With more than 100 restaurants to choose from on property, dining at Walt Disney World has never been more exciting! And if you’re travelling with children, there are plenty of menus that are kid-approved, and practically every Disney restaurant has a special children’s menu. To help you narrow down your options for your next vacation, here are our favorite restaurants – and meals – for kids at Walt Disney World.
8. Lava Lasagna @ T-REX
The menu at T-REX, in Disney Springs, is similar to Rainforest Cafe, with a variety of kid-friendly options including mozzarella sticks and cheesy macaroni. One option that’s not available at Rainforest Cafe that is a definite hit with kids is the yummy Lava Lasagna, which is served with a side and a drink (get it in a souvenir cup for even more fun). Of course, regardless of what your kids pick for their meal here, the regular meteor showers and moving, roaring prehistoric creatures will make it memorable!
7. Nachos @ Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly quick service meal in the Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill’s is the perfect place. It’s huge, so it’s usually not hard to get a seat, and there are a variety of familiar fast food choices here for kids. Whether your little ones want to try some nachos, a hamburger or mac ‘n cheese, there’s really no wrong choice here. And for pickier eaters, rest easy – you can choose your own toppings once you pick up your meal, to customize it to any child’s taste.
6. Grandma’s Macaroni & Cheese @ 50’s Prime Time Cafe
For a dose of comfort food, head to Hollywood Studios’ 50’s Prime Time Cafe, where kids love Grandma’s Macaroni & Cheese. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake is a wonderful addition for kids (and adults!), and if your child is a serious peanut butter lover, Dad’s Favorite Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layered Cake is an amazing way to end a meal. Of course, kids also love eating here to watch their parents get yelled at by waitstaff for not finishing their dinner!
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5. BBQ Ribs @ Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
There’s nothing kids don’t love about a meal at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort! The all-you-can-eat fried chicken hits the spot every time, and kids can also enjoy smoked BBQ ribs and tasty cornbread. The down-home meal ends with strawberry shortcake. But the food is only part of the draw here. While they eat, kids can enjoy hilarious, Wild West singing, dancing and skits, and they can even join in on the fun themselves!
4. Karaage Drumettes @ Morimoto Asia
Kids who are adventurous eaters, or want to see how their food is prepared, will love Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. Master Chef Masaharu Morimoto has reimagined Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes, and the result is something your kids will never forget. They will love the Karaage Drumettes (fried chicken, Japanese-style) and Morimoto’s Macaroni & Cheese, with two kinds of cheddar and a delicious panko crust. For dessert, the Chocolate Cream & Crunch (mandarin jelly with oreo tempura) is a winner for kids who like to try new food, or they can play it safe with the more familiar Fondue Churros with Nutella. Either way, they’ll love watching meals being created at the exhibition kitchens in the restaurant!
3. Chicken Nuggets @ Chef Mickey’s
There are plenty of character dining experiences available in Walt Disney World, but our pick is Chef Mickey’s, in the Contemporary Resort. Kids can meet classic Disney characters (including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto), and there is a special song if anyone is celebrating a birthday! There are lots of meal options, as this is a buffet. Some kid favorites include the Chicken Nuggets and the Create-Your-Own Sundae Bar. Bonus: kids love watching the monorail (which drives right through the Contemporary Resort) here!
2. Grilled Cheese @ Be Our Guest
For a really special dining experience, take your little ones to Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. They’ll be in awe of the Beast’s Castle, and they’ll be able to dine in the majestic Grand Ballroom, the moody West Wing, or the Castle Gallery, all straight out of the animated film! If you choose dinner reservations, you’ll even have the opportunity to meet the Beast himself – this is the only place and time on property that he appears for photos with guests. Our kid-approved dinner choice? The Grilled Cheese and Turkey Noodle Soup. And don’t forget the Grey Stuff for dessert – it really IS delicious!
1. Cheeseburger Steamed Pod @ Satu’li Canteen
Neither kids nor adults can get enough of this quick service Animal Kingdom restaurant in Pandora – the World of Avatar. We’ve never seen more creative food in all of Walt Disney World! Kids can create their own Satu’li Bowl by picking their own protein, grains and sauce; or they can opt for the fantastical Cheeseburger Steamed Pod. Everything here is designed to look out-of-this-world, to match the Avatar theming, and there’s no shortage of things for kids to look at and explore before or after eating. For dessert, kids will want to sample the bright blue Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse, which wins our award for most amazing looking dessert in Walt Disney World!