AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Dec 8, 2013
    Naomi from KY 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 scheduled to arrive on July 20-26 2014. We are going to plan lunch reservations Akershus in Epcot, Hollywood and Vine, and Tusker House. Do you recommend on early reservation as soon as they open for lunch or is a later lunch reservation better?

    Hi Naomi,

    You are considering eating at some great restaurants.  My family has made wonderful memories dining with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, dancing with Disney Junior characters at Hollywood & Vine, and sampling African fare at Tusker House Restaurant.

    My family tends to like a later lunch when we are at Walt Disney World.  We will usually have a quick breakfast in our room, and then we like to get to a theme park as soon as it opens.  We do lots of major attractions first thing in the morning, as they tend to build lines later in the day.  Sometimes we will stop for a mid-morning snack.  We find that we can experience a lot of attractions through the morning and into the early afternoon, at which point we have a lunch reservation waiting so that we can cool off and take a break.  Sometimes after lunch, we are ready to leave the theme park and go back to our resort for a swim. I think that this late lunch plan works especially well in the summer when you are going.  By the time it gets to be what I think it the hottest time of the day - early afternoon - you can be headed into a nice, cool restaurant to refuel.  This is of course how my family likes to travel - if your family prefers to skip breakfast and have an early lunch as your first big meal, that could work, too.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Naomi.  Have a great time planning your vacation, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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