Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Character Dining

Character dining can be one of the highlights of your WDW vacation if you plan it right - but don't forget to plan it out - most character dining experiences, espeially Cinderella's Royal Table, fill-up very fast, so book at or as close as possible to 180 days out. Dining with various characters at any of the WDW locations offering this experience will allow your kids the opportunity to spend some time with their favorite characters with the added bonus of saving your family time by allowing you to eat a meal while characters come to visit your table, rather than wait in line (outdoors in the heat no less) to get photos and character signatures. Plus, if you book a meal towards the end of a dining time frame, your kids may get extra attention from the characters. And, if you have young kids, you'll be pleased to know that kids under three eat for free at Disney buffets!

There are a number of locations within the parks and several of the resorts that offer character dining experiences. We found Garden Grove at the Swan & Dolphin Resort to be very low-key and enjoyable with a nice buffet (most character dining experiences are buffet-style). 

Check out the official Walt Disney World Dining site to see a list of locations. The Disney Food Blog also offers great tips on Character dining as well as suggestions for what character dining experience might be right for you and your family.  Among those, Erin Foster over at DFB has recently featured a great article with 11 tips for a great character dining experience. And remember to check out the Disney Food Blog's Disney World Dining Guide for further insight into character dining and WDW dining in general.

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