Which are the best Walt Disney World Restaurants for kids? Disney World offers some very unique dining choices and sometimes it can get overwhelming to choose which ones the kids are really going to love. It can be difficult to choose which of the Disney character dining experiences, or the uniquely themed restaurants are the ones which your kids are going to like the most. Here is a guide to my personal Top 10 best Disney World restaurants for kids.
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Disney Sci Fi Dine In Theater
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Think diner food in one of the most unique restaurants in Walt Disney World and here you have the Sci Fi Dine in Theater. The kids are going to find this Disney Hollywood Studios restaurant a whole lot of fun. Step back to the 1950s for some traditional diner food in a restaurant which looks as though you have stepped right into a movie drive in.
The first thing that you will notice is of course the tables which look like convertible cars all lined up in front of a huge movie screen. The second thing you as an adult will notice is how loud and dark the room is! The fun here is about the design and the atmosphere so make sure that you ask to sit at one of the convertible car tables as there are some picnic style tables at the back of the restaurant which you will probably want to avoid. The car seating holds up to six guests in two rows of three.
There is a huge screen at the front of the Sci Fi Dine in Theater. It shows old B movies such as the “Amazing Colossal Man” and “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”
Appetizer choices include Fried Dill Pickles, Crispy Onion Rings, Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Honey Chipotle Barbecued Chicken Wings. The Entree menu has choices to please pretty much everyone. You can enjoy Flame Broiled New York Strip, Chicken or Shrimp Pasta, Build Your Own Angus Burger, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie or the Southwest Vegetarian Burger. For dessert the Warm Glazed Donut is very tempting, or perhaps the Out of This World Turtle Cheesecake.
The food here is not the best in Disney World. You come here for the atmosphere. And usually because the kids really want to go here. Expect average food at high prices and you won’t be disappointed.
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Disney Princess Storybook Dining
The Akershus restaurant in Epcot World Showcase is home to the very popular Disney Princess Storybook Dining. The Norway Pavillion has become an even bigger draw for young Disney Princess fans now that the Disney Frozen Ride has opened. If you want to give your kids one of the best chances to meet and talk with the Disney Princesses then this is a great opportunity. You can never guarantee that a certain character will actually appear but you do often find Princess Aurora, Belle, Ariel, Princess Jasmine and Snow White. The characters do a decent job of spending time with the guests at each table.
You have a choice of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Disney Princess Once Upon a Time Breakfast offers pre plated all you can eat breakfast favorites. The Princess Storybook Lunch and the Dinner are a combination of all you care to eat buffet items and entrees which you order from the menu. The quality of the food is pretty average but really you go here for the great chance to meet the Princesses not for the food.
For breakfast you will be brought a plate of the usual breakfast favorites including scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. There is also a buffet table with Norwegian items including Smoked Salmon and Peppered Mackere. We particularly enjoy the cheese selection which usually has Jarlsburg, Muenster and Gjetost Goat Cheese. There is Yogurt, Granola, Fruit and Pastries.
The lunch and dinner experience is a combination of ordering from the menu and enjoying the buffet. The menu entree choices include Pan Seared Salmon, Norwegian Turkey Club, and Oven Roasted Chicken Breast. If you want to try something a little different we suggest the Traditional Kjottkake which is Norwegian meatballs served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lingonberry sauce. There is a buffet table which usually includes a really good cheese and smoked fish selection. The dessert is served family style and has a Sweet and Savory Chocolate Mousse, Traditional Rice Cream and
Apple Cake with cardamom whipped cream.
The price of the meal includes a photo package. As with all Disney character dining restaurants the price varies according to the season. For more information here is our guide at
Disney’s Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Villa Resort
There are very few restaurants in the world where you can dine whilst looking out of the window to watch zebras, giraffe and other wildlife passing by. Sanaa is located at the Animal Kingdom Villas at Kidani Village. There is a huge picture window overlooking the savannah. One of the best times to go is lunch time as of course you can see the animals passing by outside. This is a very unique experience for all the family, not just the kids!
This is one of the lesser known Disney restaurants but it is also one of the most spectacular and if you are prepared to be a little adventurous it also has some of the very best food. The Disney Animal Kingdom Villas are a little out of the way, but it is worth the effort to get there to dine.
