Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Aug 30, 2021
    Heather from LA Asked

    What are the current regulations for the character dinning experiences? Are the characters present? Do they go to table for pictures and sign books?

    Hi, there!

     Heather, I am just thrilled to see that you'll be arriving at the Walt Disney World Resort in only a few days. There's no place I'd rather be, that's for sure!

     Booking a Character Dining Experience for my family's next Disney vacation is a must-do. At these unique meals, I know my kids will fill their tummies with delicious food and see their favorite Disney Characters, all in one place! What could be better than that?

     To answer your question, Character Dining Experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort are currently modified. Beloved Disney Characters do make an appearance, but rather than coming to each table to visit with Guests, they greet attendees from a safe distance. Guests are encouraged to take lots of fun selfies with the Characters in the background. At our visit to Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera a few months ago, our server told us that the kids could stand at the end of the table when Characters came through the restaurant. This placement made for really adorable photos! Your server will be happy to give you the details of the protocol for photos at the restaurant where you're dining. While Characters are not currently signing autographs at the table, you can expect to be presented with an autograph card at the end of your meal with signatures from all the Characters that were present. It makes for a priceless souvenir!

     A Character Dining Experience isn't the only way to see your favorite Disney Characters on your upcoming Disney vacation. At Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios, impromptu Character cavalcades and motorcades travel down the parade routes throughout the day. When you visit EPCOT, keep an eye out for Characters out and about through World Showcase. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, be sure to stop by Discovery River - you may see a flotilla sailing past with lots of character!

     Thanks for stopping by planDisney, Heather. I'm wishing you a Disney vacation that is practically perfect in every way!

    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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