Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Mar 29, 2022
    Samantha from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there any character dining options currently for April 2nd at Disney world looking for top themed and character dining for dinner table of 4 2 kids 2 adults

    Hi Samantha! Welcome to planDisney!

    The magic is just about to begin for your family as your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is almost here! Before you know it, you'll be walking down Main Street U.S.A. toward the iconic Cinderella Castle, watching your little ones' eyes light up as they soak in the magic.

    Character Dining is one of the most popular activities at Walt Disney World, so it can be tough to find these highly-sought reservations so close to your trip. But, you never know when your wish may be granted! In order to make a dining reservation, open your My Disney Experience App and click the plus sign (+) on the bottom menu bar. Select "Check Dining Availability" and input the size of your dining party. Choose which meal you're searching for and the date and you will find all of the dining options available for that day. If you don't see something you like, you can try a different meal, specific time or date to see if anything better comes along! Many people use the advance dining reservation window to book character meals up to 60 days before their arrival, so it may be difficult to find these ever-so-popular reservations.

    Another option is to utilize the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Availability at participating character dining locations. Once you are within close proximity to the restaurant where you'd like to eat, you can use the search tool in the My Disney Experience App to find the restaurant and select "Join Walk-Up List." You'll be given an approximate return time through the app. The Walk-Up Lists will be available on and off throughout the day, as tables fill up and empty. Since crowds have been high, I'd recommend arriving near the restaurant as close to their opening time as possible for the best chance to grab a table. My family managed to have breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant last month using this method. We arrived at Disney's Animal Kingdom just as it opened and made our way to the restaurant as most other Guests ran to their favorite rides. We waited about ten minutes before having a delicious African-themed breakfast with Safari Mickey and his pals!

    Samantha, if luck is just not on your side and you're unable to find the perfect character dining experience, I have another unique way to combine eating with seeing your favorite characters. Currently, the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is underway and the Outdoor Kitchens offer delicious small bites and refreshments. You can see some of your favorite characters as you snack your way around the World Showcase. By the time you reach the end of the loop, you'll have a full belly and may run into many beloved characters. You might see Donald Duck in MexicoAnna and Elsa at Royal SommerhusPrincess Jasmine in Morocco and more! It is almost like creating your own character dining experience!

    Have a magical vacation,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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