Garden Grill Character Dining amid COVID
March 2, 2021

Character Dining Opportunities Still Available at Walt Disney World

As of March 4, 2021

Though character dining at Walt Disney World has changed amid COVID-19, you still have the ability to see your favorite characters! Slowly but surely, more dining restaurants are opening with a different dining experience for seeing you and your little ones favorite characters. Buffets are now family-style. And instead of characters coming to your table for individual opportunities, you can see your favorite characters interacting around the restaurant from a distance.

As the mom with kids who LOVE interacting with the characters, this was quite the shock. But now? They love it! We're all in this together of navigating the new park experiences, and this shouldn't be a "make-or-break" thing for your vacation decision-making but there's still plenty of magic to be had!

Check out the list below of restaurants are participating in character dining throughout the resort!

Garden Grill, Epcot

At Garden Grill in EPCOT, you can hang with Mickey and friends and grab socially distanced selfies and waves. The restaurant slowly rotates as you go through Living With the Land at EPCOT. At Garden Grill Restaurant, Guests of all ages are invited to imbibe visuals from Living with the Land—such scenes as a rainforest, farmhouse, thunderstorm, sandstorm and prairie—while indulging in an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style meal.

Garden Grill is open for lunch and dinner.

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Topolino's Terrace, Disney's Riviera Resort

Topolino's Terrace is Disney's newest character dining restaurant at Disney's Riviera Resort. This is a GORGEOUS option with sweeping rooftop views of the parks and resorts area. The character dining at Topolino's Terrace is currently modified as is their menu, but you can still see your favorites for socially distanced appearance with artists costumes for BREAKFAST only.

Enjoy breakfast a la art with Poet Minnie, Ballet Dancer Daisy, Sculptor Donald, and of course, Artist Mickey! The meal begins with an artist's plate of pastries including chocolate chip muffins, housemade jams, and other tasty treats.

Topolino's Terrace character experience is for breakfast only.

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Hollywood & Vine, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood & Vine has been offering quite the unique character experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With the changing seasons, their decor, costumes, and characters have changed with them. Read more about the next character opportunity at Hollywood & Vine below...

Breakfast is back at Hollywood & Vine starting Mar. 22! Wave and snap photos of your favorite Disney Junior Characters while dining on a delicious and hearty à la carte breakfast. Start with a sharable pastry basket for the table and choose your breakfast entrée, such as the delicious French toast stuffed with chocolate-hazelnut spread or all-you-care-to-enjoy pancakes made with our signature house-made batter. Yum!

Hollywood and Vine is also open for lunch and dinner with seasonal visits from Minnie and friends. See Minnie and her friends at delightful dining parties throughout the year. Minnie's Springtime dine begins on March 2. This spectacular lunch and dinner offers shared starters along with a choice of individual plated entrees and desserts.


Hollywood & Vine's character experience is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Chef Mickey's

Mickey Mouse and his best pals are back for breakfast at Chef Mickey’s restaurant in Disney’s Contemporary Resort! Experience Character Dining and an enhanced all-you-care-to-eat family-style meal in a bright, happy space. As the monorail whizzes by, soak up the expansive views of Bay Lake, and behold the stunning 90-foot-high mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair that overlooks the festive eatery.

Enjoy breakfast breads, traditional breakfast entrées such as Mickey waffles, and selections from Chef Mickey’s Signature entrees—including banana bread French toast, loaded potato-cheese casserole and the “Celebration” Mickey pancake. Each table will receive a special autographed card keepsake from Mickey and his friends.

Along with traditional breakfast favorites, you can also the new Mickey’s “Celebration” Pancake, featuring whipped cream, celebration sprinkles, shimmering pixie dust and more - pictured below!

Chef Mickey's character experience is for breakfast only.

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Want to head to Walt Disney World Soon?

Get TWO extra days added to your ticket when you buy a 4-night/3-day room-and-ticket package at select Disney Resort hotels. This offer is valid for arrivals most nights now through September 25, 2021!

Select resorts include (room type availability varies):

  • Contemporary Resort

  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Yacht Club Resort

  • Riviera Resort Resort

  • Coronado Springs Resort

  • & MORE!

2021 will truly be a great year to visit, especially with Disney's 50th Anniversary Celebration right around the corner

The world's most magical celebration begins October 1 in honor of Walt Disney World Resort's 50th anniversary!

It’s an event five decades in the making! Starting October 1, Walt Disney World will throw "The World's Most Magical Celebration." As part of the celebration...


  • Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park will add to its royal makeover from last year! The castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest as part of its festive new look + pixie dust at night!

  • Tree of Life will come to life with magical fireflies

  • Special new touches also headed to the Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. This will become a permanent new lighting feature at EPCOT!

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I'd love the opportunity to help you and your family plan the ultimate family vacation for 2021 and beyond! 2022 will be here before you know it, so why not get something on the books? $200 is all you need to get your vacation on the calendar, and my services to help you make a stress-free getaway happen is completely free.

Lets make some magic!

xo,

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