• On Mar 9, 2011
    Michael from CA 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.

    We are planning our trip for 9/11-9/18, 2011 and have read that's it's a good idea to have one ADR made for each day. Can you give me a few of your favorite places for table service, given we will have 3 adults and 2 boys (ages 5 and 9 months)? Thanks!

    Hi Michael:

    My family also tends to follow the "one ADR for each day" plan. Here are some suggestions that work for my family, which includes 5 and 3 year old boys. Your family may have different tastes, but hopefully these recommendations will be a good start to planning your dining.

    You will never go wrong with a character meal at Chef Mickey's. My boys not only enjoy the huge buffet, but their smiles shine when Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, and Minnie stop by the table to pose for pictures and sign autographs. My favorite non-character fun Disney restaurant is Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. As you eat an all-you-can consume German-style buffet (along with some American favorites), you will be entertained by costumed musicians playing traditional German music. Dancing is encouraged, and on our two last trips, our two young boys had a blast dancing with other kids on the restaurant's dance floor.

    Other great family-fun favorites include: 50's Prime Time Café (American comfort food and fun service in a period setting); Whispering Canyon Café (Old West themed family-style restaurant); Raglan Road (modern twist on traditional Irish pub food); T-REX Café (dinosaur-themed family restaurant with a large menu); and Coral Reef (fun experience for kids (and adults) where you can dine in front of stunning underwater views).

    For a fancier night out, consider California Grill atop the Contemporary Resort. California Grill features delicious California Fusion cooking and spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom and the Wishes fireworks show. I would also recommend Le Cellier, a tasty steakhouse at Epcot's Canada Pavilion, Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, which serves dishes influenced by African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine, and 'Ohana (for dinner), a Polynesian family-style restaurant, focusing on grilled-meats

    Enjoy your vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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