Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On May 11, 2009
    Danielle from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi everyone! We are headed to Disney soon with our 2 1/2 year old twins. We are thinking that for us it may be better to spend the morning in the park and go to a character dinner after naps. Any pros or cons to character dinners vs. breakfasts? Thanks!

    Hi, Danielle!  My family prefers to do the character lunches or dinners instead of the breakfasts.  First of all, my kids are not big breakfast eaters at home, and I have a really hard time justifying the cost of the breakfast when I know they will likely only eat toast - especially when they are distracted by the characters.  I'm lucky if I can get a Mickey Mouse waffle in them before they want to get autographs and photos with their favorite characters.

    I also prefer to arrive at the parks when they open in the morning.  I'm not an early bird, so you won't typically find us at the morning Extra Magic Hours, but I always feel like I can get more done at the theme parks if I get a nice early start.  The crowds grow noticeably during the course of the day, so if the crowds get too big for my girls to be comfortable, I don't feel like we've missed too much if we leave to go hit the pool. 

    On the plus side - you won't have to pay for any of the character buffets for the twins, breakfast or dinner.  That might make breakfast a better option for you than it would for my non-breakfast eaters!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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