There are a tremendous amount of choices when looking at where to eat at Walt Disney World. What is the best character dining? Where should we grab a quick bite to eat? Hunting for Rubies breaks down our favorite places to eat at Walt Disney World.
Character dining is the best way for your family to get great interaction with your favorite Disney characters. There are a lot of options in park and at hotels but here are our favorite.
- Tusker House at Animal Kingdom – Hang out with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy at this colorful African inspired marketplace. The food is buffet style and includes Disney favorites along with the flavors of Africa. It is relatively easy to get into, character interaction is plentiful, and if you make reservations before the park opens, you can beat any crowds for popular rides. Tip: Make a reservation for late morning and you can experience both breakfast and lunch.
- Chef Mickey at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – This character dining experience is classic. Hang out with Mickey and the gang while the monorail passes above. It is typical Disney buffet food but not bad for breakfast. Reservations can be hard to get, so book early. Since Chef Mickey can be busy, it often times take a while for all the characters to get around to every table. Tip: We have only experienced breakfast at Chef Mickey, and from what I have heard, we will probably keep it that way.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom – This might be one of my favorite character dining yet. I am not particularly enamored by Princesses, but being in Cinderella’s Castle was magical. We enjoyed breakfast of delicious pastries, Filet & Eggs, all while overlooking Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel and the park attendees from above. The dining experience includes a souvenir family picture with Cinderella herself, as well as a Wishing Star and Prince’s Sword for the children. Tip: If Dinner is sold out, check for a late breakfast or lunch.
- Ohana at the Polynesian Resort – My family loves Lilo & Stitch, but beyond the two of them, there is Mickey and a few of his friends. The food is Hawaiian Family style dining and kind of stick to your ribs selections with Pineapple Breakfast Bread that you will want to eat the entire loaf, Potatoes, and Hawaiian Sausage.