The magic of Disney World is back in full swing, and with it comes the return of one of its beloved experiences – character dining. Disney World has already re-introduced character dining at almost every restaurant that participated prior to 2020. This is great news for guests who can now enjoy a meal while interacting with their favorite Disney characters.
Character dining has already returned to most restaurants at Disney World that offered it prior to 2020. The last restaurant to return to normal character interactions is Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is scheduled for February 28, 2023. However, two character dining locations, 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Disney’s BoardWalk, have not yet announced a return date.
The Return of Character Dining
Disney World has gradually brought back character dining since its reopening in 2020. As of now, nearly all character dining experiences have returned to normal. The last restaurant to return to normal character interactions is Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is scheduled for February 28, 2023. This means that characters will make their way around the restaurant to interact with guests at their tables.
However, two character dining locations have not yet returned: 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Disney’s BoardWalk. There are no expected dates for their return at the moment.
Safety Measures for Character Dining
Disney World has implemented several safety measures for the return of character dining to ensure the well-being of guests and cast members. These measures include:
- Modified character interactions: Characters now maintain physical distancing while interacting with guests. However, starting April 18th, 2022, guests can hug, high-five, and take close pictures with characters.
- Reduced capacity: To maintain social distancing, character dining experiences may have reduced capacity.
- Increased spacing between tables: Tables are spaced further apart to ensure adequate distance between dining parties.
- Enhanced sanitation procedures: Disney World has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures to maintain a safe dining environment.
- Health and safety protocols: Guests can expect to be seated six feet apart, and masks are required except when eating and drinking.
Changes in the Character Dining Experience
While character dining experiences at Disney are mostly back to normal, there have been some changes compared to pre-pandemic times. It’s essential to check the specific location and make reservations to ensure the best experience possible. Some quick service dining locations have implemented mobile ordering, which may affect your overall dining experience at Disney parks.
Character Dining Locations
Disney World will offer character dining at the following locations upon its return:
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT
- Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (during breakfast)
- Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (during breakfast)
- Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom
- Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom
- Storybook Dining at Artist Point (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)
Booking Process and Pricing
Reservations are highly recommended for character dining to manage capacity and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Recent changes in pricing have been noted at various locations, so it’s always a good idea to check the latest information before making reservations.
Characters Available for Dining Experiences
Character selection for dining experiences will be limited and will depend on the location and theme of the character dining experience. Some experiences focus on classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto, while others may feature Disney Princesses or characters from specific movies or shows.
Making the Most of Your Character Dining Experience
To make the most of your character dining experience, make sure to book your reservations in advance, choose the right location and characters, be prepared, be patient, communicate with the characters, consider the timing, be mindful of manners, embrace the experience, capture the moment, and adapt to the new setup.
In conclusion, character dining at Disney World is back and better than ever. Be sure to plan ahead, make your reservations, and prepare for a magical dining experience with your favorite Disney characters. Enjoy the magic!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hours for character dining experiences?
The hours for character dining experiences can vary by location. It’s best to check the specific dining location for the most accurate information.
Are there vegetarian or vegan options available at character dining locations?
Yes, most character dining locations offer vegetarian and vegan options. However, it’s recommended to notify the restaurant at the time of booking about any dietary restrictions or preferences.
Are there character dining options available for dinner?
Yes, some character dining experiences are available for dinner. However, availability may vary by location and date.
Is character dining included in the price of a Disney World ticket?
No, character dining is not included in the price of a Disney World ticket. It is a separate cost and reservations are usually required.
Can we request a specific character at a character dining experience?
While you can’t request a specific character, the character dining experiences are themed, so you’ll have a good idea of which characters you might see based on the theme of the restaurant.