• On Dec 26, 2019
    Miranda 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.

    I am traveling with extended family and two of the kids are terrified of characters. If we choose to go to 1900 Park Fare or any other known character meals, is there a way to make sure the characters don't stop at our table? Or should we just avoid?

    Hello, Miranda! I hear you have a trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth coming up in the New Year. I can't think of a better resolution than planning the best Walt Disney World trip ever! 

    I love looking at old vacation photos, and one that always makes me chuckle is of my then two-year-old, bawling after being greeted by poor Chef Mickey, who sadly slunk away with his gloved hands covering his face. Since then, my boys have grown to love character meals, but it's easy to understand how young Mouseketeers can be afraid or get overwhelmed. Here's a Moms Panel tip: Schedule character dining for later in your vacation; that way, your kiddos will have a chance to see the characters from afar in the Parks before dining with them. 

    I treated my young nieces to dinner at 1900 Park Fare this summer, and I was amazed at how much they enjoyed the characters. They were starstruck when handsome Prince Charming approached our table, and then when Cinderella gracefully asked to sign their autograph books. Still, their favorite part was joking around with the hilarious stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella (these two put on quite a show). The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast includes interactions with the practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, as well as familiar favorites like Pooh and Tigger. It is perfectly fine to warn your server when you are seated that you have children in your party who are apprehensive; however, even if you ask for the characters to skip your table, don't skip the Floridian Strawberry Soup. This bright pink soup is surprisingly addictive and refreshing on a hot summer day!

    As an alternative, Miranda, consider the Grand Floridian Cafe, also located at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. While this restaurant does not tout characters, it is a hidden gem that has a tranquil setting and lovely views that overlook the resort's rose garden and pool. Some perennial guest favorites here include the Eggs Benedict Flight and the Lobster 'Thermidor' Burger. 

    Have a magical trip, and please come back and see us again real soon if you have any more questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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