Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Walt Disney World Character Meals



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Chapter 4: Character Meals....

Disney truly does it best, and character meals are no exception.  For families who opt to do the Dining Plan, there is no better way to start or end your day than with a hug from Pooh.  Or a high five from Mickey.  Character meals are an excellent way to sit and relax in air conditioning, and they get you out of waiting in line for pictures and signatures in the parks.  You can spend your time in the parks enjoying the attractions, not waiting behind twenty screaming children for a thirty second visit with Minnie Mouse.

Let's Talk Princesses.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway (Epcot)

Norway features Belle, as opposed to Cinderella at The Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom. 

Expect to see:  Belle, Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Snow White (subject to change) 

If your little one must see Cinderella, look into 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian.  Cinderella, Prince Charming and the wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters host an excellent dinner!

Friends from The Hundred Acre Wood

The Crystal Palace
Our favorite character meal is the Crystal Palace located in the Magic Kingdom.  This meal is buffet style, and it features everyone's favorite friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.

Expect to see:  Tigger, Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore

Mickey, Donald and More

Donald's Safari Breakfast (Animal Kingdom)
This meal allows your children to see the popular Disney characters without trekking over to Chef Mickey.  Chef Mickey is a delight, but it is in a resort (The Contemporary) and reservations are hard to come by.

Expect to see:  Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey (subject to change)

For more information on Disney Dining, check out their website.

21 comments:

  1. Excellent tips! We have been doing the Crystal Palace most recently (although we usually do the latest breakfast or earliest lunch). We want to be at the MK after dark next time, so I think I'll push for the dinner. We have not done the princess meals...yet. I am *this close* to doing the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique next time so maybe I'll make that a girls only event! ;)

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    1. Oh yes! We took my daughter to the boutique a few years ago, and then did a mom/daughter meal in Norway. Was awesome!

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  2. I love your posts like this. I'm going to do one about Disneyland and how you can do it in one day, with two toddlers.

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    1. yes amory - its great to post tips when you have them - especially about a park you know well! I've never been to Disneyland...can't wait to read your post!

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  3. I'm actually going to be there in 2 months and your post has given me something that could guide me in planning my Disney trip

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    1. Great Jane! I'm so glad my post was helpful!

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  4. I would love to ask for more advice about all things Disney! We are planning a last minute trip to Florida this December to Fort Myers where my sister in laws parents live. My husband and I thought it would be fun to surprise our kids on a mini Disney trip for only 3 days (since we will spend xmas in Fort Myers). I thought either Dec. 26-28th or 27-28th. I have no idea where to start planning this and what would be the most important things to do since we are just there for 3 days. We have a 8 yr daughter and our other daughter will turn 4 on Dec. 28th. We also have a 14 month old but we thought we could do so much more not having the baby there with us (we plan to do a week long trip when the little guy is 4). We took our oldest to Disney when she was 3 but we had no idea what we were doing and only went to Magic Kingdom. Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!

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  5. With girls - if they are big princess fans - I would do Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Start (or end) with Magic Kingdom. Plan to stay the whole day - starting when park opens. Go through Cinderella's Castle to the new section ...there is a lot of Ariel, Belle...etc. Peter Pan ride, Winnie the Pooh...and then they both will LOVE Thunder Mountain! Also Buzz Lightyear. There is also a Meet the Disney Fairies (tinkerbell, etc) which is cute. In Epcot, if you get there when it opens, they will enjoy Soarin, and Nemo. Nemo is a large Aquarium...kids love to run around and watch sharks, manatees, etc. Imagination, Test Track, and the Countries are always exciting. If you walk the countries you can see many characters - snow white (Germany), Jasmine (Morocco), and even Aladdin. Sleeping Beauty is also there - usually in France. The Norway ride and princess dinner is great as well! In Hollywood Studios, there is a fantastic live Beauty and the Beast show, as well as Ariel. However, first stop needs to be Toy Story ride - the line backs up extremely fast and the ride is by far the best in the park!!

    Hope this helped! Feel free to email me as well! :)

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  6. Quick question-- Can you dine at the Crystal Place with the characters WITHOUT having a dining plan? We will just be at Magic Kingdom one day and still wanted to do character dining with Pooh.

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    1. Yes! You can most definitely dine at the Crystal Palace without dining plan. :) Breakfast is cheaper - if you are watching the $. :)

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  7. Have you ever done the mickey's backyard BBQ dinner show? If so what did you think about it? Do you know if it takes 2 sit downs on the meal plan? We are staying at the wilderness lodge and thought about doing this a Saturday evening when the parks are crowded from locals.

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    1. Nici, I have done the Backyard BBQ. It does take 2 sitdowns. It's not my favorite, but I do have a very dear friend who goes to Disney often as well with her two little boys and they LOVE it.

      I wasn't impressed with the meal for having 2 sitdowns charged. But if you get a picnic table close to the dance floor the kids will definitely love it.

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  8. Hi,
    Your posts about Disney are by far the most helpful I have seen yet! We are planning a trip for our 3 year old daughter. We are planning on staying 3 days at the park so what do you suggest is a must for this age and this short of a stay? She is very into the Disney Princesses but also loves Nemo and Buzz & Woody. We just want to get the most bang for our buck but maybe we need to stay longer? Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Lindsey

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    1. Lindsey, Do 1 Day in Magic Kingdom, and a day in Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios has a wonderful Beauty n the Beast show, an Ariel Show and the BEST ride which is Toy Story Mania! She will LOVE it. For your 3rd day, choose between Epcot and Animal Kingdom. :) They both are fabulous! Maybe Epcot will be more fun with the characters around the countries. :) Have fun!

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  9. Your posts are so helpful! Thank you. We are taking our 3 year old daughter in February but only plan to stay for 3 days. What do you suggest is a must see/do? She is very into Disney princesses but also loves Nemo, Buzz & Woody and Mickey & friends. Any advice would be very much appreciated or if you can direct me to a particular post. Thanks!

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  10. Love your site!! I have been to disney 4x and didn't know most of this lol! I have a question. My daughter is very big into Princess Tiana, Belle, Cinderella, Pocahontas... what do you think would give me the bst chance for her to see them? We were going to go to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom because I thought those would be most appopriate for a 3 (1 month shy of being 4) year old. What do you think?

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    1. Hi Brittany! Magic Kingdom is wonderful, and you'll be able to see quite a few characters throughout the park. Pocohontas is in Camp Minnie Mickey in the Animal Kingdom. Cinderella and the other princesses are tough - we usually book the dinner in Epcot (In Norway). You pay a bit, but you get a great picture with belle as you enter, and the picture package is included in your meal. You'll also see several other princesses (and be able to take pics and get signatures) as they circle the restaurant. If you don't do Epcot, arrive at MK early (opening time) and hunt immediately for princesses...they do stand on either side of entrance area after walking into park (after going through locker area). Good Luck!!!

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    2. Do you think Epcot is worth it for a 3.5 year old?

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  11. Hi!! I love this Disney blog!! We have a dream vacation fund started and when we are done having kids we would love to head to DW. When is the best time of the year to plan a DW world trip with kids? Do you go same time frame every year? Hate to be nosy but what is your estimated saving fund for the trip each year? Under 5k, between 5k-10k, etc?

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  12. Disappointing. Was hoping these tricks were for Disneyland in Anaheim, CA

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    1. I apologize, but the post is titled "Walt Disney World Character" meals, I don't write about Disneyland because I've never been. I'm sure there is some great tips you can find online though. Good luck!

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