Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 25, 2009
    M from england Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, my family are going to Disney next Christmas and wonder where we should eat on Christmas Day. There will be 4 adults and 4 kids, all boys between 13 and 16 years of age.

    What better place to enjoy the magic of Christmas than in the most magical place on Earth?  And when it comes to dining, the tough thing won't be finding a special experience, it will be in narrowing down your choices!  Without knowing exactly what kind of experience you're aiming for (traditional, character, themed) it's tough to recommend one specific restaurant.  Instead, I'll offer you some suggestions and you can go from there.

    Since the boys in the party are older, perhaps a somewhat refined experience would be appropriate for the holiday.  In that case, Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or California Grill at Disney's Contemporary resort would be ideal choices; both are fabulous.

    If you were looking to dine inside a park, Epcot is chock full of great restaurants.  Among my favorites: Teppan Edo and Le Cellier.  At the Magic Kingdom, Liberty Tree Tavern offers a cozy, colonial feel and the menu is in line with traditional holiday dinners.

    Looking for something festive and unusual?  If the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is showing that night, I highly recommend it.  The fun factor (and plentiful food) makes this a must do for our family.  In fact, we plan on dining there this year on New Years Eve!

    Hopefully one of these eateries will suit your Christmas fancy.  If not though, do keep in mind that many WDW restaurants offer special holiday menus to accommodate the tastes of those looking to celebrate the holiday with a traditional meal. 

    In making your decision, you'll also want to give consideration to your plans for the day (which park-if an-you plan to spend the day in) as well as whether or not you wish to dine in or close to your home resort.

    Merry eating!

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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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