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Walt Disney World's Character Dining Experiences

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An October 2005 trip to Orlando by C.Kowalczik

Gullivers Grill Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: One of the most memorable experiences you can have while visiting Disney World is the time you can spend with your favorite character, but where is the best opportunity to “bump” into them? Disney simplified this opportunity by bringing the characters to you in twelve different dining experiences. 

Walt Disney World's Character Dining Experiences

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Overview

Character Dining Experiences Photo, Orlando, Florida
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When it comes to Disney vacations, one of the most exciting things to do is to visit with the characters. I remember when I was a kid, I would have my parents walk me around the park until we found a character that I wanted to meet. Back in those days the characters were not so accessible as they are now, and even if you found one after you took a quick picture, they were off to the next kid. Now meeting your favorite Disney character is as easy as sitting down for a meal. The Disney Character Dining Experiences are a fantastic way to meet the characters, snap a few pictures, get an autograph and enjoy a great meal all at the same time. There are twelve different ...Read More

Gulliver's Grill

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Restaurant | "Gulliver’s Grill"

Gulliver's Grill Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This was our first time inside the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel where the Character Dining Experience “Gulliver’s Grill” is located, and I have to say that overall I was very impressed. When we plan our Character Experiences, we usually do so around what our children are interested in. However after reading through the different Character Dining Experiences that were available, I chose Gulliver’s Grill for myself based on the menu options. W...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Gulliver's Grill
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
+1 407 934 3000

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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Restaurant | "Princess Storybook Dining at Restaurant Akershus"

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Photo, Orlando, Florida
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When we plan our Character Experiences, we usually do so around what our children are interested in and having one boy and only girl simplified our choices. Our three year-old son is a huge Mickey fan and our one and a half year-old daughter is a Princess fan. So we began to search the different Character Dining Experiences that were available for Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses about 100-Days before we were scheduled to arrive in Disney. When D -90 finally came I called Disney at eight o’clock in the morning ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Epcot Center: Norway Pavilio
Orlando, Florida
(407) WDW-DINE

Chef Mickey's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Chef Mickey's "

Chef Mickey's Restaurant Photo, Orlando, Florida
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As we searched through the different Character Dining Experiences making the decision to visit Chef Mickey’s was easy, as Mickey is our son’s favorite Disney character. To ensure that we got an advance reservation for the day we wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom I called 90-Days in prior to our scheduled arrival. To my surprise there was not a lot of availability open for the breakfast experience and our choice were limited to 7:50 am or 7:00 am. Knowing that the Magic Kingdom opened at 9:00 am, we thought that the later...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Chef Mickey's Restaurant
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Orlando, Florida
(407) WDW-DINE

Crystal Palace Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Crystal Palace- Magic Kingdom"

Crystal Palace Restaurant Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is the one Character Dining Experience which we visit very year that does not revolve around the decision of our children, but rather the preferred choice of my wife. The Crystal Palace is located in the Magic Kingdom at the very end of Main Street USA. The restaurant was built to replicate a nineteenth century building in Regent’s Park, London. Each and every day the building comes alive with the smells of American fare and culinary delights that are prepared fresh daily in the “On Stage Kitchen”, while offering each visitor an opportunity to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. This restaurant is quite affordable considering that it is all you can eat with the cost of un...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Crystal Palace Restaurant
Disney World Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 939-3463