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    toddler character dining?!?

    I'm looking into everything and i want this family trip to better then years past.
    My DH doesn't believe in taking a toddler to a sit down resturant but I think character dining is a great alternative.
    I'm thinking chef mickey's or the playhouse disney one (sorry blonde moment).
    Both would be for breakfast they are more of breakfast eaters then dinner.
    I would love some opinions please!
    Ashley, Mom to Dominic (Baby) and
    Ricky (Pug).

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    Re: toddler character dining?!?

    CRYSTAL PALACE!!!!!! BEST FOOD AND CHARACTERS for younger visitors. We did not enjoy the food at the Playhouse Disney breakfast but our younger son did enjoy the characters.

    I will ALWAYS eat at Crystal Palace at least twice on our trips. I am a sucker for Eeyore!!!



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    Re: toddler character dining?!?

    see we aren't winnie the pooh fans...
    I liked crystal palace when i was younger and i love pooh but not anymore, we love classic characters.
    Ashley, Mom to Dominic (Baby) and
    Ricky (Pug).

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    Re: toddler character dining?!?

    When my DD was 2(almost 3) we did lots of character meals on our visit. It by far was her favorite part of the trip. We did both CM's & HW&V(Playhouse Disney). She love them both. I guess it all depends on what characters they like. I think there is more entertainment at HW&V to keep the younger ones attention. But, CM is very magical too with Mickey & his friends being there. We go every year and the character meals are always a big part of our planning and trip but we really don't compare by the actual food itself. We feel it is all pretty much the same.

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    Re: toddler character dining?!?

    I would say Chef Mickey's since you aren't Pooh fans. However, My daughter devoured the food at Crystal Palace our first time taking her there (she was 1) and everytime we've gone there since. To me that was the real deciding factor because that is our one large meal at the parks (snacks the rest of the time) and I hate to spend all that money for them to not eat.
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    Re: toddler character dining?!?

    I took my just 3 year old to all of the character meals and she did great, even at Cinderella's Castle. I think she did better at the sit down meals than the quick service meals.

    I think kids need to go to sit down meals so they can learn how to properly behave in a restaurant. I wouldn't take them to a fancy place at Disney (or any fancy restaurant for that matter) but I would definitely take them to all of the character meals you can at WDW.

    In the weeks before our first trip, we went out to dinner at a diner type restaurant a couple times. We pretty much did that to teach the kids how to behave at a restaurant. There is alot of commotion that distracts the kids during dinner so they don't eat. We took them out to eat before had to kind of get them used to it since there really is no alternative to eating out while at WDW.

    You mention that they are breakfast eaters. I shipped a box to our hotel the week before our trip that contained cereal, bowls, spoons, etc. so they could eat in the room while we were getting ready to go to the parks for the day. There wasn't the commotion in the room that there was in the restaurants and they ate pretty good. Just a thought.
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    Re: toddler character dining?!?

    We have done Chef Mickey's for Dinner 3 times and really enjoyed it. On our last trip we tried the Playhouse Disney breakfast and really enjoyed it as well. The playhouse Disney breakfast is probably a little more interactive than Chef Mickey. It is hard to compare the food as we had different meals but we did really enjoy the variety that was offered at the Playhouse Disney breakfast.
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