Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Nov 20, 2010
    Andrew from greater manchester 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, on 2 nights we plan to use childcare and eat alone. When we reserve dining for the kids meals we need to reserve 4 places, even though the adults will not eat, as they are too young to eat alone. Will this cause any problems? Many thanks

    Hi Andrew,

    If I understand your question correctly, you are planning on taking your children to a restaurant to dine.  After they have dinner, they will be left with a sitter, and you and your spouse will go dine alone.  You want to know if it's okay to have a reservation for 4 people, even though only 2 people will be eating.

    For most restaurants, I would say this is absolutely fine.  You have to make a reservation for 4; otherwise, the restaurant staff wouldn't be able to seat your entire party.  Simply tell your server that only the children in your party will be eating. You may want to order a cocktail or other drink as a start to your evening. 

    I'm not a hundred percent positive, but I think you may have difficulty doing this at a restaurant that serves buffet or family style.  At these restaurants, you're usually paying for an experience (character greetings, special shows) as well as for your food.  You'll want to call dining reservations and ask ahead of time if this is the type of restaurant where you are planning to take the children.

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

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. 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. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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