Best character meal for 10 y.o. boy?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by famy27, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. famy27

    famy27 DIS Veteran

    Jun 4, 2007
    Over the weekend, we decided to bring my nephew to WDW with us in October. This will be his first trip, and he is VERY excited. I have two DDs, so I know all things princess. Boy stuff, I don't know at all. He would definitely like to do a character meal, but he doesn't have any preferences. He said he'd love anything we pick.

    Since he is 10, he'll have to pay adult the adult price. I am sort of leaning toward a breakfast or something else that might be a little lower cost, since I'll be footing the bill for five adults and one child. Any ideas?
  2. figment_jii

    figment_jii DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2006
    For breakfast, there are several character meal options (non-Princess):

    • Cape May Cafe (BC) - Minnie, Goofy, and Donald
    • Chef Mickey (CR) - Mickey and Friends
    • Crystal Palace (MK) - Winnie the Pooh & Friends
    • Hollywood & Vine (DHS) - Playhouse Disney
    • 'Ohana (Poly) - Stitch and Friends
    • Tusker House (AK) - Donald and Friends

    I don't know that there are huge difference in terms of food choices at the different character breakfasts (there will usually be a few different items at each place). Everyone will have different opinions of each place; one placed loved by one person will be hated by another. So, if the main point is to see characters, I would pick the one that has the most interesting characters for your DS.
  3. sabcook

    sabcook Mouseketeer

    Aug 7, 2012
    my DS (9)'s favorites....

    Crystal Palace breakfast
    'Ohana - stitch is a hit
    Tusker House breakfast - great characters
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  5. Eastern

    Eastern DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2006
    I would do Cape May Cafe if it's not too hard to get to Beach Club in the morning. My boys always loved that one.
  6. troll buster

    troll buster Mouseketeer

    May 11, 2013
    I have a DS 11and his favorite character breakfast is Tusker House. His favorite character dinner is Garden Grill.
  7. amym2

    amym2 DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2009
    My DS11 isn't really into characters, but he loved Cape May when we did it for breakfast a couple of years ago. He wants to try Tusker House next because it is similar to Boma, which is his absolute favorite (but no characters). He liked Chef Mickey's, but he was 5 when we did it. I think he'd still be fine with it now.
  8. penjen

    penjen DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2004
    My son will be 10 this year. We go every year and he has requested Chef Mickey's for years. Not sure why he likes it. Maybe for the food (and desserts) but he doesn't seem phased about being too old for the characters.
  9. Karbase8

    Karbase8 DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2011
    Believe it or not my son loved CRT we did the dinner though he loved the princesses making a big fuss over him, he also really enjoyed Chef Mickey breakfast as well and Crystal Palace with the Pooh characters.
  10. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    Our favorite for breakfast is Cape May at the BC. The buffet has a lot of variety and the characters are cute as they are dressed in beach gear :goodvibes.
  11. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    Tusker House is our family favorite as its got a huge variety of food. Cape May would be our 2nd choice. It has good character interaction.
  12. belle912

    belle912 Mouseketeer

    Apr 22, 2013
    Garden Grill is a great character dinner. It is a buffet served family style with Farmer Mickey, Pluto and Chip & Dale. The characters spend lots of time at each table plus the restaurant revolves. Nothing cooler than that! Lol
  13. jenjersnap

    jenjersnap yadda yadda yadda

    Sep 18, 2004
    We have eaten at all of them. My boys requested a return to these, in this order:

    Tusker house
    Chef Mickeys (breakfast only, dinner is awful)
    Crystal Palace

    But their favorite is breakfat at 1900 PF. They love the Mad Hatter. They also wanted Garden Grill but I asked them to cut a Mickey meal and was the one they voted to drop.

    We have never enjoyed Cape May much and wouldn't recommend it unless you are staying at an Epcot. Resort. The Disney Jr meal is geared for little ones.
  14. ttintagel

    ttintagel DIS Veteran

    Nov 28, 2011
    Both boys and girls both love and dislike all different kinds of Disney characters. You don't automatically like one character over another based on your anatomy or chromosomes. Your best bet is to look at the list of character meals at kennythepirate dot com and pick one with characters you know he likes.
  15. Mkrop

    Mkrop I just cant go on demand

    Feb 26, 2007
    DS10 (and DS15)'s favorite is Tusker House for brunch.

    Not a character meal but one my guys love is Whispering Canyon bc of all the silliness!
  16. juliebug1997

    juliebug1997 DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2011
    I can't tell you how cute it is to see the princesses make a fuss over boys! Snow White almost always leaves her lipstick on their cheeks.

    Our favorite dinner is Garden Grill with Chip and Dale. We also like Crystal Palace breakfast, but I would think that Pooh might be a little young for 10, but what do I know? I still love them all!
  17. kajs22

    kajs22 Mother extraordinaire, friends call me wonder woma

    Apr 27, 2013
    1900 Park fare - the prince is there & those step sisters love little boys:)
  18. Lisa71

    Lisa71 Adoption Rocks!

    Aug 7, 2011
    Tusker house lunch!! Yummy and fun. Great way to keep cool at AK too.
  19. MommaBerd

    MommaBerd DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2011
    Not to hi-jack this thread, but wouldn't a Pixar Pals breakfast/lunch/dinner be awesome, for boys in particular?!?!

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  20. tony609

    tony609 "I've Gotta Show To Do"

    Mar 11, 2006
    Agreed! It's been discussed here many many times. Disers would love one. Me included! Apparently though the disney bean counters pulled the plug on a toy story breakfast at the 11th hour.
  21. ddwwelsh

    ddwwelsh Mouseketeer

    May 14, 2013

    • Cape May Cafe (BC) - Minnie, Goofy, and Donald
    • Chef Mickey (CR) - Mickey and Friends
    • Crystal Palace (MK) - Winnie the Pooh & Friends
    • Hollywood & Vine (DHS) - Playhouse Disney
    • 'Ohana (Poly) - Stitch and Friends
    • Tusker House (AK) - Donald and Friends


    He's ten, so I'd show him the list above and let him decide which characters he'd like to dine with. And in all honesty, if he's super-excited, the food won't really matter.

    I did the same with our thirteen year old daughter. I read off the character lists, and she gave her approval or say-so to certain ones, so I went with her cues. That's not to say that I'm not more excited about our meals at Garden Grill and Tusker House.


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