Vote of the week: What's the best meal for character dining?
Character dining provides a great way to multitask on a theme park visit. Shell out the extra bucks for a character meal and you can take care of two tasks at once - eating a meal and seeing some of your favorite characters.
(I mean, your kids' favorite characters. Right.)
But when to enjoy your character meal? Do you book a character breakfast, and ensure that you'll meet your favorite characters right away? Or does booking what might be the highlight of the day for some kids (or adults) make the rest of the day seem too anticlimactic?
What about dinner, then? But what happens if you meet those characters in the park earlier in the day? Does that make the character meal less special, and not worth the extra cost?
That leaves lunch. But do you really want to spend all that potential ride time stuck in a restaurant?
Let's put it up for a vote, then. And after you vote, please click the link to comment and tell us about your dream character experience. Who would the characters be? The restaurant? Would there be a show, or just walk-around characters? And if you've already been to a character meal that you'd consider perfect, let us know about that instead.
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Breakfast allows guests to experience something quite unique - an empty park. I always enjoyed getting my first meal of the day alongside Mickey and gang, as well as the princesses. Whilst lunch/early evening may allow guests more time with the characters (this happened to us a few years ago at Liberty Tavern when my brother was a baby and all the characters, especially Minnie, spent a lot of time with us) breakfast in the park is brilliant.
We used to like Crystal Palace for character breakfasts, but this last trip took a ferry over to the Polynesian to visit with Lilo and Stitch. It was pretty much the same setup as the Palace, with visiting characters, photo opportunities, and occasional character and kid coordinated marches and dances. The main difference, however, was the food: The Polynesian fills you up with some fine offerings, and a big jug of fresh OJ to get you started on the day. This was quite a departure from the Palace, where some of the buffet food can taste a little warmed-over after a while.
I would have to say brunch (not on the list). Breakfast is too early. Lunch is a different mood. Brunch is a more leisurely unrushed experience from 10 to 12pm. You can enjoy the food at your own pace and it runs into lunch so you'll be completely satiated at the conclusion. It is also easier to enjoy the characters when you're fully awake.
There's nothing like an early breakfast reservation at Akershus- walking through a completely empty Epcot, dining on decent food, seeing a few princesses (whether or not that's your thing, it's worth it!), and finishing in time to be right at the front of the crowd where they hold you for ropedrop. Although, apparently they're doing away w/ ropedrop at Epcot, so that part of the strategy may need to change...
We've always done the breakfast meals and they've all been great. Did lunch once because we were a large group at Goofys Kitchen @ Disneyland. We all had on matching tshirts and the characters spent a lot of time with us. It was great.
Dinner at the Royal Table...It starts with meet and greet in the lobby with Cinderellia and her fairy God Mother..Then Climbe the stairs to the Hall. Be treated like a real guest. Waitted on hand and foort. Meet Cindy as shes working the room. a Great way to enf any evening at the Magic Kingdom.
I enjoy a good Character Dinner. It feels to me as something more "adult like".
See I never have done it but my opinion is that do the breakfast cause U will beet the lines in the morning since U R early. Lunch cuts into riding time and dinner U R tired normaly.
Love the breakfasts. Apart from meeting the characters you get to take on all that much needed fuel to give you energy for the day ahead. The other days we give a full breakfast a miss to make early starts at the Parks.
Late Dinner at Cinderella's Table-- the Princesses spend more time at each table, the fireworks go off while you eat (ask for a window table, though!), and you get great service that seems less rushed.
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