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What better way to spend your time in Orlando than to eat, drink and interact with your favorite characters? Orlando offers many options for character dining fit for all ages. From buffet breakfasts to fine dining dinners, guests have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their favorite characters over a delicious meal, no matter what time of day!
Fairytale Dining at Cinderella's Royal Table
Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above. (A gilded elevator is also available to transport you to the festivities.)
Dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses.
Playhouse Disney's Play 'n Dine
The Hollywood & Vine restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios is where you can join Disney's Little Einsteins and Handy Manny for breakfast and lunch. Both buffets feature Handy Manny, June, Leo and Special Agen Oso for fun-filled, musical meals that feature Disney Junior tunes.
Playhouse Disney's Play 'n Dine Details:
- Dine on Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles and other favorites at the buffet breakfast from 8:00 and 11:20 a.m.
- Lunch is served from 11:40 a.m. until 2:25 p.m. with another musical featuring more singing and dancing. This buffet features child- and adult-friendly choices, including assorted deli selections.
A Buffet With Character
The separate buffet for kids at this character dining location is a hit with the little folk because it's stocked with all their favorites - macaroni and cheese, pizza, green beans, marinara meatballs and more! Pooh fans will love this character dining experience as the bear and his friends make special appearances throughout each day.
A Buffet With Character Details:
- Breakfast is served 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- Dinner begins at 4:00 p.m. and continues until closing (depends on park closing).
Character buffet breakfast hosted at Walt Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Disney Character breakfast is hosted by Mickey, Goofy, Chip and Dale.
Donald's Safari Breakfast
Have a wild time with Donald Duck and friends at Tusker House Restaurant in Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy provide a rip-roarin' start to your morning with a breakfast buffet of mostly American fare, but also includes a few unique African-inspired dishes.
Donald's Safari Breakfast Details:
- Breakfast is served buffet-style from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. daily.
SeaWorld's Dine with Shamu
It's Orlando's most immersive and memorable family dining experience -- Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando. Get closer than ever to the majestic whales while enjoying a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items at your reserved table.
Get an incredible glimpse into the interactions that occur between our trainers and whales. Find out what makes killer whales such unique animals. And, learn about the little things we all can do to help save valuable ocean resources and habitats by enjoying sustainable and natural foods.
It's a behind-the-scenes experience that will connect you to the world we share like never before and it's only at SeaWorld Orlando.
Breakfast with Elmo and Friends at SeaWorld Orlando
Start your day with an entertaining, fun-filled character breakfast. Enjoy a delicious buffet served up with Sesame Street characters - Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Ernie and Cookie Monster. Children under three eat free. Park admission and reservations are required. Call 888-800-5447.
Nickelodeon Suites Resort offers a daily character breakfast in the fun Nicktoons Cafe. Kids will be excited to spend time with their Saturday morning cartoon friends - Dora the Explorer, Diego, Cosmo and Wanda from The Fairly OddParents and more. And new for 2013, is SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom Breakfast an exciting character breakfast where kids can hang out with SpongeBob SquarePants and start the day just right!
Breakfast includes favorite items such as fresh fruit, waffles, breakfast meats, eggs, cook-to-order omelets, pancakes and a special kids' buffet. Reservations are required. Call 1-877-642-5111
Island of Adventure's Confisco Grille serves up a character breakfast each Thursday through Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.*, where the whole family can meet and greet your favorite characters (Spiderman, The Cat in the Hat and more) and enjoy a filling breakfast. Call 407-224-4012 for reservations or email
Also, Universal's on-property hotels offer character dining where you can expect special appearances by many of your favorite theme park characters.
- The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel - Saturdays, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.*
- Islands Dining Room at Royal Pacific Resort - Tuesdays & Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.*
- Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel - Fridays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.*
Call 407-503-DINE (407-503-3463) for information and reservations.