• On Mar 27, 2017
    Melissa 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.

    Nine of us, including a three year old are travelling to WDW. Do we have to purchase a meal for the little one at any character dining? Thanks in advance.

    Hi Melissa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We are delighted that you brought this question to us! The Character Meals are so much fun. We all love them!

    The policy is that we pay for children 3-years old and over. The price represents the total experience, characters included, not just the food. We have always adored our character meals and consider the price well worth it to interact personally with our favorite characters! 

    Some of our favorite character meals are Crystal Palace, Chef Mickey's, Hollywood & Vine, 1900 Park Fare and Cinderella's Royal Table. The Mickey Waffles are just superb and the Wicked Step-Mother at Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare gave our girls an infamous stare down once when we were there. It was priceless!

    I do hope you have made Dining Reservations! Restaurants fill quickly, especially for character meals. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance.

    Have a magical time! Be sure to jump in the party line at the Crystal Palace if you dine there. 

    Happy Planning!

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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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