I recently asked my daughter, “what is your favorite thing about Walt Disney World?”. I was positive her response would be the rides, so I was a bit surprised that her answer was “eating with the characters”! Dining with characters is definitely something my family enjoys! There are 13 different character meals–and my family and I proudly boast that we have covered 11 in the last 2 years! We love the experience you have when dining with characters!
So, what’s so great about Character Dining? For me, there are a few different things…
For the planner in me, I love that we can pretty much eliminate waiting in the lines for characters in the park. If we are scheduled to see them during a dining experience, we do not wait in line in the parks. I figure, you have to eat anyway–so why not combine it with something that will save us time in the parks AND makes my kids uber happy! I LOVE that aspect of it. Another great thing for the planner in me is I love to schedule character meals for breakfast in the parks BEFORE the park opens! So, for example, if the park opens at 9am, we shoot for an 8am reservation. It gets us in the park before there are any crowds! I have some amazing pictures of my family with out a single person behind them! It’s like we own the park!
For the mom in me, I love watching my kids interact with the characters! My 5 year old daughter loves getting hugs and their autographs. My 2 year old son, thankfully, is not scared by them at all. He is in complete awe. Our vacation pictures crack me up because I have very few pictures of him looking at the camera. He’s always has his big grin, just staring up at them. It’s a priceless memory!
And don’t be fooled! Character meals aren’t just for kids! Minnie requested a picture with my husband and I think his face says it all!
In the end, I am just a firm believer that character meals offer some wonderful memories to your Disney vacation! After all, if it’s a 5 year olds favorite part of Walt Disney World–it’s worth seeing, right?