22 August 2011

Disney Magic and Kids - A Quiet Meal

By Natalie Henley of Meet the Magic

I first took my son to Walt Disney World when he was 3 months old. I am certain he did not know what was really going on at that age, but after being pregnant for 9 months, I really needed a Disney fix! As time progressed, I continued to take him with me on my various annual vacations to Disney. His love for Disney grows with each vacation we take.

As most of you know, when dining with a child it is hard to get a moment's peace. My son requires attention. He wants you to play games with him, color the pictures given in the menus, etc. Of course, when he was very young, I helped him eat his meals while attempting to eat my own meals and not make either of us too messy!

On one particular vacation to Disney, my husband and I had made lunch reservations to eat at the Yak and Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We had never eaten here and were extremely excited. Our son was 3 at the time and we had not taken the time yet to return to the room for a rest. Knowing the restaurant did not have foods my son wanted to eat, I had brought along some foods with us for him to eat. Hungry from the day, he quickly ate his meal.

After a few minutes play with the stuffed animals my husband had won for him playing a variety of carnival games in the DinoLand U.S.A section, he decided to put his head down for a bit of a rest. Within seconds, my son fell asleep. My husband and I were then invited to have our entire meal in a quiet setting for our first experience at the Yak and Yeti! We were so excited: the food was wonderful, the experience was relaxing and the little guy got some much needed rest.

Perhaps if you and your family want a bit of a quiet meal, try making reservations during your child's scheduled nap time.

Natalie H. is creator of Meet the Magic and guest contributor to Cooking with Mickey. She'll be providing Disney Magic and Kids - all about dining at DIsney with kids and giving great tips to make the most of your family dining experiences. Make sure to follow her on Twitter @nrhenley and @meetthemagic.

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