• On Jan 13, 2018
    Adrea from NC 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 are some of the best character dinning restaurants but still being cost efficient

    Hi Andrea,

    Character Dining is a great way to have special time with beloved Disney characters, and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time. One of the best ways that we have found to make a Character Dining experience more cost efficient is to book breakfast in the "brunch" time slot. This would be around 10:00 a.m. or so. In doing this, we are able to cover breakfast and lunch with the same meal. This way, when allocating money for meals, we divide the cost of the meal in half (on paper) and cover breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is typically the least expensive meal of the day at the buffet restaurants. Additionally, by choosing a buffet meal which is all-you-care-to-eat, you can make sure that everyone has filled up enough to hold them over. On days that we book a character brunch, we often just grab a special treat like Mickey's Premium Ice-Cream Bar as an afternoon snack and we are set until dinner. You could do this with "dunch" as well (lunch and dinner), and cover two meals by booking a mid-afternoon time slot. Breakfast is generally less expensive though.

    Some of our very favorite buffet Character Dining brunch choices, based on venue, experience, and interaction are:

    The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom: Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet

    Donald's Safari Breakfast at the Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy

    Minnie's Beach Bash Breakfast at the Beach Club, Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot, and Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort are other great choices.

    Wishing you magical memories,


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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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