More Characters Are Returning to Restaurants!

Winnie the Pooh and friends will soon be found INSIDE The Crystal Palace! Photos below courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Character dining is a special meal for many Walt Disney World guests. It gives diners a chance to spend some extra time with the characters. For parents with small children, it’s a great way for shy little ones to get used to the larger-than-life figures. Character dining isn’t just for kids, though! It is a great experience for any age, including those of us who are over 50.

Disney Parks Blog has announced that characters will soon return to three restaurants! They are The Crystal Palace, ‘Ohana, and Cape May Cafe. The information, including dates, is below. One thing I’d like to point out for fans of The Crystal Palace. Only lunch and dinner are mentioned. There’s nothing about breakfast returning to the popular spot. Breakfast has always been the only character meal at ‘Ohana and Cape May Cafe.


First Look: More Character Dining to Return at Walt Disney World

by Nicole Cantore, Digital Integration Specialist, Global Food & Beverage

Do you love interacting with characters? Have you been waiting patiently for that special hug as you feast on delicious eats? Well, you’re in luck because the time has come for even more character dining experiences to make their grand return!

Across Walt Disney World, some of our guest-favorite restaurants are gearing up to welcome popular pals back, including Stitch for breakfast at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Minnie and her friends for breakfast at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and Winnie the Pooh and friends at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Park for both lunch and dinner.

Get ready for some hugs, laughs, and lasting memories because here are the places getting character dining back soon!

Pooh at The Crystal Palace: A Buffet with Characters featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Piglet at The Crystal Palace: A Buffet with Characters featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends

Let’s start with a trip to Magic Kingdom Park, where there are some special characters coming back for a friendship celebration nestled within Main Street, U.S.A. On September 20, some friends from the Hundred Acre Wood will be rejoining the celebratory feasting for lunch and dinner at The Crystal Palace: A Buffet with Characters featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends. This greenhouse-inspired beauty is the perfect place to spend your day with some hugs and a feast, with options like Carved Prime Rib, Seasonal Ravioli, and Peel & Eat Shrimp.

Stitch at ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch

At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, get ready for some relaxing vibes as you treat yourself to some breakfast classics at the ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch, coming back on September 27! Nothing beats getting some love from everyone’s favorite mischievous friend, Stitch, to start off your day. Get your hugs in as you enjoy tasty treats like the Pineapple Coconut Breakfast Bread and Mickey Waffles and sip on the iconic Lilikoi Juice and the yummy Moana Smoothie.

Over at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you’ll find Cape May Café, a New-England inspired spot serving up some tasty eats in an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet! On October 4, the Cape May Café Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast will be making its exciting return. Have some fun with Disney friends as you enjoy your morning favorites at this feast, including the mouthwatering Salted Caramel “Beach Buns.” And what breakfast is complete without the famous Mickey and Minnie Waffles? Fuel up for your day the right way with these unforgettable characters and dishes.

I hope you’re excited for these exciting updates that will let you indulge in an all-you-care-to-enjoy fare and meet some of your favorite characters once again! These character dining locations join other newly returned experiences, like the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Check out our other blog post for more details about the recent debut of Mirabel in the “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade” at Magic Kingdom, as well as other characters who will start appearing later this month.

To book reservations, go to the Walt Disney World Resort website or the My Disney Experience mobile app.

(Note: All offerings are subject to change and availability.)