Reasons to Book a Character Meal at Disney World or Universal Orlando 

Character Dining Experiences are a great way to meet your favorite characters on your Disneyland, Disney World, or Universal Orlando vacation. 

Character Dining Experiences are a great way to meet your favorite characters on your Disneyland, Disney World, or Universal Orlando vacation. 

Character Dining:  The Easiest Way to see your Favorite Characters...

If characters are what you are seeking on your Disneyland, the Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando vacation, then one of my best tips is to book a character meal! Yes, you can meet characters in the parks, but why waste precious ride time, waiting in line for a character when you could actually meet them while you are dining?!?! You won't even have to stand in line! They actually come right to your table! This way, you can get autographs, and pictures with them. No waiting. No long lines. No wasting precious park time!

If you are going to Disney World and you have a princess and all she wants to do is meet the princesses, one of my favorite places to dine is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot! My girls love this restaurant because not only do they meet a lot of the obvious princesses like Snow White and Belle, but on occasion, Jasmine and Mulan might show up at Akershus!   Did you know that there are three Princess dining locations at Disney World, plus a My Disney Girl Princess Tea

Want to meet Mickey Mouse and the gang? There a lot of character meals where you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and the rest of the gang both in the Disney theme parks and at some of the resort hotel based character meals. 

Universal Orlando offers regular and seasonal character meal opportunities in their theme parks and at some of their resort hotels.   A popular option right now is Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast at Cafe La Bamba in Universal Studios Florida where you can meet a minion from Universal's Despicable Me and characters from Universal's Superstar Parade.  Another favorite experience is The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast offered on select dates in December at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous at Universal's Islands of Adventure.  These experiences are not available every day of the week but we always help our clients with itineraries that allow them to do the things that are important to them at times that make sense. 

If you want recommendations on the best meals to meet your favorite characters at, just ask your Build A Better Mouse Trip travel planner (like me!) and we will help you figure out the best time and place to book your special meal with those characters you most want to meet!

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About the Author: Monica is the most experienced agent at Build A Better Mouse Trip, a travel agency specializing in Disney World and Orlando theme park vacations.

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