Character Meals Super Thread!!

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  1. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    I was just looking at the Disneyland.com website & it still showed Ariel's serving breakfast, so thank you for confirming that!!

    Surf's Up is a great one for the interaction. A 10am reservation will give you enough time for characters & eating!!

    :thumbsup2 Glad we could figure this out!! (my family loves doing the breakfast there!!)
     
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  3. JadeDarkstar

    JadeDarkstar Dis Veteran Pirate dragon mom

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  4. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    You're very welcome!! :goodvibes
     
  5. Disney Princess

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    This is so helpful to have all the information in the same place! Thanks for starting this. :thumbsup2
     
  6. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    We thought it would be a good idea to gather information and put it out there to help people plan. Thanx & your welcome!!
     
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    Just wanted to give a heads up for today (Thursday)......I will be leaving in a few hours for a memorial out of town, so I will be unable to respond to questions until tomorrow. Hopefully if a question does arise, another reader will be able to help you.

    Have a great day everyone!!! :goodvibes
     
  10. ballarinamom

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    I called Disney Dining and they said Minnies opening will change depending on when the park opens. But the last seating will always be 10:50 with food pulled and characters gone at 11:30 so they can swith over to Plaza Inn for lunch
     
  11. smiles33

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    What a fantastic idea! I am getting so many ideas of which character breakfast to do for our next trip. Thank you for putting this together!
     
  12. Ride Junkie

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    This is why we do character breakfasts on the day we leave (on a non-park day). That way we don't feel like we're missing out in the morning. No pressure to hurry back to the park. :thumbsup2

    So far we've only done the Surf's Up breakfast, which was really fun. We had Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Stitch. The characters came by our table several times each, and spent a LOT of time with DD. Stitch tried to climb into DD's high chair, which she throught was hilarious. They also get the kids up to dance, do surf lessons, that sort of thing. Our little girl just loved it!

    This time we're going to try the Goofy's Kitchen breakfast. I'm excited to see how many different characters they have there in all your pictures! I hope we see Mulan, that's DD's favorite movie at the moment.

    Thanks for starting this thread, this is just the info I was looking for. :)
     
  13. kswm30b

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    Our flight home is at 10pm, so it's still going to be a park day for us. ;) (For WDW, we always get the first flight in & the last flight out, so we have as much time as possible in the parks. ;)) One of the days during the trip, though, I'm probably going to do a few other things in SoCal. I'm hoping to do a character breakfast then, but I'm not sure how early we'll have to leave that day, so I hope we can fit it in.

    I just want to recommend this too. I know it's WDW, but the first time we went to Chef Mickeys, we had met every character (some more than once), but NOT Mickey! How can you do Chef Mickey's and not meet him, right? They do a little dance/parade thing, and he'd always be right by our table when that started, but when it was over, he didn't come back. And we had one of the latest times, so we were worried we just wouldn't see him before the characters left. We asked someone, and finally they brought him over & we were able to get out of there, lol.

    Btw, I've never done character meals with kids (usually I'm with my mom, one time I was with friends), and it's still always a blast. Don't think character meals are just for kids! :)
     
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    Oh, gotcha. We drive to & from Disneyland, so we always have a little time in the morning before we head home. Hope you find time to squeeze one in!

    Also, I agree that character meals are fun for everyone, not just kids. DH and I went to WDW 6 times before we had DD, and we always did the Pooh character meal at the Crystal Palace. So fun! They were always good sports & let us take pics with them. Now that we have a 3-year-old, the character meals are 10x MORE fun! Nothing like seeing the look on a child's face when they meet Minnie Mouse in person. Priceless. :lovestruc
     
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    She was there this past Sunday and was fantastic! So beautiful and spent so much time talking with DD4 and DD6 :goodvibes
     
  16. Ride Junkie

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    :) Awesome! Hope we get to see her too.

    I have another question for anyone who has gone to the dinner at Ariel's Grotto: since they stopped doing the World of Color dinner package there, they have the princesses at dinner now, correct? My husband found some info saying they weren't at dinner, but I think that was old info. Thanks.
     
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    Mickey is my favorite character...I have Mickey stuff on my clothes, in my living room, all over...I love him and when I went to wdw in dec. it was my most looked forward to restaurant..I got to see him for a total of 2 min. the entire time...I was soooo sad..I really wanted a longer interaction with him and we were one of the first people of the day...the restaurant wasnt even filled half way up....it was drepressing :sad2:
     
  18. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Thank you for passing on this information!!

    You're welcome.....I'm glad it helped!!

    We love Surf's Up.....a really fun meal for everyone!!

    Glad you're finding info to help you plan!! :goodvibes

    Character meals are for any one that loves the characters!!! I've gone with my kids & with adults only......it's fun either way!!

    I have pictures of that very thing......My daughter was in tears as she hugged Minnie!! Very special!!

    I've never seen Mulan.......or Pocahontus.....would love to see both of them at some point!!

    When it was the WoC dining package, there were no characters.....but since they are no longer offering the WoC at Ariel's, the princesses are there for breakfast, lunch & dinner!!

    I'm sorry that it was a short interaction.....especially when you envision something different. I think it's best to go into any character meal with the knowledge that the character will come to your table, sign an autograph book & pose for a couple pictures. Anything on top of that is priceless!!!! (PS: I love Mickey too!!)
     
  19. sirvin12

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    Ariel's Grotto is a wonderful character meal, but it is a lot more regimented and less spontaneously fun than the others. The princess stop at each table, picture, autograph, hug, done. No games or silliness with the characters. For my princess
    loving 5 year old however, it was magical. We went to BBB right before for a princess makeover to make it even more special. I thought the food was great (we had lunch).We are going to do it again when we go back in December!

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  20. DizNee Luver

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    Thank you for the beautiful pics & review!! Do they still do have a "page" or "knight" announcing each princess & teaching the kids how to curtsey & bow??

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  21. Jkpark

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    I was just discussing this with DH last night when deciding whether to go back here. My girls do love the dancing/singing/repeat visits you get at the other character meals - BUT - they actually have time to eat their food at Ariel's Grotto :thumbsup2

    When we are the others they are either interacting, getting up to dance, taking pictures, or just scoping out who the next character will be to come visit us. At Ariel's - after the last princess comes by - we ALL get to relax and enjoy the food and still have wonderful memories with the princesses.
     

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