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Changes To Character Dining At Disney World In 2020

Currently, there are limited options for Character Dining at Disney World. Some of your family favorites may not be listed here. Because of the current restrictions, character dining also looks a little different than it used to. Below I will give you an idea of what you can expect at each location. As more locations open up I will be sure to update this article.

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Topolino’s Terrace

Located at the top of the Riviera Resort, Topolino’s Terrace offers French and Italian fare that is sure to please the entire family. In this modified Character dining experience you can enjoy Breakfast a la Art with Mickey and friends.

The prix fix menu starts with fresh pastries and bread. Your choice of entrees include:

Quiche Gruyere with house-made pancetta, Sour Cream Waffle, Smoked Salmon, Two Eggs Any Style, and more.

While enjoying your breakfast, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck will parade through the restaurant and will pause briefly for you to wave hello and snap a picture. You can find the current menu here. Current pricing is $42 for adults and $27 for children ages 3-9.

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Garden Grill

Located inside of the Land Pavilion in Epcot, The Garden Grill is quite a unique dining experience for lunch or Dinner. You are seated in a booth that will revolve around the views of Living with the Land. Until you are seated you really have to look closely to see that the tables actually do move!

You will dine family-style on a delicious selection of farm-fresh recipes. When we were recently there we had a selection of beef, turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and salad. Chip and Dale are joined by Mickey and Pluto as they arrive behind your table to say Hi and take a selfie with you. You can find the current menu here. Current pricing is $55 for adults and $36 for children ages 3-9.

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Cinderella’s Royal Table

What little girl hasn’t dreamt about being able to go INSIDE of Cinderella’s castle? I know I did for sure as a child and this restaurant made that dream come true for me. When you check in downstairs of the castle you are whisked to an elevator or a set of stairs that take you to one of the most magical dining rooms I have dined at in Disney World. You really feel like a princess when you stop into the dining room. If you are lucky to get a window seat your view is of Fantasyland. That’s a view I will not soon forget.

At the current time, Cinderella is the only princess that will make an appearance to wave from the side of the dining room. The food was incredible and the whole experience was what dreams are made of. You can find the current menu here. Current pricing is $62 for adults and $37 for children ages 3-9. You should know that advanced reservations are required and you must pre pay when making the reservation.

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Hollywood & Vine

Minnie and her friends will treat you to a fantastic lunch or dinner in a beautifully themed restaurant, located in Hollywood Studios. No matter what time of year you visit the seasonal offerings will amaze you. The characters will make appearances for hellos and photos. What was once a buffet has transformed into a family style dining experience. You can find the current menu here. Current pricing ranges from $35 to $60.

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Chef Mickey’s

For the Character Dining option currently open this one is my family’s personal favorite. Just recently Chef Mickeys brought back the characters and I know many families are super excited about this. Just like other character dining options right now, the characters will make their appearance at a distance.

Located in the Contemporary Resort this restaurant is very convenient for families to get to because you do not have to have theme park tickers or park reservations. This is also a great option if you are taking an off day from the parks. We have dined there both while staying at the Contemporary and while staying at other resorts.

The atmosphere is pure excitement as soon as you step off the monorail into the Grand Canyon concourse. You can immediately smell the great food and hear the families enjoying their time at the Contemporary.

This restaurant was originally a buffet but has since reopening switched to a family-style dining option. Personally, that doesn’t bother me at all. If you have really little ones I think that this style is more convenient than having to tote them along the buffet line. Being that it is traditional American breakfast fare there is something for everyone. You can find the current menu here. Current pricing is $42 for adults and $27 for children ages 3-9

Conclusion

I know that the experiences may not be what you are used to and while for some it may make them not want to partake. For us we have done so many character dining experiences in the past that we didn’t mind not having the same interactions on our last trip.

If you still want to go and experience these location I would really recommend still going! The food is still great and you do still get to see the characters. If you don’t mind not being able to get close to them and getting autographs then these are still really great dining options.

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