• On May 22, 2010
    Catherine from CT 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.

    Which character breakfast do you think is most enjoyable for a 2 year old? Also, are there some character meals that serve fewer people at a time (and therefore take less time overall)?

    Hi Catherine,

    Picking a favorite character breakfast is like choosing my favorite attraction - almost impossible.  I can tell you that Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh is a favorite, and if your child is a Playhouse Disney fan, then Hollywood and Dine at Hollywood Studios is a great option.

    Besides the featured characters being popular among the younger set, there are other reasons why these two restaurants would top my list of toddler favorites.  First, location -- the fact that they are located inside the parks makes travel easy.  A lot of character meals are located inside resort restaurants; they can be tricky to get to depending on where you're staying. 

    Second, these restaurants serve food buffet style.  This means your hungry toddler can eat immediately, and when he/she has had enough, you can simply ask your server for the check.  You should note that the characters are fairly evenly spaced throughout the restaurant, and it usually takes 45 minutes to an hour for all of them to make it to your table.  We have left many times without a visit from everyone -- other times we've stayed long enough to be visited twice. 

    Finally, both of these restaurants have opportunities for kids to get up and move around.  Whether dancing with the Little Einsteins or joining in a parade with Piglet, Pooh and Tigger, kids aren't expected to sit in their seats for the entire meal.

    Now, if traditional characters were more what you had in mind.  Consider Chef Mickey's.  It's located in the Contemporary, and you can get there easily by foot, boat or monorail from the Magic Kingdom.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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