EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Aug 7, 2012
    Crystal from NC 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 surprising our children, ages 5 and 15 with a trip to Disney Jan 19-23,2013. We are having a hard time planning our dining option. We have purchased a dining plan. Any suggestions on making both our children happy?

    Hello, Crystal!

    Surprising your children with a trip to Walt Disney World is a fantastic idea...but it's so tough to keep the secret, isn't it? :-)

    Regarding keeping both children happy while dining, book your Advanced Dining Reservations at any Walt Disney World restaurant that would appeal to your 15-year-old's palate, as there are children's menus available throughout WDW. The 5-year-old will be happy just about anywhere you go.

    Before heading to WDW, take a look at the restaurant menus on a park-by-park basis. For example, once on WDW's website, click Magic Kingdom (under "Parks & Tickets") then select "Dining." Click on each Table Service Restaurant to find menus. (If you happen to find a restaurant which does not have a menu posted, head over to the unofficial site allears.net, where you'll be sure to find unofficial menus, reviews and even photos, too.) Pick a restaurant or two in each park (in Epcot, it may be more like several!) which seems to have the food that's most appealing to you and plan your ADR for the day on which you plan to be in that park. (We look at park hours and Extra Magic Hours when determining where we'll be each day.) Don't forget to look at Dining Options elsewhere, too, such as at WDW resort hotels as well as at Downtown Disney. Any location that is near the park you'll be in that day is a good choice, too.

    Consider adding variety, too, by including a buffet or two, a character dining experience, a unique dining experience (such as Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot's The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, which allows Guests to gaze out to the park's 5.7 million gallon aquarium!) etc.

    Send me more questions as you narrow down your choices; I'd be happy to help you decide! :-)
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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