• On Jan 11, 2014
    Theresa from MD 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.

    Next summer I will be visiting WDW with my parents, sister and nephews. My parents and sister haven't been since 1990 and it will be the first trip for my nephews, so I'm already excited to plan! What is your favorite restaurant for a big group?

    Hi Theresa!

    Hooray! How exciting to be visiting The Most Magical Place On Earth with your family! And you get to experience a first timer's trip? Double hooray! Seeing Walt Disney World through a child's eyes always makes me a little sappy.

    I am unsure of your nephew's ages, but I usually recommend a character dining buffet for a large group to satisfy different taste buds with a variety and then characters to entertain young children. I'd definitely recommend Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare! Their strawberry soup is refreshing and heavenly. Why yes, I did say strawberry soup. Dining there makes me feel like I'm in the middle of a fairy tale. The character interaction includes everyone and while I love Cinderella and Prince Charming, I can't help but cheer for the hysterical Anastasia and Drizella. Warning: they're so funny, strawberry soup may come out of your nose. And those wicked stepsisters can make any boy or grown man blush.

    If a character meal is not what you had in mind, another personal favorite is 'Ohana. 'Ohana means family and that's what I'm all about. Throw in Disney's Polynesian Resort (one of my favorites), LOTS of meat (sorry herbivores), delicious bread pudding, and you've got a winner! An 'Ohana dinner is a must-do for my family every trip! I'm baffled why it isn't on Stacey Aswad's list yet. This non-character meal keeps the whole family entertained with coconut races, dancing, and a constant supply of food to our table (crucial for little ones). 

    I hope this helps! If I can help you plan anything else, please feel free and stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel again. I wish your nephews the most fantastical first trip ever! 

    Happy planning!


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Meet the Panelist: Tania, Virginia

I've been on numerous Walt Disney World Resort vacations, ranging from girlfriend getaways, anniversary trips, "runDisney-cations," mommy/daughter trips and family vacations with my 5 princesses in tow! Need a reason for a Disney vacation? I've got 20! Learn More About Tania

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