Also known as a lollipop, Zach was introduced to these sugary gems in Disney and instantly fell in love. IN fact it inspired me to do a post on our eats in Disney. So here is the thing: my son, like myself, is a slave to routine, especially when it comes to eating. Read: I have eaten cereal for breakfast and a pb and j sandwich for lunch for the past year at least. Zach has some favorites and he rarely veers from these when dining 🙂 His current favorites are: FRUIT (blueberries, strawberries, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapple), Grilled Cheese, Mac N Cheese (he calls it bunny mah-oney because the Annie’s mac n cheese I make him was bunny shaped the first time), pb and jelly on toast, waffle with nutella, eggs (scrambled, deviled or salad; loves mayo), Chicken nuggets and a few others. Holy run-on sentence.
Anyway it was MORE than easy to find many of these things in Disney. And being so Disney-like, each restaurant had a kid’s menu that came with crayons (score) and some healthy options too.
With that being said, I brought a LOT of his own food to supplement throughout the day, to cut down cost and because well, my kid is growing and loves to snack. When we would go out each time, I would replenish my purse with a pouch, a container of pretzels or goldfish, a juice box (I don’t love giving him juice but I wanted to keep him hydrated), water bottle, box of raisins and cereal bar. Some of these items I brought from home and some I purchased at a grocery store down in FL. When we first arrived we went to the grocery store for essentials for breakfast and lunch which we mostly tended to eat at home. Here are some places that I HIGHLY recommend you bring your tot for a meal:
1. Cape May Cafe Character Breakfast and Buffet.
This was my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE thing we did in Disney, hands down. I cried when we left the restaurant and thanked the manager 20 times. The wait staff was insanely awesome and the food was AMAZING. So many choices for toddlers, including scrambled eggs, cereal, toast, and the best part: MICKEY SHAPED WAFFLES (I might’ve had
ten one of them. The characters were SOOOO friendly and phenominal with the kids. Here are some pics of Zach meeting the three characters that were present:
Kisses on the nose from Minnie. I know. I die.
So the great thing about this place too is that is is outside of the park, located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (which is super adorable btw.), close to the Boardwalk (also adorable). But make reservations ahead of time; like a lot of ahead of time. So convenient, so lovely, best time.
Zach’s choice: blueberries, strawberries, scrambled eggs with ketchup (mhm) and a mickey shaped waffle with syrup (YUM), juice
OK, so moving on…
2. Sci-Fi Diner- This restaurant is inside the Hollywood studios, previously known as MGM studios. Again, you should make a reservation ahead of time. Here is a description from the website with a picture too. It was hard to get pictures in there; so dark.
Anyway I was nervous that it would freak Zach out; the restaurant is SO cool; but so dark, with stars in the sky and under a big dome. You sit and eat in a car that is a table!! So it is like you are at a drive in movie, and the waiters are serving you “at your car.” Speaking of the wait staff, I believe they used to roller skate? Feel free to chime in. Anyway, then, there are MOVIES (old ones like black and white and primitive animation). So here is where I got concerned; these movie clips could be kinda scary (ex: “the ten foot woman” or something). So, at first Zach was a little confused (“out, out, mama out?”) but then once he settled in (and got his
ketchup french fries drowned with ketchup), he liked it (see about picture). Oh, and we made reservations for 530 and here easily home for bath time at 730. I highly recommend. The turkey sandwich is bomb.com.
Zach’s choice: mac n cheese (amazing, btw) with french fries (I know, mom of the year here.) and ketchup (yup, that happened a lot), juice
3. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Tomorrow Land) in the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant was a quick and easy cafeteria-style lunch spot with great choices for kids. It was enormous, tons of seating but it was crowded and my one gripe about this place wa sthe that tables were only for three; and bolted to the floor. We all had to separate big time (like so big time that I have NO idea where the others were).
Zach’s choice: an Uncrustable (he wasn’t a fan, I was), french fries and ketchup, grapes, juice
Now, understand that I have not personally gone there since I was in high school I believe, so my opinions are based on what I remember because my family went without us due to Zachy nap time (oh, I’ll address naps later). The whole ambience is very 60s, like you are eating in your mom’s kitchen…only 55 years ago. They serve comfort food and the waitresses yell at you to “eat your food” and the like while you are dining. Charming, I know. As I describe it, yes, I feel it seems strange but it is so kitchy and adorable! I would definitely recommend you take your toddler to this lively cute spot.
Zach’s choice: Didn’t go (snooze) but would get a milkshake. Trust my mom.
5. Eat some meals either at home or places outside the Disney parks. We went to the supermarket the day we got there and got essentials for breakfast and lunches: bread, pb&j, snacks, cereal, milk, coffee, creamer, ice cream (duh), fruit, water and soda.
This saved a ton of money and time. So, for all meals (and I’m going to do a full recap of our days; I’m sure you cant wait lol) you don’t have to or even want to eat at Disney. Try the good old Waffle House, a nearby diner or deli.
Zach’s choice: pizza
AAAANYWAY, I hope that was helpful! Stay tuned for more Disney-related posts, including a day-by-day breakdown of activities.