Family Fun

Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine

It’s never to early too plan your your dining reservations and this holiday season there’s Mouse on the menu!  Minnie Mouse to be exact. Minnie and friends decked in holiday attire dine with guests for Minnie’s Holiday Dine Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios at the Hollywood and Vine Restaurant.  

santa goofy

These hard to come by reservations are  a “must do” on your next trip.  Of our ten evenings last December/January this was our best meal/experience of them all!  Not only was the food spectacular but it was just bustling with “character”.  this experience is scheduled for November 7th 2016 through January 6th 2017 this season – call WDW directly for more info. The experience starts by meeting “Santa” himself.  All cute and GOOFY!  A picture perfect opportunity for next years holiday greeting cards.  You will be escorted to your table after and prepare to loosen up the old waistband because this is an all you can eat buffet sure not to be missed.Walt Disney World Character Dining

Having read average reviews, my expectations of the buffet were set at a minimum.  At about $54.00 per person I  knew I was paying for the experience not so much the food and I was able to get a Fantasmic seating with my reservation.   I was pleasantly surprised by the food and that is putting it mildly.  The food was FANTASTIC!

Walt Disney World Character Dining

The selections at the buffet were top quality and even the pickiest of eaters (umm… see below) will find lots to choose!  At buffets I find myself sampling a bit of everything… but I stuck mainly to the honey-bourbon glazed turkey, garlic mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing.  We also sampled the green bean casserole (what’s a holiday without it?) butternut squash soup, pumpkin ravioli and let’s just say my husband became one with the carving station!

My crew dined on chicken nuggets (side note: which should be available in every WDW restaurant – ummm especially at EPCOT), corn dogs, macaroni and cheese and pretzel rolls.  I should also mention there were many seafood choices we just didn’t partake in.  Allergy Note: Nana has a shellfish allergy and the chef herself came out to greet us and went through the whole buffet to tell her which foods to stay clear of!  They were very helpful.  

Nana, Minnie and I

Here’s where the story gets even better.  This is where the elastic waistband come in handy – the dessert buffet!  It is so beautiful you don’t even want to touch the displays.  But you do… This is where the price doesn’t matter.  Just to look at, smell and taste this dessert buffet is worth every last coin you will spent!  Behold a chocolate fountain and decorative cakes!

the cake

The kids loved the soft serve (boring) and the candy cane dipped strawberries (healthy fruit right? no guilt).  Nana selected the German Christmas cookies and pumpkin tarts.  I myself the gingerbread cupcakes. My husband left the carving station briefly to fill his own dessert plate full of goodies. Walt Disney World Character Dining

We had pictures and visits with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy (a hard to find character) and of course GOOFY!  We were not rushed.  They helped celebrate Nana’s 72nd birthday with us before sending her on Tower of Terror for the fifth time.  


An even more magical thing happened as the waiter brought us our bill.  We had five adults because technically because  according to Disney my 10 and 11 year old children are adults.  After seeing their tiny chicken nugget filled  plates they only charged us for three adults and two children.  Thanks you!  He got an extra large tip but I think it’s great that someone realized a 10 year old usually does not eat the same as an adult.


The experience was awesome!  Not sure it will ever be recreated but we would sure like to try!  So this holiday season I hope you can hit the carving station as well at Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine!