• On Jan 11, 2021
    Judy from NE Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    With Covid restrictions are characters still visiting during a dinner at the character dining locations that are open? For instance at Be our guest and Garden Grill. Is there a date for Cinderella’s table to open again?

    Hey there, Judy! Thanks for bringing another great question to us here at planDisney!

    From Mr. Incredible to Moana, from Hiro to Hercules, from Baloo to Baymax, I have yet to come across a Disney character I didn't love, so I'm thrilled to talk with you about the current state of character dining around the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    Judy, being able to pair character encounters with great food is a recipe for Magic and my family and I always squeeze in a few character meals while we are on vacation. As the Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating with some enhanced health and safety measures, these do look a bit different, but I'm happy to report that there are still great options. 

    Since you specifically mentioned these, at Magic Kingdom Park, Be Our Guest Restaurant is serving lunch and dinner with a prix fixe menu. While there is no guarantee or schedule, at this location the Beast has been known to walk through and occasionally growl (... I mean, smile!) at guests. Another favorite prix fixe option at this park, Cinderella's Royal Table is also open and welcoming Royal diners. While the Princesses are not currently in residence, the atmosphere is fit for a King. 

    If you're hoping to catch a socially distanced photo with Mickey Mouse himself, I would encourage you to check out Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Topolino's Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera at Disney's Riviera Resort and Garden Grill Restaurant at EPCOT. At these locations, you'll see favorite characters wandering through the restaurant and waving at their adoring fans. Judy, my family and I enjoyed breakfast at Topolino's Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera with the new health and safety modifications and we were so happy we did. The characters paraded through the restaurant to the cutest music and we were able to interact with them from a safe distance. We were also able to snag a few fun selfies as they were near our table. 

    Another great choice is located over at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Hollywood & Vine. Here Minnie Mouse shows off her seasonal outfits with a festive party atmosphere. This restaurant is also a prix fixe menu served at your table with a choice of salad, entrée and dessert

    Judy, I hope this helps as you are thinking ahead to your May vacation. As you're continuing to plan, I'll encourage you to keep a close eye on the Disney Parks Blog as you never know when Tinker Bell will sprinkle her pixie dust over another restaurant with character Magic. 

    Best wishes, Judy, for a trip that is delicious in every sense of the word. I hope you'll come back with any other questions you might have. 

    Bon appétit! 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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