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Old 06-25-2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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Non-buffet character meals

I'm sure this has been asked before, but without mass searching, not sure where to find it...

I'm hoping to take my nephews this year. The eleven year old has been twice, the 10 year old has been one. Both of them have gone on the DxDP, so we did lots of everything. The seven year old has never been. I would love to do the DxDP again, but even getting to Disney is going to be enough at this point. Will most likely be dining OOP, and more QS than TS, and lots of splitting meals just to be cost effective... I will do as much for the little guys first visit as I can, but saving some money is good, too.

That said, are there any non-buffet character meals? And, go...
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Breakfast at 'Ohana and the meals at the Garden Grill spring immediately to mind. I know there are others that I'm sure others will be able to highlight too.
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Trattoria al Forno breakfast had Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, Ariel and Prince Eric when we were there. I’ve since read that Merida sometimes pops in.

Flynn was great fun! I could certainly see his appeal for Rapunzel, quite the swashbuckler.

Characters appear only at breakfast.

You get a pastry platter for the table and order individual entrees. The food was very good, we thought.

The only other I know of is Cinderella’s Royal Table, expensive and can be difficult to get. Eating in the Castle is quite the experience, though.

The service style is similar to Trattoria’s.
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Oh, and there’s also the opportunity to meet Beast after dinner at Be Our Guest.

With the announced switch to a fixed-price dinner, I’m hesitant to suggest that to anyone. We won’t return for that unless we see consistently glowing reviews.

We’ve had some poorly cooked food at BOG more times than are acceptable. Once, DH’s breakfast was as cold as if they’d simply pulled it out of the fridge and sent it out. I thought he was kidding when he told me his fruit cup was decidedly warmer. He wasn’t!

The kitchen has needed to get its act together for 3-4 years in our experience. Especially when Chefs de France is so consistently good.

We keep trying BOG but haven’t seen notable improvement. Certainly can’t recommend it for someone wishing a good value and experience.

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The only non-buffet character meals I can think of are CRT, Trattoria, Ohana and Garden Grill although both Ohana and GG are "family style" and will bring you out more if you wish.

If you're looking to keep costs down, breakfast is normally the least expensive meal, even for buffet. Granted, these prices were from two years ago but we paid on average $95 for three adults. Akershus was extremely expensive at breakfast, nowhere close to that total. GG and Ohana, even though family style, were still around that $95 price tag so unfortunately the minute you put characters at a meal, it pushes the price tag. Now having said that, if you can only do a couple of character meals, I would highly recommend Garden Grill first for the 7 YO and then if you can do two more, ask the 10 and 11 YO's where they might like to eat.

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Trattoria al Forno breakfast had Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, Ariel and Prince Eric when we were there. I’ve since read that Merida sometimes pops in.
She did when we ate there in January and it was so good to see her.
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