When it comes to kid-friendly restaurants at Disney World, it’s obvious there is no shortage. Chef Mickey’s, Coral Reef, and Be Our Guest restaurant all come to mind immediately.
However, I wanted to share with you a few hidden gems that you probably haven’t thought of as being “kid-friendly.” In fact, these restaurants might seem the exact opposite on the outside. But we have found they are some of the BEST places to dine with kids throughout Disney World property.
Here is our list of unexpected kid-friendly restaurants at Disney World.
Now, let’s see why!
#1 Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Nomad Lounge almost feels like a secret. This lounge is located adjacent to Tiffins, Animal Kingdom’s only signature dining location. There are SO MANY things I love about Nomad Lounge. And stopping there for a drink on the outdoor patio has become one of my most recommended activities for families with kids.
The outdoor patio looks over the Discovery River, you can even here sounds of Pandora, World of Avatar coming across the water. While parents are relaxing with a cocktail and small plates, the kids can enjoy watching the character Flotillas pass by on the river. When available, boats tend to go by every 10-20 minutes, so the entertainment is continuous!
#2 San Angel Inn at Epcot
Besides being one of our favorite restaurants on Disney Property, San Angel Inn provides a superb setting for children to dine in at EPCOT. There is SO much to see from your table at San Angel. On one side, you have the ride boats going by for Mexico’s Gran Fiesta Tour attraction. There’s even an “erupting” volcano in the distance.
On the other side, you have a busy marketplace. It’s fun to watch all the other “Mexico” tourists shopping in the market. With so much to see, it’s easy for children to stay entertained.
#3 Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
Sanaa has a reputation for its fantastic bread service and incredible savanna views. The menu at this restaurant is definitely worth perusing before your visit. From items like butter chicken prepared in a Tandoori oven to the daily market fish selections. There’s something for everyone here, including a kids’ menu.
Ask for a table near the window, and your little ones will be happy to watch zebras, giraffes, and wildebeest wander the savanna all while having your dinner.
The Sanaa menu is available here on Disneys site.
#4 Oga’s Cantina at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
While Oga’s Cantina is technically a bar, this was by far my five years old’s favorite “attraction” of our last vacation. Not only does Oga’s have an amazing and unique alcoholic drink menu, but they also have an extensive mocktail list and “provisions” menu.
Both Logan and Amelia got their “provision” made of Jello and popping pearls topped with dried raspberries and rock candy. There is so much to explore at Oga’s, from the creatures perched on top of the bar to the out-of-this-world droid DJ playing Batuu’s #1 hits.
This wraps up our list of kid-friendly restaurants at Disney World that you probably haven’t thought about! We hope you were able to find some new ideas to plan a little family dining on your next vacation.
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