This is going to seem super counter-intuitive, but stick with me here: character dining at Disney World is a smart way to save.
Think about it: on vacation, time is money. Every second you wait in line to meet with Princess Merida is another second you’re not riding Dumbo or watching your son dance along with the Main Street Philharmonic. Those are valuable seconds!
A character meal saves many of those seconds by bringing the characters right to you as you participate in another time-sucking vacation necessity: eating. Yea, you’ll pay more for this than for a traditional dining experience, but you’re saving tons of time and killing two birds with one super fun, super fuzzy stone!