Now that the controversial list of worst Disney character meals has been published, we can turn our focus to a sunnier conversation. Bygones, people! Anyway, eating with Disney mascots is one of the purest joys in the world, especially for children. Being able to take vacation pictures that will make us reminisce when we are older is a priceless opportunity. And nobody handles the process better than Disney. Their character meals are memorable and timeless. Ranked below are the half a dozen best of the best. If you have never eaten at any of them, immediately add them to your theme park bucket list.
Editor's Note: As David mentioned, author bias is a huge part of this piece, and his opinions in no way reflect those of Theme Park Tourist or its staff.
6) 1900 Park Fare - Grand Floridian - Cinderella's Happily Ever After
Simply being at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is an experience unrivaled in the Walt Disney World area. The hotel features some of the finest cuisine in Florida, including the five-star restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s. 1900 Park Fare does not have the critical acclaim of its more heralded counterpart, but it does feature the strongest set of options for character meals at Walt Disney World.
People who want to start their day the Disney way can enjoy the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, which is highlighted by the unusual duo of Mary Poppins and Alice and Wonderland plus the Mad Hatter. In the evening, the dinner hosts are Cinderella and Prince Charming along with their antagonist, Lady Tremaine. Also included are Cinderella’s evil stepsisters, Drisella and Anastasia. If you are a fan of Disney villainesses, 1900 Park Fare includes more than any other character meal.
Parents who want to treat their children to a special event can also select the Wonderland Tea Party, which is so exclusive that it is limited to 25 children between the ages of three and 10 per day. While the food is just okay compared to other options at the Grand Floridian, the sheer depth of character meal options makes 1900 Park Fare an obvious choice for the best list.
5) Cape May Café - Goofy's Beach Club Character Breakfast
There is an applicable Simpsons quote about all Malibu Stacy dolls looking exactly the same, but Smithers wants the new one. Why? Malibu Stacy has a new hat. For similar reasons, most videogames include comprehensive gear options, thereby allowing the player to customize the physical appearance of their avatar. Even when something is beloved and familiar, a slight variation is welcome.
I say all of this to sound slightly less obsessive when I note that I love Cape May Café due to the adorable beachwear worn by its primary characters. Minnie, Goofy and Donald are great on their own, but I love them oh so much more when they are dressed thematically to line up with their setting, Disney’s Beach Club Villas. I have already selected this DVC property as my favorite, and the Cape May Café breakfast enhances it by offering a surprisingly good buffet in a relatively secluded (by Disney standards) resort. This character breakfast is a marvelous way to start the day, but it is still not my favorite character breakfast…
4) Polynesian Village Resort - Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch
The placement of this particular character meal on your list will be based upon the answer to two questions. 1) Do you love the movie Lilo & Stitch? 2) Do you enjoy the food at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort? If you answered no to both questions, you are probably shouting at your monitor about what an idiot I am. If you are like me and answer “YES! YES! YES!” to both of them, you are nodding your head vigorously while fantasizing about your next trip to Disney. If the answer to either one is yes, you probably fall somewhere in the “Eh, not bad but I’ve had better” camp. Again, these are all based on personal preference.
As a movie critic by trade, I saw approximately 200 movies in 2002. Lilo & Stitch finished in my top three for the year, which means that it literally finished in my top percentile for the year (rounding up). And my wife loves the characters even more than I do. When we put up our Christmas decorations, we create an entire tree using only Disney ornaments. A good 20% of them are Stitch-related.
I would also add that the Polynesian is my favorite Disney property, even over the historic Disneyland Hotel. So, the idea of the delicious Polynesian food at the gorgeous hotel is wonderful for us. It is even better in combination with a meet and greet with the most elusive mascot at Disney, Stitch. Plus, the characters of Mickey and Pluto join Lilo and Experiment 626.