Top Disney Character Meals for 20-Somethings
We’ve been talking a lot about Disney dining lately and to round it out (for now) I am going to share some character meals that are great for the whole family including the 20-somethings along for the ride. Last summer Letty and I went to Disney World with my mother, sister-in-law, and 4 year old niece. With such a wide range of ages in our party we tried to do things that everyone would enjoy. If I’m being totally honest I think that Letty and I had more fun than my niece doing half of the things we did like getting her Disney passport signed in the World Showcase (we’re not even sure she knows that she has this) and hunting down and interacting with the characters (we went bonkers when we saw a line for Mulan).
The point of this is that Disney isn’t just for kids and neither are the character meals. If you asked all of the adults that went on our trip what our part of the trip was, we would probably say character dining. The food at Disney is great, but it is even more fun when there are characters dropping by your table for a quick chat! Based on our experience last summer and my personal knowledge of what it is like to be a 20-something Disney Kid, I have compiled a list of Disney character meals for 20-somethings.
There are two wonderful character meals offered at 1900 Park Fare which is located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Both of these character meals are great for 20-somethings!
You can probably guess from the name that Mary Poppins appears at this breakfast, and she alone is totally worth the reservation because…Mary Poppins! What makes the breakfast even more entertaining is that she is joined by Alice and The Mad Hatter both of which are really fun characters interactions. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger will also drop by your table as you enjoy the breakfast buffet selections and it is always great to be reminded of the joy of Hundred Acre Wood!
Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner
Of all the Disney character meals we attended (and we went to all but I think two) this was our favorite. We had not originally planned to do this character meal as we spent this day being Muggles at The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but in a last minute decision Letty and I were able to snag a late reservation and we are so glad that we did! We interacted with a lot of characters while at Disney World but none were as fun as the wicked stepmother and stepsisters. We talked about finding a new maid now that Cinderella had moved out of the Chateau, and got dating advice from Anastasia and Drizella. I could talk about how great the food was, because it was delicious, but really the fun here was meeting the characters! I highly recommend making a reservation for this fun-filled dinner!
Let me first begin by telling you that we attended this character meal with the grumpiest 4-year old on the planet. My niece was #OverIt by the time we settled in for lunch…until the characters showed up. It is a testament to the atmosphere, food, and character experience of Tusker House that we thoroughly enjoyed this meal. I don’t know if you have attended many public anythings with a grumpy toddler, but if you have you know that a grumpy toddler does not equal fun, and we absolutely had fun and enjoyed this character meal. As you can see from the picture below, Goofy was my favorite character! It is so fun to see the classic Disney characters in their safari gear!
If you want to know more about the food at Tusker House check out Tiffany’s Food Junkie Disney Rundown!
Princesses for days! There are several princess-themed character meals, but Akershus is not only a better deal financially (it is much cheaper than Cinderella’s Royal Table at the castle and only cost 1 meal credit on the Disney Dining Plan) but the character experience is better. We felt like the princesses spent more time with guests at Akershus than they did at Cinderella’s Royal Table and also there is more room to interact with them! We enjoyed doing fun poses with each Princess and my niece wanted to know where Ariel slept since the day before we saw her at Magic Kingdom in her grotto with fins (she told us it depended, but usually at the castle with Prince Eric and Melody).
You hear a lot about eating in Cinderella’s Castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table, and while that meal was wonderful Be Our Guest made our inner 7 year old light up with excitement. The food is not the best we had at Disney World, but the ambiance and experience more than made up for it! You feel like you are actually in Beast’s castle. You can either be sat in the grand ballroom which will make you nostalgic for a Tale As Old As Time, the Castle gallery that houses an elaborate music box that features Belle and Beast dancing, or The West Wing (yes, the west wing with the rose). We were sat in the West Wing and if we ever go back we hope to sit there again. THE ROSE is there and throughout the meal thunder rolls in the distance. On occasion, you will see some extra Disney magic in the portrait on the wall and throughout the room.
Every little girl who watched Beauty and the Beast more times than she can count will absolutely fall in love with Be Our Guest. Honestly, the atmosphere is the main course and dessert, and meeting Beast is the cherry on top. Different from other character meals, Beast does not come table to table, but you can meet him after your meal before you exit the castle.
Because we did not go during Star Wars Weekends we did not get to partake in the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars character meal at Hollywood & Vine. However, we did do the Disney Jr. Breakfast at the same restaurant and the food was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful! I can only imagine that it would be ten times more fun and definitely 20-something friendly with Star Wars characters!!