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Old 11-13-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Character Meal not on DDP

Next year will be our 10th trip to Disneyworld and for first time my brother and his family are coming with my two 6 year old nieces who are mad about Princesses. So a couple of question, what is the best Princess meal? ( My son is 12 so you can imagine that we haven't done a whole lot of Princess things!)
We spend 3 weeks every August so already an expensive holiday (we are from England) but I was shocked when I saw the price of character meals. I had planned to treat them all to CRT but over $70! It would cost the 7 of us over $430! We have been to Disney many times on the free dining so I don't think I have really noticed the cost before but we will be staying at Bonnet Creek next summer. Got me to thinking how many people actually pay those prices when not on the free DDP? This year we found alot of the restuarants to be very quiet and had no problems getting reservations on the day but we didn't go to any character meal.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Akershus prices are $36-59 apparently, depending on WHEN you go. Thats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage and desserts are included in this price.

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4 prints 4" by 6"

One print 6" by 8" print with one of the Disney Princesses in a themed folder

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Characters will appear on a rotating schedule, that is, there is no guarantee which characters will be appearing on any given day.

"Princesses" who MAY appear include: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Mulan, and Mary Poppins

Aside from that, there's also 1900 PF dinner. Prices are $36-59. There's Cinderella, and the step sisters (which are HILARIOUS btw), plus the evil step mother. Its a lot of fun. Food isnt anything spectacular, but a lot of ppl seem to like it. (i personally dont care for it).

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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I agree with goofyintoronto's suggestions of either Akershus or 1900 Park Fare dinner. Akershus has princesses at all meals. 1900 Park Fare has Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine (the Stepmother), and the stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella at dinner only. There is a breakfast at 1900PF but it has Alice, Mary Poppins, the Mad Hatter, and some others.

DD and I have done breakfast at Akershus twice and really enjoyed it. Plus, you get a good variety of princesses and I enjoyed the food. Dinner at 1900PF was okay. I didn't think the food was outstanding. But the stepmother and stepsisters are hilarious. It's worth it for the entertainment value.
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Another vote for Akershus. The Princess interaction is better, I think, than at CRT, and the price is better, as well. I also really like the food there, but opinions may vary on that. We mostly do breakfast in order to take advantage of getting into Epcot before park opening and get in good position for the Soarin' FastPass rush.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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I have done both breakfast and Akershus and dinner at 1900 Park Fare.

Since you have a son, my recommendation would be dinner at 1900 Park Fare as this is a meal everyone would enjoy. The girls will get to see Cinderella and Prince Charming (very rare to meet a prince) and the step-mom and step-sisters are so loud and funny they will keep everyone entertained.

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THREE WEEK HOLIDAY.. you lucky people. (I think the term is currently "Well Jell" if my TOWIE is correct)

If the girls are with you as a once in a lifetime thing, I'd go with the castle. The memories from that will be with them forever. If they are likely to return, do the others and work up to the castle for future trips for them.

As far as the child is concerned, its about the castle as much as the princesses. Lets face it you give a girlie girl the chance to eat on the lawn of Buckingham Palace or in a beer-garden, which would they choose?

Whatever you decide, have a great time.
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