Marvel Character Dinner, starting December 7.Starting next week, you can dine with superheroes at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Orlando park is introducing a new
The character dinner runs from 5-7pm on Thursdays through Sundays at Cafe 4 in the Marvel Super Hero Island land. Prices are $49.99 per adult and $24.99 for kids, ages 3-9. (You can book online.) Dinner will be served buffet-style and will include Italian entrees, such as penne Bolognese, stuffed shells, and specialty pizzas, as well as shrimp scampi, chicken scallopini, and rosemary lemon chicken.
But, let's face it, food is rarely the featured attraction at a character meal. Universal's Marvel Character Dinner will feature appearances by Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue, who will visit each table for photos. (As always with these things, food selections and character line-ups are subject to change.)
Character dinners, while considered expensive at first glance by some visitors, can provide good value for families who really want to include character meets in the theme park visit, as they allow you save time in exchange for spending money by taking care of two priorities at once: eating and meeting characters. Character meets are often some of the slowest moving queues in the parks, so opting to meet the characters in a meal experience can save you a lot of time that you can spend instead going on other attractions. Again, YMMV, but they're worth considering if you care about characters. (And probably worth avoiding if you do not.)
The Marvel superheroes might be the hottest characters in entertainment at the moment. This new experience should (but probably won't) lay to rest the ongoing argument by some Disney fans that Universal cannot change or add anything in Marvel Super Hero Island, so they might as well just go ahead and sell or give those theme park rights back to Disney.
Uh, nope. (See our previous coverage of what Universal and Disney can and cannot do with the Disney-owned Marvel characters: Who really owns the theme park rights to the DC and Marvel comic characters? and Disney is bringing Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to Disney World... wait, can it do that?.) If Universal wants to do a Marvel Character Dinner in Orlando, so long as they don't comprise the integrity of the characters by hiring a bunch of drunks in Party City costumes to portray them, Disney can't stop it.
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