Family dining; father and daughter; dinner
  • On Apr 21, 2024
    Rebecca from NH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, I was wondering if I was able to bring my child into restaurants if I know she will not eat. I noticed I can bring outside food. I didn't want to pay for her to eat at a restaurant if I know she will not touch the food.

    Hi Rebecca!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney where you are always welcome to be our guest.  I'm happy to chat with you about one of my favorite topics, dining at Walt Disney World Resort!

    Rebecca, Walt Disney World Resort offers a variety of dining options for families from Quick-Service meals to snacks; family-style dining to signature experiences.  As a mom of three, I understand where you're coming from with your question.  My two oldest boys are both very picky eaters and sometimes struggle to find something they want to eat on certain restaurant menus.  If you are dining at a restaurant that serves buffet, family-style, or prix fixe dining (where the pricing is set as a per-person charge), you will need to pay for your child's meal regardless of how much they eat.  Many character dining experiences use this type of pricing, but my family has found that the breakfast menus offer an assortment of food that pleases everyone!  One of our favorite spots for a character breakfast is Garden Grill Restaurant at EPCOT.  If you are dining at a restaurant where you can order your menu items individually, you would only need to pay for what you and your family order.  Sometimes, my kids haven't found an entree they like but instead choose an appetizer and/or side dish.

    As you mentioned, Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules currently allow you to bring outside food into the parks.  I typically place an online grocery order and have it delivered to my resort so I can bring in simple kid-friendly options like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars, and applesauce pouches to name a few.  I also like to order a case or two of water that we can use throughout our vacation.  

    Rebecca, I wanted to remind you that you'll soon be able to make your advanced dining reservations for any of those must-do Table-Service restaurants when your window opens in just a few short weeks!  Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel can begin making dining reservations for the entire length of their stay (up to 10 days), 60 days before their arrival.  All other guests can begin making dining reservations 60 days before each day of the trip.  

    I hope this information is helpful as you start to plan for some delicious dining on your upcoming trip!  If you have any other questions in the future, please feel free to stop by and see us again here at planDisney!

    Bon Appetit!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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