AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Jun 2, 2008
    Susan from IL 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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    Dining help, please. So far we are eating at Whispering Canyon, Marrekesh, Chf Mickey, & Japan. I need 1 more table service. Don't want to run to Epcot again & no buffets. Party of 7 from 7 - 70. Any ideas? Adventure is fine. Thanks.

    You've made some great choices! If your budget allows, I think what's missing from your restaurant line-up is signature dining. Disney has amazing restaurants with gourmet meals and outstanding wine lists that are also kid-friendly. This is unique confluence of restaurant characteristics that we always take advantage of when we're at Walt Disney World. 

    One of my favorite signature dining experiences is Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge. My last-meal request would be the Artist Point cheese plate, cedar plank salmon, berry cobbler, and a glass of Reisling. I'm swooning just thinking about it. You don't say where you're staying. If you're at the Wilderness Lodge, this could be an easy stop for you, but if you're not then two trips to the WL might be too much. Some good alternatives would be Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Lodge which has great food and the opportunity to explore the gorgeous architecture and art at the AKL or the California Grill at the Contemporary with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks thrown in. These restaurants all have coloring pages and children's menus and are elegant without being stuffy. It really is a great way to introduce children to fine dining.

    If signature meals aren't your thing, you might want to try one of the restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are two meals there that are exceptionally fun. At the Sci-Fi Dine-In you sit in cars watching clips from old movies while you eat, just like you were at a drive-in theater. The kids in your group will enjoy the campy robots on the screen and the kids-at-heart in your group will love the nostalgic trip down memory lane. Also a blast is the 50s Prime Time Diner. Here the servers act like your family. "Mom" will tell you to take your elbows off the table and eat your veggies. My kids always get the biggest kick out of watching someone else tell me what to do :-)

    I hope this gives you some ideas. Like us know if you need any other suggestions.
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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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