Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On May 19, 2008
    Nancy from WI 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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    I'll be visiting WDW this November (over Thanksgiving) with my nephews - 10, 12 and 14 years old. Is there a Character Meal they'd enjoy?? This is their first visit to WDW and we do have a dining plan!!

    Character dining for tweens and teens is a bit of a touchy subject. Many many kids in this age range have a great time at character dining experiences. There is, however, always the chance that you'll catch them in the "I'm too cool for that" rebellious phase. Since it's their first visit to WDW and character dining is really one of the quintessential Disney experiences, I would recommend that you try a character meal with them, they'll likely have a great time.

    To maximize your chance of success with character dining with older boys, there are a few meals that I would suggest that you NOT visit. First, I would not take them to any of the princess-centric meals. These are Cinderella's Royal Table, the Princess Storybook meals at the Akershus at Epcot, and 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian. I would also avoid the Playhouse Disney meal at Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios because this is really geared to the preschool set. Past that, the choice is really up to you. Some character meals that I've seen work well for older boys include Tusker House at the Animal Kingdom, Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club, and the Garden Grill at Epcot.

    I'll be at WDW this Thanksgiving with my family too. Be sure to say "hi" if you see me.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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