Orlando has an absolute glut of child-friendly restaurants – the only tough decision you’ll have is choosing one. To make the task easier, we’ve picked out our top five favourites, all of which are fab for families. Take a peek at the below choices – we’re sure you’ll find one to suit you and your children. Fun family dining starts here…
1) T-Rex Café
Where? Marketplace, 1676 E. Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States
A spacious restaurant, T-Rex Café invites diners to eat in a prehistoric, dinosaur-themed café teeming with hands-on discovery zones and creative cuisine. Situated in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, it’s an absolute must for any little one serious about dinosaurs. Inside is an enormous 15-foot tyrannosaurus rex who watches over the numerous themed rooms as well as other equally large dinosaurs – there’s even a meteor shower every 20 minutes! And the best thing? The family-friendly Orlando restaurant has dino-shaped chicken nuggets on its menu.
2) Rainforest Café
Where? 505 North Rainforest Road Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
If ever there was an exciting place to eat, it’s Rainforest Café. Diners will experience animatronic animals, rainforest thunderstorms and enjoy looking at the vibrantly-coloured tropical fish as they eat their food (which is utterly delicious, by the way!). Hear waterfalls, gaze at the lush plants and listen to the awesome sound effects in this superb Orlando restaurant. And don’t miss The Magic Mushroom bar, which is encircled by quirky animal-shaped barstools, with delicious drinks to try, too. There are two locations – one at Downtown Disney Marketplace, the other outside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A truly one-off place to eat with the kids!
3) The Cheesecake Factory
Where? Winter Park Village, 520 No. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 and The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
Cheesecake mad? Always got room for a dessert? Then feast your eyes to The Cheesecake Factory where this much-loved pud is the name of the game. Available at two locations, this kid-friendly eatery will tantalise anyone’s taste buds thanks to their huge selection of delicious delights. Pick from more than 30 different kinds of cheesecake, including Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake, Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, Key Lime Cheesecake, Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake and much, much more.
4) Aloha Isle
Where? Magic Kingdom Park, Magic Kingdom, Adventureland, Suite B, Orlando, FL 32836, United States
Your Orlando family holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Aloha Isle. Located in Adventureland, you and the family will discover Disney’s most sought-after treat, the cold, creamy and super-tasty Pineapple Dole Whip. This popular frozen treat is blended in pineapple, vanilla or swirled flavours and is an absolute must-have dessert. Not your cup of tea? Then plump for frosty floats, fresh pineapple spears or a soft drink instead.
5.) NYPD Pizza
Where? 9900 Universal Blvd, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32819-8716
For pizza-loving families, you really can’t go wrong with NYPD Pizza. Located only a couple of minutes from Universal Studios in Orlando, this restaurant serves award-winning authentic New York pizza with their very own twist. Try out Pop’s Pesto Pie or their famous Cheese Pie, a pizza topped with mozzarella cheese, Italian herbs, spices and homemade tomato sauce. As well as pizza, they also serve rolls, Italian entrees, hero sandwiches, pasta, soups, freshly-made salads and beer/wine.