Wednesday Q&A: Should I Book A Character Meal?
If you’ve been wondering whether or not to book a character meal, then today’s question is for you.
Q: Should I book a character meal?
A: If you can afford it, then you should definitely book it. There are several reasons I feel this way: it’s a good value, you’ll have a unique dining experience, and it can save you lots of time later.
Good Value for the Money
Character dining brings a lot of joy for a great value in my opinion. Watching your child’s face light up when she sees her favorite character coming toward the table is the whole reason for making the trip, isn’t it? Plus, you will not pay any more for character dining experiences than for meals without characters in most instances. With Disney’s Free Dining offer it’s a no-brainer, but even when you’re paying out-of-pocket to dine it’s still cost-efficient. With so many options, you can choose your character dining based upon the characters or on your budget if you must. Either way, you will have a unique dining experience.
Unique Dining Experiences
Walt Disney World is certainly not short on choices of location or characters. You don’t even have to use a day of your park ticket to dine in locations with the characters. You might choose to dine at a resort on your arrival or departure day, thus saving the days on your tickets for full-length days at the park. This is a great way to welcome you to the most magical place on earth. A guest does not have to be registered at a particular resort to dine there. Even if you choose to dine in the parks, you still benefit by saving lots of park time for fun later.
Saves You Time Later
Dining at a character meal can save you valuable time in the parks. The one-on-one experience the children gain with the characters at meals negates the need for standing in long lines to meet characters in the park. With the wide variety of character dining options, he can meet Mickey and all his pals, as well as all the princesses, with just a couple of character dining reservations. And, as you can see from the picture, these fun-loving characters spread the love in very personal ways and help to create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
These experiences are truly one-of-a-kind for a child who loves Disney characters. The best thing to do is to give your travel agent (me) your list of desired character meals and the child’s best times of the day to interact. This will guarantee an awesome meal with some very special friends!
TIP: When selecting a time for character dining, choose the latest time available for that particular meal. The characters have more time to visit at the end of the dining period and the children can get extra hugs and pictures.