Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Mar 18, 2011
    Kristie from TX Asked

    Ok so taking our first ever Disney trip the end of October. So how do I go about booking character dinning? And anything else should know. As I am clue less to this huge thing... Looks like we also want to stay at the cabins.

    Hi Kristie:

    I love the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The Cabins feature a separate bedroom with a double bed and bunk beds, a large living area with a pull-down double bed, a dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, a charcoal grill, access to a pool, and a private patio. Your family will also be able to enjoy the activities at Fort Wilderness, which include, but are not limited to, pony rides, water activities, campfire sing-a-longs, tennis, and volleyball.

    There are few things my two young boys, ages 5 and 3, look forward to more on their Disney trips than character dining. My favorite character dining experience is at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort, which is open for breakfast or dinner. As the family enjoyed a huge buffet, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, and Minnie each stopped by our table to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

    Other character dining experiences my family has enjoyed on previous trips include Donald's Safari breakfast in Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom (featuring Donald Duck and friends), dinner at The Garden Grill restaurant in the Land Pavilion at Epcot (featuring Chip 'n' Dale and friends), and breakfast at Cape May Café at the Beach Club Resort (featuring Goofy, Donald, and Minnie).

    For my boys, the character meals at Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom, 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort, and Akershus Princess Story Book Dining at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot are too princess and storybook themed for their taste. However, every family is different, and you may have girls in your party, so choose the character meals that look right for your family.

    Keep in mind that the characters are subject to change and that character meals tend to book quickly. I highly recommend making advance dining reservations as soon as you can (up to 180 days in advance). You can do so online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

    Enjoy your vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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