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  • On Apr 5, 2013
    Christine 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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    Hi - we are going to Disney in October - 5 adults - 5 kids ages 5 (girl),6 (b),8 (b),9 (b),13 (b) . We would like to plan for 1 dinner show or character dining. What would you recommend would be the best for the group? Thanks

    Hi Christine!

    I was excited to see your question because I'm a huge fan of the food at Walt Disney World. Don't get me wrong, I love the attractions, shows, resorts, and all other recreation activities - but the food just might be at the top of my list!

    I'm sure you've seen that there's a vast array of character dining experiences and dinner shows available at Walt Disney World. Considering the size of your party, and the age range, I'll throw out three ideas that might be worth considering:

    Idea #1: The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant offers a buffet-style character dining experience with a great selection of food that should easily appeal to all members of your party. As it is with most restaurants in Walt Disney World, seating a group of 10 might be tough, but they have rows of square-top tables that might work for keeping your group together.

    Idea #2: The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. This is one of the most popular dinner shows because the food is awesome (all-you-can eat barbecue!) plus the show is a hoot.

    Idea #3: Chef Mickey's. Take a short walk or a quick Monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom over to Disney's Contemporary Resort and you'll find this fun buffet-style restaurant being hosted by some of your favorite Disney characters. Not only should it be easy to accommodate a large group, but you'll also get the added bonus of having the Monorails zoom over your head while you eat. It's way cool!

    Honorable Mention: Teppan Edo in Epcot's Japan Pavilion. It's not a traditional dinner show, but the chefs are very entertaining as they prepare your meal in front of you on the hibachi grill. I think each table can only hold 8 guests at a time, so you'd likely have to split up unfortunately.

    I hope that helps! If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to let me know!

    Bon Appetit!

    Best regards,
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