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Character meals are one of the best parts about eating at Disney. Children love to meet their favorite characters while enjoying Disney’s famously delicious food options. Breakfast is the perfect choice for a character meal because the excitement and magic will set the tone for the day. Always book your character meals as far in advance as possible. Disney recommends at least 180 days in advance.
5. Animal Kingdom Tusker House
If you’re starting your day at Disney World in the Animal Kingdom, consider booking a character breakfast at the Tusker House. This popular restaurant is located in the Africa section in Animal Kingdom at the Harambe Marketplace. At this breakfast you will get to hobnob with Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse. The best part is each character will be decked out in safari gear — fitting outfits for the environment. The restaurant is buffet-style and features a mix of classic American breakfast favorites and interesting African choices. You will find eggs, mickey waffles, quiche, and cereal right alongside basmati rice with lemon, cinnamon and cardamom and a tasty coconut sweet potato casserole. The ambiance is one of the biggest draws. The buffet is found in a “plaza-like” enclosure with colorful cloths slung up in the thatched roof.
Expect to pay around $18 for a kid’s breakfast and $30 for adults.
4. Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare
This tongue-twister breakfast is located at the Disney’s Grand Floridian resort in the popular 1900 Park Fare restaurant. If you’re looking for a character breakfast in a sweet environment, this one is for you. The restaurant is fully decorated in a “fancy”, Victorian carousel theme. The room is awash in crèmes, pinks, and golds with impressive carousel statues scattered throughout. Look for the large, elaborate organ called “Big Bertha”. Kids will get to meet and take photos with unique characters such as Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. The food is classic and sure to please everyone. In the buffet you’ll find an array of fruits, pastries, pancakes, bacon, and eggs, but the most famous item on the menu is the strawberry soup, so make sure you give that a try.
Expect to pay around $13 for a kid’s breakfast and $25 for adults.
3. Crystal Palace
Your morning at The Magic Kingdom Park can get off to a truly magical start with the character breakfast The Crystal Palace. This Disney favorite was designed to emulate an 1800’s Victorian Greenhouse with sweeping white architecture, expansive windows, and plenty of topiaries and tropical palms. You’ll find Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh making their way through this sunny breakfast spot, entertaining kids and posing for pictures. The breakfast is buffet-style and features fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, eggs, and the popular build-your-own omelet station.
Expect to pay around $15 for a kid’s breakfast and $25 for adults.
2. Chef Mickey’s
Chef Mickey’s has always been the most popular character dining destination at Disney, and with good reason: it’s a total classic. One benefit to Chef Mickey’s over some of the other restaurants is that the restaurant serves both breakfast and brunch. Having the brunch option is nice for those days when the family needs to sleep in a little to get extra rest. The characters at Chef Mickey’s are the classic Disney favorites: Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto. Each character is dressed up in chef jackets and hats, which adds to the fun atmosphere. Chef Mickey’s is not a relaxing, quiet breakfast locale. Of all the character meals, Chef Mickey’s is the most rambunctious. Expect lots of laughter, music, singing, and general loud merriment. The décor at Chef Mickey’s is colorful and contemporary, which is perfect because the restaurant is located in the Contemporary Resort right outside the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is easily accessed by the monorail, which just so happens to run directly through the restaurant. The fare is classic and American.
Expect to pay $18 for a kid’s breakfast and $33 for adults.
1. Cinderella’s Castle
The breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle is a unique experience, and quite different from other options. First, this is the only breakfast included on this list that is not buffet style. The price of the meal is higher, but if your kids are interested in Disney princesses, the price is a small one to pay. At this breakfast, children will be greeted by the likes of Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White and Jasmine. Children are encouraged to dress up in their own princess/prince costumes. The venue of the restaurant is impressive since it is located right within the castle. You’ll have views of sweeping stone arches, rich carpeting, medieval style tapestries and flags, and glittering candelabras. The food on this menu is fancier which is befitting to the setting. You’ll find items such as caramel apple stuffed French toast, beef tenderloin and egg, and poached lobster and shrimp.
Expect to pay around $35 for a child’s breakfast and $55 for adults.
- Pack light because the clothes are heavy. Pack clothes for the whole family that can be worn multiple times like jeans and things that can layer and mix and match. I am always tempted to pack extra clothes for the kids in case of spills and messes but I also know that pajamas tops can be used as emergency undershirts and things that aren’t soiled can be reworn if necessary.
- Pack all the hats, gloves and coats in a carry-on duffle bag. This way you’ll have them all handy when you arrive at your destination and need them but you won’t have to manage multiple extra things at security and when boarding/deplaning.
- Leave the big and heavy gifts for the kids at home. There is no need to lug unnecessary large or heavy items both ways. Instead, take a picture of the gift for older kids or just a small part of the gift for younger kids to play with (this also helps prolong the holiday excitement when you get home!)
- Shop when you get there or online and ship ahead. Instead of buying gifts for people where you’re traveling to, wait to shop until you get there (if you’ll have time) or order the items online and have them shipped directly to your destination.
