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Walt Disney World Character Meals and Dinner Shows Ranked in Order

By Dave Shute

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CHARACTER MEALS AND DINNER SHOWS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 

This site’s recommended dining venues are in the basic itinerary and are listed at the bottom of this page.

They were selected based on how well-loved they are by families, kid-pleasing menus, how effectively they achieve their show intent, value for money, and convenience.

If you cannot follow these recommendations, use one of two tools.

Disney World Character Meal RankingsFirst, the thumbnail  (click to open; when open, click again once or twice to enlarge) ranks all the characters meals and dinner shows at Walt Disney World based both on appeal to kids and appeal to adults.

Use this information to balance these two kinds of appeal.

Or, second, see the list that comes next. This list recommends character meals and dinner shows in order,  first on the basis of characters and the visual appeal of the setting, and after that on the relative amount of attention and fun your kids will get from the characters/event.

RECOMMENDED DISNEY WORLD CHARACTER MEALS RANKED IN ORDER

  1. Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom; Cinderella and Princesses)
  2. Askerhus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot; Norway; Princesses)
  3. Chef Mickey's Character BreakfastChef Mickey’s (Contemporary Resort; Mickey, etc)
  4. 1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian; Mary Poppins, etc. at breakfast, princesses at dinner)
  5. Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom, Pooh, Tigger, etc.)
  6. Garden Grill (Epcot; Mickey, etc.)
  7. Cape May Café (Beach Club; Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, etc.)
  8. Donald’s Safari Breakfast (Animal Kingdom; Tusker House; Mickey, Donald Duck, etc)
  9. Ohana Breakfast (Polynesian; Mickey, Lilo etc.)

(None of the other character meals are recommended.)

RECOMMENDED DISNEY WORLD DINNER SHOWS RANKED IN ORDER

  1. Hoop Dee Doo Revue Dinner ShowHoop Dee Doo Revue, Fort Wilderness
    No other dinner shows are recommended.

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109 comments

1 Kelly B - Destinations in Florida { 08.24.18 at 11:05 am }

Hey Julie – I just wanted to mention one of the most overlooked Character meals – Garden Grill in Epcot. It’s a great meal with Awesome character interaction. It’s also usually easy to grab a reservation there.

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