6. Discuss the character meal with small children prior to arrival at the restaurant.
A child’s reaction to characters could vary quite a bit depending on the age, fears or quirks of the child. The surprise factor of looking up from a plate of food to see a larger than life character beside them is too much for some children to handle. Some young children fear characters like Mickey and Minnie but are happy to interact with face characters. Other kids are so exuberant when they see their favorite Disney friends, preventing them from greeting their favorite character without a full on tackle can be difficult. Discuss the character meal with your children prior to arrival at the restaurant. Explain that each character will arrive at the table to interact, sign autographs and take photos briefly.