Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 3, 2010
    Dinah from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I also need help with restaurants & reservations. I don't know where to start. We have the deluxe dining & have the park hopper. What are the best sit down restaurants to go to? Can I get restaurant maps online?

    Hi Dinah,

    With the deluxe dining plan, you'll be eating well!  My suggestion is to plan on eating only two sit down meals per day and using snack credits to fill in the gaps.  This way, you'll be able to enjoy a meal at a signature restaurant every evening.  For your other meal, choose a restaurant that serves buffet style and make a late breakfast or early lunch reservation.

    Dinner suggestions: Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, California Grill at the Contemporary (try to schedule this one so that you'll still be dining when the fireworks are going off), Flying Fish Cafe on the Boardwalk, Citricos at Grand Floridian, and Brown Derby inside Hollywood Studios.

    I usually don't recommend Cinderella's Royal Table because of the cost - unless people are on the Deluxe Dining Plan! If you've ever dreamed of dining like a princess inside Cinderella Castle, now is the perfect opportunity. You'll probably have to be flexible and take whatever meal you can get reservations for since this is an extremely popular restaurant, and it's often difficult to secure a reservation.

    Some of my favorite breakfast spots happen to be character dining locations! So you get great food and a chance to meet some favorite characters! Cape May Cafe at Beach Club, Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom, 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian and Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary.

    If you happen to be traveling with small children and signature dining just isn't what you're looking for,  send in a follow up question.  I'd be happy to suggest some more casual and kid-friendly options - of course, it's Disney World, so kid's are welcome just about everywhere!

    As far as maps go, under the PLAN section on the main website page, there is a section called MAPS.  It has the general WDW layout as well as individual park and resort maps.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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