• Posted on 11/17/2014

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One of Orlando's most-photographed family moments is when the kids meet and mingle with their favorite characters over a delicious meal - no matter what time of day. If you want the ultimate character experience for your family you'll find it in many Orlando hotels where dining with characters is always on the menu. So, grab your camera. Get an autograph book and pen. Oh, and don't forget to come hungry.

Visit Orlando's Food Fanatics have picked five hotel character dining options that your family will never forget. We've also included our top "Must Know" tips for a better character dining experience.

#1. Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort

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Meet Mickey and his pals at Chef Mickey's Fun Time Buffet located on the fourth floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy) mix and mingle with guests for photos and autographs and periodically lead diners in song and dance during this all-you-care-to-eat buffet. You'll be singing along, clapping and twirling your napkin overhead as the famous monorail whizzes by.

#2. Nicktoons Café at Nickelodeon Suites Resort

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Rise, shine and join all your favorite Nickelodeon characters from SpongeBob Square Pants to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday you can enjoy a breakfast full of laughs at SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom Breakfast. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday you can bring your best ninja moves, donning a complimentary eye mask, for Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

#3. Ravello Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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Start your day with the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & Pals character breakfast twice weekly at Ravello restaurant. The buffet-style breakfast is offered on Thursdays and Saturdays (and also on Tuesdays during peak school break periods) and features an assortment of traditional breakfast offerings along with an omelet station. A photographer will be on site to capture all the goofy moments with Goofy & Pals.

SEE ALSO: Check In, Then Dine In: 5 Unexpected Hotel Restaurants in Orlando

#4. Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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On select nights, you can feel like a celebrity as you mix and mingle with some of your favorite characters from Universal Orlando Resort. In additional to character dining, you can enjoy activities just for kids like face painting and balloon art. Trattoria del Porto also features a children's play area with a child-size table and chairs, beanbags, and a large screen TV where kids can watch their favorite cartoons.

#5. Tradewinds Restaurant at the Renaissance Orlando

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Make a splash with your family at the Renaissance Hotel, across from SeaWorld Orlando, where you'll have a whale of a time during your breakfast with Shamu. This out of water, lovable character visits with families on Saturday mornings from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a breezy breakfast featuring American comfort foods, including custom omelets, with a sophisticated organic twits.

Top "Must Know" Tips for a Better Character Dining Experience:

  • Most character dining options are in high demand. So, make your reservations early - you'll thank us later. 
  • At every character dining experience, the characters come to you. So, sit back and enjoy your meal while they make their way from table to table.
  • Bring an autograph book and pen to collect all the character signatures. These items are not provided at the restaurant.
  • Make an off-peak time reservation. Later reservations allow for more one-on-one time with the characters due to less crowds in the restaurant.
  • Communicate special requests and engage with the character or their handler. They're happy to accommodate your needs.
  • Have your camera or camera phone ready to go at all times to capture those surprise moments. You never know when a character will sneak up behind you.
  • Most importantly, remember to share and play well with others. Be respectful of the characters' time with other families.

Get ready to turn a meal into a long-lasting family memory with these kid-friendly dining experiences. In Orlando, there are many restaurants where the food, atmosphere and fun are the main attractions - and serve up plenty of entertainment! See more great dining options in Orlando.

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