I always love a family vacation to Disney. And, even though I may have grown up, I still love to take my photo with various characters. Now, I don’t wait in EVERY line anymore, but when there’s something special like all seven dwarves at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I’ll be the first (or sometimes unfortunately last) in line.
Now, if you end up standing in a lot of lines, character dining is the perfect way to see a bunch of Disney characters at once. The most common option is Mickey and his pals, but there are also restaurants that feature princesses and other characters!
As I’ve mentioned before Disney tends to be a pretty good spot for those with celiac disease or food allergies to dine. (You can read multiple restaurant reviews on my Gluten Free in Disney Page.)
Unlike most Disney restaurants, character dining restaurants tend to be buffets. Buffets are the worst nightmare of someone with dietary restrictions. There is the risk of cross contact with your allergen. However, if you have celiac disease or a food allergy, then you don’t have to eat off the buffet. (Indicate this on your reservation and when you arrive.)
The chef will come out to your table, and walk you through the buffet. They’ll tell you what options meet your dietary needs, and then they’ll go prepare it in the back for you. At restaurants where my options have been highly limited on the buffet, they’ve often offered to make me something else as well. And on these occasions I have some amazing creations! Your table may have to wait a little while longer and if it’s crowded these meals tend to be blander than the rest, but it’s still great that special diet diners can enjoy these character dining experiences.
The only caveat is that if you have a severe allergy, it’s important to note that characters are moving from table to table, so there’s a chance that there could be a food allergen on their costume.
Want to learn more about a specific restaurant? Check out the restaurants from some of the character dining locations I’ve visited in the past below!
Restaurants in Disney World
Meet Mikey and Pals at Chef Mickeys (Contemporary Hotel, Disney World)
Meet Your Favorite Disney Princesses at Akershus Princess Storybook Dining (EPCOT, Disney World)
Meet Your Favorite Disney Princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom, Disney World)
Meet Winnie the Pooh and Friends at Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom, Disney World)
Meet Chip and Dale and Friends at Garden Grill (EPCOT, Disney World)
Restaurants in Disneyland
Meet Your Favorite Disney Critters at Storyteller’s Cafe (Grand Californian, Disneyland)
Meet Goofy and Pals at Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland)
Happy Wanderlust Wednesday!