Which character dining experience is the cheapest

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Vickie46, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Vickie46

    Vickie46 DIS Veteran

    Sep 26, 2000
    I am taking my parents back to Disney World and I would love to give them a character meal.. Which is the cheapest? If that is such a thing. I know to stay away from the Castle etc.
  2. MomToAp1699

    MomToAp1699 Mouseketeer

    Feb 3, 2007
    If I had to chose one I would go to chef Mickey. We did take my parents to garden grill when we went with them but we all felt it was more ho hum compared to some of the others. We also really enjoyed Ohana best friends breakfast
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  4. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2008
    I called to inquire about character breakfast costs for our travel period (the last week of August). 'Ohana and the breakfast at the Grand Floridian were the cheapest ($21-something per adult). Chef Mickey was substantially more expensive ($33-something per adult).
  5. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2008
    Not sure if this is something you would consider, as its not on the Disney Dining Plan, but if you are paying OOP, the character breakfast at the Swan (at the Garden Grove restaurant) is cheaper yet, assuming you have AAA. Our breakfast reservation at the Garden Grove, for three adults, is $61.32 including tax. The concierge who provided the details to me by email have indicated that our Sunday reservation should include visits from Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale. AAA gets you 20% off your meal cost. And the concierge has indicated the server will validate our parking pass so it will be no additional cost (otherwise, it would be an additional $15).
  6. sharonabe

    sharonabe DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2009
    Character breakfasts are your cheapest route:

    Ohana at Poly has Stitch, Mickey, and Goofy (I think)
    Crystal Palace at MK has Pooh and friends
    1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian has some Pooh and Mary Poppins
    Tusker House at AK has Donald, Daisy, and ???
    Cape May at Beach Club has Minnie and ??? in beachwear

    These are all within a couple dollars more or less of $25.
  7. Lorien728

    Lorien728 Mouseketeer

    Feb 17, 2013
    WE loved the Ohanas breakfast! We had all adults and the character were sooo fun!
  8. Arielle71

    Arielle71 Mouseketeer

    Jan 8, 2012
    our favorite one is 'ohana for breakfast, it's one of the cheapest, you can see Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch and the food is pretty good PLUS it's served family style wich we favor over buffets with lots of kids around!!!
  9. jmcghee2024

    jmcghee2024 DIS Veteran

    Nov 17, 2012
    Tusker House breakfast
  10. ktnryansmom

    ktnryansmom Mouseketeer

    May 11, 2008
    We did breakfast at TH, CP, and Ohana's...

    We liked Ohana's because of stitch, but the best service food and character interaction was CP...

    TH was crazy busy, didn't get good service and just felt rushed
  11. jwfla422

    jwfla422 DIS Veteran/Philly Native

    Apr 21, 2000
    Chef Mickey's is probably the most expensive other than the princess meals and IMHO so NOT worth it!

    The cheapest character meal is probably at the Garden Grove at the Swan. It is only on the weekends though and there are usually only 2 characters but it's also not usually as busy as the other character meals. Characters also appear nightly at dinner but naturally dinner is more expensive so breakfast would be the better option to save $$.

    My other choices would be Cape May (usually Minnie, Donald and Goofy) and 1900 Pk Fare (Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins and Pooh characters, sometimes they vary). I think are the best value for the $$. Good food and good character interaction = good value for the price.
  12. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2007
    O'Hana at the Poly has Stitch, Lilo, Mickey and Pluto
    Crystal Palace at MK has Pooh, Pigger, Eeoyre and Piglet (only place to meet Piglet at WDW)
    1900 Park Fare at GF has Pooh, Tigger, Alice, Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins
    Tusker House at AK has Donald, Mickey, Daisy and Goofy
    Cape May at Beach Club has Minnie, Donald and Goofy

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