Character Dining In Florida

By: Jill Martin


Character Dining is a popular way to start the day at many of Florida's theme parks and resorts. But there are also lunch and dinner opportunities. Have your camera ready and come hungry to these fan favorites:

Walt Disney World

Forget the Mickey-shaped waffles and perfectly cooked eggs, all 2-year-old Nicholas wanted was a bowl of Fruit Loops – and a hug from Donald Duck. He got both. And mom and dad got memories that will last a lifetime. From Cinderella’s Castle to a scrumptuous seafood buffet at Cape May, Disney offers many chances to dine with its cast of characters.

Universal Orlando Resorts

Spend a Sunday morning with your favorite Universal characters (like Spider-man!) or have dinner with them at your choice of three onsite resorts at Universal Orlando. Keep your eyes on your plate, Woody Woodpecker might try to peck a piece of toast!

Nickelodeon Hotel and Suites

The NickToon’s Café is where you can enjoy your first meal of the day (while singing and dancing!) with the likes of Dora the Explorer, Diego, SpongeBob SquarePants and his friend Patrick. The staff is energetic and the food offerings will please everyone in your party.

SeaWorld Orlando

What goes better with your eggs than hugs from Elmo? For Sesame Street fans, Breakfast with Elmo and Friends can’t be beat. Dine buffet-style with Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Ernie and Cookie Monster. During the holidays, you can also dine with Santa, fireside.

Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay

Share a breakfast or lunch buffet with beloved characters like Elmo, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Rosita and others at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. These characters work hard at keeping you happy; they sing, dance, entertain, sign autographs and leave you with a smile and a photo souvenir. Kids will be singing along no doubt.

Note: Theme park admission (except at the Nick Hotel) is required and not included. To make your reservations, log on to their websites at the links provided. Have fun and post your photos on my Facebook page!

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