Character Dining with Donald Duck
  • On Sep 8, 2016
    Keri from TX Asked

    Staying off-property with car on 5 day pass. Kids age 4 & 2. Likely no dinners. How to plan character meals like Chef Mickey if we are driving ? Do we park at that resort and then park at MK? What meals in-park are most recommended for lunch?

    Hi, Keri!

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Five days of fun in Walt Disney World will be wonderful, especially in January, when crowd levels tend to be low.

    Character Dining is a great way to meet some of your favorite Disney pals PLUS you get to do so while relaxing and enjoying a delicious meal for about an hour or so. Great choice!

    We book our character breakfasts and lunches inside a Walt Disney World Resort park. For example, visit Magic Kingdom's The Crystal Palace for breakfast, then maximize your time in the park the rest of the day. Animal Kingdom's Tusker House, Disney's Hollywood Studios' Hollywood & Vine and Epcot's Akershus Royal Banquet Hall are all wonderful in-park locations for a character breakfast or lunch. Leave your car in the parking lot and dine and play all day.

    Should you wish to drive to a character meal at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, simply tell the guard at the hotel gate that you have a dining reservation. Your name will be checked against a list, enabling you to park at the resort. If you would rather take a break from touring mid-day, commuting to many WDW Resort hotels from a park is easy, too. For example, from MK, take the monorail to any restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort or Disney's Contemporary Resort. Head back to MK for more fun post-meal!

    Send more questions as you think of them, Keri; we love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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