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Character Dining Outside of the Theme Parks Part One: Princess Dining

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This is the 2017 gingerbread version of Trattoria al Forno. The real restaurant is home to a popular character breakfast

If you’re like me, you know the princesses and other Disney characters from your own childhood, as well as from your child or children when they were growing up. You can meet plenty of characters in the parks, but there is usually a line, and the interaction is over almost as soon as it began. Character dining is a fantastic way to meet characters in a more relaxed setting. You won’t have to wait in line, and you’ll enjoy a filling meal. Sounds like a win to me!

Character dining is for all ages. Don’t think that you need to have a child with you in order to enjoy the experience. Also, you do not need a theme park ticket in order to book some character meals. There are several meals available at the resorts.

I will often suggest that you book a resort character dinner for the day that you arrive, or a resort character breakfast for the morning that you leave. The meal will totally surround you with all things Disney, but you won’t use a day from your ticket just for a meal. It’s a great way to start or end your vacation.

Here is the current list of princess character meals that are available outside of the theme parks. You can find non-princess resort character meals here. Keep in mind that not all meals at these restaurants will be character meals. Remember as well that characters can and do change from time to time.

1900 Park Fare – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Breakfast is called Supercalifragilstic Breakfast. Characters could include Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. In the evening it’s Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella should be there. This is definitely a dinner for romantics, one of the highlights is watching Cinderella and Prince Charming waltz.

Trattoria al Forno – Disney’s BoardWalk

Only breakfast is a character meal at Trattoria al Forno. It features Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. This meal has quickly become popular because you can meet two rare princes. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are both a walk or boat ride away.

Artist Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Dinner is now a character meal at Artist’s Point. You can meet Snow White, the Queen, Dopey, and Grumpy. You’ll share your appetizers, pick an entree, and then share the desserts. Watch out for the ‘Poison’ Apple!