EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 5, 2013
    Laura from MO 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.

    I am bringing my 4 1/2 year old back to disney next May. I know that we want to do Chef Mickey's, bippiddi bobbidy botique, and breakfast at the castle with the princesses. Is there anything else you would recommend dining wise with characters?

    Hi Laura,

    It sounds like you have a great start on planning your vacation!  Let me share some of my favorite character meals with you for dining with young children.

    When my daughter was a preschooler, we really enjoyed Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Not only do you get to dine with characters, but little ones get to get up and dance to fun music as well!  Characters here include Disney Junior favorites such as Jake the Neverland Pirate and Special Agent Oso.  This experience is available at breakfast and lunch.

    Another character meal that my family really enjoys is Donald's Safari Breakfast and Lunch at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  At this meal, Donald Duck and his friends appear in their safari gear. I really like that this meal includes both African fare for those with adventurous palates, as well as more traditional American breakfast and lunch items for those who do not have exotic appetites. 

    For something a little different, try Mickey's Backyard BBQ at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.  This fun dining experience is held in an outdoor pavilion.  The fare is typical BBQ fare such as ribs and corn, and the entertainment is great.  There is signing and dancing with characters, and when we went recently, there was a cowboy doing roping tricks.  It was a really fun time!

    Please know that at these experiences, characters are subject to change. Have a great time planning your trip Laura, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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