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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...
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.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
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.
chiming in late... I can't think of any other non buffet character meals other than those already mentioned. Just wanted to add... to maximize the $$ do the latest breakfast seating and that will be lunch too! We would have a granola bar or fruit etc if we got hungry before the ressie. A lot of places have seating up to 10:45 and it can be 11:30 ish before you're done with the meal (especially with characters). Wala full til that mid afternoon Mickey bar! Have a magical time with them!!