Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Sep 10, 2009
    Melissa from MD 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.

    I am coming to WDW in Oct and bringing my 19 month old daughter. We have the dining plan so we will have one sit down meal per day. Any suggestions for places that might appeal to her? She has a hard time sitting at restaurants for long periods of time.


    The good thing for you is that, regardless of most of the restaurants at Disney, you will be surrounded by other families with squirming children in high chairs just like you!

    My recommendation is to choose those restaurants that have a buffet so that you can be in charge of not only what you eat, but how fast you get it to the table.  And the buffets that have a Character Greeting to provide some entertainment for your daughter are even better.  Here are a few that would top my list:

    • Crystal Palace: Best buffet on Disney property, in my opinion for variety and fresh offerings.  Enjoy a bowl of soft-serve ice cream after you get a picture with Winnie-the-Pooh!
    • 1900 Park Fare: Although the desserts get the rave reviews at this Grand Floridian restaurant, you'll have plenty to choose from the buffet!  Cinderella, Prince Charming and the wicked stepsisters make their rounds here.
    • Chef Mickey's: Mickey and the gang serve up entertainment all day.  I recommend a late brunch after you've hit Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom or an early dinner before returning to the park for the fireworks.
    For a list of all the character dining at Disney (not to mention menus), visit and click on Dining; then choose Character Dining on the left-hand column.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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