Guide to Dining at Disney World With Little Ones

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Planning your trip to Disney World can be stressful. There are so many tips that even that can be overwhelming. As you plan, you want to give your family the best trip ever, but it’s hard to know where to begin.

PlanDisney is always here to save the day! Their guides have become so helpful for anyone planning a trip to Disney World. As a family traveling, there can be a lot of needs and opinions. With various ages and interests, there is a lot of ground to cover in the Disney Parks. For families traveling with younger children, there are certainly some tips and tricks to ensure you have the best visit yet.

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Tips for Dining at Disney

As explained by LeAndra and Leslie, planning a Disney trip can be intimidating. Don’t let the stress get to you, though, because these tips are here to make your life and days in Disney a breeze.

Character and Playful Dining

Both of these experiences make food fun! Character dining is an interactive dining option that lets children enjoy their meals and meet their favorite characters. Likewise, playful dining at restaurants in Disney is similar to the interactive part. Although characters may not attend, the waiters and waitresses alike are just as much putting on a show. Disney Parks Blog recommends Chef Mickey’s and The Crystal Palace for character dining. They also suggest Whispering Canyon Cafe and 50’s Prime Time Cafe for playful dining. All of these restaurants highly encourage reservations, which is something to note when planning!

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Dining Plans

Dining plans are back! Starting January 9, 2024, Guests can purchase dining plans with their Resort stays. This helps financially, but also in the planning aspect for its flexibility. If you have picky eaters or not little ones who prefer to snack than have a whole sit-down meal, this is a great option. And did you know that with a dining plan, you can save up to 20% on dining for kids ages 3 to 9?

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There are so many delicious snack options at Disney Parks. Depending on what your little ones enjoy, there are sweet and savory choices, having something for everyone. Of course, fan favorites are the Mickey-shaped pretzel, popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, and DOLE Whip.

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To get the full details on the guide, watch “A Guide To Dining at Walt Disney World Resort With Your Little Ones” below.

For even more tips, check out Walt Disney World “Family Friendly Disney Restaurants for Kids & Toddlers” for the best family vacation this summer!

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.