Family dining
  • On Mar 19, 2017
    Erica from NY Asked

    Do you think I should have a lunch and dinner reservation for MK and Epcot? Or is just dinner sufficient? I have a 10, 11 and 13 year old and would love suggestions.

    Hi Erica,

    As much as I love planning our dining at Walt Disney World, I seldom make reservations for more than one meal per day. For my family, one major meal is perfect. It gives us time to relax and refuel (plus go to some of our favorite restaurants) but doesn't take too much out of our day or give us more food than we want. For our other meals, we will often grab something at a quick serve restaurant or have a series of small snacks or bites from a number of restaurants, especially at Epcot.

    Often, we will plan our one big meal in late afternoon so that it is a late lunch/early dinner. Or we'll schedule our dinner late as a cap to a full day in the parks.

    Some of our favorite table service spots in Magic Kingdom are Crystal Palace for a buffet with Winnie the Pooh and his friends; Be Our Guest, which can be a tough reservation to get; and Liberty Tree Tavern, where the food is served family style. Your family also might like Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen for its fun food and atmosphere.

    For quick service at Magic Kingdom, our go-to is Columbia Harbour House.

    At Epcot, we often nibble our way around the World Showcase, having a taste from a number of countries. For quick service, we're big fans of Tangierine Cafe, Katsura Grill, Sommerfest and the Yorkshire County Fish Shop. Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion also has great variety and lots of fresh options.

    It's hard to pick a favorite table service spot in Epcot. Rose and Crown, Tokyo Dining, Via Napoli, Biergarten and Le Cellier are probably our top 5, all distinctly different tastes and experiences.

    I could talk about Disney dining for days, Erica, but I'm out of space. Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and please check back if you need details on any of these recommendations. We're happy to help.

    Enjoy,

    Wilma
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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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