Vote of the Week: Which characters do you most want to see at a character dining meal?
Written by Robert Niles
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?Tweet
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.
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