• On Jun 14, 2017
    Katherine 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.

    We have a party of 7( my husband, me, 3 kids ( 15 month old girl, 5 year old boy, 3 year old boy and 2 grandparents.We do not want a character buffet. We are interested in plated or family style for character dining.What are our character dining options

    Hi Katherine,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! There are lots of wonderful character dining experiences across Walt Disney World, and, as you note, a number of them are buffets. Sometimes, especially if you have small children, it's more relaxing to let the food and the characters come to you.

    You have several options: the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at 'Ohana, which is one of my favorites; Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Garden Grill at Epcot; breakfast, lunch and dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot; and breakfast, lunch and dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. A bonus of Garden Grill: the restaurant rotates gently to give you a view of Living with the Land below.

    'Ohana and Garden Grill are family-style at each meal. Akershus is family-style at breakfast, and plated lunch and dinner with family-style appetizers and dessert. Cinderella's Royal Table's service is plated at all meals.

    If you decide to try a character buffet, Chef Mickey's is iconic and fun for little ones. My top choice, though, is dining with Winnie the Pooh and friends at Crystal Palace.

    For all character meals, advance dining reservations are strongly recommended. Thanks for your question, Katherine. Please let us know if we can help in any other way. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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