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7 Disney World Character Meals that offer unique characters

Updated August 4, 2017
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Walt Disney World offers more than 20 character dining type experiences around the property and there’s 6 more that are in the Walt Disney World area, but not in an official Walt Disney World Hotel.  You can meet Goofy in 12 different meals, Pluto in 10 different meals and Donald in 6 different meals.  But some characters are so rare, they not only don’t appear in the park often, they are only in one character meal.

7. 1900 Park Fare Breakfast  and the Wonderland Tea Party – Mad Hatter

No one has a voice like the Mad Hatter.  Many people try to copy his unique tone, but few succeed.  He used to meet regularly in the Magic Kingdom by the Mad Tea Party, but currently he can only be found regularly at 1900 Park Fare for breakfast and the Wonderland Tea Party.   In recent years, he has been available for meets during the Halloween Party as well.  He’s a lot of fun with which to laugh and joke around.  Tell him the guy with the “Loser Hat” said hello.

6.  1900 Park Fare Dinner – Prince “Charming” and Lady Tremaine

First, we should settle the fact that Cinderella’s prince doesn’t actually have a name in the movie Cinderella and he isn’t called “Prince Charming” in the movie.  For some reason the carousel in Fantasyland is named in his honor.  Okay, now that’s settled we can discuss the meet.  Cinderella’s Prince only meets at 1900 Park Fare for Dinner and he appears for the  Christmas Party with Cinderella.  He isn’t a very interactive character, just too formal for me.  Lady Tremaine meets here only as well.

5.  Crystal Palace – Eeyore & Piglet

Within the last year we’ve lost both Eeyore and Piglet from in park meets.  Eeyore and Piglet used to meet at the Sorcerer’s Hat until Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope began meeting.  Eeyore also met in Animal Kingdom until Mickey and Minnie moved into their new location in Animal Kingdom.  This leaves you with one guaranteed option to meet these guys.  They may sometimes appear in Epcot for Training .  All those tears caused Eeyore to lose his space in the happiest place on Earth.  I kept telling him to pick his chin up and smile a bit, but sadness doesn’t play well.  Piglet was needed to provide the sausage and bacon :)

4. Hollywood & Vine (Breakfast and Lunch – not at lunch after September 2017) – Handy Manny

Walt Disney World, Hollywood and Vine, Character Meal, Handy MannyThe only way to meet Handy Manny at Walt Disney World is to book one of these character meals.  He does not appear in the parks for regular meet and greets.

 


3.  Ohana Breakfast – Lilo

Lilo was displaced from Animal Kingdom’s rotation in December, 2011 along with Terk and Jiminy Cricket.  She’s a lot of fun with which to interact.  You can do all kinds of fun surfing and hang ten poses with her.  She does meet at Typhoon Lagoon in the summer months.

2.  Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage – Captain Hook & Mr. Smee

Captain Hook and Mr. Smee used to meet in Adventureland years ago, but now they are merely random appearance characters.  They can sometimes be found near the Epcot Character training in Epcot and Mr. Smee at Character Palooza, but those aren’t guaranteed.  The Pirates and Pals experience is very unique to Walt Disney World and I believe it’s worth doing.  Here’s an article that I wrote about my experience.

1.  *Be Our Guest (Dinner ONLY) – Beast

Be Our Guest for Dinner isn’t technically a character meal.  Beast doesn’t walk around the dining room signing books and snapping photos with grinning kids.  He parades through the room with some fanfare and takes his spot near the fireplace.  Since the restaurant opened, it’s the ONLY way to meet the Beast.  AND to add to the fun, it’s booked solid until like the year 2027 or something.  Okay, it’s booked solid 190 days out by hotel guests.  Just stick my photo in your autograph book and stick your dog’s paw in the mud to create a stamp.  Maybe the kids won’t notice the difference when they graduate college?  It would sure be nice to see him return to the Christmas Party!

Be Our Guest Restaurant meet and greet Beast

Beast with Belle in France September 2012. Rumor has it that he will be leaving Epcot in favor of dinner photo ops at his new restaurant.
Beast with Belle in France September 2012.
Belle and Beast at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2006
Belle and Beast at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2006

Others who meet at character meals that don’t offer regular meet and greets include Flynn Rider and Prince Eric at Bon Voyage Character Breakfast.  Flynn does appear at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  If you want all the great Character Information and more, subscribe to Character Locator today.

I wish you well in consuming all those Mickey Waffles and flank steaks!

KtP

42 thoughts on “7 Disney World Character Meals that offer unique characters”

  1. When we ate dinner at 1900 Park Fare about 6 years ago, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and both stepsisters were there. It is EASILY the best character meal we’ve been to at WDW character-wise. Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters made it almost like dinner theater with all their antics. It was fabulous!

