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​​Character Dining…Can we hug again?

Storybook Dining at Artist Point

On April 18, the social distancing requirements throughout Walt Disney World were dropped, allowing guests all over the parks to finally get their fill of Mickey hugs and Winnie the Pooh high-fives. Disney did a great job during that time to make sure all guests were safe, while still being able to see their favorite characters. However, there’s nothing like a Minnie hug in Magic Kingdom…or at Chef Mickey’s! That’s right, Meet and Greets are back not only throughout the parks, but also for character dining. (well, to most of the restaurants.)

Character Dining is one of our favorite parts of our DVC Vacations. Eating Mickey Mouse shaped macaroni and cheese, while saying “cheese,” while hugging the Mouse behind all the magic- priceless. While characters are slowly popping back up at tables, here are the restaurants that are back to character dining, pre-pandemic style.

Chef Mickey’s: Contemporary Resort

Characters: The Fab Five

Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto are back and ready to be a part of your family’s meal…( and they secretly are hoping that picture makes your holiday card.)

Hollywood & Vine: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This restaurant is serving up classic American fare and two rounds of character appearances. Breakfast is filled with Disney Channel Junior Stars that will make your little one’s day!

Breakfast Guests

• Fancy Nancy

• Vampirina

• Doc McStuffins

• Roadster Goofy

Lunch & Dinner Guests

• Minnie Mouse

• Mickey Mouse

• Goofy

• Donald Duck

• Daisy Duck

• Pluto (occasionally)

Tusker House: Animal Kingdom

• Donald Duck

• Daisy Duck

• Goofy

• Mickey Mouse

• Minnie Mouse

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera: DVC’s Riviera Resort 

Bring your little dancers, artists, and finger painters to meet the artist version of their favorite character. This place also serves up the most creative allergy friendly dishes. 

• Mickey Mouse dressed as a painter

• Minnie Mouse dressed as a poet

• Donald Duck dressed as a sculpture

• Daisy Duck dressed as a dancer

Garden Grill: Epcot

Family style dining served with a side of laughs from our favorite silly chipmunk brothers, is back on at Epcot’s Garden Grill Restaurant.

• Pluto

• Mickey Mouse

• Chip ‘n Dale

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Two of the seven dwarfs and Snow White are making their way back to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to make sure the Evil Queen does not put any apples in your meals! 

• Snow White

• Dopey

• Grumpy

• Evil Queen

We are extremely excited that more magic is returning to our DVC vacations through character dining. And we aren’t the only ones who have missed it… reservations are filling up quickly. As soon as your DVC resort is booked, be sure to reserve your dining experiences. Pro Tip: We recommend 60 days before to reserve, and 90 days for holidays and summer weekends!

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Sparkly Nicole

Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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