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!
Please email me with any other questions!