• On Sep 6, 2017
    Jennifer from OH 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.

    My family will be there on Christmas day and I want to make it memorable on a budget. Character dining is one thing I would like to do. Suggestions? I will have hubby, 11 mo. triplet girls, 2 yr old daug, 10 yr old son, 13 yr old daug and a nanny w/ me.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! What a fabulous crew you are bringing to the Walt Disney World Resort! I am so excited that you will be there during the holiday season.

    Character meals are an absolute must-do for our family. One of our favorites that typically has been more affordable than others is The Crystal Palace. Winnie the Pooh and the gang are always delightful. Now that our girls are 10-years old, one of them is almost as tall as Piglet!

    Some of our other favorite character dining experiences are Chef Mickey's, 1900 Park Fare, Hollywood & Vine, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Cinderella's Royal Table. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Cinderella's Royal Table are both princess character experiences. If you select one of the princess dining experiences, be sure that your prince and princesses go dressed as royalty.

    The Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort are beautiful and busy. Since dining reservations are booked 180 days in advance, I suggest you immediately make your dining reservations. When I just checked availability for The Crystal Palace for Christmas day, there were no tables available for your party size. It may be tough for you to find a table since Christmas day is such a busy time of year. But, keep trying! Cancellations do happen.

    Jennifer, be sure you take autograph books and a large pen (these are easier for the characters to grip). And, if you go to The Crystal Palace, be sure to have the little ones march in the Pooh-rade!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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