Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Jan 15, 2018
    Jon from NY Asked

    Which restaurants offer pasta,pizza&fish but also has Disney characters walking around for warm hugs&photos at Magic&Animal Kingdom?we keep kosher so we can't eat meat out. which ones can we watch the fireworks from as well?

    Hi Jon! Are you currently daydreaming of warm hugs or warmer weather? Either way, let's find some dining options!

    To find all Character Dining locations in the parks you picked, log in to a non-mobile version of your My Disney Experience account. Scroll over 'Things To Do" and from the dropdown click 'All Dining'. The next page will populate every dining option over every inch of Walt Disney World Resort. Under the word 'Dining' you'll see a Mickey ear globe icon; it's automatically set to 'All Parks and Resorts', so now only search the parks you have in mind. Then on the 'Filter By' bar, click 'Dining Experience' and check 'Character Dining.'  Keep playing in this screen with the days of your trip, and the various meal periods, to see what's available during your stay. Pro Tip: get creative by checking the availability of Character Dining at Disney's Contemporary Hotel, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa as these three Resort Hotels are all a quick Monorail ride away from the entrance of Magic Kingdom Park.

    Don't let the restaurant menus hold you back. Disney has a wonderful Dietary team who can handle everything from allergies to religious needs.

    And lastly, some restaurants do have views of nighttime spectaculars, but I've found that figuring out reservation timing AND ensuring a table with a view of a window and not the wall to be a lot of work. Instead I would recommend looking into a Dining Package or Dessert Party where you have guaranteed viewing in addition to dinner or yummy desserts.

    I hope this helped, Jon, and we'll see you real soon!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a toddler mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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