The menu is described as being African food with Indian influences. What this translates to is a very high quality interesting menu with such items as Tandoori Chicken, various curries, spicy side dishes and naan breads. Don’t be concerned if the kids are more of the mac and cheese preferring kind! Sanaa has the usual kids menu offerings of pizza, cheeseburger and macaroni and cheese.
We particularly recommend the Indian Style Bread Service as an appetizer. You choose the type of bread and dip that you want. The Garlic Ginger Naan or the Spiced Naan are our favorites. The dips include Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chuntey, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, or Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle.
If you want a more traditional entree you can choose the Grilled New York Strip or the Lamb Shank. If you want to be a little more adventurous you could try the Fragrant Duck or the African Inspired Biryani. To finish off your meal why not try the Trio of Desserts which includes Afrika Povu, Lemon Lychee Tart, and Seasonal Kulfi so that you get a selection of tastes from this unique restaurant.
Disney Chef Mickey’s
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Chef Mickey’s is a very popular character dining experience for all the family. It is particularly great for young children as it is chance to get up close to Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Chef Mickey’s is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort which is just minutes away from the Magic Kingdom. Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner are served each day. This is one of the most difficult of the Disney dining restaurants to actually snag a reservation for, so be prepared to get your reservations early!
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale are usually there at breakfast. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck usually go for dinner. As with all character appearances these are subject to change.
The food is good quality buffet fare and there is plenty of choice for even the pickiest eaters. This is very popular with young children so go there expecting a noisy, fun atmosphere and you won’t go far wrong!
Chef Mickey’s includes all of the usual breakfast favorites at an all you care to eat buffet. The breakfast items include Scrambled Eggs, Mickey Waffles, Breakfast potatoes, Minnie’s Breakfast Pizza, Pancakes, Powder-Sugar Dusted French Toast, Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage Links and Bacon and Tator Crisps.
We like the Brunch option as you can go early to Magic Kingdom and get on a lot of the rides. Then you take the monorail out of the park and go to Chef Mickey’s for a break and to regain some energy for the afternoon!
The buffet menu items do vary but some favorites which are usually included are Mango BBQ Pork Ribs,Baked Salmon Fillet with mango chili chutney and rice, Braised short-ribs with creamy polenta and Orecchiette Pasta with vegetables, garlic oil, and goat cheese. We usually can’t resist the Parmesan Mashed Potatoes or the Green Beans with Mushroom Cream Sauce. The desserts are also very tempting and usually include the Warm Bread Pudding, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a personal favorite of Minnie’s Chocolate & Red Velvet Cupcake.
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Cinderella’s Royal Table
Want to know how you can get a look inside Cinderella’s Castle? Be one of the lucky ones who manage to snag a reservation at the most popular of the Disney Restaurants – Cinderella’s Royal Table. This is an extremely popular restaurant. Not only do you get to dine inside the Magic Kingdom Castle but you also get to meet Cinderella. You may also see The Fairy Godmother, Princess Belle, Ariel, Princess Aurora and Snow White (you know I am going to say that all character appearances are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice).
The food is pretty good and the kids (and the grown ups) will love the chance to meet their favorite Princesses. Unlike many of the character dining locations at Disney, Cinderella’s Royal Table is not a buffet venue. You will choose your meal from the menu.
For breakfast choices include Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast, Shrimp and Gris or Baked Quiche. You can also choose a Traditional Breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and rosemary-lemon roasted potatoes. The entree is served with a basket of assorted pastries.
The Lunch and Dinner menu includes a Chef’s Tasting Plate as an appetizer – this is the only option. The entree choices include Slow Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Beef Tenderloin Salad, Pan Seared Chicken, Spring Vegetable Couscous, or Chef’s Fish of the Day. For dessert the aptly named The Clock Strikes Twelve is a delicious flourless chocolate cake with berry compote and chocolate ganache. Gus and Jaq’s Favorites are also a great choice with a white chocolate-jasmine tea mousse, lemon and lime curd with honey-oat crisp.
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T-Rex Cafe Restaurant in Downtown Disney
The T-Rex Cafe was created by the same people who brought us the very popular Rain Forest Cafe. The theme is of course the pre historic world so expect dinosaurs, decent but pricey food and a whole lot of noise! This is a great restaurant to take the kids. As it is in Disney Springs you can visit on one of your non park days as you won’t need a ticket.
The menu at the T-Rex Cafe is definitely on the pricey side. But who can resist Asteroid French Onion Soup, Brachiosaurus Bruschetta , or a Gigantosaurus Burger? Well the kids probably can but don’t worry, there is a kids menu with the usual favorites, pizza, burgers and pasta.
