Our favorite way to start a day off at Walt Disney World is with a character breakfast. We’ve done them all and one of our favorites is one that doesn’t get a lot of hype. We tried the Play N Dine at Hollywood & Vine two years ago and loved it so much that we went back on our latest visit to WDW!
The Play N Dine Character Breakfast is at the Hollywood & Vine restaurant, located inside Disney Hollywood Studios. Our kids are big fans of Disney Junior, and this experience gives them a chance to meet some characters they wouldn’t see anywhere else in the parks.UPDATE: Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First have replaced Special Agent Oso and June in the Play N Dine lineup!
Jake from “Jake and the Neverland Pirates”
Special Agent Oso* (no longer appearing)
June from “Little Einsteins”* (no longer appearing)
A couple of the biggest stars of Disney Junior weren’t here for this visit. But we’re pleased to report that Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First have been added to the Play N Dine breakfast, replacing Oso and June. Our kids will be so excited to see Doc and Sofia the next time we’re there!!
Hollywood & Vine serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all buffet style. Characters are only present during breakfast and lunch. We had dinner here years ago and weren’t impressed. Therefore, our expectations for breakfast were low, and we ended up being pleasantly surprised the first time, and pleased to see that the quality and offerings were still as good as we remembered on this last visit.
|Bagels and Croissants|
|Fruits and Yogurt|
|Bananas and Apples|
|Muffins and Pastries|
|Potato Casserole, Sliced Ham, and Frittata|
|Build Your Own Breakfast Burrito and Corn Beef Hash|
|Cheese Grits, Sausage Patties, and Oatmeal|
|Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Chicken Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy|
|Kids Station: Mickey Waffles, Pancakes, Tater Tots, Strawberry and Cherry Sauces, Ketchup|
Our plates looked like this:
The classic American offerings were all pretty good. Lisa really liked the potato casserole, saying it reminded her of the hashbrown casserole from the Cracker Barrel. I liked the Corn Beef Hash. It was similar to the Corn Beef Hash served at Tusker House, and it was a nice change of pace from the usual breakfast choices.
The best part about this breakfast is the entertainment. Each character meal we’ve attended has something special that they do. At Chef Mickey’s you swing your napkins in the air, and at ‘Ohana and Crystal Palace they do a parade around the restaurant. If you are there long enough, you may even do these things twice.
At Play N Dine, you’ll experience something different for each show that’s represented. Cast Members invite everyone to participate in singing songs and dancing, and the characters join in as well.
Here’s a clip of one of our favorite Disney Junior songs to sing a long with at home, Play N Dine style.
So, there you have it. Unique Characters, Good Food, and Great Fun! If you want our opinion on a good Character Breakfast, don’t overlook the Play N Dine at Hollywood & Vine!
What do you think of dining with Disney Junior characters? Let us know in the comments below!