Traditional meet and greets are back in Walt Disney World, and with that is good old fashioned character dining! Dust off those autograph books and get ready to hug your favorite characters. Let’s dive into the best places to eat with Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney World!
Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
|Adult: $42||n/a||Adult: $55|
|Child (3-9): $27||n/a||Child (3-9): $36|
Chef Mickey’s is an iconic family-style restaurant in the Contemporary Resort. The location makes it an ideal restaurant for you to take a mid-afternoon break ( https://www.wdwvacationtips.com/great-places-to-rest-and-take-a-break-in-disney-world/ ) on your Magic Kingdom day. You can either walk from the Magic Kingdom or take the monorail. Speaking on monorails: if you have a train enthusiast in the family, they will love that the monorail actually runs through the Contemporary Resort. Yes, through it.
Food Options at Chef Mickey’s
This is an all-you-care-to-enjoy meal, so you are free to ask for more of anything that you would like. Keep those Mickey waffles coming, please! Breakfast features an assortment of traditional dishes, such as fruit, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sausage, and of course, the famous Mickey waffles. Dinner features a slightly fancier faire with a first course of salad, bread service, and shrimp. Entrees include chicken, salmon, carving stations, as well as vegetarian options, such as gnocchi. Side dishes are typically roasted or mashed potatoes and vegetables. Nothing really exciting there. Children will enjoy chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, tater tots, and steamed broccoli. Remember, it is all-you-care-to-enjoy, so go ahead, eat those tots off your kid’s plate! They’re endless! Note: Chef Mickey’s is not open for lunch.
Character Experience at Chef Mickey’s
There is a reason that this restaurant is so iconic. Chef Mickey’s features the Fab 5, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. Oh yeah, and they are wearing chef costumes!! Because, you know, the chef of Chef Mickey’s is Mickey…Makes sense. While you are eating, all five will come parading out in their cute outfits and come around to each table individually.
Want to be a little “extra”? The contemporary resort sells mickey ears with the iconic chefs hat so you and Mickey can be twinning for your selfies!
- You get to see all five of the top characters in one place
- Easy to get to from the Magic Kingdom
- Super cute and unique costumes
- Very busy and very loud
- Characters have a lot of tables to get to, so interactions feel rushed
- Nothing “special” about any of the food. It’s good, but it’s not like Ohana noodles…#iykyk
Hollywood & Vine
Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
|Adult: $42||Adult: $55||Adult: $55|
|Child (3-9): $27||Child (3-9): $36||Child (3-9): $36|
Located right on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine is the only character dining available in Hollywood Studios… for now. (We’re keeping an eye on you, Roundup Rodeo BBQ.) This restaurant used to be a buffet but has since changed since Disney World reopened back in 2020. What hasn’t changed is the classic 1940s Hollywood feel. The theme: You are a hungry Hollywood star visiting a 1920s art deco diner after your big movie premier. Now, Hollywood & Vine is a prix fixe menu, featuring more exciting dishes that reflect the restaurant’s glam vibe versus the old buffet.
Food Options at Hollywood and Vine
Gone are the days of trays of sub-par scrambled eggs and boring banquet-style food. Adult options for breakfast include hazelnut spread, (or as we know it, Nutella), stuffed french toast, open-faced salmon bagel, and even a plant-based egg frittata. That’s not just fancy, it’s fancy-schmancy. Kids can choose from classics, such as scrambled eggs, fruit with yogurt, mickey waffles, or even boring old Cheerios. I don’t know about you, but those would be some expensive Cheerios, am I right? But to each their own…
Lunch and dinner, at Hollywood & Vine, starts with a family-style salad, and then adults can choose from selections like garlic and cracked black pepper beef tenderloin, macaroni and cheese with shrimp, and asparagus and summer truffle risotto. Kids can choose from seared salmon, roast beef, roast turkey, or macaroni and cheese. Lunch and dinner include a dessert. These desserts will make you feel like a Hollywood star with options such as, white chocolate cheesecake, spiced cherry cake, and lemon cake with fresh strawberries. Though, sadly, the children’s desserts are not nearly as exciting with fruit, ice cream sundae, sugar-free lemon sorbet, and apple pie being the only options. Disney, kids like fun treats, too!
Character Experience at Hollywood and Vine
Hollywood & Vine has a truly unique character dining experience. Breakfast is hosted by your favorite Disney Junior pals during Hollywood & Vine’s Play n’ Dine. You can see Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and Goofy. At first, I was a little confused about why Goofy would be in this lineup, but then it occurred to me that all of the other characters are young children and Goofy is the most experienced at looking after little ones. He is a dad after all!
