Character Dining if you're not into characters

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by WickedWench, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. WickedWench

    WickedWench Ruthless Pirate turned Polynesian Princess

    Jun 21, 2005
    I'm not into characters, and the people I travel with never are either. I've heard alot of good things about the food at some of these restaurants, so I'd like to try them. I've never done character dining before, so could someone explain to me how it works? Do they just briefly stop at your table and move on, or is the character interaction more involved?
  2. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

    Mar 19, 2005
    Whenever I eat at a character meal, they just stop, say hello, get a picture, and move on. I think they're a pretty good judge of how much interaction you want.
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  4. mi*vida*loca

    mi*vida*loca Collect memories, not things

    Mar 29, 2008
    They won't stay long. When I went there were a few adults eating as couples or even alone. Some were completely into it and loved the interaction. Other's weren't adn teh characters can sense that.
  5. ChelleinNC

    ChelleinNC Say "Hi" to Art the Greeter for me!

    Jul 15, 2007
    You just may end up being surprised and really enjoying yourself :goodvibes

    We took my Dad & Stepmom last year and I know they thought the "character thing" was strange, but once Chip & Dale started playing with them and Pluto started flirting with my Stepmom, they had a blast! :thumbsup2

    ROEDISNEY DIS Veteran My name

    May 30, 2004
    They are great they just stop by and say hello. It's all good fun. They bring you the Disney kid out in everybody then they move on.
  7. Mermaid_Ariel

    Mermaid_Ariel Flippin' my Fins

    Jul 17, 2007
    Wait, what do you mean characters?? :confused3 Mickey is a real mouse!! ;)
  8. Steelersfan

    Steelersfan Mouseketeer

    Mar 24, 2002
    They will only stay with you as long as you are interested.

    My wife and I went to WDW 3 times before our daughter came along and ate some character meals. We kind of enjoyed getting a picture or two with the characters but they moved on very quickly.

    In July 07 we were there with our daughter 3 and niece 10 and they spent more time.

    I would just get a few pics and enjoy the experience. If you really don't want to deal with them and you are at a buffet, just go up for more food as they are getting to your table. This is like doing the trips to the buffet in reverse because when you are there with kids you have to keep an eye out for the characters so you don't miss them!

    We found the food at all the breakfast buffets to be worth the effort even if you are not into the characters.

    We liked:

    Crystal Palace
    Princess Norway Breakfast (Not a buffet, but all you can eat family style with a cold buffet of meats, cheeses, fruits, etc.)

    You can't go wrong with any of these! You will be full and won't feel like eating again for most of the day!
  9. thomas998

    thomas998 DIS Veteran

    May 30, 2008
    I think if you don't enjoy the character dining you should probably skip it and go somewhere for the food. I have never thought that I could justify the charcter dining prices based soley on the food... it is generally not worth its price even when you view it through Disney glasses.
  10. disnut8

    disnut8 DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2005
    It depends on what you want. If you don't want anything big, they will wave and move on. If you see a character you like (I so embarrassed myself with Piglet), by all means have fun.

    have have never seen any character or Cast Member at an interactive restaurant go beyond what the guest is comfortable with.

    The best thing about character meals really isn't what you want. It's watching everyone else. A five year old girl screaming "MICKEY!!!" Or, like me, a 40 year old woman running to the lobby because Piglet was out there.

    It's not the food, it's not the characters. It's everything.
  11. WickedWench

    WickedWench Ruthless Pirate turned Polynesian Princess

    Jun 21, 2005
    Good point. To be honest, I never thought about prices.

    I appreciate all the advice. It sounds like it wouldn't be too bad. I'll have to try it once just to see. :>

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