Disney announced today that it will start a new character breakfast at the Trattoria al Forno restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk, later this spring. The meal will include appearances by characters from Disney's The Little Mermaid or Tangled.
If you have a child who wants to meet a Disney character, booking a character meal can provide one of the most efficient ways to meet that goal on your Disney vacation. Instead of waiting in a potentially long line for a character meet and greet, you knock out two tasks at once — a meal and a character visit — in one sitting.
But everyone is on to this tip at this point, so booking a character meal has become one of the great challenges in preparing for your Disney trip. Especially for the princess meals, you often need to be calling +1-407-WDW-DINE six months in advance, or logging on to the Disney website, to get those reservations as soon as they become available. The Akershus breakfast used to be the failsafe for people who couldn't get into Cinderella's Royal Table, but once people figured out that booking Akershus first thing in the morning essentially put you at the front of the line for the popular Frozen ride in Epcot, those reservations became just as hard to get.
Clearly, Disney isn't yet offering enough princess breakfasts to meet demand. At the same time, though, fans on Disney's official blog have expressed disappointment with the impending loss of the "regular" breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, which offered a relatively easy-to-book hot breakfast option within walking distance of Epcot (and, if you're willing to hike, Disney's Hollywood Studios). And many parents of young boys remain frustrated that Disney hasn't developed more meals featuring the characters that their sons want to meet, including the Star Wars characters.
Disney has yet to announce the price or start date for the new Trattoria al Forno character breakfast, so reservations are not yet available.
In the meantime, we invite Theme Park Insider readers to rate and review the other character meals at the Walt Disney World Resort, hear listed by character type.
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I'm not a fan of character breakfasts of any kind, but when my kids (1 and 3 years old) were invited we had to go to the one at the Grand Floridian. They loved it and i gotta say the experience was really good.
While I am still not a fan, all the kids seem to really love them, families were having a great time, and the staff and characters were on point.
I totally see why they are popular and why Disney would expand the program.
The Boardwalk/Beach Club/Yacht Club/Swan/Dolphin area has become the second "upper class" area of WDW after the MK resorts. The MK resorts have a Princess meal, why not these people?
I do mourn the loss of the regular breakfast at Trattoria. I heard it was actually pretty good.
Then again, no princess meal though.
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