It is possible to indulge in a Disney World character dining experience without park admission. If you do not have tickets for the parks but still want to take the family to a Disney character dining restaurant then you have a number of options.
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1900 Park Fare
This is one of our favorite character dining location. 1900 Park Fare is located inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort so park admission is not required. All meals are buffet as is the norm for character dining.
1900 Park Fare serves the Supercalifragolistic Breakfast and Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner each day. The breakfast is available from 8:00am – 11:45am and the characters are Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter.
Dinner is served from 4.30 to 8.30 pm and characters include Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine,
Anastasia and Drizella. It is of course very popular because this is one of the best places to catch some quality time with Cinderella.
Prices cary by season and by day. The busier the season the higher the price. The breakfast buffet adult price range is $22.36 to $26.62 and for children (ages 3-9) the price range is $12.77 to $14.90 For dinner the adult price range: $38.33 to $42.59 and for children (ages 3-9) the price range is $19.16 to $21.29.
The food is one of the highest quality of all the character buffets in our opinion. The atmosphere can best be described as loud and lively! The tables are very close together but the characters do a great job of spending time at each guests table.
Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Cape May has always been a big favorite of ours. Located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort no park admission is required to dine here.
The theme of the hotel is of course beaches so it is fitting that Minnie, Goofy, and Donald wear beach clothes for the breakfast which is served daily at 7.30 to 11.00 am. The breakfast is buffet style with the usual favorites available at an adult price range of between $26.62 and $30.88 and for children (ages 3-9) the price range is $13.84 to $17.03
Dinner is buffet style too but no characters appear.
Chef Mickey at the Disney Contemporary Resort
This is another very popular character dining location. As it is located in The Contemporary Resort park admission is not needed – although if you are visiting the parks then it is most convenient for a visit to The Magic Kingdom as it is a very quick monorail ride away.
The breakfast buffet is served at Chef Mickey’s each day from 7:00 until 11:20 a.m. The very popular characters are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck.
You will find the same characters at dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm every night. The adult price range is $41.53 to $46.85 and the child price range is $20.23 to $22.36
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Ohana Polynesian Lilo and Stitch Best Friends Character Breakfast
This is one which often gets overlooked for some reason. Located in The Polynesian Resort Hotel the Ohana
Polynesian Lilo and Stitch Best Friends Character Breakfast does not require park admission to dine. Just like Chef Mickey’s it is very convenient for Magic Kingdom if you are visiting the parks.
Breakfast is served family style from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. I have to confess I am not a huge fan of family style meals and much prefer buffet options but if you want to dine with Lilo and Stitch this is the perfect place.
The adult price range is $22.36 to $26.62 and for children (ages 3-9) the price range is $12.77 to $14.90
Garden Grove Cafe at the Swan
This character breakfast is located at The Walt Disney World Swan Resort close to the World Showcase entrance to Epcot. Park entry is not required. This is a little out of the way unless you are staying at an Epcot or Disney Boardwalk Hotel location but it is a great option if you want a high quality character breakfast without needing park admission.
This character breakfast is held only on Saturday and Sunday 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM. They do not take reservations – it is first come first served.
The pricing is the same every weekend at $20.99 for adults and $12.99 for children aged 3 to 9.
Making a Reservation for a Disney Character Dining Experience
With the exception of Garden Grove Cafe all character dining experiences can be booked up to 180 days ahead. You can call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463), or book online at Disney Dining Reservations
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