Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 10, 2009
    Melanie from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We aren't staying at a DW resort but would still like to experience the Character Dining with our 3 year old boy. We are on a VERY tight budget, so can you advise which buffet/restaurant is the cheapest option? How do I book the experience?

    Hi, Melanie!  To decide on which restaurants you would like to dine at, I suggest you go to  Click on DINING and you can look through all the restaurants, buffets, and character dining experiences.   You can even see the menus and pricing to help you decide which restaurants will work best for your family.

    You might want to look at character breakfasts if you want to save some money.  You will get the same great experience, a full meal, and save a few dollars over lunch or dinner.

    What you could do is have a light breakfast in your room (granola bars or yogurt) and schedule a late breakfast.   You probably won't be hungry for lunch, then you can have an early dinner.  By doing this, you are only paying for 2 main meals a day, and will be dining during less busy times.

    To book your advance dining reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE.   Reservations can be made 90 days prior to your vacation.  Have a fun trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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