Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jun 28, 2008
    Allison from LA 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.

    Is 1 character meal per day too much? Can't wait for 2nd trip in 09! Will have DD 10, DS 6, & DD 5. Hope to get ADR at CRT, Chef Mickey's, Akershus, Donald's Bfast, 1900 Park F, Garden Grill. Also ADR at H & V and 50's Prime Time. Any advice

    I've been on many trips to Walt Disney World where we ate at more than one character meal per day. On my twin's 6th birthday, they actually chose to eat at three character meal in one day (that was a high cupcake intake day!)

    Some might argue that having lots of table service meals will take away from your park touring time. This may or may not be true depending on the time of your reservations. With character breakfasts we always try to get the first seating, which is usually before the park opens. For example, if you have an 8:00 a.m. seating at Cinderella's Royal Table on a day when the park opens at 9:00, you'll be finishing your meal just as the rope drop happens plus you'll already be deep inside the park. No impediment to park touring there.

    Another thing to consider is what interests your family. When my kids were a bit smaller, they had less interest in the rides and infinite interest in the characters. Booking the character meals was a great way to get them the character attention that they craved, while at the same time avoiding many of the greeting lines in the parks.

    I think your meal choices look great. My one tiny area of concern would be the Hollywood & Vine reservation. This is a great breakfast choice if your younger kids are Playhouse Disney fans. This is aninteractive meal with lots of singing, dancing, and audience participation. This is a HUGE favorite of the preschool crowed, but if Playhouse Disney is not your kids' thing, then I might steer clear of this one. If you're planning dinner at Hollywood & Vine, I might try to switch this to the Brown Derby (where the food is outstanding) or the Sci-Fi Dine-In (which has terrific themeing) rather than H&V which is a fairly nondescript non-character buffet at dinner.

    Even now that my kids are older, we still plan on two or three character meals every trip. For us, that's an enormous part of what makes Disney so special.

    Have a great time -- and give Mickey a big hug from me.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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