• On Feb 3, 2017
    Marissa from GA 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.

    We are coming to Disney this September and we want to do as much character dining as possible with our 4&2 year old boys- what do you recommend as far as when to do these? breakfast, lunch or dinner? We will be taking daily afternoon hotel breaks.

    Hi Marissa! 

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World in September! September is my favorite time of year to visit because the weather is great, the parks are not crowded and usually this is when free dining is offered.

    We absolutely love experiencing character dining with our kiddos. We have done every character dining experience at about every time frame offered, so I can certainly give you some tips!

    We love to do the character dining breakfast experiences because you can book them early, usually before the parks even open, and then you have the rest of the day to enjoy the parks. Hollywood & Vine has a wonderful breakfast where you can eat with Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Handy Manny. You can begin booking your Advanced Dining Reservation at 8:00 a.m. so you can be in the park before it opens, which means by the time your breakfast is over, you'll be in the park and ready to experience your first attraction when the park opens.

    If you are looking for a meal with the Fab Five, Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Pluto and Goofy, consider Chef Mickey's. Chef Mickey's is at The Contemporary Resort. You can eat breakfast here and then take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. 

    Lunch can also be a fun experience for the family because it can offer a much needed break in the middle of the hot day. Crystal Palace is one of my favorites because you can meet Winnie the Pooh and his best friends and enjoy the all-you-care-to-eat buffet. They even have a soft serve ice cream machine (which is my favorite part of the meal!) 

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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