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Is Character Dining Worth It? Minnie’s Holiday Dine Review (2023)

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If your number one girl at Disney is the one and only Minnie Mouse, then Minnie’s Holiday Dine character dining may be on your to-do list. But is this Disney character dining worth it? Here’s what you can expect when you book that hard-to-get Minnie’s Holiday Dine character dining in 2023. Is it one of the cheapest character dining at Disney World? Let’s discuss. Minnie’s Holiday dine review for 2023.

Is Disney Character Dining Worth It? Minnie’s Holiday Dine Review (2022)

Spending money on making memories at Disney World can be “easy” to do. Especially when it comes to feeding you and your family.

But trying to decide where to spend your Disney dollars wisely isn’t always easy.

Is Disney character dining worth it? How about special holiday dining opportunities?

That depends on a few factors, but we’ll run down the ins and outs before you book those Advanced Dining Reservations 60 days in advance.

Here’s what you need to know about Minnie’s Holiday Dine character dining experience at Disney World.

Spoiler alert: it has some of your favorite characters in their holiday finery!

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Is Minnie’s Holiday Dine The Cheapest Character Dining At Disney World?

It’s not- but it’s right there in the middle when it comes to the more affordable character dining.

Character dining options at Disney World range in price:

  • Character Breakfasts: from $42 to $45 for adults
  • Character Lunch/Dinners: from $55 to $65 for adults

The cheapest character dining at Disney World is Garden Grove, located in Walt Disney World Swan Hotel.

But before you get too excited, you won’t see Mickey or Princesses there, so Garden Grove may not be exactly what you’re looking for.

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How Much Does Minnie’s Holiday Dine Character Dining Cost (2022)?

Currently, Minnie’s Holiday Dine lands right in the middle when talking about the cheapest character dining options at Disney World.

And it has Minnie Mouse (and most of the Fab 5!). So that might be enough to sway your family to give it a try.

  • Lunch and Dinner: $59 per adult, plus tax and gratuity; $38 per child, plus tax and gratuity
  • The Disney Dining Plan has not returned at this time.
  • Discounts may be applied (Annual Pass discount of 10% off)

What’s On Minnie’s Holiday Dine Menu?

This is one of our favorite buffets at Walt Disney World because the food is delightful.

There’s a lot of variety to be had, and most of it was familiar enough, but also fancy enough, to justify the price tag.

If you have picky eaters, there is plenty of familiar food to satisfy them (for lunch or dinner!).

Our buffet had the following:

  • Green Salads
  • Peel and Eat Shrimp
  • Assorted Breads
  • Kale, Apple and Cranberry Salad (Plant-based)
  • Couscous Salad with Cilantro-Lime (Plant-based)
  • Sour Cream and Chive Whipped Potato
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
  • Seared Salmon with Beurre Blanc
  • Oven-roasted Herbed Chicken
  • Roasted Mushroom Farro Risotto (Plant-based)
  • Crispy Tofu with Asian Glaze (Plant-based)
  • Roasted Pork with Spicy Mustard Sauce
  • Macaroni & Cheese with Shrimp and Bacon
  • Olive Oil Herbed-crushed Potatoes
  • Herb-crusted Tenderloin Steak with Horseradish Cream
  • Slow-roasted Crispy Pork Belly
  • Plus a variety of desserts including carrot cake cupcakes, chocolate cake, creme Brule, and soft serve ice cream station
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Is The Food At Minnie’s Holiday Dine Worth The Price?

In our opinion, the food was pretty darn good.

This is one of the few buffets that we felt was worth the $59 price tag when it came to variety and quality of the meal.

Everything we tried (and we tried a little of most on the buffet) was perfectly prepared. And for a buffet, that can be rare.

We also felt that this buffet had plenty for adults and adventurous eaters, but also gave familiar options for the kids who may not be ready for salmon and couscous.

If you have a big appetite or really enjoy trying new things, the variety was absolutely there in this buffet style meal.

You won’t leave Minnie’s Holiday Dine hungry, that’s for sure!

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Is Minnie’s Holiday Dine Disney Character Dining Worth It?

While we enthusiastically felt the food was worth the price tag alone, we also recognize that we aren’t really paying for the food.

What you’re additionally paying for at Minnie’s Holiday Dine is a more than decent meal with outstanding interaction from your favorite Disney characters. As well as location, location, location.

It’s in the heart of Hollywood Studios, one of the most popular Disney World theme parks.

Getting off your feet mid-themepark day for a casual meal with character entertainment is what makes Minnie’s Holiday Dine Disney character dining worth it.

Our overall experience was excellent as far as food quality, great place location and theming wise, and character interactions.

Characters At Minnie’s Holiday Dine: Review

You’ll be visited by Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Santa Goofy, and Pluto all dressed in themed holiday outfits. Daisy Duck does not have a character meet at Minnie’s Holiday Dine.

They are absolutely adorable and make plenty of time at each table for guest interactions.

There’s also a short song that’s played and the characters dance with each other and circle around the dining room to the delight of kids ages 2 to 92.

If you want the best way to get family pictures with most of the Fab 5- and not stand in long lines all day chasing them!– this is hands down one of the best Disney character meals at the Walt Disney World Resort to accomplish just that.

Ask a cast member for assistance taking that family photo!

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Important Information For Dining At Minnie’s Holiday Dine in the Hollywood & Vine Restaurant

This restaurant is inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You need both theme park admission and theme park reservations for this character dining.

You will also need an advance dining reservation to eat here as it is incredibly busy during the holidays.

Hollywood & Vine also offers character meals year-round (breakfast is Disney Jr Play ‘n Dine and Minnie’s lunch and dinner themes change seasonally).

Be aware of the travel time to get to the theme park table service restaurants. Budget 90 minutes to 2 hours if you are traveling from a resort hotel or another Disney theme park, especially if relying on Disney transportation.

Uber or Lyft are the easiest options for traveling if you are short on time!

You can book your dining up to 60 days in advance online- and reservations are highly recommended.

Be sure to plan accordingly if you want to make a reservation for Minnie’s Holiday Dine character dining at Disney World in 2023 and beyond.

Is Minnie’s Holiday Dine Disney character dining worth it? We think so, if your family is looking for one Disney character dining option, this lands in our top two choices for best character meals (Chef Mickey’s in the other!)

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