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  • On Feb 27, 2010
    Kristin from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What are the best restaurants for lunch/dinner while visiting with 3 kids under 4 years old? We have the deluxe dining plan & we've made reservations at Cinderella's, Ohana, Chef Mickey & Coral Reef so far. Thanks!

    Hi Kristin!

    I think you made some great choices.  Another good place in the Magic Kingdom is the Crystal Palace.

    Epcot has several good places to consider.  The Garden Grill Restaurant is particularly good because it offers a Character Dining Experience in a relatively small restaurant; the characters routinely visit the tables more than once.  My family really enjoys seeing Mickey Mouse dressed as a farmer.  Another good choice is the Princess Storybook Dining in the Norway Pavilion and Les Chefs de France in the France Pavilion if you time it to be there when Remy from the Disney / Pixar film Ratatouille is there.

    In the Animal Kingdom, I recommend Tusker House for any meal, but Character Dining is only offered during breakfast.  Donald Duck is the star of this Character Dining Experience.

    In Disney's Hollywood Studios, Plan 'n Dine at Hollywood and Vine is nice for children, especially if they are fans of the Disney Channel.  They offer Character Dining during breakfast and lunch.  My children, ages 5 and 10, also really enjoy the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and it is a "must do" for every trip.  The atmosphere is awesome and the movie clips are not at all scary, but the menu is very limited.  If you are interested, I suggest visiting the independent website AllEars.Net to look at the menu for this restaurant.  The All Ears team does a great job keeping their menus up to date.

    In the resorts, other good options include the Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge and 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian.  Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner is offered at 1900 Park Fare in the evenings and it is a lot of fun interacting with the characters there.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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