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Alcoholic Beverages—Most eateries serve alcoholic drinks, though the only eateries in the Magic Kingdom that serve alcohol are Be Our Guest, Tony's Town Square, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Skipper Canteen. Bars and lounges are located around the “World.” Legal drinking age is 21 and they do check your ID.
Character Dining—Dine with Disney characters! See page 262.
Children’s Meals—Nearly every eatery has a special menu for kids age 3–9. Kid staples like macaroni & cheese and chicken tenders can usually be had at the most exotic of restaurants even when they’re not on the menu—ask your server. Mickey Check Meals ensure healthy options, but you may be able to substitute fries for the healthy choices. Kids also get free refills on child-size beverages at table-service restaurants, including juice, milk, bottled water, and soda (but not including specialty drinks). All eateries also provide high chairs and booster seats, as needed. As you can imagine, Disney is one of the most kid-friendly places to eat in the world. (Special note to parents of infants and toddlers: Jars of baby food are not available in the eateries, but you can purchase them at the Baby Care Centers of each park if necessary—see page 120.)
Counter Service—Most food at Disney is sold fast-food style. The quality does vary—it’s generally worse at the Magic Kingdom and best at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. At Magic Kingdom, we like Pecos Bill Cafe in Frontierland and Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square. Disney’s Animal Kingdom only has three table-service restaurants, but the counter-service food is several cuts above the ordinary. We especially like Flame Tree Barbecue.
Coupons/Discounts—Don’t plan on finding coupons for restaurants. We know only of AAA discounts at some Swan/Dolphin eateries. Discounts for annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members (mostly at lunch) do exist—be sure to ask your server. You may qualify for the Tables in Wonderland program—see page 10 for details.
Dietary Requirements—Low-cholesterol, low-salt, low-fat, and/or vegetarian meals are a regular part of the menu in most restaurants. Special allergy-friendly menus are available at all counter- and table-service locations. With 72 hours of advance notice, gluten-free, kosher and other special dietary needs can be met. Cosmic Ray’s at Magic Kingdom has a no-advance-notice kosher menu at the check-out (ask for this at other counter-service restaurants, too). You may contact Disney regarding your special dietary requirements by e-mail to email@example.com or phone 407-824-5967.
Dress—Casual clothing is appropriate for most eateries in the “World” except Victoria & Albert’s (see page 257), which requires that men wear a jacket. Several spots also require “resort casual” dress (sometimes called “business casual”), which means that men should wear dress slacks, jeans, trousers, dress shorts, collared shirts, and/or t-shirts (jackets are optional) and women should wear skirts, jeans, dress shorts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, and/or t-shirts. Resort casual dress code prohibits hats, swimsuits, swim coveralls, tank tops, torn clothing, or flip flops. Resort casual restaurants include Artist Point, California Grill, Citricos, Flying Fish, Jiko, Narcoossee’s, and Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Entertainment—Some restaurants supply entertainment, while others like the Whispering Canyon Cafe and ‘Ohana provide activities for kids.
Menus—To see eatery offerings and prices before you arrive, go to My Disney Experience (see page 126) for up-to-date menus direct from Disney.
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