A Guide To Every Disney Character Meal In The USA (WDW, DL & Aulani) (Updated 02/19)

The first time I ever went to a character meal at a Disney park was Walt Disney World, in February 1979. At the time, WDW had 1 park, 3 hotels (Golf Resort anyone? Beuller? Beuller?), a shopping area and a campground. That’s it. Oh, and a golf course or two (but I didn’t play golf, so…) Anyway, I know we went to Minnie’s Menehune Breakfast at the Polynesian Resort Hotel during that trip but still and all, character dining options were pretty limited. Although I didn’t make it to Disneyland until the mid-1990s, I know the same story hold true; it was years before there was a variety of character meals to choose from.

Prince CharmingTimes have changed since then and there are nearly 20 character dining options at WDW alone, to the point that if you have a particular character you want to have breakfast with, you practically can (*cough* especially if you want to eat with princesses or one or more of the Fab Five *cough*).

Here are the current character meals available at Disneyland (California), Walt Disney World (Florida) and Aulani Resort (Hawaii). Please note that although there are other meals that have characters at times (i.e. “Be Our Guest”), Disney does not include them as “character meals” on their websites, therefore neither have we on this page ;-). Remember that all character appearances are subject to change.

(List updated 02/22/19)

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Why Doesn’t Walt Disney World Have The Matterhorn? The Reason Might Surprise You

If you ever go to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (WDW), you know there are three “mountains” – Space Mountain (opened in 1975), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1980) and Splash Mountain (1992).

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Yet if you go to Disneyland, you’ll encounter FOUR mountains: similar versions of the three above, plus the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

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Opened in 1959, the Matterhold Bobsleds (a.k.a. the Matterhorn) was the first thrill ride at Disneyland. It proved to be so popular mid-that anyone would have thought when Walt Disney World was being built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it would be a shoe-in as one of the original attractions, right?

Welp, apparently…not. Here’s why…

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Experiencing “Dark” Disney & Universal Attractions With The Lights On

Some attractions at Disneyland (DL), Walt Disney World (WDW) and the Universal parks are nearly 100% outdoors – DL’s Grizzly Peak, WDW’s Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster and UO’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish all come to mind. Other attractions (DL’s Radiator Springs Racers, WDW’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coasters and Uni’s Jurassic Park, for examples) are partially outdoors and partially indoors, which gives the parks the opportunity to control more aspects of the ride experience. Still other attractions are nearly 100% indoors – i.e. The Haunted Mansion and Soarin’ at the Disney parks, or Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey or Despicable Me at Uni – besides even more control over the experience, it also protects guests from the weather (which is more of an issue at the Florida-based parks that have to deal with more rain, thunder, lightning and extreme heat and humidity than their California-based counterparts).

Many of the partially and completely indoor rides are considered to be “dark” rides, which means the rooms you go through are dark, either to make it seem scarier (i.e. Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, E.T. Adventure) or to get the riders to focus on whatever the “lit up” scene they’re up to (i.e. DL’s Monsters, Inc., WDW’s Journey Into Imagination, Universal’s Revenge of The Mummy).

There are occasional opportunities to see “dark rides” with the lights on – Disney Cast Members are sometimes allowed to experience the attractions that way, and there are occasional behind-the-scenes tours at the various theme parks for guests to have the experience. When something goes wrong on a dark ride, the emergency lights sometimes go on, which is also a way to see these usually “dark” rides in a whole new way. Several videos of these “special” experiences have been captured on video, and we gathered a bunch of them. Enjoy!

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The History of What May Be Disney’s #1 Favorite Snack, Dole Whips

Dole Whips. If you’ve ever been to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, the mere thought of them might make your mouth water. #amiright?

For the uninitiated, Dole Whip (also known as Dole Soft Serve) is a soft serve, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan frozen dessert created by Dole Food Company. It was introduced to the Disney parks soon after Dole became the official sponsor of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (an attraction inside the Adventureland area of Disneyland) in 1986. It’s always been popular but in the past few years has gotten something of a cult following, along the lines of some snacks at another popular Disney park…

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Those Times When The Onion Satirizes Disney Parks & It’s Not All That Far from The Truth

The Onion, as per Wikipedia, is “an American digital media company and newspaper organization that publishes satirical articles on international, national, and local news. Based in Chicago, the company originated as a weekly print publication on August 29, 1988 in Madison, Wisconsin….The Onions articles cover current events, both real and fictional, satirizing the tone and format of traditional news organizations with stories, editorials, op-ed pieces, and man-in-the-street interviews using a traditional news website layout and an editorial voice modeled after that of the Associated Press.

The Onion, as per The Onion, is “the world’s leading news publication, offering highly acclaimed, universally revered coverage of breaking national, international, and local news events. Rising from its humble beginnings as a print newspaper in 1756, The Onion now enjoys a daily readership of 4.3 trillion and has grown into the single most powerful and influential organization in human history.”

And that pretty much gives you an idea about The Onion ;-).

What can I say…some people love The Onion and some people hate it. And when you’re a hardcore Disney fan, that love/hate thing can become even stronger because not only are they sometimes kind of spot on (that’s when you have to do a double take at the headline to see that, oh yeah, it’s just The Onion), but the popular satire site has not always been kind to The Walt Disney Company, particularly the division of Disney Parks and Resorts. Cases in point…

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