Character Meal - Which one is better?


Earning My Ears
Feb 12, 2001
This is mine and my Hubby's first trip back to disney since our honeymoon back in 1983. Now we are taking our 2 daughters - ages 7 and 10. We are having a hard time deciding which character meal would be best. We are considering the Cinderella Breakfast, and we were wondering who else is there with Cinderella. I understand other Princesses are there also. Does anyone have any comments about it that might help us.

We are also considering the Crystal Palace with Pooh. We probably will only be able to fit one of them in, so we need to decide whcich one of these would be best. Any helpful comments are greatly appreciated.
I did a few while I was there in December. I had lunch at Cindy's Castle and there was no characters there (however the food was good). I also had dinner at the Garden Grill. Although I was solo, all of the characters stopped by my table at least twice. The food was excellent and so was the service. Also dined at Chef Mickey's for breakfast with my nephews. Food was good and all of the characters stopped by the table for pictures. Finally, on my last day at WDW, dined at the Crystal Palace. My sisters had eaten there before and enjoyed it. The food was good and all of the characters stopped to say hi.


To Walt Disney World and Beyond!!!
As was stated earlier, Cindy's does'nt have any character interaction. Its very pretty there however and you daughters would surely enjoy it. If this is the only opportunity for a character meal you'll have; I think you should go that route. It would be much more memorable for you and your family. We've dined at numerous character meals and have always found the interaction and attention they give to be outstanding. Crystal palace is very nice and sure to be a hit if your girls like pooh & pals. But Chef Mickey's at the contemporary resort is one of the best character dining in all of WDW. Whatever you decide, have fun!!

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if you want to go a day when you don't visit the parks Winnie the Pooh is also at Artist Point at WL, and Oliva's cafe at OKW (sun, mon & wed).

The first thing to do is to decide what characters you want to meet. Each of the restaurants have different 'packages' of characters.

If your girls like meeting Princesses they will enjoy Cinderella's Royal Table (Breakfast only - the other meals are not character meals). The problem is that EVERYBODY wants to have breakfast with the Princesses (Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, and Cinderella - of course!) so it's very tough to make a priority seating. To make your priority seating for Cindy's you will need to call (407-939-3463) at 7am Eastern Time 60 days in advance and I do mean 7am, not 7:01am... The first day I tried I called at 7:05am and Breakfast had already been sold out...

There are lots of other Character Meals - to see the latest and greatest (it changes) I check the website (Deb Wills website).

Have fun,
My best friend and I had dinner with Pooh and company at Crystal Palace about a year ago and we loved it! The buffet was good for a first go okay selection. We got to meet each character (Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet) twice through our meal. They stopped at *each* table and made sure everyone got their fair chance to meet each character. It was lots of fun. Bring a camera if you go!!! We went in late August and the only reservation we needed was in-person several hours before dinner. (we were more thrilled about that!)


I miss my Christi-bear. :(
Our daughter adores the Disney Princesses. There is a great character "Breakfast with the Princesses" at Epcot in the Norwegian Castle. It is easier to get a reservation than the breakfast at Cinderella's Castle. There were at least 5 princesses both times we went and they come to your table and talk to your child personally and pose for pictures (beats waiting in line to see them). The food was good too. I thought this breakfast was worth every penny. To see the look on my daughter's face (age 3 the first time, age 4 the second time) was, as they say, "priceless". I think you can make a reservation up to 6 months in advance. Book early as you don't want to miss this one!

First I'd decide which characters are more important to your DDs. IMHO, I'd go for the Cinderella breakfast first but it's very very hard to get so if you don't get it you can do Crystal Palace OR you can try for the Princess breakfast at Epcot called "Storybook". That isn't quite as hard to get as Cindy's but it's also very popular and you will have to call exactly 90 days out and right at 7:00a.

Another great character meal is LTT at MK with Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and chip and dale or Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary. That's a fun meal too!

Cinderella is also at dinner at the GF at 1900 Park Fare, but I'd try for the breakast ones first.

Enjoy your planning!
Priority Seating for Breakfast with Cinderella and Friends at the Castle needs to be made exactly 90 days before you plan to go. We were very lucky to get PS for this last May. It was wonderful! My DD3 at the time LOVED seeing Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Aurora and Mary Poppins.
I have a 5 year old DD and 10 yr old DS, They both loved the princess breakfast at Askershus in Epcot at Norway and now they are doing lunch and dinner as well I heard. Also it depends alot on what characters your DD's like the most. Chef Mickeys is also very good interaction and great food. Cape Mays is alot of fun and they feature Minnie Mouse, Goofy and , as with most character meals, Chip and Dale (those guys must not have anything else to do!):) :rotfl2: :earboy2:


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