Lunch and dinner are hosted by Minnie Mouse, and also feature Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and sometimes, Pluto. Not only does the time of day dictate your experience, so does the time of year! Minnie Mouse is a style icon, so of course she wouldn’t miss a chance to show a little fashion flair. You will see fashionable and seasonal costumes on all of the characters for Hollywood & Vine’s Silver Screen Dine, Springtime Dine, Summertime Dine, Halloween Dine, and Minnie’s Holiday Dine. Something about these characters and different costumes just tickles me!
- Lots of characters to meet in unique costumes! You could come back multiple times and have different experiences
- Great new menu options
- The only restaurant to feature Disney Junior
- This restaurant is a tight squeeze so interactions can be a little awkward
- Not the most kid-friendly menu unless your pickier kid doesn’t mind eating macaroni and cheese with a side order of macaroni and cheese
- The desserts… Y’all I can’t fathom in any universe that I, mom, get some beautifully decorated complex dessert and my kids get a scoop of boring vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, that they wouldn’t be all over mine with that deceivingly innocent, “Can I have a bite?”. We know how that goes. Boom, you have no dessert. I can’t be the only one who has three little moochers in place of children!
Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
|Adult: $42||Adult: $55||Adult: $55|
|Child (3-9): $27||Child (3-9): $36||Child (3-9): $36|
Careful, you might walk on by this unsuspecting gem in Animal Kingdom! Located near the Harambe Market in the Africa section, Tusker House melts right into the theme of a quaint African village. Remember, Disney Imagineers don’t place anything without reason, so be sure to soak in as much of the decor and signs as you can.
Food Options at Tusker House
Tusker House is a restaurant that has traditional American fare with an African flair. Try saying that 5 times fast! Just as the tongue twister suggests, there is just enough African inspiration to be a little different and exciting, but it is not so much that you need to worry about picky eaters. Breakfast is all-you-care-to-enjoy featuring a series of baskets: fruit, pastries, and breakfast classics, such as scrambled eggs, durbin chicken, egg curry, jasmine rice, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and of course, Mickey waffles. But that’s not all! This is one of the few restaurants in Disney World where you can get a different character waffle. Tusker House serves up Simba waffles alongside their Mickeys.
Bring out your wild side for dinner with a stronger African influence on the menu. Start with the famous Tusker House bread service, which includes a variety of breads with different chutneys and hummus. Entree selections include Moroccan spiced beef, spit-roasted herb chicken, green curry shrimp, and berbere marinated pork. Too adventurous for you? No worries. You can always order off of the children’s menu if their items are more your speed. The children’s menu at Tusker House features perfect kid-friendly items like chicken nuggets, corn dogs, macaroni and cheese, and sometimes even peanut butter and jelly. Just know, if you are over 9 years old you will be given an adult portion and be charged an adult price. Personally, the idea that there are chicken nuggets as a backup plan makes me feel better about picking something out of my comfort zone.
Character Experience at Tusker House
Tusker House features Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy all dressed up to go on safari. Really, these costumes are so incredibly intricate with a lot of pieces. Mickey even has a special safari hat that accommodates his ears! All of that, but no one can seem to get Donald a pair of pants…? I digress – Each character takes a minute at each table to greet guests individually. Pro tip: Let yourself be in the story and come with yes or no questions for the characters about their explorations and adventures.
- Located right inside Animal Kingdom, so it is a perfect place to take a mid-day break
- Great place to try something new, but not too new
- Two words: Safari. Outfits. Sorry, I am a sucker for a theme and a great photo op!
- Tough menu for picky eaters
- If you do have a picky eater, that is one expensive PB&J
- Imagineers are really good at their job. If you aren’t aware that you are in the Harambe Market in Africa, you might be confused as to why this restaurant is so “run-down” looking
Located at Disney’s EPCOT
|n/a||Adult: $55||Adult: $55|
|n/a||Child (3-9): $36||Child (3-9): $36|
Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant in the Land building in EPCOT. Now, rotating here does not mean like the tilt-a-whirl in the county fair. This is a slow-moving restaurant that you cannot feel. The rotations allow you a glimpse into the Living with the Land boat ride attraction below. Living with the Land is a slow-moving boat ride through various styles of greenhouses, horticulture, and modernized ways to grow food. It is here that over 30 tons of food are grown and harvested to serve guests each year! Garden Grill showcases Disney’s sustainable agriculture by filling the menu with simple and delicious food grown right in their own greenhouses.
