Q & A

We are going two weeks from now after we get off of a cruise. Have you ever been to coral reef? Is it good?

I personally have not been to the Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot, but I've heard it's a good choice. The atmosphere is great--beautiful aquariums surround the dining area! It has been my experience at Epcot that the food is terrific. Coral Reef is one of the pricier options, but I think it's a great choice, especially for seafood and atmosphere.

We're taking our toddler who will be 21 months at the time. I hope he has some fun. We have not been to Animal Kingdom yet. What restaurants do you suggest for there...that will accommodate a toddler (I figure Jiko, which I have heard a lot about, is out).

When I mentioned that we aren't taking our daughter to Disney (who will be 21 months at the time we visit), that in no way means that a toddler can't have fun! My friend Sarah has a Disney blog and wrote about their experience with a 16 month old. She is great for first-hand experience!

Also, there are ways to make it easier with a baby. I wrote about it here. Baby stations, taking breaks during the day, allowing for "running" time in a less crowded area, bringing your own snacks, etc. We're not taking Evy simply because we had planned for this to be an adult trip, regardless of where we traveled to. Also, Evy is personally afraid of crowds, dark spaces, and characters at this point. Once we're over some of those fears, we will take her on a grand trip! :)

As far as Animal Kingdom, I have only been once. This is mainly because I know we will go with our kids, and I just prefer the other parks for right now. But Animal Kingdom is GREAT for kids! Here are some good options for kids while eating at Animal Kingdom:

  • Donald's Safari Breakfast is the classic Disney character dining experience, which is a wonderful way to get easy pictures with no waits in line. Also, eating a big breakfast allows you to maybe only do one other meal, like an early dinner = saving money!
  • The Rainforest Cafe is a chain restaurant and not exclusive to Disney, but it's a sure-bet that your toddler will be entertained! The atmosphere is enticing and exciting. The food is average in terms of variety and unique dishes, but again, for a toddler, I think the environment is perfect.
  • A great resource is the Disney Food Blog. While not official, it's a great source for reviews, menus, and write-ups about all things Disney dining. Check it out!
I will say this about Disney Dining: unless it's an extremely pricey restaurant or there are age requirements, all Disney restaurants are child-friendly. This is Disney World; they understand that children will be there! Along those same lines, almost all establishments are stroller friendly and the dress code is theme-park casual. The two above restaurants that I listed will be the most exciting and engaging for a toddler, though!

Please email me with any other questions!


Heather said...

Thanks for answering my question.
We have only been once before. We're going to Animal Kingdom mainly for Brad. We love the other three parks.
I'm sure we will enjoy it too though.
If I think of any other questions I'll e-mail you. :)

Leigh said...

Ok... I feel like I am commenting on every. single. post. Sorry! But I really did want to add to this one because Emma was 21 months the first time we took her. Then Aiden was about that old the second time we took him. But honestly, like you mentioned about Evy, they were SCARED TO DEATH of the characters the first time. Poor Emma, I can still picture her crying with her head down while Goofy was trying to see us at Liberty Tree Tavern. But as far as Animal Kingdom - and this is just Quick Service, but we LOVE Flame Tree BBQ. The tables are in the middle of all these trees and there are all different kinds of birds and ducks that walk around. Our kids love it and we have gone every time we have taken them. And since it is quick service, you just pull your stroller right up to the table. And at Magic Kingdom, Cosmic Rays is a Quick Service that is very centrally located and has a lot a variety. And our kids got a kick out of watching the little alien that does the show. We also LOVE Chef Mickey's but again, the characters weren't a favorite the first time we went.