Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Mar 4, 2020
    Samantha from AL 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.

    What is the best character dining for two boys both age 5? And what is the best time to go? Do you need to plan attending that park based off where you eat?

    Hi Samantha!

    It sounds like you are planning a very fun vacation for your family! I'm glad you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel so I can help you pick out the perfect Character Meal.

    Walt Disney World Resort has several unique options for dining with Mickey and Minnie or their friends. One great way to incorporate one of these meals into your vacation during a non-park day. This can be your arrival or departure day, or if you're planning a day at your resort to enjoy its amenities. Add a character meal at one of the Disney Resorts and you'll have a special Disney touch to look forward to. One of the newest character meals is located at Topolino's Terrace: Flavors of the Riviera at Disney's Riviera Resort. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy will join you as you dine on delicious breakfast fare. Another favorite is the Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch at O'hana in Disney's Polynesian Resort. If you plan a late breakfast, it can even double as an early lunch!

    Another option to include a character meal into your plans is to attend one inside of the theme parks. My favorite time to schedule a meal during the summer is in mid to late afternoon. While technically this is often lunch, I find it is the perfect time to take a break from the heat and relax in the air conditioning. One of my favorites is at Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I love seeing all of the characters in their safari attire. It's such a fun experience.

    Whichever meal you choose, be sure to make your dining reservation as soon as you can. Character meals are very popular and fill up quickly. If your first choice of dining locations does not have availability, be sure to check back often. As vacation plans firm up, guests often adjust their reservations. 

    I hope this helps you decide on a delicious meal!


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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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