Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 11, 2009
    Jenny from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am coming to WDW in March for the first time with my family...including girls ages 10 and 13. Are the more upperclass places to eat suitable for them?.where do u recommend eating?...And seeing?.thanks! so excited!

    Jenny - there are many restaurants in Walt Disney World that I think you might enjoy with your girls.  My first choice would be a late dinner at California Grill in the Contemporary Resort.  It's just a quick monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom, the food is excellent, and from the restaurant you can view the fireworks either from your table, if you are seated near a window, or from the observation deck.  The music from the parks is piped into the restaurant, and the view is spectacular.  No need to worry about your food getting cold while you are enjoying Wishes; the restaurant staff has timing down to an art.

    Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is another restaurant you may enjoy as a family.  Again, the African inspired cuisine is excellent.  If you dine here, be sure to get an animal guide at the front desk and step outside to view the savannas.

    Both of these restaurants are signature dining restaurants, and you and your children should dress accordingly.  Casual attire is fine (this is still Disney), but tank tops and flip flops are not allowed. 

    If you are looking to dine in the parks, I would recommend heading to EPCOT.  Coral Reef is a great option as are some of the dining experiences in the World Showcase, depending on your families tastes, you may enjoy Le Cellier (Canada), Bistro de Paris (France) or Teppan Edo (Japan). 

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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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