Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Aug 11, 2021
    Rebecca from ME Asked

    Hi. Scheduled for 12/25/21 visit to the Magic Kingdom. Haven't been and hear I should prebook things. How do I book a character dinner??

    Welcome to planDisney, Rebecca and Happy (early) Holidays!

    I'm so glad you've stopped by with your question as some pre-planning is sure to put a little extra pixie dust in your visit! Since it sounds like you've already secured your Disney Park Pass reservation for December 25th, let's jump into making advanced dining reservations. As Christmas day is a popular time to be at Magic Kingdom Park, I highly recommend making reservations in advance. You are able to book dining 60 days in advance and for this date, I encourage you to set your alarm, program the coffee pot and be online before 6:00 AM to book a table. If you are a day guest, your booking date will be October 26th. However, Rebecca, if you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel your booking window could be earlier if you check in prior to December 25th as that 60-day mark is from your check-in date. For example, if you're checking in December 22nd, you would be eligible to book dining October 23rd for the length of your stay (up to 10 days). You can make reservations online by logging into your My Disney Experience account or through the My Disney Experience Mobile App.

    Now, Rebecca, since you're hoping to enjoy a character meal, currently the following restaurants are offering a modified character experience:
    - Garden Grill Restaurant at EPCOT
    - Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    - Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    - Topolino’s Terrace –Flavors of the Riviera at Disney's Riviera Resort
    - Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort

    Rebecca, I'm sure with the list above you'll notice that Magic Kingdom Park isn't currently listing any character dining experiences. While officially not on the list, when my family and I were last at Be Our Guest Restaurant (just a few week ago) the Beast did make a brief appearance to the delight of the crowd. My friend and fellow panelist, Betsy had a similar experience at Cinderella's Royal Table where Her Royal Highness also surprised diners.

    While outside of Magic Kingdom Park, Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort is only a short walk or monorail ride away if this option appeals to you and you're able to find a table. My family and I will often book a late lunch outside of the park at a neighboring Disney Resorts Collection hotel to serve as a mid-day break.

    Finally, Rebecca, if you're not able to find availability for the character meal of your dreams, I encourage you to keep checking back as guests' plans do change. While it's never guaranteed, I have had great luck in the past getting a reservation closer to our trip by checking every day.

    If you have any additional questions please come on back to planDisney where we love to eat just as much as Princess Tiana loves to cook!

    Wishing you a Magical stay and a wonderful holiday season.
    Lauren
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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney World Resort questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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