What Are the Top Three Character Meals at Walt Disney World?

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Updated for 2018!

There are so many decisions that go into a Disney World vacation. Behind determining where you will actually stay, where to eat comes in a pretty close second in terms of important reservations. Character meals are often three and four times the cost of a counter service meal, so how do you know if you have picked the best one? We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us their favorite character meal. Ask yourself if you would rather get my personal opinion on a restaurant or dining opinions from hundreds of people. You want to go with the the hundreds, of course!

And our fans say the top three character meals are…

 Read: The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

Chef Mickey's Character Buffet

#1. Chef Mickey’s

Location?

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

What do you get?

You will enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet while Disney characters mingle with guests for photos, autographs, songs, and dances. Soak up the expansive views of Bay Lake and behold the stunning 90-foot-high mural created by Disney Legend Mary Blair, plus you’ll spot monorails zipping through the building.

What characters will you meet?

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy

The Cost and Other Details

The cost is $35 to $59.99 per adult.  There are no children’s prices currently listed on the Disney website.

Reservations are recommended, and they can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Some dining plans are accepted.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

Hours

Breakfast
7:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Brunch
11:35 AM – 2:30 PM 
Dinner
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Important Links

Use this link to check Chef Mickey’s availability. 

Use this link to see a complete menu.

Read: Over 20 Disney Character Autograph Tips from Fans and Parents

The Crystal Palace

#2 The Crystal Palace

Location?

Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom

What do you get?

This restaurant is inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, so you’ll find lots of light, topiaries, and tropical plants

Meals are served buffet-style, starting the day off with breakfast items like French toast, made-to-order omelets, freshly baked pastries, fruit and more. For lunch and diner, meal items include carved flank steak, sirloin, oven-roasted chicken, Atlantic salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets and more. Be sure to consult the complete menu to determine when these items are served.

There is a separate buffet area for kids called “Pooh Corner.”

What characters will you meet?

Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger.

The Cost and Other Details

This buffet starts at $15 to $35 per adult and goes up to $35 to $60 per adult. There are no children’s prices currently listed on the Disney website.

Reservations are recommended, and they can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Some dining plans are accepted.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

Hours

Breakfast
8:00 AM – 10:45 AM 
Lunch
11:30 AM – 2:45 PM 
Dinner
3:15 PM – 9:30 PM 

If you want a guaranteed lunch reservation, this is your only choice of our top three suggestions, since Chef Mickey’s only offers brunch at certain times, and ‘Ohana does not offer lunch.

Important Links

Use this link to check availability.

Use this link to see a complete menu.

Read: If You Do This on a Disney Vacation, You May Totally Regret It Later

'Ohana Character Meal prices

#3 ‘Ohana

Location?

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

What do you get?

Feast family-style at breakfast while Disney characters sign autographs and pose for photos. You’ll enjoy games, storytelling and a Hawaiian-style feast at dinner.

What characters will you meet?

You will meet Lilo and Stitch, Pluto and Mickey but only for breakfast. There are no characters at dinner.

The Cost and Other Details

This buffet starts at $15 to $35 per adult an goes up to $35 to $60 per adult. There are no children’s prices currently listed on the Disney website.

Reservations are recommended, and they can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Some dining plans are accepted.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

Hours

Breakfast
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
Dinner
3:30 PM – 10:00 PM 

Important Links

Use this link to check availability.

Use this link to see a complete menu.

Read: 12 Totally Cool Ideas to Replace Your Usual Disney Character Autograph Books

Of course, opinion can vary from person to person, but we felt like this was indeed a good place to start when it’s time for you to make your character meal reservations. It’s always smart to make your Advanced Dining Reservations 180 in advance so you get your first choices.

Now let us know if your favorite made our list of the top three character meals.

Top 3 Disney Character Meals

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