The Best Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

The Best Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

The magic never stops at Disneyland Paris. At Disneyland Paris you can share extra special moments with your favourite Disney Characters within a number of table service restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although it’s possible to meet characters throughout the Disneyland Paris parks, some character and princesses are only available at special character dining restaurants. So to make sure you and your family have some one-on-one time with your favourite character you may need to book a meal with them! Lets have a look at the Best Character Dining at Disneyland Paris.

Contents (Updated Feb 2023)

Quick Tips for Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

Before we get into the best character dining experiences at Disneyland Paris, here are our some of our top tips for booking character dining at Disneyland Paris.

  • Book Early.
    You can up to 60 days in advance of your trip, depending upon the restaurant. They are multiple ways to book your table; on the Disneyland Paris Mobile App, by calling the Dining Reservation Service on +33 1 60 30 40 50 (international call rates apply, cost may vary according to network), or at the reception desk of your Hotel, except for guests staying at Villages Nature Paris.
  • Disney Hotel Guests can book up to 12 in Advance
    Unlike other Disney parks, guests staying within a Disney hotel and have purchased their hotel package through Disneyland Paris, you can book a character dining experience up to 12 months in advance!
  • Check for cancellations
    On many of our recent trips we have found character dining experiences have become available 3 days before and even on the day we are in the parks. Keep checking the DLP App throughout the day!
  • Character Dining is not just for kids!
    These dining experiences are available for all ages, and we have found the characters and cast members will tailor the interaction to your group. Always expect some mischief and jokes, and remember each character will know everything about their story and film. So make sure you have some great questions to ask!
  • Plan for at least 2 hours at the table.
    Character dining at Disneyland Paris is not the cheapest meal you can have. To make sure you get the most from experience plan to have a few hours at your table. Remember, in some cases characters will switch, so this way you’ll meet more of your favourites!
  • Different Meals have different prices.
    If you’re doing Disney on a budget keep in mind that in most cases breakfast will be your cheapest character dining option. You can also book breakfast at Plaza Gardens at the start of Magic Hours and be one of the first guests in the Park. This allows you to get some great shots down main street and in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle before the crowds enter the park.
  • Special dietary needs are catered for.
    You’ll see a lot of buffet and table service options for Character Dining at Disneyland Paris. Disney are exceptionally good when it comes to providing a variety of options which cater for most special dietary needs and tolerance. For example, if you are dining at a buffet restaurant, the waiter will bring the food to your table for yourself or member of the party.

A Guide to Disneyland Paris Character Dining

At Disneyland Paris, there are four character dining locations Inventions, Cafe Mickey, Auberge de Cendrillon and Plaza Gardens. There’s also one special character dining experience which is only available to guests of the Disney Hotel Castle Club suites.

Please note, only two of these locations are currently open Auberge de Cendrillon and Plaza Gardens.

Plaza Gardens

Plaza Gardens Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

Located within the Disneyland Paris Park
BUFFET Restaurant view menu
Breakfast Price: €50 for Adults, €35 for Children (ages 3-11), Two sittings available 8:15am and 9:45.
Characters: Random, usually Sensational Six and Hundred Acre Wood

Breakfast Dinner: €80 for Adults, €40 for Children (ages 3-11), Available after 6pm.
Characters: Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends

Plaza Gardens is one of the most popular character dining experiences at Disneyland Paris, and one of the few restaurants who allow walk ups (although we always recommend to book!). Enjoy a lavish buffet meal, traditional English or American Breakfast within the Victorian pavilion.​ This is one of the largest character dining restaurants at Disneyland Paris, however, as the buffet is repeated at both sides it easy to view and choose your food.

All the times we have been here, we have seen the same characters, however, that does not mean these are the only ways who visit here.

For Breakfast you will usually see a selection of characters from Goofy, Pluto, Captain Hook, Mr Smee, Tigger, Eeyore, Pinocchio and Geppetto. Please note, some characters can change, but it is very rare to see Mickey Mouse of Minnie Mouse at breakfast.

For Dinner you will usually meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and a selection of characters from Goofy, Pluto, Captain Hook, Mr Smee, Tigger, Eeyore, Pinocchio and Geppetto

The characters can change and Disneyland Paris don’t state which characters you will dine with. For example, one day on our recent trip we saw Daisy Duck at our breakfast sitting, and then saw Rabbit during a dinner.

Please note, the restaurant does not offer Character Dining during the lunch time period, if you book via the Disneyland Paris App, please make sure the restaurant is listed as Character Dining at Plaza Gardens or Plaza Garden Personnages.

Auberge de Cendrillon

Auberge de Cendrillon Princess Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

Located within the Disneyland Paris Park
Table Service Lunch or Dinner
Price : €95 for Adults, €50 for Children (ages 3-11)
Characters : Princesses and Minnie Mouse
view menu

Second on our list is the Auberge de Cendrillon. This is must do restaurant for any guests wishing to meet the Disney Princesses. Its very rare to find these characters around the Parks, so if you, your children, or anybody in your group want to meet the likes of Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella (as well as her mice guests Suzy and Perla), Ariel and more this is the place to be.

This is one of the most expensive character dining experiences at Disneyland Paris. However, you’ll be dining in one of the most unique settings within the Park, and you’ll have a dedicated table service rather than buffet.

We recently visited the restaurant again, and we met 6 princesses during the 2 hours we were at our table. The food is amazing, however, we would recommend you check the menu before booking as this may not be the best place for fussy eaters!

