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So character dining has always kind of fascinated me. We never did it as a kid. The closest we came to character dining that I remember was we had breakfast with Santa this one time. I don’t know if it was near Christmas or in the off-season or what, but I do remember eating breakfast and Santa walking around taking pictures. Or something.
Character dining options in Disneyland are a bit limited. You can do the dining inside Disneyland with “Minnie and Friends” (sans Mickey? I don’t know), in California Adventure with the princesses, or outside of the park at breakfast with Mickey and Friends at the Paradise Pier hotel (the sort of bastard stepchild of the Disneyland resort), Storytellers Breakfast at the Grand Californian, or Goofy’s kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel with…well, whatever characters happen to stop by.
I will admit that the only character meals I knew of before writing this post were the princess one in CA Adventure and Goofy’s Kitchen, but I digress.
At any rate, my BFF came down from northern California with her kindergarten-aged daughter and we went to Goofy’s Kitchen. It was actually quite fun with good food, and we saw Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and so on. We saw the “minor” princess–Mulan, and an Aladdin strangely missing Jasmine. Because they want you to spend the big bucks to go into CA Adventure and meet the heavy-hitter princesses.
ANYway, so in my Mouse-in-Law planning, I asked around for a character meal, and several people recommended the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, which starred the Winnie the Pooh characters. Theo sleeps with a Winnie the Pooh and likes those characters, so I signed us up.
Theo loved it. Many of the meals at the Mouse-in-Law are buffets, so Theo got to enjoy a wide variety of food. That was a plus.
Incidentally, the following pictures were taken with my point and shoot. We also have other pictures with the DSLR and a video of meeting Piglet, but these will have to do for now.
We met Pooh first, and Theo leaned in for the hug:
Yes, I will give you a hug now
He was a big fan of drinking out of a cup with a straw, which he really doesn’t get to do at home. He does love his food and was having trouble being patient.
Gimme some more food, lady!
The other characters met us while we were eating. Theo kept trying to give Eeyore and Tigger his food (usually his roll). Both Eeyore and Tigger made exaggerated tummy-rubbing, hand to mouth motions that were clearly supposed to convey that they had already eaten, but they were going to pass on Theo’s roll. Theo would not be deterred. Offering food is his ultimate expression of love, and he loves the Pooh characters.
Take my roll, Eeyore. No, seriously, TAKE THE ROLL!
And then after supper was ended (so they say), Pooh came back around to our table. We expected Theo to be a little more welcoming, but he seemed put out that both Eeyore and Tigger turned down his food generosity, so he was a bit less inclined to be all lovey with Pooh again. That said, Pooh and the other characters had clearly been coached on taking pictures. Here’s Pooh all ready to go. Wish Theo was looking in the right direction and maybe even smiling too.
You can pose for the camera, but I won't
Oh well, what can you do with a two-year-old. Theo sure loves the characters though.