- Leave room in your luggage for coming back. If you’re visiting family for the holidays, you’ll most likely have gifts (or after-holiday shopping steals) to bring back and while you can ship them, I like to have extra room available in my suitcases. I’ve used a few different strategies for having space including:
- Nesting suitcases. Fill a small or mid-sized suitcase and pack it inside a larger suitcase or pack a soft sided duffle bag in your suitcase which gives you around twice the luggage space coming back and saves you from paying extra baggage fees.
- Take disposable items you’ll need. When traveling in the summer I usually have my family pick up diapers and wipes for us but in the winter I usually take enough for the trip (and I always take our favorite snacks and baby food). Once we’ve used up the diapers and eaten the snacks we have extra room in our suitcase to bring back our new treasures.
- Use expandable suitcases. Most suitcases now have an expandable portion that zips out to give you more packing space. I always leave it zipped up when we go so I’m guaranteed to have extra space coming back.
- Pack gifts. Take the gifts you have for your family in your suitcase instead of shipping ahead so you have room to bring back the gifts they give you in exchange.
- Pack little travel surprises in the kids’ carry-ons. I like to go to the dollar section of my favorite store and pick up little games, books and craft items to surprise the kids with on the plane. During the holidays I try to get holiday themed items to help them get excited!
I have always wanted to do it so it was perfect to do it now.
After our long travel day we had to get up the next morning and get ready for Herman’s Memorial Service.
|Lunch after Herman’s Service|
It was nice to see everyone but hate that it had to be under those circumstances. It was a nice service and afterwards we had lunch where my child decided to be the messiest eater ever! I swear if you put a white shirt on him, he will destroy it in 2 seconds flat.
|Feeding the bunnies|
After Ace’s nap Branden’s Mom and the rest of his siblings and baby nephew Elliot all came over to his brother Rodney’s house where we had a bar-b-q and hung out.
|Salsa face! He looked like the Joker|
|Aunt Angie is so sweet with Ace|
Ace was obsessed with his little cousin. Elliot is only 3 months old so he wasn’t as big of a fan of Ace as Ace was of him.
Next up: Ace’s Michigan Birthday Picnic!
As most of you know Branden’s Step Dad passed away in early June and we bumped up our Michigan trip so we could make it to his Memorial Service last Friday.
The first day of our trip was a travel day. We woke up at 5am and headed to the airport for our flight, got right through security and boarded our plane within 10 minutes. The plane wasn’t completely full so we got to sit in the back so Ace didn’t bother anyone with his lovely seat kicking skills, the stewards were amazing and the flight went great.
|Someone was nervous when we took off|
Thankfully we got her and her daughter on our flight and after a 3 hour delay headed to Detroit. Ace passed out on the flight and we made it to Detroit around 6. We then had a 5 hour drive ahead of us.
|Hanging with cousin Hailey in the Airport|
Ace did really well considering the long day. Bran’s step sister Rita seriously made our drive so much easier. She is hilarious and super funny and we were all just cracking jokes the entire time.
We finally got to Rogers City around midnight and were ready for bed. I thought this was going to be the worst of our traveling, boy was I wrong! Our way home was insane!
I promise the rest of our trip was much more interesting and will have better pictures, ha!
I think it is safe to say that everyone loves Fall. In South Florida it is a miracle if it gets cool enough to wear a jacket in the Fall time. Despite the lack of chilly weather we do lose the gross humidity that seems to plague us most of the year.
This year we are heading to Michigan a couple weeks before the official start of Fall but I know it is going to feel like it when I get there. I have already picked out cute clothes for Ace to wear and I can’t wait to get my favorite boots out! You can see my obsession over those here and here.
I can’t wait to go to Knaebe’s and have apple cider and eat some yummy donuts and get apples. I have been dying to bring Ace there. It screams Autumn! I also can’t wait to put his Football Beanie on his little head and take pictures of him running around.
Here are some snap shots of our trip there 3 years ago.
|It slobbered all over me, notice my sister in law in the background laughing at me|
|Check out Bella’s face? She is the cutest!|
|With half of Bran’s siblings and their significant others. Love them!|
|Bella was running to her Uncle Branden, swoon!|
|Check me out!|
|Rochelle taught me to make caramel apples|
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The past week has been rough. Ace has been fussy and colicy and it just broke my heart.
This morning it all changed. He smiled at us, twice! We were sure it was a possible fluke but he smiled and that was all that mattered. He also has been less gassy and fussy. It’s like he woke up and decided to just enjoy the day.
Later on in the day I went to get him out of his swing, that he actually sat in for a bit staring at his toys and he smiled at me when I kissed him! I instantly kissed him more and more and did things to try to get him to smile and he did. Then I was on the phone with my Dad and I laughed and he did a little cooing laugh. So sweet.
On Friday we went to the Keys, it was Ace’s first trip to our family’s house there. He basically slept the day away and was up a lot of the night of course! He didn’t do much but hang out inside since he can’t wear sunscreen yet but it was nice to go down there.
He turned 6 weeks on Saturday when we were there so of course I took a picture of him!
|So big at 6 weeks!|