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Top Places to Eat With Kids at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has various dining locations to choose from throughout the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts. From table service locations where Guests are provided a full-service experience to quick service locations where Guests can get their food quickly and find their table, there are so many different options to choose from.

Because there are so many dining options, it can take time to know which ones are best for your family. We will look at some of the top options throughout Walt Disney World when traveling with kids. These locations provide various food options, so even picky eaters will find something to enjoy.

This list will help you narrow down where you want to eat while visiting Walt Disney World.

Chef Mickeys
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Disney Resorts

It is surprising to many that some of the best dining options are found outside of Disney Parks.

Chef Mickey’s:  Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This character meal is a high-energy buffet that services both breakfast and dinner. Kids will love seeing Mickey and his friends while they enjoy a variety of their favorite foods. From corn dog nuggets and ice cream, Chef Mickey’s is a good option for kids. It has entertainment that keeps them busy during the meal, and the buffet style allows everyone to find something to enjoy.

Boma: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, kids will enjoy having a meal at Boma. This is another buffet-style meal (you will see a pattern here) where adventurous kids can try new flavors while more tentative kids can stick with what they know. Add the animals outside the window; Boma is a fantastic kid option.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop: Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Kids will love this throwback diner where they can enjoy all the ice cream they want and comfort foods such as grilled cheese and tomato soup. Adults might think this menu is boring, but we promise the food and desserts are well worth a trip.

Garden Grill
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There are so many dining options throughout EPCOT that it can take a lot of work to narrow down where kids will enjoy. With the variety of cuisine offered, kids might need help finding something they enjoy. We have a few suggestions to help with this.

Garden Grill: The Land Pavilion

Over in the Land Pavilion, kids will enjoy a meal at Garden Grill. Here Farmer Mickey and his friends like Chip and Dale stop by and say hello as everyone enjoys their family-style meal. The Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast that is provided includes all-you-can-eat items such as mac and cheese, fruit, salad, veggies, and of course, desserts. Kids will love seeing the characters, but this restaurant also rotates, providing a look at the Living with the Land ride below. This will keep kids entertained throughout the meal.

Connections Eatery:  World Celebration

One of the newer dining options at Walt Disney World is the quick service location Connections Eatery. This new location provides various traditional options for kids and some fun flavors for adults. With a large seating area, Guests will enjoy relaxing and having a meal here.


Magic Kingdom

As the most iconic Disney Park, Magic Kingdom is one of the Parks that we think struggles with dining options.

Crystal Palace: Main Street, U.S.A.

We are excited that Crystal Palace is again open as it provides an excellent option for Guests to whale at Magic Kingdom. The extensive buffet provides various food options where everyone can find something they will enjoy. Kids also like meeting Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore during their meals.

Cosmic Rays: Tomorrowland

Our quick service option for kids is going to be Cosmic Rays. Over the past few years, our food options have improved drastically. Kids will love Sonny Eclipse as he plays popular music and has a rocking time. With various entree options, Cosmic Rays makes it easy for kids to find something they will eat.

Mickey Tusker House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Where Magic Kingdom struggles with dining, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has many options. If we had to pick, one location would stand out above the rest for kids.

Tusker House: Africa

A fun and delicious option are Tusker House. This character meal allows Guests to meet Mickey and his friends in their safari gear as they are ready to explore. The buffet is back for all meals providing the beloved waffles for breakfast and a variety of both classic entrees and unique entrees to the buffet. The variety of food and the excellent character interaction make Tusker House a top choice for kids.

Hollywood and Vine
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is another Disney Park where dining isn’t always easy. Although they are making progress at this Park, it is still hard to find something everyone will enjoy.

Hollywood and Vine: Echo Lake

This is the top choice for kids within Disney’s Hollywood Studios as kids will love the characters that make an appearance and the buffet options that provide them with various options. For breakfast, Disney Junior stars stop by, and for lunch and dinner, Minnie and her friends are around for a seasonal dining party. These parties are themed based on the time of year you visit, and their outfits are fantastic.

It can be overwhelming to determine where you want to eat during your Walt Disney World vacation. There are so many options that it can take effort to figure out where your kids will enjoy. We hope that by providing these options, you will feel more confident when choosing where you want to have some fantastic, fun meals during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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