Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jul 21, 2009
    Leigh from VA 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.

    We are coming to wdw at the end of August. We will have the free dining plan. I understand that a child has to order from the children's menu. My son is nine and sometimes this is not enough food. Can you suggest buffets or places with good kids menus?

    Hi, Leigh!  I understand your dilemma, as my eight year old has quite the grown up appetite!  Fortunately, there are quite a few all you can eat locations at Walt Disney World - and they don't all involve eating with characters!

    For breakfasts, you can try Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary, or the Maya Grill at the Coronado Springs resort, just to name a few.  All of these meals are buffet style, and you can really fill up on all sorts of traditional breakfast fixings!

    Lunch brings even more options, including the Biergarten at EPCOT, Hollywood and Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios (which does have characters at lunch), or the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom (also a character meal).  If you are looking to go outside of the theme parks, you'll find a nice lunch buffet at Ft. Wilderness at the Trail's End Buffet.

    Your options for dinner are all over the place!  'Ohana is a family style meal, all you can eat.  Boma has a wonderful buffet, and the Liberty Tree Tavern is another very good family style meal.  If you are looking for seafood, the Cape May Clam Bake has clams, mussels, fish and shrimp, plus a whole buffet of American favorites.

    You can check out for more information on dining options.  If you click on the dining tab at the top, scroll down to look for the link on the left that lists all of the All You Can Eat meals.

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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