Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Should You Book A Character Meal?

Character meals are a great way to get special attention from your favorite characters. It is also a great way to save time waiting in long lines in the heat to get a picture and autograph. There are 3 things to consider when booking a character meal.

1. Do your children like interacting with the characters?

Many young children are initially scared of the characters. I recommend talking with your children ahead of time and letting them know that the characters are friendly and nice. Have Mom or Dad hug the character first to let your little one visually see that you like the characters too. If your child is terrified of the characteres then I would avoid any type of character meal.

2. Is the character meal in your budget?

Character meals can be expensive, especially dinners. Most meals are buffet style and therefore range in price from $30 per person up to $60 per person. If you are on tight schedule I recommend booking a breakfast character meal such as Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom or Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. This way you are already in the park and you can beat the crowds if you reserve an early breakfast prior to park opening. If you are on a budget then I recommend eating at Cape May because they have very low prices for their breakfast character meals plus the food is great!

3. Do your children really want to dine with the characters?

Some children could care less about meeting the characters. If this is the case then by all means why spend the extra money for a character meal? You are paying extra for this special experience. You can save your money for something else that your children will really appreciate such as a visit to the BBB or Pirates League.