• On Nov 3, 2021
    Megan from MN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! Looking at character dinning for January 2022. I’m want to make sure I know what restaurants have characters. Also, if the buffets will be open. Thank you!

    Hiya, Megan! Welcome to planDisney! 

    One of our favorite topics around here is all the amazing dining experiences you can savor at the Walt Disney World Resort, so you've definitely found some friends in us! Let's make sure your meals are absolutely magical. 

    If you'd like to dine with some of your favorite Disney pals, there are plenty of ways to do just that. A great place to start is on the Dining page on the Walt Disney World website. Just under the heading that says "Restaurants to Suit Your Style," you'll see "Character Dining" as the very first listing. That will take you directly to a list of all restaurants currently offering character experiences. Here are your choices as we're chatting right now:

     - Chef Mickey's
     - Garden Grill Restaurant 
     - Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals (at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando)
     - Hollywood & Vine
     - Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera
     - Tusker House Restaurant

    While you will get some one-on-one time with each character, do keep in mind that you'll be interacting from a distance. They can't give us hugs or autographs just yet, but feel free to say hello and snap a selfie!

    As the Walt Disney World Resort continues to open more and more dining locations, there are a couple of buffets now available. Going back to the main restaurant listings page where we found the character dining list, look for the "Filter By" tab near the top of the page. Click on the arrow next to "Dining Experience," then uncheck "Character Dining" and check "Buffet" (you can also check "Family Style" to include restaurants that serve all-you-care-to-eat dishes at your table). That gives you a list of restaurants currently operating as buffets. Right now, that includes only Biergarten Restaurant, Boma - Flavors of Africa, and The Crystal Palace.

    For updates on dining during the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort, you'll find lots of info on the Know Before You Go page. 

    Wow, I've really worked up an appetite! I hope this helps you enjoy the fabulous food at the Walt Disney World Resort, Megan, and I wish you a truly magical vacation!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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