Disney World restaurant set to end family-style dining and bring back buffet on August 28

When Walt Disney World Resort reopened after months of pandemic closure, a number of drastic changes were made to keep guests and cast members safe. One of those changes was the elimination of buffets and character meals. For months, restaurants that once offered buffets decided to offer customers “family” meals. After months, the characters were slowly brought back, but only walked through restaurants at set times and did not go up to tables.

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In the nearly two years of reopening Walt Disney World, things have slowly returned to how they were before the pandemic. Character interactions are back in full force, mobs have increased, masks are no longer needed, and buffets are slowly making a comeback. Disney has been cautious in bringing back buffet-style meals, being sporadic in their openings. Now we learn that another popular restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be bringing back its buffet starting August 28.

Hollywood and the Vine

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Hollywood and Vine is a popular sit-down restaurant in Hollywood Studios, especially for those with young children. The Play n’ Dine Breakfast allows young guests to interact with the characters they love from Disney Junior shows. What makes it even more fun for families is that the character costumes change depending on the time of year! This means you’ll see Minnie and her friends dressed up during the Halloween period, festive clothes during the holiday season, and more.

Hollywood and the Vine

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Here’s more information about the Hollywood and Wine restaurants, courtesy of the Walt Disney World website:

Disney Junior Play n’ Dine – Breakfast

Join popular Disney Junior stars for character dining experiences at a fun-filled breakfast.

Don’t miss the chance to eat, play and laugh with some of your favorite Disney Junior friends during this fun and interactive dining experience.

Breakfast includes shared pastries, including caramel monkey bread and mini muffins, as well as individual entrees such as four-egg omelettes, plant-based frittata, and all-you-can-eat homemade pancakes.

Minnie’s Seasonal Dinner – Lunch and Dinner

See Minnie and her friends at delicious dinner parties throughout the year. You are invited! The-mouse-with-the-strongest throws sensational parties that combine festive music, decor and tantalizing menu items. Celebrate with popular Disney characters, perfectly dressed for every season.

This spectacular lunch and dinner offers shared entrees as well as a choice of individual entrees and plated desserts.

Hollywood and the Vine

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It is important to note that Disney Junior characters are ONLY featured at the Play n’ Dine breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the characters will be Minnie and her closest friends. As with most seated locations on the property, advance restaurant reservations are not required, but are highly recommended. Occasionally same-day reservations are available, but this is never a guarantee.

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