What a better way to get our kids addicted to the Disney Magic than to treat them to some of the best restaurants there are in Central Florida. Walt Disney World is known for hiring some of the best chefs in the world and these chefs put their culinary wands to work making mouthwatering meals for guests of all ages. Many of their culinary creations are enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters.
Below is my top recommendations for families visiting Walt Disney World with little ones. I have selected these restaurants for many different reasons, including characters, cuisine, entertainment, décor and over all theme.
Chef Mickey’s is a restaurant we frequent for birthdays. The characters and the birthday song and dance celebration are things the kids look forward to year after year. Even us adults enjoy dancing and laughing with Mickey and the gang. This dining experience offers an all-you-care-to-eat buffet filled with traditional American cuisine. While dining you will get a glimpse of the monorail passing by overhead and be amazed by the 90-foot mural designed by Disney Legend, Mary Blair.
Advance Dining Reservations are highly recommended for Chef Mickey’s and can be made up to 180 days before you arrival.
T-Rex Café at Downtown Disney
Located in Downtown Disney, T-Rex Café, has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants to enjoy when visiting Disney World. Not only can you enjoy dinner in the heart of the Jurassic Era, you will have an opportunity to shop from a variety of dinosaur-themed souvenirs, including a Build-A-Dino. Don’t forget to have you picture taken in front of the 15-foot tall T-Rex before heading home. Not only is the menu kid friendly, the décor is so visually stimulating, your kids will be lost in another world throughout the entire meal.
Rainforest Café at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Though there are two Rainforest Cafes located in the Walt Disney World Resorts and Theme Parks, I highly suggest you visit the one at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Mostly because I suggest you take the time to experience T-Rex Café while at Downtown Disney. Just like at the T-Rex Café, Rainforest Café offers a kid-friendly menu with a variety of choices sure to satisfy the entire family. However, instead of dining with the dinosaurs, your party will be dropped into the wild where you will experience the feel of dining in a tropical rainforest.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
Experience the fun and excitement of the outdoors at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. This open-air pavilion helps enhance the feeling of enjoying an authentic, old-fashioned family barbecue. Families can enjoy the entertainment of a live country-western band while receiving visits from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Chip ‘n Dale. The all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ spread includes smoked chicken, hot dogs, barbeque ribs and hamburgers with all of the traditional BBQ trimmings.
Advance dining reservations are highly recommended for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ and can be made up to 180 prior to your arrival.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
One of the latest additions from the Fantasyland transformation is the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. This restaurant is set within Beast’s Castle and offers guests counter service dining for lunch and table service for dinner. The menu is catered to the little ones with a little addition of French flair. Be on the look out for the Beast, who takes time to stop by the restaurant and visit guests during dinner.
Advance dining reservations are highly recommended, as the Be Our Guest Restaurant is still a hot dining experience reservations fill up fast. Advance Dining Reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your arrival at Disney World.
For more information about these dining locations and others at Walt Disney World call 407.WDW.DINE or visit DisneyWorld.com.
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