Mom And Son Safari
  • On Mar 6, 2008
    Raymond from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What character dining would you suggest for two boys 5 and 12 years of age? Looking for something that my 12 year old would enjoy also. THANKS!!

    For an older child, I have two suggestion for character dining: the Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom and the Garden Grill at Epcot.

    The Tusker house is right next to the Kilimanjaro Safari ride (an attraction that truly works for all ages). The food is served buffet style. There are plenty of "safe" food options for younger children (waffles and eggs at breakfast, etc.), but there are also a number of unique African dishes for an older of more adventurous eater to explore. My 11-year-old daughter sampled a number of new foods at the Tusker house during out last visit and she was pleasantly surprised at the new tastes she enjoyed.

    The Garden Grill is a bit calmer than many of the other character meals. There is no parading around the restaurant or napkin-waving that might embarrass and older child. Many of the tables are in semi-circular booths that give each party a good deal of privacy. The most fun thing about this restaurant is that it actually moves. The entire restaurant is on a giant turntable that rotates. During the course of a typical hour-long meal, you will make an entire revolution, allowing you to see many different scenes from the Living with the Land ride below you. This experience alone is worth the trip.

    Hope you have some wonderful meals!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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