Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 28, 2009
    Susan from VA 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 and I are coming to Disney World at the end of May. We are interested in dining with the characters particularly Mickey Mouse. Which restaurant and meal will give us the best opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse up close and personal?

    Hi Susan!

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip!  A character meal is a great addition to any Disney trip.  There are several character meals that currently feature "The Big Cheese" himself.  Please note that characters are subject to change, but at this time, your choices include:

    - Chef Mickey's for Breakfast or Dinner
    - Ohana for Breakfast
    - Garden Grille (at Epcot for Dinner
    - Tusker House (at Animal Kingdom for breakfast)
    - Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Campground (this is a dinner show, and guests get to dance with Mickey and his pals at dinner time. The characters do not visit the tables here.)

    At each of these venues, with the exception of the Backyard BBQ, the characters will circle throughout all of the tables, allowing each guest an opportunity to take photos, have autographs signed, hug, high five, etc.  You can anticipate that for all of the characters to "make their rounds"might take about forty five minutes to an hour, depending on how crowded the restaurant is, so take your time eating!

    If you want to chose the meal where Mickey is the "star", I'd vote for the restaurant he headlines (Chef Mickey's), but to be honest, you'll have about the same amount of time and access to the world's most favorite mouse at all of them.

    Have a wonderful time!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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