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Choosing the Best Character Meal at Walt Disney World

What's the best character meal at the Walt Disney World Resort? No easy answers to this one, I'm afraid. I'd love to say "they're all fabulous, you can't go wrong!" but...that's only half true. They are all fabulous, for some people. The trick to a great character meal is picking the one that's best for you and your family.

Characters

Start with the characters themselves. You can have a great time at a character meal, even if the star of the show isn't your absolute favorite. I can take or leave Donald Duck (and my kids feel the same way), but we had an amazing time at Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.

Safari Breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom

On the other hand, I probably wouldn't have had a great time at 'Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. Those characters grate on my nerves, honestly. Of course, on our next trip, we'll be dining with the Princesses!

Timing

See that vaguely spaced out look on my face? Yeah....that's me at 7am before coffee. They took pictures before they let me have the coffee! Jerks 🙂

If you're not a morning person, think twice about an early morning character meal. On the other hand, if you have little ones who will be tired early in the evening, you may want to avoid a late character dinner.

Theme

There's a story behind every character meal. At Tusker House, you're having breakfast before setting out on a safari with Donald, Goofy, and the rest of the gang. It was a great setup for our day at Animal Kingdom! We also went to a character meal at Chef Mickey's where the theme was a dance party. The food was decent, everybody loves Mickey and Minnie, but the theme ruined the experience for our eldest. It was too loud and chaotic for him to handle.

Food

And of course, there's the food. You'll never get a bad meal at a Disney restaurant, but some are better than others. Most character breakfasts are pretty safe bets, serving American cuisine regardless of the regular menu at the restaurant. If you're seriously excited about trying Norwegian cuisine, choose a lunch or dinner reservation at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. If you'd like to explore African food, try Tusker House for lunch or dinner.

What criteria do you use to choose the best character meal for your family?