Should You Book Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Character Dining?

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Character dining at Hong Kong Disneyland (a must-do when in Hong Kong with kids) is actually located at the park’s two hotels which are a 5 minute shuttle ride away from the Disneyland MTR (train) station. Guests choose between Chef Mickey at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel or the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel’s Enchanted Garden restaurant. Reservations are an absolute must as well as researching the dates and times that character dining is offered at each hotel, because it isn’t always all-day or daily. Here’s what else to expect and though I tire of theme parks, I really enjoyed this experience.

Characters at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel’s Enchanted Garden Restaurant

I made a booking about a month in advance of our August 2013 trip to Hong Kong, only because I’ve been disappointed in the past by lack of last-minute availability (we used to live in Hong Kong). Call as soon as your trip is confirmed.

Location in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Enchanted Garden restaurant is located down a flight of stairs from the lobby at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. It also happens to be right next door to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where girls can dress up like princesses, Minnie Mouse or Tinkerbell. Lunch and dinner are available, but if not staying at the hotel, consider booking the dress up and lunch or dinner back-to back. If you do this, allow for about 75 minutes. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique usually takes about an hour, but sometimes there’s a wait or it takes a while to receive your professional photos. A little buffer is nice.

An International Buffet with Cocktails

The Enchanted Garden has a Victorian feel accompanied by a ton of odd faux vines and plants near the entrance. The food was much better than I anticipated with a heavy emphasis on fresh seafood from crab legs to conch. The sashimi at the Japanese station was excellent and the chef there prepares custom sushi roll orders for those willing to ask and wait a little bit. Of course, dim sum, stir fry and other Chinese favorites compliment Indian curries, fresh salads and more. There were delicious (small) lobster tails and even a fun make-your-own soft serve ice cream station. Regardless of cuisine preference, I do think it’s possible to find something to nosh on here.

Wine and cocktails are available at an additional charge but you might need to flag a server for a refill as they aren’t constantly checking. Grab a plate of food shortly after seating as after about 20 minutes or so, the characters emerge. Do note that if you happen to be refilling plates during the time they arrive to your table, in our experience, they’ll come back. It’s sort of a flawless operation in the character department.

Appearing Characters

There is plenty of time for character interaction, actually, as they diligently visit each table (sometimes more than once). Goofy and Pluto were the first to come out and they each spent a few minutes with us, allowing for multiple photos. Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse each had handlers that would take group photos with guest phones and cameras so everyone at the table was in the photo.

Sure, there’s a professional photographer should you like to purchase a photo to take home at the end of the meal, but there was absolutely no pressure to do so. I appreciated how generous they were with allowing photos using guest cameras and phones—even repositioning us if the shot wasn’t right.

You may also order birthday cakes and favors in advance to jazz up a special occasion.

Final Thoughts

The kids love it and some of the best photos from my trip are of my daughter’s ear-to-eat grins while she and her friend hugged a variety of characters. Perhaps it’s because we went for dinner between the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Disneyland causing the kids to experience Disney overload, but we had a blast.

Though we were staying in Central where prices can be higher than the rest of Hong Kong, I thought the buffet was excellent value for money. More importantly, none of us felt rushed to finish and leave the restaurant. Is it Michelin-starred cuisine? Of course not, but it’s pretty good for a Disney buffet. Actually, really good. Would I do it again? Absolutely.

Price: $488 HKD for adult and $318 HKD for kids during dinner on a weekday. Expect to pay $40-$50 more on weekends and holidays, and less for lunch. Kids under 3 years old eat free.

Chef Mickey at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

We haven’t done this yet but here are the details. As far as I can tell, the only character you meet is Mickey Mouse dressed up in a chef’s costume (please share if you’ve experienced different). Kids receive a chef hat signed by Mickey, too, and an opportunity to take photos with the famous mouse. The buffet is international cuisine.

The reason why we haven’t been is that I (and my local Hong Kong friends) prefer Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel as it’s a bit nicer, though the prices reflect that on occasion. But, you can eat breakfast here daily ($148 for kids and $198 for adults) with lunch ($158 kids and $268 adults) and dinner ($268 for kids and for $438 adults) served on the weekends and holidays only. Kids under 3 years old eat for free. Do check the dates for availability and note that this is your only option for breakfast character dining at the moment.

Related: Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland in the summer

Have you been to Hong Kong Disneyland character dining? What did you think?

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7 Comments

  1. Tricia
    September 15, 2017 at 7:53 am — Reply

    Hi! Do i need to stay at the disneyland hotel to be able to book the character dining?

    • September 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm — Reply

      Nope! Anyone can book it so you do not need to stay at the hotel. Have fun!

      • Tricia
        September 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm — Reply

        Thank you so much! Would you know if Explorer’s lodge character dining feature several characters as well or just mickey? And do you recommend booking character dining at enchanted garden among all the dining venues?

  2. Beth
    October 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    I called the hotel about a character breakfast and they booked me into the Enchanted garden between 7:30 and 9am. No mention of Chef Mickey’s. Is it a mistake do you think?

    • October 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm — Reply

      Hi Beth. I haven’t been to the breakfast yet. Chef Mickey’s happens at the Hollywood Hotel which is down the road from Disneyland Hotel so that’s probably why. The Enchanted Garden restaurant is at Disneyland Hotel and, from what I can tell, features more characters. Do let me know how you like it!

  3. September 18, 2013 at 12:22 am — Reply

    I always loved going to character breakfasts and dinners with my family in Disney World, Orlando, Florida. I really want to go to Disney Hong Kong!!!

    • September 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm — Reply

      I didn’t even know this character dining thing existed until we went to WDW a few years ago. I didn’t reserve in time then but make a point to now each time I know we’re headed to a Disney park!

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