Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On May 22, 2022
    Patricia from ON 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, I am a novice a planning -- our first trip! Our trip starts on July 9 and I am not able to find any meal reservations. We really wanted to go to Chef Mickey's!! do you have tips on how to find meal reservations when there are none or very few?

    Hi Patricia! I'm so glad you stopped by planDisney with your question today!

    I'd love to help you plan a magical vacation for you and your family! You've picked a practically perfect time to visit, as Walt Disney World Resort is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.  Disney loves to celebrate in style and they're making sure everything is looking its EARidescent best for the occasion - even the food!  Check out this 50th Anniversary Celebration Sips and Bites Guide, so that even when you're not sitting down for a table-service meal you know you're going to have some incredible treats to try! 

    Since the booking window for your Advance Dining Reservations opened a few weeks ago it sounds like you've been searching for those coveted dining reservations with some of your favorite character pals! While I love seeing the "Fab Five" at dinner with Chef Mickey, there are some other dining locations that feature a similar cast of characters that you might also be on the lookout for! 

    Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera, located at Disney's Riviera Resort, hosts a delicious breakfast with the "Big Man" himself, as well as Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck.  Now that character hugs are back you and your party will have a great time meeting, greeting, and eating with these friends!  Another option might be to check reservations at Tusker House  Restaurant located in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  If you're up for an adventure you can head straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris first and then enjoy breakfast with Donald Duck and some of his pals!  If you're looking for dinner reservations with Minnie Mouse and friends, look into Hollywood & Vine's Summertime Dine where your character friends will be dressed for a festive beach party!

    With all of these amazing choices I just know you and your party will be able to grab a reservation that will get you up close and personal attention from some of your favorite pals.  My best advice if you're still having trouble is to be patient and keep checking that My Disney Experience mobile app!  You never know when other Guests will be canceling reservations and something will open up just for you! I've found great success in checking a day or two before my intended reservation, as many Guests cancel reservations at this time.  In fact, I've even snagged a Chef Mickey's reservation the morning of the reservation.  It was fate!  While I know it's hard to wait, I'm sure that if you keep checking you and your party will be able to have a great time at any character meal.

    Enjoy every minute!
    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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