There are currently six resorts that offer character meals, all of them deluxes. You do not have to be a guest of the Disney resort to enjoy a meal there. In fact, you don’t even have to be on a Disney vacation. If you are in Orlando and feel like having a waffle with Stitch, you can bebop over to ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort for breakfast with everyone’s favorite Elvis loving alien.
Enjoying a character meal gives guests the opportunity to spend more quality time with their favorite Disney characters while also enjoying a delicious meal. Instead of standing in line or using one of your precious FastPasses, you can relax in comfort with the characters coming to your table during their visitation rotation.
A few quick tips:
- These meals are in demand so it is highly recommend that you take advantage of the 180 reservation day window and make your reservations as soon as possible.
- If you are driving to the resort, you will tell the Cast Member at the gate you have a dining reservation. You have a 3 hour window where you can park for free if you are dining at the resort.
- Characters are subject to change. While it’s pretty certain you will get the character whose name is in the meal description (ie Mickey at Chef Mickey’s) the rotating secondary characters may alternate.
- Some resort restaurants only have character meals at one time of day (breakfast or dinner). Be sure you are checking that characters are available during your reservation times.
- The prices of meals will vary by time of the year (peak vs regular vs value season) and by day of the week (weekends tend to be a little pricier than weekdays) and also just cuz Disney’s gonna do Disney. The prices listed are an estimate based on recent menus. These prices do not included gratuity, though an automatic gratuity of 18% will be added for a table of 6 or more.
- Beach Club Resort
- Breakfast, 7:30am-11am
- Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit per Person
- Adult $36-$41, Child $21-$23
Got a few minutes before your reservation? Check out this neat old timey car. This may have been their favorite ride.
Minnie and some buddies are in their beachy best for a fun summer bash, and you’re invited! Minnie is always on the roster, and the rotating lineup of supporting characters includes Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.
Breakfast is a buffet, featuring the standard Mickey Waffles, sliced meats, fruits, and pastries. But there are also some not so standard offerings, like the frittata and crepe stations! The thing that is special about Minnie’s Beach Bash is that, as of now, it’s a hidden gem. It tends not to be as crowded or loud as some of the other resort breakfast spots, which means you can enjoy your meal and extra time with the characters. The last time we went, the characters did multiple rounds and our children were delighted by how much they got to interact with them. The Beach Club is a little more out of the way than, say, the monorail resorts, which is why this tends not to be a crowded breakfast choice. You can access it easily by taking a bus to Epcot and walking, or taking a bus to Epcot and another bus to the Beach or Yacht Club. A great option to start your pool or rest day.
Are you a fan of the Beach Club? Have you ever been to Minnie’s Beach Bash? What was your favorite part? What character meal would you like to see that doesn’t exist yet? What resort would it be located inside? Give me all your best Imagineering thoughts in the comments!
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