Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 3, 2014
    Mary from ON 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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    At DisneyWorld for the 1st time in July 2014. Staying at AoA Resort. I have 2 girls 3 & 5 yrs old. So many character dinning's. Which do you recommend at ea. park, which meal is best (ex Break, lunch, Dinner)for ea & which should we book in adv

    Hi Mary! How exciting that you’re planning your first vacation to Walt Disney World this summer.  I’m sure you want it to be practically perfect in every way, so I’m happy to help.  I always recommend making your dining reservations in advance.  You can do this up to 180 days before you arrive and it’s the best way to ensure you can dine at the locations you've chosen.  This is especially true at some of the more popular restaurants and during busier times of year.  You can find information on all the delicious dining spots on the Dining page.

    My family likes to plan one table service meal per day, with a couple of those being character meals.  We prefer dinner so that we have the day to enjoy the parks, but that's just a matter of personal preference and what's reservation times are available that day.

    If your girls love the princesses, I'd definitely recommend Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom.   Not only do you get to dine with some of the fairest in the land, but the restaurant is actually located in Cinderella Castle.  A couple other wonderful options are Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  There's also a fun character dining spot specifically geared toward the preschool set at Disney's Hollywood Studios during breakfast and lunch, Disney Junior Play 'n Dine and Hollywood & Vine.  When thinking about non-character meals, a few of my family's favorites around the parks and resorts are 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort, Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Rainforest Cafe at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot.

    I hope this helps with your vacation planning, and happy dining!  Please just let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Missouri

My love of Walt Disney World Resort may have started when I was a child, but I've grown to love it even more as a parent vacationing with my own kids. If you have questions about traveling with toddlers, tweens or teens, "Disney Dining" or in-park special events, ask away! Learn More About Beth

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