Currently, there is no breakfast option at Garden Grill. Lunch and dinner are both served family-style as an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. This is great for families, so mom isn’t having to balance multiple plates while going back and forth to the buffet. Your meal will be a bountiful assortment of salad, beef with chimichurri, turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and seasonal vegetables. The meal rounds out with a delicious shortcake with a berry compote. While this is a slightly heavy meal for a hot EPCOT day, everything is delicious and is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about farm to table! Walt’s original concept of EPCOT has always centered around sustainability and education, and Garden Grill is a great example of this coming to life!
Character Experience at Garden Grill
Character interaction is where Garden Grill shines! Here you will get the chance to see Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and you guessed it… There are special costumes! Since we are at Garden Grill that has an emphasis on modern agriculture, Mickey can be seen in the most adorable overalls and flannel shirt! Of course, the costumes aren’t the only great thing about the character interaction here. Because of Garden Grills’ small size, the characters don’t have many tables to cover. We’re not kidding when we say you will have individual meet and greet conversations with each character up to 4 times!!! This is definitely the time to prep your meet and greet questions. Pro tip: Chip and Dale mosey around together. They are one of the best character interactions because you can pin them against each other innocently and they will argue a little like the old cartoons.
- Hands down the most intimate character dining on property
- Great farm to table menu
- Restaurant gives revolving views into Living with the Land attraction
- Let’s be real, it’s in EPCOT… where world of showcase is… that is some tough competition food-wise
- No adventurous food options
- Currently no breakfast offered, but this is likely to change, so keep an eye on the Disney website for changes!
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Located at Disney’s Riviera Resort
|Adult: $42||n/a||Signature Dining|
|Child (3-9): $27||n/a|
Disney’s Riviera Resort is the newest Resort to Walt Disney World, and it is easy to see that no expense was spared! Based on Walt’s love of European travels, the Riviera is inspired by Italian architecture. This resort is the embodiment of classy and Mickey. There is no real in your face theming like Art of Animation Resort, but mixed in the whites, navy blues, and golds, you will see hidden mickeys throughout the resort. Another great touch is the art on the wall depicting Disney animated movies, and the best part… they’re for sale! Down in the gift shop there is a machine for you to pick art that you love to buy a print. Enough about the resort, let’s talk about their restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace. Did you know that Topolino is what they call Mickey Mouse in Italy? The more you know!
Topolino’s Terrace is located on the top floor of the Riviera Resort, so you can expect the best views of any character dining experience! You will see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy, and you guessed it, they have adorable costumes!
IMPORTANT: While Topolino’s Terrace is open for breakfast and dinner, (sorry, no lunch), it is only a character meal at breakfast! Breakfast is a prix fixe menu and leans towards the fancier side of things.
Food Options at Topolino’s Terrace
Before we get into the menu, we need to talk about complimentary pastries… We start this artistic journey with a cute “paint bucket” of pastries with dipping sauces. The sauces,which can vary based on availability, are usually honey nut butter, strawberry jam sauce, and a hazelnut spread. The sauces are arranged on a tray to resemble a paint pallet. For an entree, adults can choose from dishes like quiche gruyère, wild mushroom scramble, sour cream waffles, and wood-fired butchers steak. The children’s menu is very basic, so those adventurous kids might want to nibble off of your plate. Children 3-9 can choose from scrambled eggs, fruit with yogurt, or mickey waffles.
Dinner is actually a signature dining meal, which translates to “super expensive”, but the food reflects the price. You will leave happy and feeling fancy, and don’t forget those rooftop views! But sadly, you won’t be fancy with Mickey at dinner. Check out the dinner review here!
Character Experience at Topolino’s Terrace
The Riviera Resort has a very artsy feel and the imagineers extended that to Mickey and friends’ costumes. Mickey is a painter, Minnie is a poet, Donald is a sculpter, and Daisy is a dancer! These costumes really hit it out of the park. I mean come on, Minnie Mouse is wearing a dress where the lines of her poems are part of the design! Seriously, Minnie, girl, give me the name of your designer. I want something like this for myself! If you love these versions of our favorite friends, the resort gift shop even sells stuffed animals of them in their Topolino’s Terrace costumes! I feel like I need the Mickey and Minnie…
- Great menu with delicious options that feel worth the price… if you’re a grown up
- Rooftop views!
- Greatest costumes on characters anywhere in WDW! Plus you can take home a souvenir of them in those costumes!
- Only a character meal for breakfast
- Very limited children’s menu
- There are no other cons…Sorry, not sorry! Topolino’s is like Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way”!
Which would be your choice? Let us know in the comment section below if you have dined with Mickey Mouse and if you have a favorite memory!
I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.
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