Mom And Son Safari
  • On Feb 4, 2011
    Erica from MA Asked

    I'm taking my family to the AKL in mid-February. Can you recommend the best restaurants on property to eat with young children? I have 4 and 5 year old boys. Thanks!

    Hi Erica:

    I love the Animal Kingdom Lodge. So much so, that my family chose it to be our "home" resort when we joined the Disney Vacation Club. My boys are 5 and 3, and I'm happy to share with you some of our favorites.

    You can never ever ever go wrong with a character meal at Chef Mickey's. My boys not only enjoy the huge buffet, but their smiles shine when Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, and Minnie stop by the table to pose for pictures and sign autographs. I don't want to spoil any surprises, but start practicing your napkin waiving skills. My favorite non-character fun Disney restaurant is Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. As you eat an all-you-can consume German-style buffet (along with some American favorites), you will be entertained by costumed musicians playing traditional German music. Dancing is encouraged, and on our two last trips, our two young boys had a blast dancing with other kids on the restaurant's dance floor. I never knew how much fun I could have watching my boys getting' jiggy with Polka music.

    Other great family-fun favorites include:
    • 50's Prime Time Café, American comfort food and fun service in a period setting
    • Whispering Canyon Café, an Old West themed family-style restaurant
    • Raglan Road, a modern twist on traditional Irish pub food
    • T-REX Café, a dinosaur-themed family restaurant with a large menu
    • 'Ohana (for dinner), a Polynesian family-style restaurant,
    • Coral Reef, a wonderful and fun experience for kids (and adults) where you can dine in front of stunning underwater views.
    • At Animal Kingdom Lodge, check out the buffet at Boma or the upscale dining at Jiko

    Happy dining and enjoy your vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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