Meet Disney characters with no line (and without a park ticket!)

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Enjoy the magic of Disney without a park ticket…by meeting your favorite Disney characters at a Disney Character Dining location outside the theme parks!

When we think of Disney Parks, Disney characters always come to mind. But you don’t have to wait in long lines, hope to encounter a character while in Disneyland, or waste a FastPass+ reservation at Disney World in order to meet Mickey Mouse and friends. Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort offer a variety of options for meeting characters — and the best experiences don’t even require a Disney theme park ticket!

We absolutely love meeting Disney characters when we go to the parks. But often, the best character interactions are at Character Dining locations! These restaurants allow you to spend more time interacting with your favorites like the Disney Princesses and the Fab Five. And while we love utilizing PhotoPass at character meet and greet locations in the theme parks, we almost love taking our own photos of those special, candid moments while meeting characters as we feast on a delicious meal at one of the Disney Resort hotels.

Some character dining locations even feature rare Disney characters that you can’t often meet in the parks, like Flynn Rider, Prince Eric, Dopey, Grumpy, and more. Character dining can sometimes cost a pretty penny, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. You get to meet your favorite Disney characters with no line and eat delicious food in the process. Some of the breakfasts are all-you-can-eat and served family-style or in a buffet, meaning you can have all the Mickey waffles, French toast, and other breakfast and brunch foods you could ask for. Plus, you can apply your annual passholder discount or even use Disney Dining Plan credits on your meal, too.

Additionally, since you don’t need a theme park ticket to enjoy Character Dining at the Disney Resort hotels, they make great meals for a rest day when you plan to relax and enjoy the Disney atmosphere without going into a park.

Below is a list of all of the dining locations located at Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Remember you don’t have to be a guest at these hotels in order to dine there — these meals have just as much magic to offer whether or not you’re planning to stay at a Disney hotel or visit the Disney Parks.

Character Dining locations at the Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World:

1900 Park Fare, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Delight in breakfast and dinner buffets, plus a merry afternoon tea party, each hosted by Disney Characters.

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Cape May Café, Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Coast on down to this New England-style venue where you can join some Disney pals for a lively Character breakfast—or set sail later in the day for a seafood dinner buffet. Please note: Disney Characters join Guests for breakfast only. 

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Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Join some favorite Disney Friends for a fun-filled feast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. 

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Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals, Four Seasons

Start your day the fun way with Goofy and his pals at Ravello as you enjoy a deliciously silly breakfast! 

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‘Ohana, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Hang loose at breakfast with Lilo, Stitch and a few favorite Disney friends—or enjoy a bountiful Hawaiian-style dinner with storytelling and games. Please note: Disney Characters join Guests for breakfast only. 

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Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Meet Disney Characters from the beloved Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs while enjoying a delicious, fanciful dinner the whole family will love! 

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Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends, Disney’s Riviera Resort

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera offers French and Italian cuisine, along with sweeping rooftop views. Start your morning with breakfast on this beautiful indoor rooftop terrace offering exclusive Disney Character Dining experiences. 

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Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk

Jump-start your morning with a hearty breakfast featuring beloved Characters from some of your favorite Disney fairytales.

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Character Dining locations at the Disney Resort hotels at Disneyland:

Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort

Treat your child to an unforgettable 3-course breakfast and enchanting encounters with some favorite Disney Princesses. 

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Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Meet beloved Disney Characters at a tasty breakfast and brunch buffet—or savor squisito Italian-inspired fare for dinner! Please note: Disney Characters do not appear during the dinner buffet. 

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Goofy’s Kitchen, Disneyland Hotel

Gawrsh! Enjoy a fun-filled breakfast or dinner with some beloved Disney friends at the Disneyland Hotel. 

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Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort

Classic California folklore comes to life when Disney Characters visit―but only during the breakfast or brunch buffets. 

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Want to book one of these Character Dining experiences for your next Disneyland or Walt Disney World trip? The Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel can help! At no extra cost to you, they can plan out your Disney vacation for you and even book all the Character Dining meals you want. Click here for a free, no-obligation vacation quote from Academy Travel!

Which of these Character Dining meals is your favorite, and which is at the top of your Disney must-do list? Let us know in the comments!

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