Character meals are some of the most coveted reservations in Disney and there are so many to choose from so we are going to break down some of my favorites. I think it is really important to note that the character dining experiences, in my opinion, are for the most part just that, experiences. I don’t think you should have high expectations in terms of food when going to character dining experiences.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s get started on a few of my favorite character dining experiences. Top of the list, Cinderella’s Royal Table. I thought this was such an incredible experience and I know most people say that the food isn’t much but it certainly wasn’t terrible but you have to remember that you aren’t going for the food, you are going to meet all the princesses and dine in the castle.
We went for dinner and we were there pretty late, we were actually in the middle of our meal when the fireworks were happening and that was a cool experience. We were on the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan and we got the charcuterie plate as a an appetizer, and I’m pretty sure the options here weren’t that exciting. I think it was only a couple options for an appetizer. Bryson got the seared pork tenderloin and I got the pan-seared all natural chicken. I’m not going to lie, I don’t even remember what we got for dessert.
Clearly the food was not very memorable but the princesses were awesome. There was Jasmine, Ariel, Snow White and Aurora and then of course there was Cinderella when you first go into the castle. The castle itself is really great. There are wonderful details everywhere so make sure you are in the moment and taking in every aspect of your experience.
My husbands favorite character dining experience is Ohana for breakfast. Ohana is located at Polynesian Resort. The food here at Ohana is family style. The characters are great, it is really awesome to meet stitch especially and I love Mickey in his hawaiian getup. The food is fine, Ohana has Mickey waffles so of course, that’s awesome. But I don’t know why people say that the food there is that great for breakfast. It’s just typical breakfast food, nothing special. Eggs, biscuits, sausage, bacon, fruit, Mickey waffles and a pineapple coconut breakfast bread. It’s a cool experience that’s for sure and the restaurant itself has a great design.
So if you are going to Ohana for the food, go for dinner. If you are going for the character experience, you have to go to breakfast because dinner at Ohana does not have the characters.
My pick for top food at a character dining experience is Garden Grill in Epcot. The restaurant is revolving so you make a full rotation during your meal. The food is family style and one of the really cool things about it is that many of the vegetables and fruits served are from Disney’s hydroponic green houses. During your rotation around the restaurant you get a peak at the Living With the Land ride as well. The characters here are farmer Mickey (which is probably one of my favorite Mickey’s), Chip, Dale and Pluto.
All of the meals here are decent, but I think dinner is by far the best. The food is farm fresh and really tasty. There is a great variety and it’s all you care to eat, so of course we eat a lot of it. The salad is really good and I really liked the Italian sausage with peppers and onions and the bacon and leek stuffing and of course the mac and cheese.
If you can snag a reservation at Garden Grill, do it. It’s a fantastic dining experience and, in my opinion has the best food of any character meal I’ve been to.
That’s it for this post. Stay tuned for part two and even more character dining experienes around Walt Disney World. Thanks for stopping by, we’ll see you real soon and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!