Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 25, 2009
    Marcie from WV 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 visiting Disney with my 5 year old son... What character dining experiences are available and the best for interacting?

    Hi Marcie,

    There are lots of fantastic character meals in Walt Disney World that I'm sure your 5 year old son would love. You may want to base your decision on which characters he prefers so I'll list some of my favourites and hope that helps.

    Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort features Mickey and friends, these could include Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. There's a lovely buffet at either breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can also join in with lots of napkin twirling!

    Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom plays host to Winnie the Pooh and friends, normally Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet. Again it's a buffet and the characters here are lovely and do a cute little dance around the room which the children can join in with!

    The Garden Grill in Epcot has a great character meal at dinner time, normally in attendance is Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale all decked out in their farmers clothes. The meal here is served family style and is delicious. We have always found the characters here to be very attentive and great fun.

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios there's the opportunity to dine at either breakfast or lunch with Jo Jo & Goliath and June & Leo at the Hollywood and Vine restaurant, which many little ones love.

    If you'd like to look at the other character options and the menus at each restaurant go to wdwinfo choose dining then click the link on the left which says character dining. Also please note that characters may change.

    I hope you both have a great trip,

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Meet the Panelist: Jo,

Hi, I’m Jo, a stay-at-home Mum from England.  I am married to a PGA golfer and we have 2 children.  We enjoy every aspect of Walt Disney World and agree that it is by far our favourite holiday destination. The girls excitedly help me plan every trip. Learn More About Jo

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