Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jan 16, 2011
    Morgan from OH 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.

    Visiting WDW on 12/11 with my husband, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. Currently have deluxe dining, planning on Character breakfasts, signature dinners, and snack for lunch. Is it okay to take our 2 year old niece to the signature restaurants with us??

    Hi Morgan! One of the reasons I love Disney World is that even the fanciest restaurants welcome kids. With the exception of Victoria and Albert's (which requires guests to be at least age 10), the signature restaurants all have children's menus and crayons for the little ones. My husband and I enjoy dining at fine restaurants, and I remember after my first child was born, I wondered if we'd ever be able to eat out again. We soon became hooked on taking all of our vacations at Disney because we could stay at fancy hotels and eat at gourmet restaurants with our young children in tow. It's Disney World after all; people should expect to see children everywhere, and no one should look askance at you for bringing your young children to a nice restaurant. In my opinion, you should feel free to dine at any of the signature restaurants with your niece.
    I will caution you, however, that I've found the service at the signature restaurants can sometimes be quite leisurely. Since toddlers can't be expected to sit quietly in a high chair for very long, be sure to tell your server upfront that you'll need to eat as quickly as possible. Even though my children are older, my husband and I are still in the habit of ordering our meals at the same time as we order our drinks, a tactic most parents of young children find helpful in speeding a meal along. (If you don't feel that your niece could sit quietly for a nice meal or if you think the stress of trying to keep her entertained and happy for an hour would ruin the dining experience, you could hire an in-room babysitter. You can contact Kid's Nite Out at 407-828-0920.)

    Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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