Info on dining with kids at Disney World, including suggested places to eat and things to consider with the Disney Dining Plan.
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Dining with kids at Disney World
Kids don't have to be restricted to burgers and nuggets. Here are some interesting places to eat in the parks:
- Columbia Harbour House (QS) - my personal favorite Quick Service at MK, they have a tuna sandwich on the kids menu, but I'd actually recommend ordering from the adult menu here and splitting it
- Be Our Guest (QS) - I like breakfast and lunch here a lot. Just don't make the same mistake a woman behind me in line did one day when she said "what is there for kids here? Kids don't like Maui Maui!" < ---- The menu has mahi mahi, but she didn't know how to pronounce it. And my kids would love it.
- Liberty Tree Tavern (TS) - kids menu includes turkey and barbecue chicken
- Sunshine Seasons (QS) - one of the best QS locations at Epcot with lots of unique options like Asian food, sandwiches, etc.
- Katsura Grill (QS) - kids menu includes teriyaki chicken but they also have sushi
- Yorkshire County Fish Shop (QS) - great place to grab fish and chips
- Biergarten (TS) - German buffet with live entertainment. Fun to sample different kinds of German food. Everybody will find at least a few things they like.
- Garden Grill (TS) - home cookin' type of food served family-style (and this is a character meal)
- The new Harambe Market area (QS) - several different windows to visit for interesting food options. I had a gyro during my last visit which was delicious.
- Flame Tree Barbecue (QS) - good BBQ, kids menu isn't that interesting so I'd suggest ordering from the adult menu and splitting
- Tusker House (TS) - buffet with American and African foods and it's delicious. This is a character meal as well.
- Yak and Yeti (TS) - Asian food. My son and I split a dim sum appetizer and an entree which was just the right amount of food for us.
- Starring Rolls Cafe (QS) - sandwiches, sushi, and cupcakes available. Closes mid-afternoon around 3.
- Brown Derby (TS) - higher end restaurant, but you can visit the Brown Derby Lounge for a slightly more casual vibe (though they don't accept the dining plan at the lounge)
- 50s Prime Time Cafe (TS) - home cooked food in huge portions. Very easy to split entrees here.
For more ideas on where to eat, check out all of my dining guide posts.
Things to keep in mind when using the Disney Dining Plan with kids:
- Quick Service credits aren't split between child and adult so kids can order off of the adult menu.
- Kids at the lower end of the age range might not get the full value out of it.
- Kids 3-9 who are adventurous eaters might be disappointed at Table Service restaurants where they will be restricted to the kids' menu.
- Christmas parade taping at Magic Kingdom will take place November 10-13.
- 1900 Park Fare brunch appears to be available during Thanksgiving week.
- Candlelight Processional lineup finalized. You can find the full list in my holiday post.
- People riding Pirates of the Caribbean in the first 1-2 rows often get very wet now.
- New park hours came out recently. See what changed and find the full park hours on the monthly dashboards.
Quick tip of the day
A listener named Jami suggested putting all plans into a note on your phone, taking a screenshot, and then making that the lock screen to make it easier to find the info and save some battery life.
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