Disney with Little Ones: Character Breakfasts in the Parks

12401859_10101960094696584_7447718183781486519_oEach of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks offers great character dining experiences. Our children wake up hungry and bursting with energy, so we take advantage of early breakfast reservations that get us into the parks before rope drop.

What’s great about that? How about photo ops that make it look like you own the place? How about being done with breakfast and already in the park before anyone else? Oh, did I mention that breakfast typically costs less than lunch and dinner? Breakfasts range from about $26 – $58 for adults, with most closer to $30 and $14 – 38 for children, most around $17. 

We really enjoyed our recent 8am breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. Maybe even more than we enjoyed riding Expedition Everest 3 times in a row with no line! Here are some great character breakfast experiences that will get you into the park before the general public.

Magic Kingdom

– Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh and friends-Main Street, USA)

– Cinderella’s Royal Table (Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White-Fantasyland)

Animal Kingdom

 Tusker House (Donald & Pals; Africa)


– Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (princesses vary; World Showcase – Norway)

– Garden Grill (Chip & Dale, Mickey & pals; located in Future World-The Land)

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood and Vine (Disney Jr. characters-near Echo Lake)


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Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.

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