Breakfast with Princesses

Breakfast with the Disney Princess will return this Spring at Disneyland Paris. Breakfast often provides the best value for money and we will keep this guide up to date as soon as more details have been released.

Brought straight from Cinderella’s kitchen, you’ll be dining on magnificent selection of treats and fine French pastries, cereals, waffles, sausages, eggs and more. There’s both a kids’ and an adults’ menu, while children under 3 eat for free!

Inventions (currently closed)

Inventions Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

Located within the Disneyland Hotel
BUFFET lunch : 12:30 – 15:00,
BIFFET Dinner : 18:00 – 22:30,
Price : €70 for Adults, €40 for Children (ages 3-11)
Characters : Sensational Six, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy and special guests
View menu

Inventions is one of our favourite character dining spots at Disneyland Paris, and has quickly gone from a one off experience to a must-do every trip! This unique restaurant is located on the second floor of the Disneyland Hotel and provides excellent views over the park and to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

This all you can eat buffet, allows you to enjoy recipes from all over the globe including french delicacies. However, there’s something for everybody, even chicken nuggets and chips for the kids, or adults alike.

This is the top of our list due to the great food as well as the vast number and wide range of Disney Characters we have met here. As well as the Sensational Six (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto) we’ve also seen Chip & Dale, Toy Story characters, and even heard of some princesses and Jack Sparrow visiting (although we have not seen them ourselves).

Cafe Mickey (permanently closed)

Cafe Mickey Character Dining at Disneyland Paris Chef Mickey

Located within Disney Village
Table Service : 17:30 – 22:30,
Set Menu Price : €39.99 for Adults, €19.99 for Children (ages 3-11)
à la carte option available
Characters : Sensational Six, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy
view menu

Cafe Mickey is the only character dining experience available in the Disney Village. Overlooking Lake Disney, this Italian style restaurant provides multiple dining options, including set menus or à la carte. Cafe Mickeys is a popular dining choice once the parks have closed as its open until late, many guests book a table after the illuminations to make sure they can spend as much time as possible in the Parks.

Character Dining at Cafe Mickey allows you to meet the Sensational Six; Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto. We’ve even seen some of these characters taking food to the table! What an experience to be served by Mickey Mouse himself!

Castle Club Lounge

Castle Club The Best Character Dining at Disneyland Paris

Located within the Disneyland Paris Hotel
Buffet : 07:30 – 10:30,
Characters : Sensational Six, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Chip & Dale, and special Guests

This is the only character dining experience at Disneyland Paris which is not available to all Disney guests and is the reason it’s at the bottom of our list. However, that does not mean this isn’t a good character dining experience. To be honest, it’s probably the best we have ever had. This special character meal is only available to guests staying within the Castle Club.

As the restaurant only holds about 10-15 tables, you find yourself having your complete breakfast with the characters. The interactions in this area are like no other we’ve ever had, from playing fetch with Pluto, dancing with Pinocchio and playing hide and seek with Chip & Dale. You easily find the time flying by and easily forget about heading into the park on a morning.

Q. Is Character dining at Disneyland Paris worth it?

A. This is one of the most common questions we’re asked and in our opinion they’re well worth it. As well as providing some good food options, you also get some quality time with the characters and great photo opportunities. Some of our best character interactions has come during a dining experience, and even if you only do it once, its a must do!

Q. How do I book a Character Meal at Disneyland Paris?

A. To make a dining reservation you can do either of the following…

  • call the Dining Reservation Service on +33 1 60 30 40 50 (international call rates apply, cost may vary according to network)
  • on the Disneyland Paris mobile App
  • Through the reception desk at your Disney Hotel
  • Direct with the restaurant

Q. What restaurants offer a Character Breakfast at Disneyland Paris?

A. Plaza Gardens is the only location offer Character Breakfasts, hopefully Auberge de Cendrillon character breakfast will be returning very soon.

Q. How much is Character dining at Disneyland Paris?

A. The price of the character dining experiences at Disneyland Paris varies depending upon the restaurant and meal time.

7 thoughts on “The Best Character Dining at Disneyland Paris”

  • Hi we are not staying in the Disney hotel but in what of the partner hotels I am trying to book (2 months in advance) Disney breakfast with characters for my sons birthday however it’s not showing any of the breakfast slots only dinner , I have rang up but they just say try the app is there another way to book this breakfast as the date I needed only opened up today 10th may and I can’t see the breakfast slot available, hope you can help

    • Hi

      If you have booked direct with Disneyland Paris at one of the partner hotels, you should be able to add this to your booking.

      If you have booked direct with the partner hotel, it could be that the spaces have already been taken. However, we have found many spots do appear 3 days before, and some even a day before. On our last trip we even managed to book a character breakfast on the same day. So keep checking and make sure to check more often a few days before

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  • Thanks for the tips! We are thinking of taking 3 and 7 yo for the first time. Do we have to have a meal deal (extra plus?) to have the charactor breakfast or dinner? Thinking to get half board. Thanks!

    • Hi,

      No you don’t need to have the Extra Plus to book a Character Meal. You can use a meal voucher from any of the Disneyland Paris Meal Plans available, however, you will have to pay a supplement fee at the restaurant based on the meal voucher you use.

      Thank you

  • Do you have to be staying at a Disney hotel to book the dining with character experience as we are staying outside of Disneyland?

    • No you don’t have to stay in a Disney Hotel to book a character dining restaurant. However, please do make sure you book these early as they do book up quickly. You can usually book around 60 days in advance

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