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‘Tis the Season for Price Increases for Character Meals, Dinner Shows, and Buffets

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Many park goers have noticed a recent increase in the price of popular snack items, but the increases did not end with snacks.  Character meals, Dinner Shows, buffets, and all you care to enjoy meals have increased in price as well. 

Disney typically publishes price ranges rather than firm pricing on its online menus for character meals and buffets.  Pricing in the parks tends to fluctuate depending on anticipated crowd levels, so you can expect an additional small price difference around Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.  It makes it difficult to make a firm budget or to set an amount to load to your Disney gift card.  Hopefully the following prices will demystify the situation for you.

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These price points include tax, but not tip (unless noted).  They also do not take into account Disney credit card holder, AP or DVC discounts, or Tables in Wonderland discounts.

Are the meals worth the price?  I have linked descriptions and/or reviews to help you decide.

Character Meals

Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Madness 2017 Belle Beast

Crystal Palace

This is a buffet meal in the Magic Kingdom with characters from the Hundred Acre Wood.

Be Our Guest

This is a restaurant in Magic Kingdom with a Prix Fixe 3 course Menu for dinner only.  Diners have the chance to meet Beast at diner.

Dinner – Adult $63.90,  Child $38.34; Read a Review Here

Cinderella’s Royal Table

This is a character meal with the Disney Princesses. It has Prix Fixe Menu , and all pricing DOES include tip.

Tusker House

This is a buffet in Animal Kingdom featuring Mickey and his pals in Safari outfits.

  • Breakfast – Adult $43.67, Child-$25.56; Read a Review Here
  • Lunch – Adult $57.51, Child-$34.08 ; Read More Here
  • Dinner – Adult $57.51, Child $34.08
  • Breakfast with the Rivers of Light Package – Adult $52.19, Child $30.89; Read More Here
  • Lunch with the Rivers of Light Package – Adult $66.03, Child $39.41
  • Dinner with the Rivers of Light Package – Adult $66.03, Child $39.41

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

This is a character meal in Epcot featuring the Disney Princesses.  It is a table service, buffet hybrid.

Garden Grill

The is an all-you-are-to-enjoy character meal in Epcot; it features Farmer Mickey and pals.

Hollywood and Vine

This buffet in Hollywood Studios features Disney Junior characters at breakfast and Mickey and Pals in seasonal outfits for lunch and dinner.

  • Breakfast – Adult $43.67, Child $25.56; Read a Review Here
  • Lunch – Adult $57.51, Child $34.08
  • Dinner – Adult $57.51, Child $34.08; Read a Review Here
  • Breakfast with Fantasmic Dining Package – Adult $52.19, Child $30.89; Read More Here
  • Lunch with Fantasmic Dining Package – Adult $66.03, Child $39.41
  • Dinner with Fantasmic Dining Package – Adult $66.03, Child $39.41

Cape May

This restaurant is located at Disney’s Beach Club.  Breakfast is a buffet that features Minnie Mouse and friends.   Dinner is a seafood buffet with no characters.

  • Breakfast – Adult $43.67, Child $25.56; Read More Here
  • Dinner – Adult $57.51, Child $30.89

Chef Mickey’s

This buffet is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and it features the fab 5.

1900 Park Fare

This Buffet is at Disney’s Grand Floridian.  Breakfast features a variety of characters from Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Winnie the Pooh, while Dinner celebrates characters from Cinderella.

  • Breakfast – Adult $46.86; Child $27.69
  • Brunch – Adult $46.86; Child $27.69
  • Dinner – $62.84, Child $37.28

‘Ohana

Located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, this all you care to enjoy meal has characters from Lilo and Stitch at breakfast only.  Dinner has no characters, but you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks if you time it right.

  • Breakfast – Adult $43.67, Child $25.56; Read a Review Here
  • Dinner – Adult $57.51, Child $30.89

Artist Point Story Book Dining

This dinner located at Wilderness Lodge has a Prix Fixe menu and features interactions with characters from Snow White

Non Character experiences have climbed in price as well. Buffets, all you care to enjoy meals, and dinner shows all over Disney World have been affected.

