AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Feb 7, 2009
    Sophie 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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    Hi! We're visiting in march and don't have the dining plan. We want to try a table service restaurant at each park, do you have advices? We'll be with our 4yrs son and 10 months daughter and don't want to go to expensives places. Thanks!


    You've got me between a rock and a hard place on the recommendations....to be honest, the best table service restaurants for young children are usually the Character Meals.  However, these restaurants usually offer a buffet and are more expensive than ordering from the child's menu at other table-service restaurants.  The good news is that your daughter will be eating for FREE!  (Another way to save money at a table service restaurant is to go at lunch instead of dinner--most restaurants offer a similar menu!)

    On with the recommendations!

    Epcot: Le Cellier offers a respite from the park not to mention a thick, juicy steak. You can order a la carte and the children's desserts are memory-makers!

    Disney Studios: Sci-Fi Dinner Theatre puts you in the middle of a drive-in movie--complete with a car for a table!  If you're ordering from a menu it's a better buy than eating here on the dining plan.

    Animal Kingdom: Rainforest Cafe surrounds you with animals the children will just love!  The children's menu sports the usual fare, but again, for the money, the entertainment is more affordable than the Character Meal at Tusker's House.

    Magic Kingdom:  Crystal Palace: This is the one restaurant I would splurge on the buffet.  Pooh and friends greet all the diners, but the lunch buffet is one of the least expensive yet expansive outside Biergarten in Germany at Epcot.  The extensive dessert bar and ice cream machine make eating a fun experience, too.

    If you'd like to look at more prices and compare more menus, I recommend taking a peak at www.allears.net under Dining!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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