Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Jan 3, 2020
    Rebecca from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Visiting WDW over Spring Break (family of 5) with boys 15, 13 and girl 10. Which would you recommend for an early dinner at Animal Kingdom, Tusker House with River of Light package or Rainforest Cafe?

    Hi Rebecca!

    Thanks for your question. I love to chat about dining options.

    The answer to your question is simple: Tusker House!

    Now I can imagine you are concerned about bringing teenagers to a character meal. I get it. But I still think this is your best choice, for several reasons. 

    1. The food. I love the food here. They have both american classics, but also some African and Indian inspired cuisines. This makes life easier for a family with one kid who is a picky eater, and a parent who wants to explore some new flavors.
    2. The characters. What is wrong with being a little kid again? The characters tend to hit a table in fairly quick succession, so you are not being interrupted too often. I also find that teenagers enjoy this more than they let on. It is fun to meet the characters, get a picture, and enjoy the moment.
    3. Rivers of Light Dining Package. The show is one that gives you another reason to be around this amazing park for the evening. It is nice to have a selected seating area as well.
    Finally, let me tell you my personal experience. We are currently planning our next family vacation to Walt Disney World, and I gave every member of the family the choice of 1 table service meal for that trip. Both my teenagers (girls, 14 and 12) picked this as their one Must Do! meal. Case closed!

    Have a Magical (and delicious) Vacation!
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