The Magic and Chaos of Character Eating

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Opposite to the commercials that present youngsters skipping hand-in-hand with their favourite Disney characters down Principal Avenue within the Magic Kingdom, Disney characters seldom seem within the parks with out set instances, and subsequently traces.

Realizing this, my husband and I booked three totally different character eating meals (with the assistance of our Desires Limitless Journey* agent) throughout our final Walt Disney World trip to make sure our children — ages 5 and virtually 2 — would have plenty of alternatives to satisfy characters with out having to attend in separate traces for every.

Our reservations (every on a separate day of our journey) included breakfast at Crystal Palace within the Magic Kingdom (with Pooh and pals), lunch at Tusker Home in Animal Kingdom (with Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy), and an early dinner at Akershus within the Norway Pavilion of Epcot (with the princesses).

Crystal Palace Resized

Character eating is certainly enjoyable and an effective way to satisfy favourite characters, lots of whom may be troublesome or inconceivable to seek out within the parks. As a substitute of ready in line to satisfy one character at a time, which is the best way many meet-and-greet alternatives work, you get to eat your means by way of the wait and meet a number of characters all through your meal.

We loved our interactions with the characters at every of the eating places we selected. This was very true at Crystal Palace, as a result of this was our little man’s first Walt Disney World trip and Crystal Palace was his first alternative to satisfy characters. He adored them. Regardless of this, we determined by no means to e book this many character eating experiences once more.

Character eating, although enjoyable, is usually a less-than-relaxing expertise. For instance, after we arrived at Crystal Palace, we had been seated in a desk prone to be the primary cease when a personality entered that space, so my husband and I took turns making fast journeys to the buffet to make sure we didn’t miss our alternative to satisfy considered one of them. Likewise, in Tusker Home, Goofy was strolling by way of our part after we arrived and we weren’t positive which means he’d make his means throughout the room, so this Mama ran to the buffet, threw a number of Mickey waffles on a plate, and ran again to the desk.


My fellow dad and mom perceive that this maneuver was to make sure Mr. Virtually-2 didn’t have a less-than-magical meltdown whereas we waited for Goofy to reach at our desk. You’ll discover I discussed getting Mickey waffles although I mentioned above that we made reservations for lunch at Tusker Home. Effectively, we occurred to reach throughout the changeover from the breakfast buffet to the lunch buffet (our reservation was at 11 AM), so not solely had been we attempting to make fast journeys, however there was restricted meals obtainable for the primary 30 minutes or so (which was comprehensible however made it barely more difficult).

Akershus was fortunately a little bit extra enjoyable. They’ve appetizer-type gadgets on a buffet however fundamental dishes are ordered from the menu and dropped at the desk. Whereas this eradicated runDisney-style journeys to and from the buffet all through our meal, we had been nonetheless confronted with one other problem of character eating: attempting to take pleasure in our meal between visits from the characters.


Now, I can undoubtedly say the problem of having fun with our meal was not one thing I seen till we did character eating with our children. My husband and I had a number of experiences with character eating as a pair earlier than we had youngsters (Chef Mickey’s is a favourite) and they didn’t really feel as rushed or interrupted because the meals on this journey did.

That’s as a result of there’s much less prep wanted because the characters strategy when eating with older youngsters or simply with adults. In different phrases, my husband can wipe his personal mouth sufficiently earlier than standing as much as pose with Mickey. Little Miss Eats-Extra-Syrup-Than-Waffles and Mister I’d-Like-Some-French-Fries-With-My-Ketchup? Not a lot!

As every character approached, my husband and I ended consuming, mopped up as a lot extraneous meals from every of our children’ faces as potential, obtained them up, brushed crumbs off, obtained the autograph e book prepared, and obtained able to take photos. Footage, in fact, that captured among the most memorable moments of our journey and that we’ll cherish for years to return. So, whereas the reminiscences had been effectively well worth the effort, we are going to possible stick to at least one or two character eating experiences on future holidays.

My objective in sharing our character eating experiences shouldn’t be in any method to dissuade you from reserving your individual, simply to offer you some perception and concerns earlier than you do. This manner you may be ready and know that, particularly when you’ve got younger youngsters, you’ll be placing in a little bit additional effort behind the scenes to create these magical (and ketchup-free) moments with characters.

For extra particulars on the eating places I discussed and extra, you should definitely try The Disney Eating Present!

Goofy (Tusker House) Resized

*Editor’s Notice: Desires Limitless Journey is the official sponsor of The DIS.

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