Dining with Teens in the Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is an amazing theme park but the food is somewhat less amazing for teens, especially since three (soon to be two) of the restaurants feature character meals.   There are only a few restaurants on our list for today but don’t panic – you might find some good options in the Disney Resorts Restaurants information we’ll post soon.

Character meals ~ Don’t be too quick to completely rule out character meals.  Kids can sometimes be surprisingly sentimental and nostalgic about favorite characters.  My own teens are always willing to give Winnie-the-Pooh a hug for old time’s sake so a Character meal at the Crystal Palace is an option for our family of sophisticated young adults.  

Note: Beginning January 5th, 2009; dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer be a character meal although it will continue to serve both dinner and lunch.  The food is hearty and good and is served family style.

Cinderella’s Royal Table / Dinner Only ~ This restaurant features princesses at all three meals but dinner is handled differently because this is still a restaurant where people get engaged or enjoy special anniversaries.  At dinner, most of the characters are available for photos in the foyer and Fairy Godmother presides over the meal but doesn’t come to the tables.  The setting is beautiful and the view of the evening Wishes Fireworks is really neat because some of the fireworks are launched quite close to the restaurant.  This is a fairly expensive restaurant – $42.99 Ages 10 & Up / $26.99 Ages 3 – 9 but you will receive some photos of your group with the characters.   At some point in his teens, my son decided that the princesses are “hot” and he no longer minded going to princess meals with his younger sisters.   

Plaza Restaurant ~ Charming little restaurant that serves soup, sandwiches, burgers, and salads.  The hand-dipped sundaes, soda, floats, & milkshakes are the highlight and this is a nice spot for a break from the crowds. 

Now I know that, in an earlier post, I said that we wouldn’t cover counter-service options in this series but it would be almost tragic if you went to the Magic Kingdom and didn’t get a Dole Whip from Aloha Isle in Adventure Land.   Dole Whips are pineapple soft-serve icecream and they are so, so very good on a hot Florida day.  The “Sprinkles vs. No-Sprinkles” debate in our family makes this year’s presidential election seem mild.  This is an excellent use of one of those Disney Dining Plan snack credits!

Check back soon for Downtown Disney restaurant recommendations.