kids - picky eaters - please help

Walt Disney World: Need tips on where to go and what to order

From Alla R
Posted July 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM
we're going 1st time to Disney World. Staying in Dolphin Hotel, Epcot. Can someone please recommend good and affordable eats for 2 very picky eaters (my kids are 3 & 8). Thanks to all in advance.

From Tony Duda
Posted July 8, 2010 at 8:14 PM
Tough question. Affordable at WDW can be higher than you want. However, the American Pavilion at Epcot is a burger, fries, chicken nuggets type of counter service place. The Land at Epcot has Sunshine Seasons, another counter service place with a wide range of good food choices.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM
Define Picky?

What do they like?

From Alla R
Posted July 9, 2010 at 6:07 AM
Thank you guys. Anthony, my kids are not so big on junk food. I am looking for buffet style food, but a good one, with fruits, meat, yougurt choices. Thanks in advance.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 9, 2010 at 6:30 AM
The first one that popped into my head right now is the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom. It has the food you are looking for and is a buffet.

I think another question is how much are you willing to spend on food? The reason why I ask is because most of my meal values are hamburger, hotdogs, chicken strips, etc.

There is other great food there, but it might be a little more pricey.

Do your kids like:

Hot Dogs

Thanks for the info! It is much easier to know what price and what kind of food we are looking at. Whatever you say, Disney will have it for you for sure.

As a general rule, EPCOT might work out best because of all the food options!

From Alla R
Posted July 9, 2010 at 8:39 AM
thanks a lot. I made reservations at Crystal Palace.

From Tony Duda
Posted July 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM
Chrystal Palace costs about $37 adult and $32 child plus tax and tip. If that's what you consider affordable, you can afford everything at WDW.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM
THats why I asked about price. Disney is pretty expensive, but you can get some great foods. Also, my "good deals" are mostly at counter service places that are full of fast food.

Speaking of that, a great counter service place that might fit your description is Sunshine Food Fair at EPCOT. They tend to have more variety (and healthier options) than most counter service at WDW.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM
I'd take Chef Mickey's over Crystal Palace. It's a character meal with a surprisingly good, albeit unadventurous, buffet selection. It's almost as if picky children with a palette for good chicken fingers and cheese macaroni designed the buffet. It's at the Contemporary Resort.

All of the buffets provide pretty good selection for picky children. Boma is my favorite buffet in Orlando. Rather than steam trays, the food is served on wood burners. There is enough to choose from for picky eaters (e.g., spit-fired meats) while still providing freshness, quality, and value.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:55 AM
I picked Crystal Palace because it is easier to get a reservation and the buffet is pretty extensive!

Boma is a one of a kind buffet, but does have a few more adventurous choices.

Whispering Canyon Cafe is also good!

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM
If you have children like my two, where if it is not some form of potatoes and a recognizable piece of meat, then many of Disney's restaurants are great. Look online at

Any of the buffets are great for picky children as well as the family style serving areas such as Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom and Garden Grill at Epcot.

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