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  • On May 10, 2009
    Patty 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.

    Going to WDW 6/7 with 2 of my grchildren. Grandpa and I would like some adult time so we are taking the girls to Simbas & thinking about eating at Boma. Do I need reserv? Since it's a buffet do you tip & how much?

    Hi, Patty!  What lucky grandkids you have!   They must be so excited to be going to WDW with you and Grandpa!

    Let's start with Simbas Clubhouse.   While my kids have never used Simba's, I have read great reviews of it.   To make reservations for Simba's Clubhouse, call (407)WDW-DINE and their direct number is (407)938-4785.  This facility is for children ages 4 - 12, and the cost is about $11.25 per hour, subject to change.   Hours are 4:30 p.m. - midnight.   Cast members will give you exact hours and pricing when you call. 

    While your grandchildren are having a wonderful time exploring Simba's Clubhouse, you and your husband can head over to Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge.   I really recommend reservations.    This is a very popular dining experience and it will be much easier to have a table waiting for you after the kids are dropped off.    Since your wait staff will be clearing your plates and bringing your beverages, you do still tip even though it is a buffet.   I usually tip around 15% - 18% at a buffet and 20% at standard table service restaurants.  

    You can make reservations for Boma at the same time you are calling to reserve a spot at Simba's Clubhouse by calling (407)WDW-DINE.     You are less than a month out from  your vacation, so call soon as reservations do fill up quickly.  

    Wishing your family a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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