Do Disney Your Way -- Part II

Do Disney Your Way, pg. 4

If you're staying at a Disney resort, you can use the kids' clubs/babysitting services at any resort (space permitting) for children ages 4-12. So, for example, you and your spouse can enjoy a meal at Spoodles while your kids play at the BoardWalk Harbor Club, or you can share a romantic dinner at Artist Point while the kids watch Disney movies at the Cub's Den in the Wilderness Lodge. The most popular kids' club is the Neverland Club at the Polynesian. These well-run facilities include arts and crafts activities, toys, movies, and pillows and blankets, sometimes even bunks, for sleepyheads. The rates run $6-9 per hour and can include dinner. Kids Night Out Recreation and Resort Management offers a daycare center as well as in-room babysitting for children of all ages (407-827-5444).

Children are welcome at all Disney restaurants, even the fancy ones. For example, at the upscale Flying Fish Caf?, kids are handed their own mini water-ring games and their menu features frozen drinks similar to Mom and Dad's. At any Disney restaurant, there are always crayons and coloring pages on hand, kids' menus and friendly waiters.

Six Fun Places to Eat With Kids

In general, the atmosphere, not the food, is the draw at these cleverly themed eateries:

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney-MGM: Sit in a 1950s-era convertible and watch campy sci-fi cartoons and flicks as you dine on fare like "Creature From the Pasta Lagoon" served by carhops in this fun, retro eatery.

50s Prime Time Caf? at Disney-MGM: Another blast from the past, with diner decor, comfort food, TVs playing black-and-white sitcom classics and June Cleaver-like waitresses who correct your manners. The dessert menu is on a Viewmaster!

Rainforest Cafe: Dine in a tropical jungle, with thunderstorms, waterfalls, and animals real and faux at branches of this popular chain in the Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue: Kids and adults alike join in the rollicking fun of this Western stage show at Fort Wilderness, while chowing down on fried chicken served in pails and barbecued ribs. (The location is remote, though, and the prices sure aren't KFC). A slightly less expensive alternative: Mickey's Backyard BBQ, also at Fort Wilderness, with a country band, Disney characters, and picnic fixin's.

'Ohana: Not as pricey as the Polynesian Luau (but indoors), this all-you-can-eat feast features food cooked over an open fire pit, plus coconut races, Polynesian singers, and hula hoop contests to entertain the kids. Whispering Canyon Caf? at Wilderness Lodge also offers fun activities like stick pony races along with family-style informal meals.

Coral Reef: You'll feel like you're under the sea watching the fish swim by as you eat at this expensive restaurant with front-row views of the Living Seas aquarium in Epcot. Kids get tip sheets to help them ID the aquatic life and edible peanut-butter dough for dessert!

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