• On Feb 18, 2018
    Dianna from NY 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 traveling in Aug with our grandchildren and parents staying at Port Orleans Riverside in total there will be 9 of us, wondering about dining the grandchildren range in age from 2 to 16 , any recommendations about dining that will work for everyone?

    Hi Dianna,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! What an amazing family trip you have planned!

    Since there are nine of you, I would first recommend the family style and buffet restaurants. Family style restaurants are so much fun because the food is good and can be shared. Two of our favorite family style restaurants are Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom and 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. We also love to do character meals, many of which are served buffet style, so each person can go grab her or his own food. There are always lots of nice options so everyone can usually find something to eat. A few of our favorite character meals are The Crystal Palace (breakfast), 1900 Park Fare (dinner), and Chef Mickey's. If you plan to visit Disney Springs, I would also suggest T-REX so that you can dine with the dinosaurs!

    Be sure to make advanced dining reservations for every sit down meal. It will be nearly impossible for you to walk into a restaurant and get seated with nine people in a reasonable amount of time without a reservation. Make those reservations as close to your 180 day mark as possible. When making dinner reservations, also make them for a bit earlier than you might normally prefer. It could take a while for your entire group to finish eating, so you want to be sure that you allot at least two hours for a sit down meal.

    Dianna, also keep in mind that the group can split up for some meals. On one trip, my cousin took her daughter and my girls to Cinderella's Royal Table while my mom, aunt and I ate at a quick-service restaurant. We all had a blast even though our experiences were very different.

    Prior to making dining reservations, be sure that you have everyone linked to your My Family and Friends List. Then, reserve, reserve, reserve!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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