*Note that due to COVID-19 restaurants at Disney World will have extremely limited availability in order to keep guests safely distanced. Character meals at Disney will suspended until further notice as well. For more on COVID changes at the parks see the full article here.
Disney World has so many amazing food options. If I’m going to be honest, one of the things I look forward to the most on our Disney World trips is the food. I agonize over which restaurants I want to book.
Throwing a toddler into those plans can change where you decide to eat while at Disney World. While every restaurant will have kid-friendly options (This is Disney World after all), some are better than others for your little one. Character meals are a fantastic option with little ones. These are my personal favorites at the parks!
Cinderella’s Royal Table
While this restaurant is on the pricey side (You will have to use 2 table service credits with the dining plan, and it’s a fixed price menu. So no sharing plates) it is such a fun experience. You eat inside the castle. You meet multiple princesses. The food is delicious. They even have a wishing star ceremony for the kids that involve fairy wands and swords.
Be Our Guest
This is (in my opinion) the best-themed restaurant. If you even remotely enjoy Beauty and the Beast you will want to check out this restaurant. Falling snow, a ballroom, the West Wing… it is beautiful. Dinner will cost you 2 table service credits, but this restaurant is unique in that you can also do lunch or breakfast as a quick serve meal. You might be able to get a breakfast reservation before the park opens. There is no guarantee, but sometimes you can hop on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train before park opening. Depending on your budget any of the meals are a great option. If you pick dinner you can even meet the Beast!
This is a character meal with the Winnie the Pooh characters. This is a buffet meal, so the menu can change. The location is lovely, and right off of Main Street U.S.A. You might even be able to get a glimpse of the parade if you are eating at the right time. As you can see, my brother and sister in law LOVED this restaurant even more than their daughter!
The Garden Grill
I think this is one of the most underrated restaurants that I have been to. I was able to get a last minute reservation here, and I was shocked at how not busy it was when I went. Because it was fantastic. This is a character meal in Epcot located in the Land Pavilion. The restaurant rotates slowly during your meal. Part of the time you get a view of the Living With The Land attraction, which is a ton of fun. Chip and Dale are the main characters at this meal, and they are two of my favorites. They were sweet with my baby but played with my older boys by stealing their handheld fan and running around with it. The food is family style and my entire family enjoyed it.
Hollywood and Vine
This restaurant is fun and does great character meals. In the morning you can have breakfast with some of the Disney Junior Stars. In the afternoon you can meet Minnie Mouse and friends. Minnie does seasonal themed “parties” for lunch and dinner. This is a buffet meal, and always a big winner with the little ones.
The Tusker House
This is a buffet meal featuring Donald Duck and friends. I really enjoyed this restaurant a lot. There was a lot of variety with our buffet, which was nice. I’m an adventurous eater, but my kids… not so much. Also, Donald is one of my favorite characters. He was playfully pushy (in his Donald Duck way) and shoved my son out of the way so he could sign his autograph book "Donald, #1" when we met him, and we still laugh about it today.
Happy eating! And see you in the parks!
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