Disney Junior shows are popular among many young kids. To my son those characters were some of his first friends and he adored them, so I knew we had to do the Disney Junior Play and Dine breakfast at Hollywood & Vine. As far as Disney World Vacation Planning Tips go I can tell you that this is a must do meal for any vacation group that contains Disney Junior fans.
Disney Junior Play and Dine Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine
Disney’s Hollywood & Vine restaurant is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It has been around since the park’s opening in 1989 (back when the park was called Disney’s MGM Studios). The restaurant is designed to look like a 1940’s cafeteria with an art deco motif. It is located in the Echo Lake area of the park and is part of the building that also houses the 50’s Prime Time Cafe Restaurant.
The restaurant’s meal theme has changed many times over the years. In fact for the past several years it has changed several times during the year. You used to be able to dine with the Disney Junior characters at all 3 meals, but more changes have been made. As of early September 2018 the Disney Junior Play and Dine meal will only be served for breakfast.
Our family loves a good breakfast, but we normally don’t care to waste our early park hours (when it’s not so busy) eating breakfast. Still I would choose to attend the Disney Junior Play and Dine meal over the extra park time if you have a big Disney Junior fan. The joy on my son’s face when he sees these characters is totally worth it.
My best advice to still get good park time in is to book an early breakfast before the park opens. You could also book as late of a breakfast as possible and think of it as an early lunch. We have done that many times and it works out great. Late breakfast times are usually easier to come by and since it’s a buffet you’ll eat more than enough to fill you until dinner!
What Characters appear for the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Breakfast?
Of course the most important part of this meal is your child’s chance to meet their best friends from Disney Junior. At this time four different characters appear for the meal and they are Doc McStuffins, Jake, Sophia, and Handy Manny.
I love character meals at Walt Disney World because they are such a great way to see Disney characters. The characters circulate from table to table and your child has a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite Disney Junior pals. Your kids want to meet the characters, and you need to eat, so why waste time standing in character lines when they will come right to your table while you enjoy your meal?
During this particular meal the characters periodically take a break from meet and greets to have dance parties that youngsters are welcome to join. If you aren’t humming the Hot Dog dance song before you go in you certainly will be by the time you come out!
The Disney Junior Play and Dine meal is served buffet style. I have become very fond of Disney buffets since having Nick. When your little one is hungry, and worn out from exciting days at the theme parks, waiting for food is usually not something they’re willing to do.
Disney Junior Play and Dine Breakfast Buffet
The Disney Junior Play and Dine buffet has always been one of our favorite meals of the trip. Partly because of watching Nick with the characters, but we have always really enjoyed the food too.
Hollywood and Vine Breakfast Menu
We have never done the breakfast buffet at Hollywood and Dine, but we’ve done many other breakfast buffets around Walt Disney World and they’re almost all amazing. I have had many friends that have done the breakfast buffet and have had nothing but great things to say about it.
Buffet food is always subject to change, but here is the most current offerings:
- Chef’s Selection of Fresh Sliced Fruit, Yogurts, and Cottage Cheese
- Assorted Hot and Cold Cereals
- Breads and Pastries – Danishes, Croissant, Cinnamon Rolls, and Assorted Breads
- Breakfast Frittata
- Breakfasts Meats – Bacon, Sausage, and Sliced Ham
- Breakfast Potato Casserole
- Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
- Scrambled Eggs
- Mickey Waffles
- Potato Tots
Hollywood and Vine Breakfast Costs
The fact that the breakfast buffet for the Disney Junior Play and Dine meal contain characters causes the price to be a bit higher than other buffet meals. Trust me when I say it’s totally worth it!
Please note that there is a price range for each meal as costs vary based on the time of year that you dine there. Breakfast costs $32.00 plus tax per adult, $19.00 for kids ages 3-9. Kids under 3 dine for free.
Resources for your Walt Disney World Vacation:
- Birnbaum’s Guide to Walt Disney World
- Birbaum’s Guide to Walt Disney World for Kids by Kids
- Disneyland Sing Along video
- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (Kindle Edition)
More Disney World Vacation Planning Tips
- 10 Ways to Make Visiting Walt Disney World Easier with Toddlers or Preschoolers
- 10 Ways to Save on Walt Disney World Dining
- How to do Disney while Potty Training
- What to do in Epcot with a Toddler