Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 31, 2008
    Heidi from NY Asked

    We are planning an extended family WDW vacation for Sept/Oct 2009. Between us there are 5 children ages 2-5 (4 girls, 1 boy). We want to do 1 or 2 of the character meals. What character meals would you recommend for the young children? Would you do 1 or 2?

    Character meals are a wonderful way for children to see the characters without waiting in a line. It's also a nice way to introduce timid kids to the fuzzy Disney family members.

    Character meals are FREE for children under 3. You may want to consider a character breakfast to save money. Lunch and dinner meals are always more expensive.

    Since you are traveling with young children, I would suggest dining at the Crystal Palace with the pals from the Hundred Acre Woods. This is a cheerful restaurant offering a buffet meal including kid buffet selections. Ask Tigger to bounce. Hug Eeyore. Ask Pooh if he's hungry. It's fun for all ages but especially with young children. The Crystal Palace is in the Magic Kingdom. One great way to enjoy this restaurant is by booking a breakfast around 8:00 a.m. on a non-Extra Magic Hour morning. You'll have the chance to walk down an empty Main Street before the park opening and then be well situated to begin your Disney Day after breakfast.

    Now, I'm torn between suggesting a meal with the princesses or a meal at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary. Dining at Cinderella Castle is a special experience. I would choose lunch over the pre-plated breakfast. Cinderella greets guests for a photo in the lobby and then other princesses and princes circulate the restaurant. At Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort, Mickey throws a great party. A meal here is always festive.

    At character meals, make sure to sit children in seats where they can easily be photographed with the characters. Characters will circulate the restaurant. When they arrive your table, feel free to have the kids stand up for group and/or individual photos. Any timid children should be seated in a spot where they feel safe and perhaps can just wave to the furry friends.

    I would pick at least 2 character meals!

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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