Monday, September 19, 2011

Is That Kid Friendly?'

I've been asked the question before:
"What are some good kid-friendly restaurants at Walt Disney World?"
Well, I'm here to tell you - except for Victoria and Albert, which doesn't allow children under 10, pretty much anywhere you go is "kid friendly."
Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's Boardwalk
Unless your family and you all prefer to eat fast food burgers or chicken fingers, you should feel comfortable at almost any table service.  Not fans of seafood?  Skip the Flying Fish or maybe Citricos and Narcooses, though I've seen excellent reviews on non-seafood items at all of these restaurants.

Curious about new types of food?  Try a buffet, such as the Biergarten in the German Pavilion or Akershus in the Norway Pavilion.  Both will have Americanized options of foods from different cultures while still offering "normal" foods for people not feeling very courageous.

My favorite aspect of buffets - my son, and all children under 3, eat for free.  They are also welcomed to eat off of your plate in any restaurant, but we often order our little eater his own meal.  Even at 1, he was known to eat more than a 3 year old!  

Now, what about those ADR's?  Advanced Dining Reservations can be made 180 days out, or 190 days if you have a reservation on property.  And, for places such as Cinderella's Royal Table (eating in the Castle), you need to call or get online as soon as that window opens.  

But, if you're worried that you've only got 30 days and didn't get into CRT, try Akershus or just get online and see what's available!  You'll be amazed to see the ADR's you can get even the same day.  

And, don't be afraid to ask the day of.  Especially early, simply walk up and ask a Cast Member if there may be availability!  In the past year, we had success with walking up to Kouzzina, Via Napoli, and even Le Cellier.

Good luck!!  And, I'll have many more reviews after our January trip!


  1. This is a very good post. Disney is children's favorite place I think, bu there are a lot of amaizing places for children too. Best regards !

  2. I totally agree!! Disney does a wonderful job of creating a classy experience for parents and a kid friendly environment for the kiddos.

  3. Just one of the reasons we love WDW and keep going back! Kids are welcome everywhere!!