All You Care to Enjoy Meals and Buffets

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Biergarten

This buffet is located in Germany in Epcot’s World Showcase and features music with dinner.

  • Lunch – Adult $48.99, Child $26.63
  • Dinner – Adult $48.99, Child $26.63

Diamond Horseshoe

This Buffet is located in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland / Liberty Square area.

  • Lunch – Adult $41.54, Child $22.37
  • Dinner – Adult $41.54, Child $22.37

Liberty Tree Tavern

This Magic Kingdom restaurant offers all you care to enjoy, family style dining.

  • Dinner – Adult $41.54, Child $22.37

Boma

This buffet is located in Animal Kingdom Lodge.

  • Breakfast – Adult $30.89, Child $17.04
  • Dinner – Adult $52.19, Child $28.76

The Wave Breakfast Buffet

The Wave is a restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  It has a buffet option for breakfast only, but offers menu options all day.

  • Breakfast – Adult $26.63, Child $14.91

Trail’s End

Located at Fort Wilderness, this restaurant features a buffet.

  • Breakfast – Adult $28.76, Child $15.98
  • Dinner – Adult $39.41, Child $21.30

Whispering Canyon

This Wilderness Lodge eatery serves and all you care to enjoy skillet option, although you can order off a menu if you prefer.

  • Breakfast – Adult $23.42, Child $13.85
  • Lunch – Adult $25.56, Child $17.04
  • Dinner – Adult $36.21, Child $17.04

Ale & Compass

This restaurant is located inside of Disney’s Yacht Club, and it has a breakfast buffet.

  • Breakfast – Adult $24.50

California Grill Brunch

This Signature restaurant is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and it has  a Brunch buffet/table service hybrid.

  • Adult – $101.18, child $59.64

Dinner Shows

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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

The Polynesian hosts a Luau, and pricing does include tip.

  • Category 1 Seating – Adult $78, Child $46; Read a Review Here
  • Category 2 Seating – Adult $74, child $44
  • Category 3 Seating – Adult $66, child $39

Hoop De Doo Musical Revue

This is Fort Wilderness’s dinner show. Like the Luau, it has different price points for its various categories of seating.

  • Category 1 Seating – Adult $72, Child $43;
  • Category 2 Seating – Adult $67, child $39
  • Category 3 Seating – Adult $64, child $38

With all the increases in table service pricing, the Disney Dining Plan might become a more attractive option for guests who would like to do a lot of character dining.

Which Walt Disney World eating experiences do you think are worth the costs no matter how high they climb?

 




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11 COMMENTS

  1. These prices are ridiculous, especially for the kids. Most kids don’t, won’t or can’t eat an adult portion of food but Disney couldn’t care less about that. They really have priced them selves out of a lot of families budgets. How can you enjoy a vacation there if you have to penny pinch on meals, & if you have a big family you can barely afford to even get into the parks much less eat there. It used to be that you could get your money’s worth, but not any more! As a senior on a fixed income we can’t afford the parks any more.

  2. Do you think they will raise the price of the dining plans? These prices are crazy, especially with 5 kids who are “Disney adults.”

    • Dining plan pricing for 2020 is already out. It did not increase very much compared to other price increases we’ve seen lately.

  3. Wow… this is insane! Especially considering a 10 year old is charged as an adult. We love Crystal Palace and Tusker House, but I won’t pay $200 (family of 4 here). I guess this it it for us, considering not even my 12 y.o. eats adult portions. If they keep increasing prices maybe they should reconsider the age limit.

    • I agree! One time we ate at Garden Grove on our oldest son’s 10th birthday, but he couldn’t order off the menu bc of his food allergies. The chef made him a plate of 3 grilled chicken wings and French fries, and he was charged the adult price. Okay, that’s fine, but then he and a 12 year old friend went to get on Big Thunder the next day and weren’t allowed bc kids couldn’t ride alone. I explained I KNOW he’s an adult bc I just paid $32 for his wings and fries!

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