Episode 38: Character Dining Tips

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Heather W joins Britt and Steph to discuss tips for capturing character dining on Disney vacations as well as ways to make it more memorable.

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Heather W
Brittney Leavitt
Steph

From The Show

New Adventurers Outpost opens today in Animak Kingdom (Walt Disney World)
What to Wear” by Kim Lund
Heather's List of Characters you can meet at Character Meals:

DISNEY WORLD

1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian
Breakfast: Pooh, Tigger, Mary Poppins, Alice, Mad Hatter
Dinner: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Tremaines

Cape May Cafe, Beach Club
            Breakfast: Minnie, Goofy, Donald (Beach Outfits)

Chef Mickey's, Contemporary
Breakfast, Dinner: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto (Chefs Outfits)

Cinderella's Royal Table, Magic Kingdom
Breakfast, Dinner: Meet Cinderella before meal (PP), included
4 Other Princesses. No one is guaranteed, though Snow White, Aurora, and Jasmine are common

Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet

Tusker House, Animal Kingdom
Breakfast, Lunch: Meet Donald before meal (PP)
Mickey, Daisy, Goofy (Safari Outfits-different than elsewhere in park)

Garden Grill, The Land in Epcot
Dinner: Mickey, Chip, Dale, Pluto (Farmer Outfits-other than Chip & Dale; Restaurant moves slowly in circle)

Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Norway in Epcot
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Belle (in yellow dress) meets before meal (PP)
4 other Princesses, not guaranteed, usually from Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Ariel.
Mulan and Mary Poppins can pop up sometimes

Hollywood and Vine, Hollywood Studios

Breakfast, Lunch: Disney Jr characters: Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny, Jake, June

‘Ohana, Polynesian
Breakfast: Mickey, Stitch, Lilo, Pluto (Hawaii Outfits)

Mickey's Backyard BBQ, Fort Wilderness 
Dinner: (only twice a week) Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip & Dale (Western Outfits)
Not typical character meal, similar to a dance party

Garden Grove, Swan            Dinner, Breakfast (on Weekends): 2 characters, possibly Pluto, Goofy

DISNEYLAND

Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends, Plaza Inn
Breakfast: Tons of characters, but usually random. Best interaction of any meal I've done. Here's who I saw:
Minnie (should always be there, it's her breakfast!)
Max, Br'er Fox, Rafiki, Captain Hook, Rabbit, Eeyore, Tigger, Chip, Dale, Mad Hatter & Alice

Surf's Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends at PCH Grill, Paradise Pier Hotel
Breakfast: Meet Mickey before meal (PP), Minnie, Pluto, Daisy, Stitch (Beach/Lifeguard Outfits-other than Stitch)

Goofy's Kitchen, Disneyland Hotel
Breakfast, Dinner: Meet Goofy (chef) before meal (PP), Random, though Chip, Pluto, Minnie are usually there. Mulan and Mad Hatter (no special outfit)

Storyteller's Café, Grand Californian
Breakfast: Critter characters: Chip, Dale, Koda, Kenai, Terk

Ariel's Grotto, Disney California Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Meet Ariel before meal (PP), Princesses

Picks With Pixie Dust

Heather: SquareReady App
Britt: Disney Parks: Undiscovered (on Netflix)
Steph: The Art Beat Gallery (Etsy) and OverCaffein8d (Instagram)