Readers' Opinions

From 151.226.89.251 on March 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM
how about a chance to meet and dinewith some of the rarer characters
From Joseph Smith on March 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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?
From 141.117.27.104 on March 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Villains!
From Annette Forrest on March 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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. :)
From Rob Pastor on March 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM
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.
From Tim Hillman on March 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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.
From James Rao on March 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM
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.

But when we eat, like Tim, we just want good food and good service. No characters, please.

From Rob Pastor on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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.
From Anon Mouse on March 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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.
From Ti Marco on March 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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.

His mother, on the other hand, would rather spend the dinner hour checking out Gaston or Kronk (I like 'em big and stupid)!

From Aaron McMahon on March 28, 2014 at 7:48 PM
I love when Chip & Dale at character dining. They're characterization pretending to steal your food is really fun.

It'd be great to have Jack Sparrow as a dining character. He come in stumbling from the bar and pull up a chair next to the female guests.

From 98.21.203.151 on March 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM
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.
From 98.21.203.151 on March 28, 2014 at 8:29 PM
If I had to though.... the Chip and Dale experience as described above sounds fun.
From Amanda Jenkins on March 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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.

My boys have asked me for years why they can't dine with pirates, or Star Wars, and now more than anything they wish they could dine with Marvel chracters. My vote is definitely geared towards some boy experiences, which I hope this test during Star Wars weekends proves that it will be an excellent money maker. My boys will most likely require the proper attire (one more money maker) to look like their favorite characters. If there were Marvel dining at the resorts, you can bet that my boys would want to be dressed like Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, even Deadpool, etc. More money would be made off of my family if these experiences were offered on a regular basis. There are only so many times you can eat with Mickey and the fab 5 before it feels redundant. We need these boy experiences for the boys who are too old for Winnie the Pooh, yet too young for fine signature dining.

From Robert Niles on March 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Amanda nails it. This is just smart business for Disney.