Guys – I have a confession to make. On the whole, face characters make me extremely uncomfortable. I don’t like meeting Cinderella. I’ll run the other direction from Aurora. NO – I DON’T WANT A PICTURE WITH FLYNN DOING THE SMOLDER. You know what I want?! I want a picture with Mickey Mouse in a cute outfit. I want to hug Tigger. I want to see Donald in his safari gear. And unfortunately, not all character meals are created equally (anyone who has ever eaten at Chef Mickey’s is doing their best Drake clapping on the sidelines impersonation right now). Today, we’re counting down our favorite character meals – because if you’re shelling out the big bucks, we want it to be a good experience for you.

-Minnie’s Seasonal Dine

When it’s Christmastime at Disney, this is by far our favorite meal in the parks. Guys – it’s the big five, dressed in their Holiday best, while you feast on Holiday classics. Yes, this restaurant struggles with some service issues. Yes, they struggle with doing too high of volume. But, it’s one of the best themed for the Holiday’s meals, and the food is good, and that makes up for it in our minds. Read about the seasonal dine here. 

-1900 Park Fare

This is the ONLY face character meal that doesn’t completely freak us out. If your kid is jonesing for a meal with Cinderella, this is the one we recommend. For starters, it’s way cheaper than eating in the Castle. Secondly, the wicked step-sisters are there, to provide all the snark and sass, and make fun of Cinderella, which is amazing.my dress is here, my shoes are here, my sunglasses are here, and my hat is here. shop my purse here!

-Cape May Cafe

We recently experienced the character breakfast here, which was a pleasant surprise. The characters were DRESSED IN SWIMSUITS and this nautical themed breakfast was adorable and wonderful. You can read all about Cape May here. my dress is sold out, but shop similar here. 

-The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace was the only character meal that my parents liked to do consistently when I was growing up, so I have a lot of fond memories of it. It has prime Magic Kingdom real estate, great food, good ambiance, and Winnie the Pooh and friends. You can read all about The Crystal Palace here. 

-Tusker House

Tusker House has (almost) as good of food as Boma, is in the Animal Kingdom, and has great character interaction. Is it just me, or does eating with characters in safari gear make food just taste better? You can read all about Tusker House here. shop my shorts here!

These are our personal favorites – but really, there aren’t any bad choices (unless it’s Chef Mickeys). For the most part, doing a character meal guarantees great character interaction and a leisurely meal.