Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Jan 8, 2023
    Paul from ON 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 character dining options at DisneyWorld we could do without a park reservation? (For example, on a day we weren’t planning to go to any of the parks “our rest day”).

    Hi there, Paul! This is such a great question! The opportunity to meet some of our favorite Disney characters is such a unique experience! It’s nice to be able to meet characters in locations other than the parks. In fact, I actually prefer character experiences outside of the parks!

    I find the best locations to have a character experience are through Disney Character Dining opportunities in the resort hotels! Some of my favorite non-park Disney Character Dining locations are Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Topolino’s Terrace (for breakfast) at Disney’s Riviera Resort! While characters are always subject to change, you can typically find Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto at Chef Mickey’s. Over at Topolino’s Terrace, Mickey and pals such as Minnie, Donald, and Daisy make the rounds meeting Guests!

    Character experiences in restaurants always feel a little more personal and less “rushed” than experiences in the parks. The other benefit is not having to wait in long lines for character experiences in restaurants.

    Paul, I also recommend asking the front desk at your Disney Resort hotel about character appearances at your hotel. One of the benefits of staying at a Disney Resort hotel is that Disney friends have been known to make occasional appearances. The front desk will be able to let you know when you might want to be around your resort to have an encounter with some of your favorite characters!

    Happy planning!


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