• On Jul 5, 2016
    Ben from MN 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.

    Is it possible to make a reservation and attend a character breakfast if you are not staying at a hotel in the Disney parks? Can you get in for a character breakfast if the park isn't open yet?

    Hi Ben,

    Character breakfasts are a terrific way to meet your Disney favorites and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time. Dining reservations open 180 days in advance for all guests at Walt Disney World. You do not have to be staying at a resort on property to take advantage of that option.

    If your reservation is inside a park before opening time, you will find a cast member just outside the entrance who will verify your reservation and allow you access to the park. I suggest arriving at the gate about 30 minutes before your reservation so that you have time to get inside and walk leisurely to your breakfast with a few moments to stop and take pictures in a near-empty park along the way. 

    Please remember that you must have a valid theme park ticket to enter Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Disney's Animal Kingdom for a meal.

    If you want to have a character meal on a day you aren't going to a park, you have a number of great options at some of the Disney resorts. When you make your reservations, simple use the Dining Experience filter for character dining to see all your choices.

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. Please let us know if we can be of any more help as you make your plan. 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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