character Meals in Disney World

Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families columnist, has created this go-to guide for choosing which character meal is best for you and your travel companions — be that your family, friends, or no companions at all! Click on the links below based on what criteria you value most when it comes to planning a character meal:

Disney World Character Meals by Character
Disney World Character Meals by Travel Time
Disney World Character Meals by Price
Disney World Character Meals by Types of Food Available
Disney World Character Meals by Food Quality
Disney World Character Meals by Noise Level
Disney World Character Meals by Time of Day

For more information about Dining in Disney, check out our Disney Dining FAQ pages!