A Guide To Every Disney Character Meal In The USA (WDW, DL & Aulani) (Updated 02/19)

The first time I ever went to a character meal at a Disney park was Walt Disney World, in February 1979. At the time, WDW had 1 park, 3 hotels (Golf Resort anyone? Beuller? Beuller?), a shopping area and a campground. That’s it. Oh, and a golf course or two (but I didn’t play golf, so…) Anyway, I know we went to Minnie‚Äôs Menehune Breakfast at the Polynesian Resort Hotel during that trip but still and all, character dining options were pretty limited. Although I didn’t make it to Disneyland until the mid-1990s, I know the same story hold true; it was years before there was a variety of character meals to choose from.

Prince CharmingTimes have changed since then and there are nearly 20 character dining options at WDW alone, to the point that if you have a particular character you want to have breakfast with, you practically can (*cough* especially if you want to eat with princesses or one or more of the Fab Five *cough*).

Here are the current character meals available at Disneyland (California), Walt Disney World (Florida) and Aulani Resort (Hawaii). Please note that although there are other meals that have characters at times (i.e. “Be Our Guest”), Disney does not include them as “character meals” on their websites, therefore neither have we on this page ;-). Remember that all character appearances are subject to change.

(List updated 02/22/18)

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How To Eat At A Crowded Restaurant With No Reservation

When you’re traveling, it’s not always easy to determine when, where or even what time you’re going to have dinner. There may be a place you’re going to make it your business to visit (like when we went to Sedona specifically to eat at a particular restaurant) but if you’re anything like us, for the most part, you decide to eat on a spur of the moment basis. That’s all well and good, except for two things…

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Our Meal At Sharks Underwater Grill, The Upscale Restaurant Inside SeaWorld Orlando

It’s easy to find quick service places at just about any theme park around the world, since they’re usually pretty plentiful. Finding sit-down, fine dining restaurants inside theme parks can sometimes be a little more difficult; there just aren’t very many to be had. In fact, at SeaWorld Orlando, there is exactly one – Sharks Underwater Grill. Although it’s been around for over 16 years, neither Joe nor I had ever eaten there. So when we went to the theme park for our annual visit to see their Christmas lights (for the uninformed, SeaWorld has, by far, the prettiest Christmas light of any park in Orlando) we intended to fix that. And fix that, we did…

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Why I’m Not Paying Attention To Chase Offers

One of the guidelines when earning miles and points is to maximize every purchase. That could be by choosing the correct card to use, using a shopping portal for online (and now in-store purchases), buying gift cards for places you shop at other stores that pay a higher multiple (such as supermarkets and office supply stores) or using a dining rewards program or MileagePlus X.

Another way to earn extra miles is when banks load offers onto your account, which pay an additional bonus or cash back when you spend money at specific merchants. American Express is still the leader in this market, even after they made the AMEX Offers program less valuable when they limited you to loading an offer onto only one of your AMEX cards instead of all of them.

Since American Express’ offers were so popular, it’s no surprise that the other banks wanted to get into the action. So now we have:

Chase Offers

Real original name there, Chase.

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YMMV Travel Deals & Discounts: Tuesday., Feb. 19, 2019

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late. We take no responsibility for deals that are pulled before the “deal ends” date.

Here’s what’s out there right now:

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