• On Oct 2, 2021
    Linda from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to disney world December 5th. We make dining reservations in 4 days… I have heard conflicting answers to the question,” is there character dining at the garden grill?”…. The website says yes, and cast members say no…. How do I know?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Linda!

    It is a pleasure to continue to help you plan magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort! I am happy to hear that you will be visiting Mickey during the merriest season of the year, and I cannot wait for you to enjoy all the festive fun coming to The Most Magical Place on Earth!

    I have great news for you, Linda! Garden Grill Restaurant is currently offering a modified character dining experience. Although it is still not possible to hug characters or ask for their autographs, they are present at the restaurant to greet Guests from a safe distance and even pose for fun socially distanced selfies. I highly recommend this classic restaurant located at EPCOT. The family-style meal is delicious, and you will enjoy views from Living with the Land as you slowly turn about this rotating restaurant.

    planDisney tip: Remember that to dine at an in-park table-service restaurant, you need a confirmed dining reservation and both a Disney Park Pass reservation and valid admission for the same park on that same date for all Guests ages three and older. 

    I hope this information helps you while planning, Linda! Come back to visit us if you have additional questions, and be sure to check our Panel Extras for more tips and advice!

    Best magical wishes,
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My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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