Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On May 4, 2013
    Rebecca 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.

    People recommend eating at character meals at odd hours to get more attention from the characters. what are the oddest hours to eat each meal? Im guessing 11:15am breakfast? what about lunch? Thanks!


    The advice is good, in that if you are in a restaurant when it is less crowded, the characters have less to do, so they are not rushed to leave your table to get to the next one.

    As for times, it does vary by restaurant. But for most they are done serving breakfast at 10:30 am. Or at least that is the last seating time. The real key here is to know that the further you get, earlier or later, from the traditional meal time, the lighter the crowds tend to be. So here are some general suggestions;

    Breakfast: The later you eat, the better. A seating after 10:00 am is going to get you lighter crowds than at 8:00 am.

    Lunch: Eating before it gets busy is rarely an option, but after 2:00 pm is where you would want to look.

    Dinner: Early, as in by 4:30 pm, or late, like after 9:00 pm will work. 

    I hope that this helps? Write me back with any follow-up questions!

    Have a magical (and delicious) vacation!

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