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Family dining with characters in Orlando

Character dining at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal
Character dining at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal
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Having a fun vacation in Orlando must include dining with one of your favorite characters. There are so many options it can be overwhelming, but knowing what's available is half the battle. The main favorite character dining options are as follows:

Character Dining at the Walt Disney World Resort

Fairytale Dining at Cinderella's Royal Table
Dine in a storybook setting inside the castle at Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. Cinderella greets guests before they climb the spiral staircase (or ride the gilded elevator) up to the banquet hall. While dining in the wonderous castle, classic Disney Princesses visit each table.

Playhouse Disney's Play 'n Dine
Join Disney's Little Einsteins and Handy Manny for breakfast or lunch at The Hollywood & Vine restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Both buffets feature Handy Manny, June, Leo and Special Agen Oso for fun-filled, musical meals that feature Disney Junior tunes. The buffet breakfast is at 8:00 a.m and 11:20 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:40 a.m. until 2:25 p.m.

Buffet with Winnie the Pool characters at the Crystal Palace
This buffet is great for kids. The character dining at Disney’s Crystal Palace is a hit with the little ones because it includes all their favorites - macaroni and cheese, pizza, green beans, marinara meatballs and more. Pooh fans can experience dining with friends as the bear and his friends make special appearances throughout each day.

Chef Mickey's
Chef Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Chip and Dale host a character buffet breakfast at Walt Disney's Contemporary Resort. It’s fun to watch the monorail speed by while dining with Mickey and friends.

Donald's Safari Breakfast
Breakfast is a family adventure with Donald Duck and friends at Tusker House Restaurant in Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy start your morning with a roarin’ good breakfast buffet of mostly American fare, but also includes a few unique African-inspired dishes. Donald’s Safari breakfast is served buffet-style from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. daily.

Character Dining at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld's Dine with Shamu
Dine with Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando is a behind-the-scenes experience that allows families a glimpse of the interactions between trainers and majestic whales while enjoying a delicious meal.

Breakfast with Elmo and Friends at SeaWorld Orlando
Enjoy a delicious buffet with Sesame Street characters - Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Ernie and Cookie Monster. Children under three eat free.

Character Breakfasts at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Kids can spend time with favorite cartoon characters Dora the Explorer, Diego, Cosmo and Wanda from The Fairly OddParents and more at Nickelodeon Suites Resort daily character breakfast in the Nicktoons Cafe. Or start the day by choosing from Nichelodeon’s new SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom Breakfast or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Breakfast.

Character Dining at the Universal Orlando Resort

Breakfast with Spiderman and friends
Spiderman, The Cat in the Hat and other characters join guests for breakfast every Thursday through Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Universal’s Island of Adventure's Confisco Grille serves.

Dine with Characters at Universal hotels
The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel offers character dining on Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Join characters at the Islands Dining Room at Royal Pacific Resort on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A new addition is Jake's Character Breakfast every Sunday at the Royal Pacific Resort. Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel is visited by characters on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friends like the minions from Despicable Me and characters from Hop are some of the frequent visitors that stop at each table and pose for pictures with guests. These schedules can change, so contact the hotel for reservations before showing up.

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