Thursday, November 4, 2010
Character Dining at Walt Disney World
There are many benefits to character meals. For us, it is to see how our children will react to the characters without standing in line in the parks. When you are seated, your server will ask right away how the kids are with characters. They then will let the characters know your response. On our last trip, we had no idea how they would react. At Chef Mickey’s, the characters took time with each of the four children in our party of 10. Our daughter Emily was ten months at the time and petrified, my son Joey and daughter Hayley were fine, and my nephew was a little scared at first, though warmed up quickly. When a character came around to our table, they would spend time with each of the kids and simply wave to Emily and make some small gesture. By the end of the meal, she had warmed up, which made a smooth transition for our next character meal. Another benefit of the buffet character meals is, not only do you have the character interaction, but your children who are under 3 can eat from the buffet for free. Before having children, we never thought to go to a character meal, but now we realize they really are for people of any age and they have become family favorites.
On our last trip, we tried Chef Mickey’s for the first time. We decided it would be a great start to our vacation and ate there our first night. We met Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto all in their chef’s outfits or aprons. We enjoyed the food and the characters, but I must say it was quite loud, and our server was working more tables than she probably should have. We sat in a great spot though. The kids could see the monorail as it entered and left the Contemporary. When we finished our meal, we walked into the Magic Kingdom, which took maybe 10 minutes and that is with four children ages 3 and under. It makes for a great place to eat when you plan to go into the Magic Kingdom to catch the evening parade, Spectromagic, or fireworks show, Wishes.
There are many more character meals in the parks and Disney resorts. We hope to explore them all someday. For our next trip, we are sticking with our favorites, Chef Mickey’s, Crystal Palace, and Cape May Café. With a five year old, three year old and two year old, I can’t wait to see their reactions to the characters!
What is your favorite character meal? Feel free to leave a comment and share your character meal experiences!
Posted by Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe