If you live in Florida, it is inevitable to want to vacation at the happiest place on Earth. Especially when you have little ones who are enamored by all things Disney. When planning a Disney World trip there is without a doubt an almost overwhelming amount of things to want to do. However, if you have kids having a character dining experience is an absolute must! The experience in dining and meeting the characters is like no other.
I couldn’t rank our top 3 as they’re all great experiences, so if you are able to get reservations for any of these, book it!
1900 Park Fare – located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Magic Kingdom Resort Area
Characters here you’ll find Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and friends. We however, reserve for the ‘Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner’ and here you’ll find Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine (stepmother), Anastasia and Drisella.
Allergy-Friendly Keep in mind that if you have a child with allergies like I do, when making reservations by phone and upon arrival, let the cast member know. Although there is no guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination, they try to make proper accommodations. Once seated the chef will come to the table and he’ll walk you through the buffet to know which foods the child may eat according to the allergies. They’ll also make a ‘special’ peanut-free dessert which will be prepared in the kitchen when he’s done eating. Also, visit my post on the kids food allergy alert wrist bands that my son wears.
Cost breakfast / brunch about $32 adults and $20 child, dinner about $45 adults and $27 child
Menu Buffet style, American cuisine.
Attire Unless you’re eating in one of the signature dining locations there is a certain dress code. But for the rest of the restaurants, such as these character dining experiences, it’s casual, come as you would go to the parks, per se. And this particular character dining is located in the very elegant Grand Floridian Resort, however, you can wear what you like – shorts, sneakers, just overall theme park attire.
Atmosphere Expect many children – not all mine, and a loud atmosphere. This can be applied to all the character dining experience, loud but oh so fun!
The Crystal Palace – located inside the Magic Kingdom Park
Characters here you’ll find the characters from The Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore.
Allergy-Friendly same as the 1900 Park Fare, when making reservations by phone and upon arrival, let the cast member know. Although there is no guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination, they do try to to make proper accommodations.
Cost for lunch about $37.99 adults and $22.99 child
Menu Buffet style, American cuisine.
Atmosphere Like many of the character dining experience, expect many children, and a loud atmosphere.
‘Ohana (means Family) – located inside the Polynesian Village Resort, Magic Kingdom Resort Area *characters join guests only at breakfast time
Characters here you’ll find Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto.
Allergy-Friendly same as the 1900 Park Fare and The Crystal Palace, when making reservations by phone and upon arrival, let the cast member know. Although there is no guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination, they do try to to make proper accommodations.
Cost for character breakfast about $34 adults and $20 child, dinner about $46 adults and $26 child
Menu Family style. American, Polynesian cuisine.
Atmosphere Like many of the character dining experience, expect many children, a loud but very fun atmosphere.
Also, keep in mind most restaurants will be less expensive if you book for breakfast.
Happy character dinning!
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