Vote of the Week: Which characters do you most want to see at a character dining meal?
Disney's adding Star Wars character dining to Star Wars Weekends this year at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Our Amanda Jenkins got in
and will be filing reports for us from the event. But adding Star Wars to the character dining mix raises the question: Which characters would you most want to see at a meal?
Many theme park fans love character dining. It offers one of those welcomed "kill two birds" opportunities, where you can get in a meet-and-greet with favorite characters during a meal time, saving you the often-long wait to meet those characters elsewhere in the park. That's why fans often snap up reservations for character dining times as soon as they're available, and parks often command a premium over typical meal prices for restaurants that offer character dining.
Disney's all-time most expensive character dining in the United States? The Perfectly Princess Tea Party, which one very patient boy once got hauled into.
Disney's "Big Five" (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald) used to dominate character dining opportunities at the Walt Disney World Resort, but Disney now also offers wildly popular character dining meals with its line-up of Disney princesses. Disney has many more collections of characters it could send out at meal times, as well. The Star Wars characters are just one of the many IP [intellectual properties] that Disney owns. How about Toy Story and the other Pixar characters? Or Marvel?
Yes, Universal Orlando owns the Florida theme park rights for the Marvel characters. But would that keep an Avengers breakfast out of one of the Disney World hotels? Marvel characters are the only things bringing any visitors into Disneyland's Innoventions building. What if Disney just converted that space into a massive Marvel character dining facility? How many more bank vaults would Scrooge McDuck have to buy to hold all that extra cash?
Here's your chance to tell Disney what you want — how you want to spend your money on character dining. We're limiting this question to Disney's IP, though the Universal and SeaWorld parks also offer their own character dining opportunities. But they don't offer it on anywhere near the scale that Disney, and especially Walt Disney World, does.
Please tell us in the comments about your favorite, and your dream, character dining meals.
how about a chance to meet and dinewith some of the rarer characters
Better than kiddie character dining: a Star Wars character experience like the old Star Trek restaurant in Vegas, where aliens from the Star Trek universe walked around amongst ordinary adult guests. There was even blue Romulan Ale. Who doesn't want to be in the Star Wars Cantina?
I wish they had more characters out that interested boys. It would be great if they had Tarzan doing a character dining, Flynn Rider, Kristoff from Frozen, Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty with his sword and shield. I have two sons who would like to see them and other adventurous male Disney characters. I also would not mind seeing the buff Tarzan and Hercules characters myself. :)
Wow, Annette made a subliminal sexual innuendo. I hope that no young kids see that. Whatever happened to our culture's 17th century puritan virtues?...Good to see Annette lightening up a bit.
I need a curmudgeon button for my favorite character being my waitstaff and nobody else. No fuzzy costumes or oversized head characters or cast members dressed up like princesses (especially the guys!). I just want my food, good conversation, and a chance to relax and get away from the frenetic activity of the park.
My boys and their father (whoever he is) love meeting Disney Princesses (and why not - they're hot!). And since my wife and daughter like to meet them too, it all works out.
James: "My boys & their father, whoever he is", still has me laughing. One great thing about TPI is that so many of the posters have a good sense of humor. It makes for a nice discussion site..........I, also, couldn't care less about character dining. In fact, I avoid those restaurants like the plague.
Certainly have more characters that appeal to boys without the rubber masks. Girls can have their princesses, which I enjoy too ;) and have Marvel with Thor, Ironman, Captain America, and Captain Sparrow.
We've never done character dining as it seems to be geared toward girls. My son doesn't want to see princesses. He'd go bananas, though, to dine with Chewbacca.
I love when Chip & Dale at character dining. They're characterization pretending to steal your food is really fun.
There should be a no characters unless they are serving me my food option. I'd be okay with meeting Chip and Dale if they were dropping off some Mozzarella sticks and refilling my soda.
If I had to though.... the Chip and Dale experience as described above sounds fun.
As a parent of little boys, I have seen that there are a majority of character dining for girls. Granted, I know this is a way for the parks to make more money. Those little girls want to have the same dress and hair done at Bibbi Bobbi Boutique before eating in the castle or the princess dining in the Norway pavilion. Even the Grand Floridian is strictly Cindrella for dinner at 1900 Park Fare.
Amanda nails it. This is just smart business for Disney.
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