The Best Character Dining at Disney World for Boys

Step aside Princesses, there’s fun for boys at WDW, too! While you’re planning your next family vacation to Walt Disney World, check out these restaurants. They feature great food and some of the best character dining at Disney World for boys.

Mickey Mouse on a float in front of Cinderella's castle

We took our first trek to Disney World in 2007 when my kids were four and one.  Instantly hooked, we made a reservation for our next vacation before we even checked out of our hotel room.  (Who can resist a good “Bounce-Back” offer?!)

A few years later, we joined DVC and became Annual Pass holders. With super-cheap airfare from Cleveland to Orlando, we feel very fortunate that we get to visit our second “Home” a few times a year.

Because we’ve become known as “those people who only vacation at Disney”, I’m asked a lot of questions about WDW and have helped plan countless trips.

The questions I get range, from where to stay, to my favorite tips, to inquiries about how young is too young for Disney. The one surprising question I get over and over again is “What is there for boys to do at Disney World?”.

I suppose that in a land where Princesses reign, families wait hours to meet Elsa, and Cinderella’s Royal Table is the hottest meal ticket in town, the “boy stuff” can get lost in the shuffle.

I can assure you though, that there are PLENTY of things for the boys to do at Walt Disney World!

If you are looking for the best character meals for boys, the Walt Disney restaurants below are all fantastic places to dine.  (Prices are approximate and subject to change seasonally. Essentially, if you are at WDW during a peak season, expect to pay more.)

Reservations are available 180 – days in advance and are highly recommended.

The Best Character Meals for Boys – Breakfast

non descript boy high fiving Lilo at 'ohana breakfast

Character breakfasts at Walt Disney are one of my favorite meals.  First, they are usually very lively, they’re less expensive than dinner, and well, I really really love breakfast food!

If you can, try to book a breakfast character meal for around 10:00-10:30 am a few days into your trip.  By that time, you’ll be ready for a morning to “sleep-in” and not rush to rope drop.  This seating time will take you right into the “brunch” hour and my family usually just skips lunch and grazes on our favorite Disney snacks later in the afternoon.

‘Ohana – at the Polynesian Village Resort

‘Ohana is the BEST character meal for boys!

Not only is the ambiance super cool (Polynesian decor, tiki totem carvings) but the kids get to move around and dance and congo with the characters!

Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto are regulars in the dining room, while guests eat breakfast favorites family-style. (The last time we ate there, Stitch was stationed at the entrance, so every family had the opportunity to interact and have photographs taken. On previous visits, he’s been in the dining room.)

Tip: if you have more than one child in your party, request that the server bring extra Stitch Waffles to the table. The family-style platter includes Mickey Waffles and ONE Stitch Waffle.


Price: Approximately $39 for adults and $19 for children (3-9)

Hollywood & Vine

If your little guy loves Playhouse Disney, this is one breakfast you will not want to miss!

Although the line-up changes from time to time, currently Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny, and Jake from the Neverland Pirates are currently making the rounds. Enjoy waffles, omelets, and the usual breakfast fare.


Price: Approximately $32 for adults and $19 for children (3-9)

Cape May Café

Goofy, Donald Duck, and Minnie Mouse are ready for a beach party!

Dressed in their beach gear, they stop by for pictures and autographs while you feast on a buffet of Mickey Waffles, eggs, breakfast meats, and more.


Price: Approximately $35 for adults and $20 for children (3-9)

The Best Character Meals for Boys – Dinner

Non descript boy leaning in for a hug from Donald Duck at Chef Mickey Disney World

A Character Dinner is a great way to take a break from the parks, enjoy some air conditioning, and fill hungry bellies.

Chef Mickey

I’m not going to pretend that the food here is the best. Or that you won’t cringe a bit when you get the bill and realize what you just paid for your child to eat a couple of chicken nuggets and some Mickey-shaped mac-and-cheese.

But, what you are paying for here is the EXPERIENCE.  (And, the dessert selection does shine here.)

You get to enjoy a buffet while the Fab Five themselves are mingling with guests. And every 45 minutes or so, a napkin waving celebration breaks out. It’s fun and, if you have little ones, they get plenty of attention from the characters.


Price: Approximately $50 for adults and $30 for children (3-9)

mickey mouse on parade for the best disney world character meals for boys

The Garden Grill

If your son wants to meet Chip and Dale without a line, The Garden Grill is the perfect place to do so! Mickey and Pluto also greet guests at their table. When it comes to time with the characters, I’ve found that the characters at the Garden Grill consistently spend more time with the table (and walking kids around) than any other character meal we’ve been to.

The menu (served family style) boasts pot roast, turkey, and veggies grown right in Epcot! The room is supposed to rotate slowly throughout the meal (to give you a hidden peek into “Living with the Land”. (The last two times we ate here, the restaurant was not rotating, so I’d count it as a happy surprise if does on your visit.)


Price: Approximately $45 for adults and $27 for children (3-9)

The Crystal Palace

If your little guy is a Winnie the Pooh fan, The Crystal Palace is a great place to meet Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger!

Located inside the Magic Kingdom, the buffet features carved meat, seafood, and a terrific salad bar assortment. I especially love the peel and eat shrimp!


Price: Approximately $45 for adults and $27 for children (3-9)

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