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Character Meals

Character Meals

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The number of character meals at the Disneyland Resort may be limited, but the character interaction is hard to beat and provides a great experience no matter what your age. The characters don’t actually sit with you, but they roam around the restaurant and give your table individual attention for short interludes. The characters stay true to their roles, whether it’s Goofy or a princess, interacting with you in their own personal style. This provides some great photo opportunities, and in some cases, that’s the main focus of the character’s visit. Character meals are generally more expensive than regular meals (usually $30–$40/adults and $14–$21/kids), but the chance to meet the characters in an unhurried atmosphere is well worth it. Even if characters aren’t at the top of your menu, the price of these buffets and family style meals can be less than a comparable full-service meal when you factor in all the costs. Reservations are recommended, but walk-up seating may be available. Call Disney Dining at 714-781-DINE (3463) or book online at up to 60 days in advance.  

Character Meal Tips

  • The parks and resorts are all within easy walking distance. Even so, do allow for enough travel time before your seating time.
  • For the best character experience, dine off-hours or off-season. While the characters may give you a quick visit during busy mealtimes, you might end up with a close personal relationship when tables are empty.
  • Be careful of counting on specific character appearances. Disney characters may get swapped out with a different Disney friend due to scheduling conflicts. The exceptions are the “headline” characters: Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto, Goofy at Goofy’s Kitchen, Lilo and Stitch at Disney's PCH Grill, Minnie at Plaza Inn, and Chip and Dale at Storyteller’s Cafe. Don’t expect to see Mickey Mouse frequently, either—he’s usually otherwise engaged in important park business (he’s the Big Cheese, after all).
  • Don’t be shy, grown-ups! Even if you aren’t dining with kids, the characters visit your table. If you would rather sit things out, they will simply give you a nod and a handshake.
  • The “head” characters don’t speak, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep quiet. Talk to them and they’ll pantomime and play along!
  • Bring your cameras and autograph books!
  • Collecting tip: Some character meal prices include a souvenir button—if you aren’t given a button, inquire about it.
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  • robin64ny on 03/22/2017 at 11:24:54 am EDT says:

    RE: Character Meals

    Minnie and Friends at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland Park was the one that Bob & I did last time - and it was great. There are several more to choose from. We should select at least one breakfast. Possibly one breakfast & one dinner?

    • on 07/05/2019 at 11:05:18 am EDT says :


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