Disney Crystal Palace Restaurant
The Crystal Palace is located at the end of Main Street in Magic Kingdom. It is a great place to take the kids, particularly the 5 and under set. This is one of my very favorite Disney character dining restaurants as not only do you get to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore the food is also pretty good for all the family. The Crystal Palace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A particularly good choice is lunch as you can take a break in the middle of the day to sit down and refuel.
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1900 Park Fare
This is another very popular Disney World character dining restaurant where at dinner you get the chance to meet Cinderella. 1900 Park Fare is located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort so is just a very short monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom. It has some of the highest quality buffet food in the whole of Walt Disney World. Breakfast characters include Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger. If you want to see Princess Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia then they are usually scheduled to appear at dinner.
There is a special children’s buffet section which is low down so that the kids can help themselves. 1900 Park Fare is of course a very popular Disney dining location. It can get pretty busy and is rather loud but it is definitely a winner with the kids!
The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is served from 8.00 until 11.40 am every morning. This includes the usual breakfast favorites, but if you want to try something a little different you can sample the Floridian Strawberry Soup or the Cheese Blintz.
Dinner is served from 4.00 until 8.50 pm. Entree choices may include Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon with Mango Salsa, Fried Sustainable Mississippi Catfish with Remoulade, Mongolian Beef Stir Fry,Verlaso Salmon with avocado salsa, Bucatini, Bratwurst, Sauerkrat and Sushi Rolls. Regular offerings also include Spice-Crusted Salmon with Crispy Plantains, Jasmine Rice, Cheese Ravioli, Caribbean Pork Loin, Guinness Stew, Pork Pot Stickers, Chicken Marsala, Spicy Durban Chicken, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Potato Casserole, and Vegetable Stew.
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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review is a fun dinner show which has played to guests since 1974 at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The show is practically unchanged since that time so if you are looking for Disney nostalgia which is great fun for both kids and adults then this is a wonderful choice. The show is held in Pioneer Hall which is the hub of Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort. It is very popular and shows run 3 times a night at 4 pm, 6.15 pm, and 8.30 pm.
The price that you pay for the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review is set according to the seating tier that you choose. Tier 1 is closest to the stage, Tier 2 and 3 are further away. We advise people to stay away from Tier 3 seating unless they have absolutely no choice. Not only are you the furthest from the stage, but you will also find yourself seated with your back to the stage.
The food is served family style and includes breads, salad,Crispy Fried Chicken, Smoked Barbecued Pork Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, and Country Style Baked Beans. Very traditional fare. The real appeal of this experience is of course the entertainment. Table are pre assigned and the closer you are to the stage the pricier the reservation. Be prepared to be entertained by Johnny Ringo and Claire de Lune the dancers, Jim Handy and Flora Long the singers, and Six Bits Slocum and Dolly Drew provide the comedy.
Unusually for a Disney dining venue, selected alcohol is included in the price. You can enjoy unlimited Sangria, Bud Light or Yuengling Draft.
Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant
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Epcot Coral Reef restaurant is another great choice for both the kids and the adults. Coral Reef is a restaurant with a difference. The restaurant has a wall of 8 feet high windows which look onto the huge salt water aquarium. which is part of the Seas With Nemo and Friends pavilion in Epcot Future World. Sit and eat your meal whilst you watch up to 85 species of fish in the giant tank. Perhaps more entertaining for the children is the fact that often you can see divers float past your table.
As you would expect, there are a lot of great seafood choices on the menu. Appetizers include Crispy Rhode Island Calamari, Creamy Lobster Soup, Charboiled Octopus and Caesar Salad. The entree menu offers a lot of seafood choices including Seared Mahi-Mahi or Rainbow Trout, Pan Seared Verlasso Salmon and Seafood Scampi. If seafood isn’t your thing you can also choose from Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Vegetarian Chick’n Breast, Grilled New York Strip Steak or Oven Roasted Chicken Breast.
Whilst the concept of Epcot Coral Reef is an excellent one and the decor and theme are a brilliant idea, service can be a little inconsistent. Here is my full Epcot Coral Reef review at:
Whichever restaurant you choose in Walt Disney World there are plenty of options to keep the kids (and the grown ups) happy. Which is your favorite Disney restaurant? Leave me a Comment!
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