Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 20, 2009
    Donna from AL 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 will be taking our first trip to WDW March 14-22 with our two sons, 6 yr old and 15 yr old. What dining experiences (shows, character meals etc) would you recommend to keep both their interest?

    You would think with kids so different in ages it would be tough to find places to go that they will both enjoy.   This is not the case at Walt Disney World!  In addition to my three year old, I have a seven year old and a 17 year old, and Walt Disney World is the one place I know I can make everyone happy!

    Teenagers may not be as enthralled with a character meal as your six year old, but there are other dining experiences that will be fun for both boys.  One of our favorite meals has always been the Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge.  The antics will be fun for your younger son, and funny to the teen, and the food is hearty and delicious. 

    The Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue is a dinner show that both boys should be entertained by.  A bit slapstick, there's a laugh here for everyone, and food that is definitely kid and teen friendly.

    Other dining experiences you might want to look into include the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney's Hollywood Studios, or the 50s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios.  Both are unique locations, incredibly themed, and different from what you would find at home.  The new T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney is another restaurant with amazing theming, as are either of the Rainforest Cafe locations (Downtown Disney or Animal Kingdom).

    As for character meals, as a woman with 6 nephews, I can tell you that it's going to be tough to keep a 15 year old boy interested in anything but the food.  With that in mind, head to a place where the six year old will be excited to see some of his favorite characters, and his older brother will have a good meal.  The guys in our family particularly loved Donald's Safari Breakfast at the Tusker House restaurant in Animal Kingdom, and Chef Mickey's is always a hit!

    To make your advanced dining reservations, call 1-407- WDW-DINE.  Wherever you choose to dine, I hope you have a wonderful experience!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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