Character meet and greets are a big part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World so special, and in recent months Disney has taken it upon themselves to make a number of improvements and changes to each park's character line-up, including adding new experiences, making changes to the lineup and more.
This month, roaming characters come to Walt Disney World's most expensive upcharge, a beloved character buffet returns, plus new technology could be on the way that may change the character meet-and-greet experience forever!
1. Princesses returning to Cinderella's Royal Table on February 28
Though Cinderella's Royal Table reopened a while ago, this fine dining establishment inside Cinderella Castle has not featured the same princess meet and greets that it had pre-2020, with Cinderella only able to pose for pictures with guests in the lobby of the restaurant. However, Disney has announced that in just a few weeks, on February 28th, princesses will return to meeting guests at Cinderella’s Royal Table while they dine, just as they did before spring 2020.
Though no official princess list has been revealed, guests have previously been able to see Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Snow White, and other various rotating princesses while they dine. Reservations for this returning experience are now available on the official Cinderella's Royal Table website, and can be made up to 60 days in advance of a visit to this restaurant.
2. Mulan appeared briefly at the Magic Kingdom in December
Though there's no telling if Disney will make this change permanent, last month Mulan alternated with Snow White on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, meeting a very few lucky guests in front of the Curtain Call gift shop. Though it might seem a little strange to see this character outside of her normal spot in EPCOT, if the trial last month is deemed to have been successful, we could see more of this character (or perhaps other new faces) in the future at this park, potentially paving the way for updated character experiences in 2023 at the Magic Kingdom.
3. Chef Mickey's buffet-style breakfast returns on March 1
It has been confirmed that buffet dining will once again return to Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort on March 1. This character dining location, which features Mickey, Goofy, and other pals, will once again feature characters interacting with guests as they help themselves to a breakfast buffet, which includes favorites like Mickey waffles, banana bread, French toast, “loaded” potato-cheese casserole, various eggs, breakfast meats and more.
According to Disney's official website, the price for this dining experience will be $59.99 per adult. Reservations are available now on the restaurant's website for this returning experience.