Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Nov 5, 2012
    Catrina from NY 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.

    How and when should I plan my families character breakfast/lunch/dinner? How do I know what one to choose to get the most for my money?

    Hi, Catrina!  Character meals are very popular, and they can book very quickly.  You can begin booking dining reservation 180 days before the day you wish to dine, and if you are a Walt Disney World resort guest, you can make them for up to 10 days - so 190 days out!

    If you're looking for the biggest bang for your buck, consider the all you care to eat buffet meals.  You'll find Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort, the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom, 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian, and breakfast at the Cape May restaurant at the Beach Club are popular, plus they allow you to eat as much as you want.  My kids are not huge breakfast eaters, so I rarely book a character breakfast.  It just isn't a value for our family.  But if I do a big buffet lunch, I can usually get away with a very light breakfast and a small dinner.  

    You can find fairly accurate pricing for dining options if you visit  Click on Walt Disney World at the top, then the dining tab to explore some of the options available to you.

    I hope this helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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