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Where to Find Disney Characters Outside of the Parks

Part of the magic of Walt Disney World is the fantastic Disney characters that Guests get to meet. Being able to hug and talk to some of your favorite Disney characters makes Walt Disney World unique.

We have shared a lot of places throughout the four Disney Parks where Guests can visit different Disney characters. What if you don’t have a Theme Park ticket but still want to see some beloved characters? Luckily there are some fantastic options throughout the Disney Resorts for visiting great characters.

Consider visiting the Disney characters at some of these Disney Resorts.

Related: Meeting Disney Characters: Which Ones You Don’t Want to Miss

Minnie and Little Girl at Chef Mickey's
Minnie and Little Girl at Chef Mickey’s

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

One of the more popular ways to see characters outside of the Disney Parks is at the beautiful Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This iconic Disney Resort is located right next to Magic Kingdom. An accessible monorail ride away, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is Chef Mickey’s.

This positive dining experience features Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto in chef hats and aprons. As the characters come around the tables, Guests can enjoy a buffet of delicious food.

Breakfast starts at 7:30 and runs through 12:30. Enjoy those Mickey waffles while hanging out with Mickey Mouse. Supper runs from 5:30 to 9:30 each evening. The buffet during supper has a variety of meats and sides like mac and cheese. Remember to enjoy some ice cream to wrap up your evening.

Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular dining locations for Guests to meet Mickey Mouse. This is your character meal if you want excitement with lots of food.

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Also on the monorail is the tranquil Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Within this beautiful Disney Resort, Guests will find Ohana. For breakfast, fun characters make an appearance. Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto. Not only do these Disney pals visit each table, but they also do a fun parade throughout the restaurant.

This family-style breakfast brings a variety of warm skillets to the table for everyone to enjoy. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney breakfast without Mickey waffles. Guests can enjoy bonus Stitch waffles, eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, and some great biscuits.

For fans of Lilo and Stitch, as well as more family-style dining experiences, Ohana breakfast is a great choice.

Wilderness Lodge Lobby
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

A unique and memorable dining experience is just a boat ride away at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Offered only at night is  Story Book dining at Artist Point. Starting at 4, Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and even the Evil Queen host this enchanting dining experience.

When dining at Artist Point with Snow White, Guests enjoy a prix fixe menu where they share starters and desserts but will choose their own individual plated entrees. From chicken, prime rib roaster, fish, or pork, Guests will find an entree option that they will love.

This dining experience is well-themed and has a more relaxed character dining experience. Even adults will appreciate the atmosphere, food, and adventure at Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White.

Daisy and Minnie Cape May Cafe
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Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Another excellent breakfast character meal can be enjoyed at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast is finally back at Cape May Cafe. Minnie and her friends are dressed up and ready for the beach at this lovely character breakfast.

Enjoy traditional breakfast items such as Mickey Mouse waffles, eggs, potatoes, sausage, oatmeal, and other breakfast favorites. This is an excellent option for those staying in the Crescent Lake area and planning a pool day.

Start the morning with a fun character meal before hanging out at your Disney Resort.

Topolinos Terrace
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Disney’s Riviera Resort

Possibly the most popular way to see Disney characters outside of the Disney Parks is by enjoying breakfast at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Breakfast a la Art with Mickey and Friends is located at Topolino’s Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera.

Here Guests can enjoy a delectable breakfast while Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Donald Duck stop by to say hello. What makes this character experience so unique is the adorable outfits that our Disney pals are wearing.

This is the only place where Guests can see Mickey Mouse dressed as a painter, Minnie Mouse as a poet, Donald Duck as a sculptor, and Daisy Duck as a beautiful ballerina.

Breakfast is a prix-fixe menu that includes some of the best breakfast options in Walt Disney World. Guests may choose from sour cream waffles, smoked salmon, eggs, and a quiche. The table also enjoys a basket of delicious pastries.

This dining location is perfect for a fun, unique view of Walt Disney World.

Chip and Dale Wilderness

Fort Wilderness Lodge

Head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness for another entertaining character experience outside of Disney Parks. Here you can enjoy a campfire with Chip and Dale. Guests are invited to roast marshmallows, make smores, and sing along with these two troublemakers.

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Caravanning ‘Round the World

Character dining at these Disney Resorts is the best way to ensure you can see your favorite Disney characters outside the Disney Parks. Even though this is the case, Walt Disney World has started bringing characters around Disney Resorts more often randomly.

Disney characters are taken around the Walt Disney World Resorts in a bus. This shows up spontaneously, providing incredible character meet-and-greet opportunities at Disney Resorts. They stick to no set schedule or routine, so it is hard to predict when these experiences will happen during your trip.

Because of the unpredictable nature of this character experience, we suggest focusing on those character meals if saying hello to your Disney pals.

Meeting characters during your Walt Disney World vacation adds to the magic of your trip. Consider visiting some of your favorite Disney Pals outside the Disney Parks.

Related: Don’t Miss the Best Disney Meet and Greets


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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