Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Jul 12, 2023
    Gijo from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best restaurant to take toddlers and have a meal while they are engaged?

    Hiya Gijo!

    Welcome to planDisney! I don't know about you but dining with toddlers can be a terrifying and joyous time all at once. Special memories are created but sometimes things get wild. 

    I have had the blessing of visiting Walt Disney World Resort with my children since they were just shy of one year old and every year after. I have found that dining at Walt Disney World is much easier to accomplish than even at home. The menus always provide options that my picky kids would eat, and the restaurants are wonderfully themed or have delightful characters. I don't have one favorite restaurant but here are some of my favorite restaurants for toddlers:

    Garden Grill Restaurant at EPCOT is one of my ideal restaurants. Food is served family-style on the table and includes a variety of yummy options. Their breakfast is especially delicious. The restaurant rotates with views inside the ride Living with the Land so the view is constantly changing and exciting for little eyes. Chip 'n' Dale and Mickey and Pluto also walk around to say hello. 

     The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park is another favorite of mine. It is a buffet but there is a perfect kid-size buffet area with popular kid favorites. Winnie the Pooh and his friends walk around to spread some fun. 

    Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort is the quintessential Walt Disney World meal. This is the only restaurant where you can see the Fab Five: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. It's a buffet as well with plenty of kid-friendly options. The experience of having the monorail zooming by is one of my kid's favorite things.

    The three restaurants above are all table-service restaurants and require a dining reservation. If you are looking for something a bit simpler then consider the following Quick-Service options. 

    Casey's Corner in Magic Kingdom Park has amazing hot dogs but my favorite is their corn dog nuggets. There is seating outside but you can also relax on the grass in front of the castle. 

    Pinocchio Village Haus also in Magic Kingdom Park is a delight just because they serve flatbread pizzas and some seats have a view of "it's a small world." My kids love waiving to guests starting their voyage below. 

    I hope this helps but know that Walt Disney World was created for whole families regardless of age to find enjoyment in making memories together. 

    Happy Planning!

    -Nimmy 
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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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