Top 5 Best Disney Character Dining Locations
Which Disney World Character Dining Experiences are Worth the Money?
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Character dining is one of the most unique experiences your family can do on a Disney World vacation. Not only do you get to eat at some of the park’s best dining locations, but your kids are guaranteed to meet and interact with some of their favorite Disney characters. Sure, it does cost extra – and you must book your reservations well in advance – but this is one of those wonderful purely Disney experiences that you will cherish forever. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about this type of experience and then review the top 5 best Disney character dining locations you should consider booking for your next trip.
Disney character dining experiences involving first booking a reservation at a specific character dining location (list below). Note that these experiences are very popular so you much reserve your spot well in advance of your trip. Once there, you will eat a meal as fully costumed Disney characters circle the room and stop at each table to pose for photos, sign autographs, hug your kids (or spouse), and that sort of thing. As you may have guessed, these interactions are very lively and upbeat.
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One of the main reasons to book a character dining experience is because it guarantees that your children will meet and interact with a Disney character during your trip. You may have the opportunity to meet characters in the park but that may require waiting in long lines and wasting time which could otherwise be used on rides. And even then there is no guarantee you will have the opportunity to have much of an interaction with them because others are competing for their attention. Character dining ensures you will have your own time with them.
So if you were planning on sit-down meals anyway, why not make it a memorable one that screams “Disney” and gives you an opportunity to takes some great photos while you are enjoying your meal?
The most obvious disadvantage is that character dining is the expense: they do tend to be more expensive than standard table service meals.
The food is served either as a buffet or family-style, and the cost is set at a fixed price (in the $30-$60 range for adults and less for children, depending on which location you book).
Another disadvantage is the food quality. The food is universally good, but certainly not the best table service meals Disney has to offer. You are really paying extra for the experience, not the food quality.
Lastly, character dining can consume some of you valuable in-park time (1 to 1.5 hrs). Some character dining locations are hosted at Disney resorts. These will likely consume even more time because of the travel time involved. However, many character dining locations can be found within theme parks. In fact, each theme park has at least one character dining experience, with some serving breakfast at least one hour before the park even opens. Therefore, it is possible to eat breakfast and still make it to the gates before a park even opens. Consider your options wisely or seek out the advice of a Disney travel agent.
Here is our list of the top 5 best Disney Character Dining locations. We consider such factors as setting, food, the assortment of Disney characters, and overall “wow factor.”
We hope our Best Disney Character Dining Experiences list has helped you prioritize your character dining location.
For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides, such as our helpfulDisney Dining Plan Calculator and Disney Transportation Map, as well as our Best Animal Kingdom Restaurants, Best Epcot Restaurants, Best Hollywood Studios Restaurants, Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants , and Vegetarian Dining recommendations.
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