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Specialty Dining At Disney World ~ Tips On Character Dining & Dinner Shows

Whether you’re planning your first trip to Walt Disney World in Florida or your tenth, if you haven’t taken advantage of their specialty dining options, you’re missing out on some magical moments. Character dining and dinner shows are a great way to get interactive with characters or to let loose and have some fun. Here are a few options to consider before you go:

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Is there anything more iconic than Cinderella’s Castle? It is recognized world wide as the symbol for Walt Disney World and brings smiles to all who know it. If you’re going all the way to Florida, don’t miss out on the opportunity to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Children will delight in meeting Cinderella and her Royal Friends, and parents can’t help but marvel at every incredible detail in the castle. Meals book fast here so I would recommend you make your reservations when you book your trip. Don’t be disappointed.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a foot-stomping, hand clapping, musical experience that will bring out the Wild West in anyone. Feast on a traditional southern meal of fried chicken, ribs and corn, served country style. While you enjoy your meal, you are entertained with singing, Vaudeville and comedy skits by the incredible performers. Some members of the audience are *ahem* called on to participate. Located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, this is great entertainment for young and old alike. A great place to mark a special occasion, like an anniversary or birthday.

The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. Delicious buffet meals are served for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It is also home to a famous sundae bar that your kids will go crazy over, and perhaps the occasional adult. What really makes The Crystal Palace so great though is that it is home to Winnie-The-Pooh and Friends, those silly-nilly-willy characters from the 100 Acre Woods. It is so much fun watching the joy these characters deliver as they visit each table. A must do for the young and young at heart.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Cinderella’s Castle isn’t the only place you can hold court with royalty. Join the Princesses at Akershus Royal Banquest Hall in The Norway Pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase. Lots of little Princesses head here after a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to show off their royal flair and meet their favorite big Princess.

Cape May Cafe

When you talk to people about Character Dining at Disney, it usually evokes tender memories. The moments that are created between your child and their favorite character are so sincere and sweet. One little girl at Cape May Cafe had such a moment with Minnie Mouse. This sweet little girl is small for her age and without missing a beat Minnie Mouse made here feel larger than life. You can find the Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

At this dinner the whole family gets to dance the night away with Mickey Mouse and friends. It’s a country-western extravaganza with line dancing, rope shows and country music. Dinner is buffet style and eaten on long picnic tables. Located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is no-fuss fun!

Reservations are highly recommended for all dinner experiences at Walt Disney World. You can book up to 180 days in advance and for the more popular experiences, such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, you should definitely do so. If you’re not picky, or forgot, don’t hesitate to contact Disney Dining when you’re there to find last minute cancellations throughout the park. To reserve call 407-WDW-DINE.

Candace Derickx

Candace Derickx writes about food, family and travel on her site Life in Pleasantville and has been a staff editor at ChildMode since 2011. Follow her on Twitter @candace_dx and join in the conversation on her Facebook page, Life in Pleasantville.

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2 Responses to "Specialty Dining At Disney World ~ Tips On Character Dining & Dinner Shows"

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  1. Christine

    February 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This looks like alot of fun. Dining with the Characters thank you so much for posting this. Love all your pictures of the kids and characters.

  2. Judie25

    February 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Don’t forget to have a valid ticket to the park where the dinner is. Reservations will not get you in the park, only to the dinner itself. And rest a little before dinner. These experiences can be overwhelming for the little ones and can really lead to a meltdown if they are overtired.

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