We’ve done the BBQ twice, once for Thanksgiving - and we are doing Thanksgiving again this year. My kids - now 5, 8, & 19 - LOVED it.
Yes, it gets crazy, but in a fun way. We’ve gotten there early each time and never had a problem with seating. There are plenty of benches available. When it got crowded, we moved a bit and made room for more.
We saw some different characters for Thanksgiving - not sure if they rotate them for the other nights. The kids had such a blast dancing with the characters all night. We’ve done all sorts of character meals and the kids enjoyed with the most. There is something special about seeing the characters playing, dancing, and interacting with the kids. This is NOT “stand here Mickey while I get a photo of you and the kids”. And that is OK by us. We saw a family with several special needs kids last time - the characters all made it a point to spend time with the kids - even as the other throngs of children were dancing away.
The food is decent enough, but that alone doesn’t make the meal. Freezers packed with Mickey Bars? That might do it! Watch the kids’ eyes rolling around when they see they ice cream is a blast. :eek:
Live music is always a plus. The kids also liked the cowboy and rope tricks.
I’ve read about people overdoing beer/wine or whatever there, but we’ve never seen any bad behavior.
When we planning to return to WDW for Thanksgiving - there was no question where we wanted to eat!