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A Pastor, A Mama, And The Mouse

To Character Dine or Not

When you think Disney what is the first thing that pops into your mind? On the count of 3 we will say it together …. ready?

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This holds true to dining as well. There are many options for dining types – you can go for simply a quick cheeseburger and chicken tenders just to sit for 10 minutes and fill your bellies or you can be going for the complete experience character dining and all.

There are several character dinings across the parks.

If you’re looking for the Fab 5 you can head to:

Chef Mickey’s – located in the Contemporary

Tusker House – located in Animal Kingdom

Cape May Cafe – located at Beach Club Resort (Breakfast only)

Hollywood and Vine – located in Hollywood Studios (Lunch and Dinner)

Topolino’s Terrace – located in Riviera Resort (Breakfast only)

You can see the princesses at Askerhuas Storybook Dining in Norway in the World Pavilion in Epcot or Cinderella’s Royal Table in Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom.

Or more specifically ….

Beast is always available for a special viewing in his castle at Be Our Guest in Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom.

Snow White and some of the dwarves at Artist’s Pointe Story Book Dining in the Wilderness Lodge.

Pooh Bear and friends in the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom.

Chip and Dale at the Garden Grill in the Land, Epcot.

There are so many amazing restaurants to choose from but let me say this – they’re going to be up there in price (Breakfast cheaper than Dinner but still pricy) and 9 times out of 10 they’re going to be a buffet.

Personally we LOVE Tusker House for brunch so you get a little breakfast and a little lunch. Their carving station and mealie is chef’s kiss. The absolute best. You also get to see some of the Fab 5 in their safari gear.

This past trip we even made a trip into the Crystal Palace. H LOVES Pooh Bear but is still sometimes uncertain about the characters coming up to her.

In the past, Crystal Palace has been ….. meh to say the least. But this time … oh my word … the food was on point and delicious. We had prime rib, honey glazed salmon … and of course the coveted chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. We were unsure about it since all of the bad reviews that have been coming left and right in the last few years. But personally we will be back.

The one character dining that we personally have not had any luck at with the food would be Chef Mickey’s. The food the last few times has definitely been leaving something more to desire – but in our opinions that all melts away when you see your kids get so excited to hug Mickey, Minnie, and the gang.

So it all comes down to personal opinion, just like with anything else in this life. The price of the character dinings are pretty steep (breakfast always cheaper than lunch and dinner) and it seems like every now and again they’re opening up a new character dining somewhere else.

But for us – seeing our kids light up. Hug their necks. Get so excited. And talk about it for months and even years to come makes the steep prices and sometimes mediocre food all the more worth it.

This next trip in September we are trying some new character dinings, or character dinings we haven’t had in a long time.

Everyone has said that Askerhaus has stepped up their game majorly and that their breakfast is to die for …. so we will be having breakfast with the princesses in Norway. And then having Dinner with Snow White and some dwarves over at the Wilderness Lodge. We also will be eating with Beast in his castle – which we have done previously and yes, the price is kind of outrageous, but the atmosphere is incredible. You fully feel like you’ve left the parks and you’re in the Beasts castle eating everything you could imagine from the movie. Only thing missing would be Belle herself and the talking furniture and dishes.

So be on the look out in a few months for some reviews on Askerhaus, Be Our Guest, and Story Book Dining at Artist’s Point! I’ll let you know if I thought it was worth my money and time!

What do you think? Are character dinings worth it? Or is the price too high for mediocre food.

Is there any other character dining I should try???

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