Here’s What It’s Like Dining at the Newly Reopened Disney World Resort Hotels!

The Disney Resorts have started their phased reopening with select Disney Vacation Club Resort hotels, along with Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds today!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

We’re taking you with us live to visit all the spots around the resorts! We’re visiting table-service dining, character dining, and using Mobile Order at the resorts so you have all the details on what to expect!

Character Dining

Disney has already stated that character dining wouldn’t return in the same capacity when the parks reopened. We decided to check out the modifications for ourselves at the Breakfast a la Art character experience at Topolino’s Terrace in Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Donald at Topolino’s

Currently, Topolino’s Terrace will be the only place to host character dining at this time. When we first arrived to the restaurant, we did a Mobile Check-in where we were asked how many people were in our party…

Mobile Check-in

….what dietary restrictions were needed…

Mobile Check-in

…any celebrations occurring…

Mobile Check-in

…and if there was a need for mobility accessibility.

We received a text message when our table was ready for us to sit down for our breakfast. The seating was distanced and different tables were blocked off so there was a limited capacity in the restaurant. We were also given another QR Code to view the menu.

Breakfast QR Code Menu

Check out our guide to the Mobile Check-in process here!

Our server told us it was limited since they weren’t able to get many of the things they needed to make meals or prepare them properly. Items like chocolate sauce, milk, and half and half were close to being used up (and some weren’t available altogether).


However, we still enjoyed our meal and loved seeing the characters roaming about. At this time, Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Donald are parading around Topolino’s individually to meet guests. You’re allowed to take pictures of them and selfies with them, but you must maintain distance at all times.

Hiya, Pal!

The characters will all come together to do a celebration performance where they will dance to music. However, Mickey and his friends will not sign autographs or come to guests’ tables during this time since they are keeping up with the distancing standards.

Daisy Duck

We still received a super sweet autographed sheet as a “character gift” after our meal to send us off with a smile and a way to remember out time at Topolino’s!

Riviera Resort Character Gift

Here’s a full look at our experience at Topolino’s Terrace!


As we made our way to Disney’s Grand Floridian for a bite at the Grand Floridian Cafe, we were asked to use the same Mobile Check-in from before.

Check-in Process

Since the resorts are quiet today, we received our text quickly to be seated.

Text Notification

There are QR Code Menus at the table-service restaurants as well…

QR Menu

…with different options for guests who speak other languages.

QR Code Menu

If you requested a paper menu, your server would bring you one to look at while you decided what to eat.

Paper Menu

Although Topolino’s didn’t have face mask bags, the Grand Floridian Cafe provided diners with one so they had a safe place to secure their mask.

Face Mask Bag

Some tables had signs on them that stated they were closed for distancing measures…

Grand Floridian Cafe Dining Room

…while Cast Members consistently wiped down chairs and tables to uphold Disney’s health and sanitation standards.

Grand Floridian Cafe

We couldn’t resist a great Quiche with some watermelon!

Quiche and Watermelon

Along with a Bloody Mary that was a REAL treat to boost our energy for the rest of our resorts tour.

Bloody Mary

Mobile Order

While you can place an order directly through My Disney Experience, different quick-service locations like Riviera Resort’s Primo Piatto have a QR Code listed for guests to scan that will bring up the Mobile Order window.

Mobile Order

The quick-service locations have distancing markers throughout the restaurant…

Primo Piatto

…and they’ve blocked off a few high-touch areas to protect guests (we’ll miss you for now, Freestyle Coke Machine!).

Primo Piatto

Cast Members are available to get your drinks to fulfill your Mobile Order when you pick up your meal.

Primo Piatto

We will continue to keep you updated with more dining experiences as we visit the Disney World Resorts today!

Tag along with us LIVE as we take you to all the Disney Resorts reopened today!

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One Reply to “Here’s What It’s Like Dining at the Newly Reopened Disney World Resort Hotels!”

  1. I know Beaches and Cream has reopened for table reservations. Is the walk-up part also open or can you get items that are generally available there at the table service part? Asking because I really would like to get a Mickey Mini Sink when I visit later this summer.