• On Mar 5, 2018
    Cheryle from PA 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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    Hello - Our trip to WDW is September 8th - September 16. We bring one grandchild a year and make the trip all about them. I need help planning character meals for a 5 1/2 yr. old boy. It's been all about princesses the last 2 years! TY

    Hi, Cheryle! Can I just tell you that I love this idea? We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our very first grandbaby, and I have already planned our first trip together.

    There are some of the best characters at character dining experiences that don't involve princesses. I have all daughters, but except for the first one, the princesses weren't a big draw for my gang. Their favorite was always the ultimate character meal, Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort. With Mickey and friends, a delicious buffet, and a rousing good time, it's a great way to meet some of your Disney favorites.

    Another big hit with my kids has always been the 'Ohana Best Friends Breakfast. Located at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. You can find Lilo and Stitch there, along with Mickey and some other friends. This is also a fun meal, with a parade of kids around the restaurant, and it's served family style, so no juggling your plate and your grandson's!

    Join Safari Donald and friends at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I personally love this buffet meal, as you'll find some familiar favorites as well as some unique and delicious African flavors. It's another interactive experience, with musical instruments and so much fun.

    Characters may vary, but you'll find nary a princess at any of these dining experiences. Perfect for your little prince.

    Thank you for your question, Cheryle. Have a blast!

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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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