Character meals are the pinnacle of interaction with your Mousekatot’s favorite characters.
Instead of waiting in line, possibly for hours on end, the characters come to you while you are able to enjoy a delicious meal. They are also able to spend a little more time with your family, depending on how busy the restaurant is.
While there are a lot of character meal options, some are better than others. Some are overhyped and some are practically perfect in everyway.
Here are my Tot Five character meals at Walt Disney World.
1. Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Lily’s first ever character interaction.
In my opinion, Tusker House is a hidden gem when it comes to restaurants.
It is a buffet, which is great for the littlest of Mousekatots because if they are under three they are free, that offers a wide variety of food including exotic middle eastern and African delicacies.
Some buffet items for lunch and dinner include Kenyan Coffee BBQ Pork Loin, Peri-Peri Marinated Baked Salmon, Pearl Couscous with Sweet Basil, Spiced Vegetable Tofu, Toasted Couscous Salad, Corn Dog Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese and more.
There is also a breakfast buffet that includes traditional breakfast items as well as Mickey waffles, Seasonal Vegetable Quiche, Coconut-Sweet Potato Casserole, Cheese Blintz and more.
Because of the nature of the food, this makes a wonderful option for families looking for vegan or vegetarian offerings.
But, the real gem is the opportunity to meet with the fab five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy) in an usually un-crowded atmosphere.
The price range of the meals is between $15 to $34.99 and $35 to $59.99 per adult.
2. Askershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World.
The cat is out of the bag when it comes to Askershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT.
For many years, people thought the place to go to see the very popular Disney princesses was at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where you practically need a Fairy Godmother to get a reservation. However, this little spot in the Norway pavilion offers your Mousekatot the opportunity to see their favorite princesses including Ariel, Snow White, Belle and more.
The breakfast buffet is the most popular meal here and it features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole, salami, cheeses, roasted turkey and more.
Lunch and dinner can also be quite popular with their fare that includes popular Scandinavian dishes like Aquavit Laks (pan-seared salmon with roasted potato cake, pickled fennel slaw and aquavit cream sauce), Traditional Kjottake (Norwegian meatballs, served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lingonberry sauce. Sounds like Ikea!) and Fylt Pasta, house-made potato-cheese ad herb ravioli with wild mushrooms, leek cream sauce, tomato jam and balsamic-onion reduction.)
Prices range between $35 to $59.99 per adult.
3. The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom
Lily and her pal Tigger
If your Mousekatot is a fan of Winnie the Pooh and pals The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom is a must.
Situated in a beautiful glass conservatory at the end of Main Street U.S.A. is this delicious all you can eat buffet that features a lot of popular American fare.
In additional to traditional breakfast buffet items there is also a scrambled egg and omelet station, freshly baked pastries and assorted breakfast cereals.
Lunch and dinner feature a plethora of salads, spit-roasted meats, pastas and more.
For some reason, the price of this buffet caused great distress for some patrons in the past. I have heard horror stories of security being called after people found out the price of the meal.
I however, don’t think that there is that much of a price difference between other buffets and character meals on property.
Prices range from $15 to $34.99 and $35 and $59.99 per adult.
4. 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian
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Breakfast character meals are a great way to start the day. They are also a little less expensive than the lunch and dinner options so it provides families with the opportunity to experience a character meal without breaking the bank.
The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is really a treat at 1900 Park Fare because it features some characters that are more difficult to find at other character meals including Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter. (However, if you go during lunch or dinner you will be treated to Cinderella and her crew.)
The breakfast buffet includes Fresh Fruit, Smoked Salmon Lox, a Yogurt Bar, Made to Order Omelets and Eggs, Classic Eggs Benedict, Mickey Waffles, Sticky Cinnamon Buns and more.
The cost ranges from $15 to $34.99 per adult to $35 to $59.99.
Nestled in the Polynesia Village Resort is ‘Ohana, a restaurant that puts an emphasis on family.
While the lunch and dinner meals feature games, storytelling and a Hawaiian feast, breakfast is reserved for the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch.
While your Mousekatot has the opportunity to meet with everyone’s favorite blue alien and his best pal Lilo, you will be able to enjoy a family-style feast that includes Scrambled Eggs, Island-style Fried Potatoes, Hawaiian Pork Sausages and more.
Remember, if you want to meet with Lilo and Stitch, go to the breakfast.
The average cost for an adult is $15 to $34.99 and $35 and $59.99
Where is your favorite place to catch a bite with Disney celebrities? Leave your comments below.