Something magical happens when a Disney character befriends your child. Nothing could be sweeter than watching your little one hug Chip ‘n’ Dale or chat with Anna from Frozen. Whether you’re sitting down to breakfast with Winnie the Pooh or being hosted by Cinderella at her royal castle, it’s certain to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time since these popular experiences book up rather quickly.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Location: Norway Pavilion, Epcot
Enter a medieval Scandinavian castle with vaulted wooden ceilings and impressive wrought iron chandeliers as a royal attendant escorts your party into a castle banquet hall. Meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen as well as other storybook princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Princess Aurora and Ariel. The fun even includes a princess march throughout the dining halls. Buffet menu highlights include a traditional plate of Norwegian meatballs with mashed potatoes, green beans and lingonberry sauce. Imported cheeses and cured meats are on hand if you’d like to create your own charcuterie plate.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Location: Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom
A true fairytale dining experience awaits you inside of Cinderella’s castle. Once inside the iconic castle, guests will be lead down a corridor completely lined with medieval flags and knight-in-armor statues as they make their way to meet Cinderella. Next, you’ll be whisked up the royal staircase and into the royal dining hall where princesses will be gifted wands and wishing stars, and princes will be bestowed with swords. Delicious royal entrées include steak, shrimp, roasted chicken pot pie as well as kid friendly mac and cheese. Best of all, Cinderella will drop by your table for a visit and photo with your child. This magical experience also includes the opportunity to meet other princesses such as Belle, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
The Crystal Palace
Location: Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace
Settle in for a lovely buffet in one of Disney’s most iconic restaurants originally inspired by England’s Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Winnie the Pooh and his cuddly pals from 100 Acre Wood will be your hosts as you sit down to a memorable breakfast, lunch or dinner featuring traditional American favorites. Don’t be surprised if you become best pals with Tigger or Piglet or even Eeyore––it’s all part of the fun. There’s nothing better than a hug from Piglet or Winnie the Pooh himself. Buffet favorites include Pooh’s breakfast lasagna, 100 Acre character waffles and pineapple upside down cake.
The Garden Grill
Location: Epcot, The Land
Everyone knows it’s bound to be a party when Chip ‘n’ Dale are hosting. Mickey and Pluto will also join you at this farm fresh feast, where most of the fruits and vegetables are grown in the garden at The Land. Don’t be surprised if characters decide to hang out for a while and sit at your table––there’s plenty of room. Gigantic circular tables slowly revolve as you enjoy a variety of family-style dishes. Enjoy it all, from turkey and dressing, fish, steak, salads and the creamiest mashed potatoes. It’s a sweet finish with berry cobbler served in a skillet topped with ice cream.
Hollywood & Vine
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine
Hobnob with Disney Jr. stars for a yummy breakfast or lunch buffet at Hollywood & Vine. It’s an amazing way to start your day or a happy mid-day break enjoying lunch with some of the brightest stars from Disney Jr. Make friends with Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny as they pop by your table and hang out.
Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is also a lovely dinner buffet option available during the holidays and seasonally. Enjoy a scrumptious, eclectic dinner buffet as well as plenty of light-hearted fun with Minnie’s pals: Mickey, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy.
Tusker House Restaurant
Location: Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant
Safari Donald Duck and friends are ready to join you and your family for a family-style breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet. Mickey, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck are as playful as they are welcoming so it’s certain to be a lively time. Everyone’s all decked out in their safari gear, which makes photo opportunities even more appealing. Set in the colorful Harambe market place restaurant, this hidden gem features an inventive and eclectic mix of American and African-inspired favorites as well as a low-key setting to meet your favorite Disney explorers.