Mom And Son On Run
  • On Nov 14, 2014
    Jennifer from PA 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 heading down to Disney in April and keep being told that during character meals they have more time if you book during an off dining time. What exactly does that mean? For example: Is 3 pm an off time? If so is that considered lunch or dinner?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Character meals are a special way to add pixie dust to your trip. It also saves time as you are guaranteed to see some of your favorite characters at a meal without standing in an additional line.

    Without knowing the exact reference, I do not want to give you misinformation on what off dining is or is not. I can tell you if you go towards the end of breakfast or end of lunch, you will get more time as guests are generally not booked during those 15-30 minutes prior to the switch. The cast members need time to make the switch and so less seats are offered during that window. This gives you more time with the characters.

    When my daughters were little, we would dine at Crystal Palace between 10:00-10:15 am. This allowed us enough time to eat breakfast and the characters would stay a little longer because there were fewer guests.

    Lunch generally starts at 11:00 am and at 4:00 pm. However, check with the restaurant for their policy.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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