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Our First Character Meal

To be honest, hubby and I had never really done Character meals before. It was always just the two of us so if we wanted to meet characters, we just do so in the parks, not for a whole meal. Once we had Kennedy, I was very excited about taking her to one of these meals. She did great meeting Mickey and Pooh back during her first trip November of 2011, when she was just 5 months old, and did great meeting the Easter Bunny so I thought she'd be the perfect age.

During a  girls only vacation in May of 2012,  I was contemplating what character meal to do. I asked around for suggestions. My first though was to just stick to Cape May Cafe since we were staying at the Beach Club, and not really leave the resort. But my little one is ALL over the place and a buffet didn't sound like a great idea. I didn't want to take a ton of time and head into a park. So after much consideration, I settled on 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian.

To get there from the Beach Club we got up super early and were at the bus stop by 7 a.m. for our 8:05 a.m. reservation.

We had a great bus driver and were the only ones on the bus!! He actually offered to drop me off right at the Polynesian but since I had planned so much time I told him to just drop us off at the Magic Kingdom.  The park didn't open until 9 a.m. but Security was on hand for those early morning breakfast reservations!

We were headed to the Resort Monorail!

Unfortunately when I stepped onto the monorail I leg got caught between the monorail itself and the platform. OUCH!

When we arrived at the Polynesian I let a Cast Member know about my fall. She took my name and the time of the incident to let a manager know. Ultimately it was just a bad bruise but I wanted someone to know what happened. It was not Disney's fault at all, I should have watched my step as it was slippery.

We checked in at the Polynesian and while we waited had our picture taken. This is the one of the ONLY picture of me our entire trip...and I've since lost it :(  The staff just loved Kennedy and of course she hammed it up! Since I figured this was our only picture together this trip (we didn't take advantage of Photopass at all!!)

We were seated pretty quickly and the food arrived shortly after!
Everything is served family style

Ok yumminess!! Here is a skillet of eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes. Behind that is a fruit tray. They also brought out juice. It was the same kind they serve at Boma...our favorite...and yes it's in the baby's bottle too! After that was all served they came around with hot Mickey Waffles. I loved this meal not only for me but there was plenty for Kennedy!

She was already interested in everything going on in the restaurant!

First up was Lilo!

Stitch came and snuck up behind her...I think the concept was lost on Kennedy but it made for a great picture lol!

While we waited for Mickey and Pluto, the servers dropped off a Maraca for the parade...this was probably Kennedy's favorite part!

The parade started! We opted to stay at our table but we got a great view!

Finally it was the big Man himself!

Kisses for Kennedy!

Here comes my only complaint/disappointment of the meal. Pluto was completely disinterested in us.  This was the only picture I got and he walked away.

Even poor Kennedy was confused! Where was he going?

Overall it was a great meal and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Especially that early in the morning because we were served quickly but not rushed!  The food was great, the parade was awesome and interactive for the kids and the character experience was overall pretty good! Plus being so close to hop over to the Magic Kingdom is bonus!!

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