On our recent trip to Disney World, we decided to do a character breakfast. Last time we went to Disney World, we went to Chef Mickey’s. It was a lot of fun, and Liam loved meeting and taking photos with Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the gang. This time, we went to Ohana to have breakfast with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch. Character dining experiences are a great way to get up close and personal with your kid’s favorite Disney characters.
My son is a cautious boy. He’s the kind of kid who will dip his toe in the pool rather than jump right in. I knew he would be apprehensive about meeting the Disney characters in person, so I started preparing him weeks before our trip. I showed him YouTube videos of children meeting the characters so he could get an idea of what to expect and the scale of the characters (they’re bigger in person than on TV!). We also watched the movie “Lilo and Stitch” a couple of times so he could be familiar with them. We had several conversations about how much fun it would be to meet the characters. We told them that Lilo and Stitch were so nice, funny, and friendly.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we told him again what to expect and how nice everyone was. He was still scared and started crying when he caught a glimpse of Lilo in the waiting area. I thought for sure the breakfast would be ruined, but we calmed him down and said that he didn’t have to talk to the characters if he didn’t want to — we would just tell them to please go away. He seemed to be okay after that.
When we sat down at our table, he insisted on sitting in my lap and I obliged to make him feel better. We could see the characters making their way around the dining room saying “hi” to everyone and kept commenting on how nice they were. We really built up the excitement and it seemed to work because when they finally arrived at our table, Liam was more than happy to say “hi” and give high-fives to everyone.
It made my heart so happy to see him smiling and having a good time. He even got the courage to give Mickey Mouse a great big hug. I was so proud of him for overcoming his fears and recognizing the magic that just permeates from every Disney experience.
Have you ever had a Disney character dining experience? How did it go?