Chef Mickey
  • On Jan 19, 2023
    Elizabeth from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family (2 adults, 2 kids ages 2 & 11) are planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! (Yay!) It’s been about 10 years since we were last there and 60 days is quickly approaching. What shows and dining would you recommend for our brood?

    Welcome to planDisney, Elizabeth!

    Wow, 10 years since your last Walt Disney World Resort trip! There's a whole new world to experience and enjoy. In each and every park, you'll be thinking (or singing), "there's something there that wasn't there before."

    I'm glad to see you're planning ahead. You'll be able to make dining reservations 60 days in advance of your trip. If you're staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, you can make your reservations 60 days in advance plus the length of your stay (up to 10 days). 

    With so many options, it's difficult to highlight only a few. However, let me offer up my recommendations:

    Dining

    For something special, consider the following three restaurants:

    Chef Mickey's - Enjoy breakfast with Mickey and his pals at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Although the food is average, you're mostly paying for the magical experience. The kids will love it! If you want a similar character dining experience, but with better food, try Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT.

    The Crystal Palace -  In the words of Pooh Bear, "What could be more important than a little something to eat?" Our friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood will join you as you feast on tasty Country Fried Chicken with Black Pepper Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and Carved Prime Rib. Kids can also enjoy their own menu with things like pizza, mac and cheese, and quesadillas.

    Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria - This classy Italian pizzeria in EPCOT does possibly the best pizza on property. As a fellow parent, I always think pizza is a good option when eating out with kids.

    However, I know with kids (especially a two-year-old) you might want to eat somewhere a bit more low-key. Satu'li Canteen, Flame Tree BarbequeConnections Eatery, and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo are some of my favorite quick-service restaurants in the parks.

    Shows

    Depending on how long you're visiting for, I would try to see the nighttime spectaculars, Happily Ever After, EPCOT Forever (both returning April 3), and Fantasmic! Here's a tip: I have young kids who are sensitive to noise. Therefore, the fireworks were too loud for them. However, we bought some noise-canceling ear muffs for them and so now they're able to enjoy the nighttime spectaculars.

    Again, depending on your schedule, I'd also recommend checking out Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond! and Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park.

    I hope that's helpful, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by planDisney.

    Mike
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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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