Walt Disney World dining is back! This is exciting news for those with Disney resort reservations in the upcoming months. This morning we had reservations at Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Topolino is the rooftop table service dining at the new Disney Vacation Club property. We have been here many times, but we wanted to see what it was like post-pandemic…
When we entered the first thing we see is a “Welcome” sign stating that the character dining experience would be just a little different than before. Checking in for your dining reservation is as easy as 1-2-3! You simply click on the “check-in” option in your My Disney Experience app and a Cast Member will come and seat you when your table is ready.
There is also a new disposable QR code card at every table that allows you to view the menu from your phone.
“As part of our new Character Dining Experience, all guests will be able to see our Disney friends as they parade through the restaurant. Please have your cameras ready and remain seated as they come by”
Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Minnie dance around the dining room slowly and allow you to take photos from afar while you remain seated. We did witness a family get up to try and take one on one photos with Mickey only to be told the entire family had to remain seated.
The table service meal is much the same as it was before. You are still brought the pastry paint bucket with yummy delights! We opted for the sour cream waffles with fresh fruit. The food and service was incredible.
There is now a very sweet souviner that comes with your meal. You are given an autographed post card with all four characters animated on it with they “signatures” on the reverse side.
Lastly, they serve the bill in a disposable sleeve so they do not need to sanitize vinyl bill holders.
Our overall review of the dining experience is this: We feel the overall changes are not all that different. The characters are still there for the experience, the food is incredible, the atmosphere and staff are fantastic, and we would come back again very soon!
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Photos: KTTW Leah Ferguson