Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 7, 2008
    Traci from SC 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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    We are planning a trip in Sep and will have the dining plan. My question to you is do you have a top 5 list of places you must dine? I am already looking at CRT, Le Cellier, Akershus, Yak & Yeti, and Hollywood & Vine. Have I missed any? Thanks!

    Hmmm. Food is so personal to people that it's difficult to choose for someone else. I'll just give you a list of some of my favorites in different categories and maybe that will spark some ideas for you:

    Character dining: You've chosen both Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus. If you've got a seriously over-the-top princess fan in your house, then maybe you should do both. Otherwise, I'd pick only one princess meal and try a different type of character experience for your other choice. Chef's Mickey's is the classic character experience, but I also love the Garden Grill and Tusker House.

    Epcot: Le Cellier is great. I happen to adore the food at Teppan Edo in Japan and my kids love watching the chef prepare our meal right on the table. There is fun entertainment at Morocco and Germany. And the atmosphere is Mexico is really special.

    Animal Kingdom: Yak & Yeti is a great choice. It's new and I've already dined there twice. And can I just say that the green beans there (appetizer) were so good that my daughter actually ate a whole one. (The hugeness of this news cannot be over estimated.)

    Disney's Hollywood Studios: If you're doing the character breakfast for a small child, then Hollywood and Vine is good. If you're looking for a lunch or dinner, I'd choose the Sci-Fi Dine-In or the 50s Prime Time Cafe instead. These are both much more uniquely Disney and loads of fun.

    Magic Kingdom: If you don't get into the Royal Table, the buffet at the Crystal Palace is delish!

    As far as what you're missing ... I'd probably add one special signature dining experience to your list. Even with a child in tow, you won't want to miss the truly special gourmet meals that the Disney chefs can come up with. My favorite signature restaurant is Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge. I also love the California Grill.

    You might also consider a dinner show. My family sees the Hoop Dee Doo Revue every year.

    Hope this gives you some ideas. Let us know if you need more help.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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