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PHOTOS, VIDEO, REVIEW: Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Character Breakfast Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine breakfast has returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios with physically distanced character interactions. Hollywood & Vine also hosts character meals with Minnie Mouse and friends, and the physical distancing experience is similar.

Arrival

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Guests can check in for their reservation using the My Disney Experience app and wait for their name to be called.

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Each side of the steps leading up the restaurant is either entrance or exit only.

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Inside, there’s a photo-op where guests can take a picture with all four characters from Play ‘n Dine on the wall behind them.

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The restaurant has been decorated with Play ‘n Dine column wraps.

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Guests are being seated at a proper physical distance and there is Plexiglass between some booths.

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Characters

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Over the course of your meal, four characters will swing through the restaurant, pausing for photos. You can’t get up to meet them, you have to take distanced photos from your table.

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Vampirina was the first character to stop by our table.

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Then Doc McStuffins came by and showed us her stethoscope.

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Goofy stopped by in his racing gear from Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures.

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Finally, we got to see Fancy Nancy herself.

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At the end of the meal, each guests gets a card signed by all four characters.

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The characters come out in two timed sets, which were Vampirina and Doc McStuffins first, followed by Goofy and Fancy Nancy. The characters will come to you separately, but only two are out at a time. Every so often, a dance-along will break out, including one to the insanely catchy “It’s a Disney Junior Party” song that anyone who has seen the cavalcade in this park certainly has had stuck in their heads.


Menu

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The menu was available by scanning a QR code at the table. One meal is $42 per adult and $27 per child (including beverages, pastries, and entrees). Though it’s one price, one meal per guest, we were offered more of anything and everything by our server.

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Pastry Basket

Caramel Monkey Bread, Croissants, Mini Muffins, Jams and Honey Butter

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The pastries were good. The standard croissants and blueberry muffins were soft and fresh.

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The monkey bread is the stand out. It wasn’t right out of the oven, but it was sweet, soft, and sticky, sure to be a hit.

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The strange thing is placing the sticky pastries on a napkin, I hope they figure this out so it doesn’t feel like some fuzz off the napkin might be stuck to your food.

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Hazelnut Spread-stuffed French Toast

Hazelnut Spread, Bananas, and Caramel Bananas Foster Syrup served with choice of Bacon or Country Sausage

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This French toast is absolutely a dessert to be shared.

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It is filled with a ton of hazelnut spread and soaked with syrup before it gets to you. It’s a sweet, delicious treat, but we can’t imagine anyone could eat the whole thing and live to tell the tale.

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The sausage side is different from most Walt Disney World restaurants as it is sautéed with onions and is more of a kielbasa. It was very enjoyable though.

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House-made Pancake Stack

Stack of four Pancakes, Maple Syrup, Powdered Sugar, and Fresh Berries served with choice of Bacon or Country Sausage

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The pancakes are standard, but will please if that’s what you’re in the mood for. A nice sized stack should fill anyone at the table.

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Toasted Open-faced Salmon Bagel

Hand-sliced House-cured Salmon on Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese, Shaved Red Onions, Sliced Tomatoes, and Capers

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The salmon was a little fishy, but still good enough. A cream cheese covered bagel accompanies the whole thing, and the bagel was surprisingly soft and fresh.

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Disney bagels are never going to be great, but this is the first we’ve ever had that we would even consider eating.

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The capers and sliced tomato work well with everything inside. It’s size-able.

Overall, I would’ve expected worse from Hollywood and Vine, but with enjoyable entrees, pastries, unlimited food & drink, and a visit with character friends, I would say anyone in the market for this meal will have a good enough time. Parents with Disney Junior fans at home will get their money’s worth here and not leave hungry.

Will you be visiting the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine on your next Disney’s Hollywood Studios trip? Let us know in the comments.

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Beans
Beans
8 months ago

Guy in the booth in the 8th photo looks like Mongello.

Justin
Justin
8 months ago

Do the character interactions last long enough with each table that you could “frame” a photo with a child in the foreground and a character in the background? Or would that be logistically challenging/impossible?

Tom Corless
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8 months ago
Reply to  Justin

You could

Braden Baird
Braden Baird
8 months ago

I really miss hugging Vampirina.

I hope I can hug her again when Social Distancing Ends for Good.

Braden Baird
Braden Baird
8 months ago

I sure hope Vampirina will still be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios when Social Distancing Ends.

Last edited 8 months ago by Braden Baird
abdul
abdul
8 months ago

If you are Pre-diabetic, STAY AWAY FROM THE NUTELLA WAFFLE. unless you wanna join the club (full on diabetic, shot of insulin before every meal). Nothing is healthy here, so disappointed.

Nancy
Nancy
8 months ago

We have a reservation in May. Now just to make sure my son doesn’t race at Goofy, because he is his FAVORITE!

Elisha
Elisha
8 months ago

Yes we have it scheduled in April for my daughter’s birthday!!! She loves Fancy Nancy and Vampirina!!!