Character Dining

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Minnie’s Seasonal Dine Coming to Hollywood & Vine

What was announced in August as a seasonal offering has now been expanded!

Earlier this week, the Walt Disney World® Resort announced a new Character Dining experience that will be available year-round at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.  Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine will be cookin’ up a festive dinner most nights starting Nov. 7, 2015. In addition to your hostess, Minnie, guests can expect to meet Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy dressed in “seasonal” costumes. Each season will also be celebrated with unique music, décor, varying menu items and interactive musical moments!

Reservations at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine are available both with and without reserved seating at that night’s showing of Fantasmic! The cost for the Fantasmic! Dining Package is $52.99/adult and $31.99/child (ages 3-9), plus tax and gratuity. Without the reserved seating for Fantasmic, pricing is $46.99/adult and $27.99/child (ages 3-9), plus tax and gratuity or (1) table-service entitlement on your Disney Dining Plan. On October 27, reservations for the next seasonal dine (from Jan. 4 to Mar. 20) will open where Minnie’s dinner party will be celebrating the magic of the movies and the glamour of Hollywood. Reservations for the holiday season (Nov. 7, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016) are already open with very limited availability.

Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine will continue during breakfast and lunch at Hollywood & Vine without changes.

Availability is limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today for details or reservations!

Garden Grill Restaurant Introduces Breakfast and Lunch

This fall, character dining options inside Epcot® are expanding!

Starting Nov. 8, 2015, The Garden Grill Restaurant inside the Land Pavilion of Epcot® will offer breakfast and lunch reservations daily. While the complete breakfast menu has yet to be released, you can expect many breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake. For lunch, you’ll find favorites from their dinner menu like sliced filet of beef, roasted slice turkey, “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad, and various side dishes. Just like dinner, the two new meals will be served all-you-care-to-eat right at your table. And of course, Chip ‘n’ Dale and some of their Disney pals will make rounds all day long greeting guests.

Bookings are open now, so be sure to contact your Magic Maker® to place you dining request or for additional information.

Star Wars™-Themed Character Dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Two out-of-this-world dining experiences will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the two Star Wars™-themed character dining experiences will once again be available at the 2015 Star Wars™ Weekends.

Details of these new offers are below. Availability is sure to go quickly, so contact your Magic Maker® today to reserve yours!

“Star Wars™ Dine-In Galactic Breakfast”

Where: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
When: Daily May 4 – Jun. 14, 2015  8a-11a
Pricing: $49.99 for adults; $31.99 for children (gratuity not included)
Dining Plan: 2 Table Service entitlements
Characters include:

  • Darth Vader
  • Boba Fett
  • Greedo
  • Jawas
  • Stormtroopers
    Entertainment and Character appearances subject to change


“Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars™ Dine at Hollywood & Vine”

Where: Hollywood & Vine
When: Daily May 4 – Jun. 14, 2015 4:15p – 8p
Fantasmic! Dinner Package Pricing: $57.99 for adults; $34.99 for children (gratuity not included)
Dining Plan: 2 Table Service entitlements
Note: Option to add Fantasmic! Dinner package is limited!
Characters include:

  • Jedi Mickey
  • Princess Leia Minnie
  • Darth Vader Goofy
  • Storm Trooper Donald
  • Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale
    Entertainment and Character appearances subject to change

Restaurants with “Character”

by Magic Maker® Courtney Harris

For my family, our vacation can’t officially begin until we have had a character breakfast with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore at The Crystal Palace Restaurant in Magic Kingdom® Park.  In fact, we love character meals so much that we try to plan one for each day of our trip. This saves us so much time that we would normally use standing in line in the parks to meet the characters and get autographs. We can then use that saved time to squeeze in even more rides!

Character meals are so convenient because the characters actually come to your table while you are enjoying your meal. Once they are at your table, they will sign autograph books and pose for pictures with your family. The interaction is amazing!  It isn’t rushed and the characters are even sensitive to your child’s comfort level with them.  Some of my favorite vacation memories are of my children interacting with the characters at these meals. One night at dinner, my husband was up getting his plate from the buffet, and Tigger came and sat down in his seat next to my three year old son.  He stayed there for probably five minutes or more just playing and goofing off with my son. The smile on his face was priceless! He still talks about it to this day.

Many of the character meals are buffets, where you have lots of different items to sample and enjoy at your own pace.  Others are served family-style, where the server actually brings platters of food to you at your table, and you don’t have to do a thing!  Several of the restaurants even take your family’s photo before the meal, and then bring the photos around for you to preview and purchase while you are dining. Also, if you are a vegetarian or have dietary concerns, just tell your server and they will be sure to work with the chef to make those accommodations for you.

If you have a Magic Your Way® Package Plus Dining, all character meals, with the exclusion of Cinderella’s Royal Table, are only one table service credit.  Even if you are not on a dining plan, it is still worth every penny to be able to meet all of your favorite characters in an air-conditioned building while you eat, instead of standing in long lines out in the hot Florida sun. So whether it’s Pooh and Friends you’re looking for, or Jake from The Neverland Pirates, they can most likely be found at one of the numerous character meal experiences throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort! Just check with your Magic Maker® to find out which characters are featured at each location.

Character meals can be booked 180 days out and do tend to fill up quickly due to popularity, so be sure to ask your Magic Maker® for help in planning all of your dining reservations as soon as you book your trip!

Additional Character Dining Opportunity at Disneyland® Resort

Ariel's GrottoDue to popular demand, a character meal experience will now be available for dinner at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure® Park. “Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration,” an enchanting Character Dining experience filled with music, laughter, and delicious food was previously only available for breakfast and lunch. This expansion will allow guests to meet, greet, and eat with Ariel and other Disney Princesses – including Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty – during the restaurant’s total hours of operation.

Character Dining during dinner at Ariel’s Grotto will begin on Jun. 15, 2012. To accommodate this change, World of Color dining packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto after Jun. 14, 2012. The World of Color prix fixe dinner at Wine Country Trattoria and World of Color picnic meals from Sonoma Terrace will continue to be available. Guests may also continue to obtain a FASTPASS® ticket from the designated distribution location near Grizzly River Run.

For more information about “Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration” or to make a reservation for your upcoming Disneyland® Resort vacation, please contact your Magic Maker®