  2. Hi Kenny! My favorite is definitely #2 – Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage; it was incredible! We went September 2016 and viewed the fireworks from one of the MNSSHP and it was amazing! Our 6 year old son was chosen to carry the Captain Hook flag (he was dressed like Captain Jake) which was great because that’s his favorite character. He made tick tock sounds at Captain Hook who ran around the room crazily, it was truly a magical experience for all of us.

    We booked the voyage based on one of your reviews from a few years ago and we are so glad we did! Thank you and keep up the AWESOME job!

  3. For some reason Disneyland Paris seems to have more ‘rare’ characters to meet than in florida
    Captain Hook and Smee do meet and greets regulary.
    Plus Cheshire Cat was put daily in the morning for the whole of October last year.
    I wonder why that is.

  4. Prince Eric, Flynn Rider, Lady Tremaine, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox need to added. And it says that the mad hatter is still meeting in the Magic Kingdom.

  5. Is Handy Manny still part of the Disney, Jr. breakfast? Also, what are the chances of Beast starting to appear at lunch, too? Couldn’t score a dinner reservation. Visiting this November.

  6. Very sad to see that Eeyore is only at the Crystal Palace now. He is my son’s favorite, and we enjoyed meeting him at Animal Kingdom some years ago. We are visiting in August…do you think there’s any chance we will encounter him anywhere?

      1. Where do characters in training appear in Epcot? Would he possibly be at the UK pavilion, or somewhere else?

  7. One other meal that has unique characters is the Sunday breakfast at the Hilton, which is the only guaranteed spot to see brer bear and brer fox.

  8. Do you know if Sofia the First will be a character at Hollywood and Vine meals when she replaces Handy Manny outside Disney Jr stage and starts her meet and greets? Have an upcoming trip and my daughter Sophia is obsessed with Princess Sofia..have to get all the info! Thanks for all your info!! :)

  9. Pricne Charming has also always been very “charming” and interactive with us (young daughter here as well).

    I’m shocked the rumor floating around last year about replacing Handy Manny & Co. with Jake and Izzy never came true.

  10. So the only place to actually meet the Mad Hatter is 1900 Park Fare Breakfast or the Halloween/Christmas parties?

      1. Do you know where he would make random appearances? (Character Palooza, Epcot training meet, etc.)

  11. Prince charming is always super interactive with m daughter at 1900 park fare. They always dance together and he will kiss her hand! She requests that meal every time!

    1. I guess it’s a girl vs man thing. Some characters don’t really get many opportunities to joke around with grown men. A lot of father’s just stand aside and take photos or check out mentally :)

  12. During last week’s trip to WDW, we:
    -met the Mad Hatter at the Wonderland Tea. The children said he was wonderfully funny.
    -tried out the Be Our Guest supper and it was fabulous. One of the best meals we’ve had in Disney in 15+ trips. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get bumped to a 2-ticket like Cinderella’s Royal Table.
    -ate at Crystal Palace and had to explain who Eeyore and Piglet were to my 2 youngest (where am I going wrong?!?)
    -almost 11 years, when characters could/did hold children- I very gingerly handed Cinderella my tiny newborn for a pic. I believe I must’ve even told her to be careful to which the Prince promptly responded, ” Don’t worry- she only drops 1 or 2 a week.” :)
    Something must be done with Hollywood and Vine- back with Minnie and Goofy in 20’s gear, it was packed. It really needs to spotlight CURRENT shows and characters. Today’s Disney Jr. line-up includes Doc McStuffins, Jake, and Sofia so the “Disney Jr.” meal should reflect those same characters. They should at least be available in the park somewhere. By the time they are introduced, Disney Jr. will have put on a new show and kids will not care anymore.
    ***Not making the list- Cape May Café with bathing suit-clad Donald, Minnie, and Goofy. Great food and wonderful interaction. **

    1. That’s great that you got to meet the Mad Hatter at the Tea Party. That’s not very common these days.

      They would need to raise the prices on the meals at BoG before they could charge two credits, but it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility because it’s all about profit.

      I agree that it’s weird that they don’t have the actual current line-up for Disney Jr at the meal.

      Cape May isn’t on this write up because those characters aren’t unique :) They are represented on the Master list I mentioned at the top though.

      1. I believe the poster was referring to the wonderland tea at the grand Floridian, not the ride at MK. Hatter is near impossible at MK during a regular day now, unfortunately.

  13. I had never even heard of the character breakfast at Hollywood and Vine until having a toddler. But, my 2yo loves Disney Jr, especially the Little Einsteins, and June is her favorite. This past trip, it was the second ADR that I made (behind Akershus’s princess breakfast) to make sure that my dd got to meet June. Definitely fun, especially since the kids get to dance with the characters. When we went in early Dec, it was soooo empty. There were maybe only 10-15 tables in use, total, which gave us lots of time with the characters.

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