Grab a meal with princesses, superheroes and even real-life astronauts with character dining in Orlando.


With more than 5,000 restaurants to choose from, dining in Orlando is always an adventure — especially when beloved characters join your table! Here, the young and the young-at-heart can eat with storybook princesses, comic-book superheroes and even living legends at dozens of character-dining locations across the destination, including these 10 standouts.

Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite character dining venues for their current status.

Character Dining at Walt Disney World® Resort

Fun Time Buffet at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando
Fun Time Buffet at Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando (Photo by Matt Stroshane, © Disney)

Please note: Guests may meet the Disney Characters listed here during their visit. However, keep in mind that character appearances at Walt Disney World Resort are subject to change.

Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

At the Norway Pavilion in Disney’s Epcot®, step into a majestic castle where the queen invites the entire family to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with Norwegian cuisine. Disney Princesses such as Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Ariel are among the special guests who are available for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities.

A Buffet With Character at The Crystal Palace

There’s no need to travel to the Hundred-Acre Wood to eat with Winnie the Pooh and his friends — just head to this iconic Magic Kingdom® restaurant, which is inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the 1800s. Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and other favorites will come by for autographs, photos and laughs while you dine on delicious American cuisine.

‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo & Stitch

Located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, ‘Ohana brings the family together for a breakfast that pairs Hawaiian flavors with Lilo and Stitch, who are happy to pose for photos and sign autographs. The family-style feast includes scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, Hawaiian-style ham, and a variety of fresh fruits and bread.

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, Wonderland Tea Party, and Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare

This restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has three unique character experiences! Breakfast includes appearances by characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, while dinner features Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella.

On Monday through Friday, characters from Alice in Wonderland take over for an hour-long unbirthday party with “tea” (which tastes remarkably like apple juice), cupcake decorating, take-home crafts and photo opportunities.

Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet

Arguably Walt Disney World’s most iconic place of lodging, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is also home to this fun, family-style buffet restaurant. More to the point, it’s a great place to see everyone’s favorite classic Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy. Also of note is the 90-foot-tall mural that overlooks the eatery, created by legendary Disney artist Mary Blair.

Bonus Tip: You’ll also find Disney character-dining opportunities at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

Character Dining at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Marvel Character Dinner

Superheroes not only live in comic books and movies — they also like to spend time on Marvel Super Hero Island® at Universal’s Island of Adventure, where their mission is to help you have a super meal! Find Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Rogue at Cafe 4™ and prepare for the ultimate Marvel character experience, which is available Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast

Every Saturday, the Cayman Court pavilion at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando hosts a mischievous breakfast experience starring fan-favorite Despicable Me characters. During the delicious buffet, you can look forward to visits from Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

During the Christmas season, the star of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas takes over Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure for a one-of-a-kind holiday feast. The Grinch stops at every table to pose for photos, but look out: In keeping with his selfish nature, the Green One has been known to steal bacon!

Dining With Sea Life at SeaWorld® Orlando

Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando
Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Dining

SeaWorld offers two meals with aquatic creatures. First, Up-Close Dining at Shamu Stadium is a family feast where you can see and learn about the park’s beautiful pilot whales, including the incredible story of their rescue and details on the specialized care they receive daily. And at Sharks Underwater Grill, you’ll get an incredible view of sharks while enjoying an upscale dining experience.

Astronaut Dining at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Dine With an Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Near Orlando
Dine With an Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Near Orlando

Dine With an Astronaut

Not all characters are fictional, as this out-of-this-world dining opportunity proves! Offered daily, the experience invites you to enjoy a chef-prepared buffet while an actual astronaut speaks about his or her time in space. You’ll also be able to meet the astronaut, ask questions and pose for a photo. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is on Florida’s east coast, about an hour from downtown Orlando.

Cover image courtesy Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.


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