• On Jan 10, 2018
    Amanda from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When doing character dining inside the Walt Disney World Parks, is the price always set per adult/per child before any ordering or eating takes place, or are there character dining options where you pay based on meal or dish ordered?

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question! Some of my very favorite memories with my children have been the interactions they've had with Characters during meals at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Yes, Amanda, you are correct. All of the Character Dining meals are charged per adult and per child. The majority of these restaurants are either all-you-can-eat buffets or served family style, and I must say...they sure have some delicious food! From the Omelette Station and my personal favorite, Mickey waffles, at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Park to Home Style Pot-Roast and Short Cake at The Garden Grill in Epcot, there is always something yummy to enjoy! There are a few Character Dining locations, like Cinderella's Royal Table, where you'll order what you'd like to eat, but the cost is still all-inclusive. If you're staying at a Disney Resort hotel and have purchased the Disney Dining Plan, you may be able to use dining entitlements to cover the cost of your meal.

    There are also many other opportunities to interact with Characters throughout the Theme Parks. However you meet the Characters, be sure to have your camera ready to capture some super special moments! If you'd like to collect their autographs, I recommend bringing clickable Sharpies in lots of fun colors.

    Enjoy your time with ALL of your Disney friends, Amanda, and have a truly magical vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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