Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 26, 2009
    Gina from OH 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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    Help! You know how tour books to WDW say that 99% of kids love characters? Well, I must have the 1%! What are good table services for kids (not too high brow) but have ZERO characters? Fuzzy or face characters - they want none! They are 3 & 8 yrs old

    Hi, Gina!  I could have posed this question myself about my now 17 year old daughter.  When she was younger, she would have rather eaten at a restaurant that served nothing but liver and brussels sprouts than eat a meal with characters! 

    Fortunately, there's something for everyone in Walt Disney World dining, and some of the non-character meals are great fun for kids!  Check out Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.  Not only is the lodge itself a great place to visit, the restaurant is fun for everyone, and there's not a character in sight!  Disney's Hollywood Studios has two great locations that are fun places for everyone in the family.  The 50's Prime Time Cafe is just like having dinner at Mom's kitchen table - if your mom was a 50's housewife!  The atmosphere takes you back to the good old days, and the kids might enjoy the scolding the grown ups might get for not finishing their vegetables!  The other location at Hollywood Studios is the Sci-Fi Dine-In.  Are you old enough to remember going to the Drive-In movies?  Even if you are not as ancient as I am, you'll still enjoy the experience of sitting in your car, watching clips on the big screen, while you enjoy your lunch or dinner at this popular character free dining location.

    Another restaurant you might want to try is 'Ohana at the Polynesian resort.  While breakfast here is loaded with characters, dinner has none.  The family style meal is highlighted by different activities for the children, and if you time your dinner right, you might get to enjoy the Wishes fireworks show taking place at the Magic Kingdom.

    Wherever you decide to dine, I hope your vacation is wonderful! 
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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