Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Feb 28, 2012
    Bonnie from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. My family and I booked our vacation for August 2012 and have the Deluxe dining plan. We would like to try at least one Fine dining restaurant (other than Cinderella's Royal table), which one would be best for a 2,4,6 & 8 year olds? TYVM

    Hi Bonnie,

    I'm a big fan of taking kids to the signature restaurants at Walt Disney World. It's a fabulous way to teach them about manners and gourmet food, without anyone getting upset if they drop a fork or need some crayons for amusement. And all the signature restaurants have children's menus (except Victoria & Alberts where the minimum guest age is 10 years old). I started bringing my own children to the signature restaurants when they were preschoolers.

    We had the most success early on at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge. The dining room is lovely, but the wood and autumnal decor keep it from feeling too "fancy." The menu is inspired by foods of the American Northwest. This feels comfortable to most children; they'll find the food recognizable.  I particularly like the dessert on the children's menu here. It's a white chocolate puzzle that kids can paint with icing. Keeps them occupied for a good long time.

    Another interesting choice might be Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food is fantastic! However, there are some African spices that parents of super-fussy eaters might take note of. The draw here is that after your meal you can walk around the Lodge and look for animals on the savanna. Fun!

    California Grill at the Contemporary has a great view of the Magic Kingdom that the kids might like. 

    You may also want to consider the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Because this restaurant is in a theme park. There is no dress code like at many of the other signature venues. This gives the place a more relaxed atmosphere than some others.

    Good luck with you planning. Please let us know if you need more help.
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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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