Character Dining at Disney: Worth it?

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Finding the right meal options at Disney parks

Character meals at Disney World can be expensive, and people ask me all the time if the experience is worth the money. I say yes!
But knowing how the process works and what you get out of a character meal will help you decide for yourself. First, before you travel, you should decide which character meal you want to attend and make a reservation. You can do this on the Disney website, or your agent can help you. When you arrive, they’ll be expecting you and show to your table. For some of the meals, you will order off of a menu while others are buffet style. Once you’re all settled in, the characters for that location (there are many making the rounds at each meal) will visit your table one by one. This allows children and adults to take personal photos and have their autograph books signed. All the the characters will come around in a pre-assigned pattern so no table gets missed. Hugs, high fives, photos and more are yours for the taking! If you decide to forgo a character meal and plan to see the characters at the parks, you could find yourself in a two hour line. The best benefit of a character meal is you’re guaranteed time with your favorite characters without having to wait in a line. Plus, you get to enjoy a nice meal with your family!

Here are my family’s favorite character meals. You can find a complete list on the Disney website.

  • 1900 Park Fair-breakfast at the Grand Floridian with Mad Hatter, Alice, Pooh, Tigger and Mary Poppins.
  • Crystal Palace- any meal at the Magic Kingdom with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eyore.
  • Akershaus Royal Banquet hall- lunch or dinner in Norway at Epcot with many princesses.
  • Garden Grill- lunch or dinner at the Land Pavilion at Epcot with Chip and Dale and other farmer friends.

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