Stay Put for Dinner at Disney if You Have Young Kids

The more people I talk to about my Disney experience the more I hear comments that are surprising to me like “Oh, I thought it would be like that. We have no plans to go.” And “We waited until our kids were [insert ages between 7 and 19].”

People have also told me that if they did have young children on a Disney trip they would never consider going out of their hotel after 3 or 4 pm when done with the parks for the day.  Eat poolside or in the hotel restaurant or order room service. Or make pasta or something simple if you have a kitchen.

It was killer schlepping them to sit-down restaurants that 1) took an average of 30 minutes to get to 2) kept us waiting an average of 30 minutes to be seated 3) took an average of 20 minutes more to get ANY food (as in rolls) on the table 4) had kids’ meals that included salmon and grilled chicken.  Boy, I wish my kids would eat salmon and grilled chicken but they don’t. I thought pasta with tomato sauce and chicken nuggets would be ubiquitous on children’s menus at Disney. Nope.

Then being up late wrecked them for the next day. I actually got them to nap (they hadn’t napped since they were each 2 1/2; my kids were 4 1/2 and 6 on this trip). But they were still tired and cranky as their sleep was disrupted.

So these are my girls the first time they see the castle. One is having a tantrum and the other is acting crazy -- both reactions to lack of sleep and cold weather and being dragged earlier that morning to a pirate adventure that was cancelled without anyone notifying me.
So these are my girls the first time they see the castle. One is having a tantrum and the other is acting crazy — both reactions to lack of sleep and cold weather and being dragged earlier that morning to a pirate adventure that was cancelled without anyone notifying me.

I’ve also talked to some parents who were thinking of planning a trip soon and I’m thrilled I’ve convinced more than one family to wait. Happy to help! I wish someone had told me!

I can also tell you that a soak in a hot tub and this helped me face the next day:

Pineapple caipirinha at Wave in the Contemporary Resort.
Pineapple caipirinha at Wave in the Contemporary Resort.
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