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Walt Disney World Restaurant Bans Children

Walt Disney Banning Children?

Children dream of going to the wonderful world of Disney to meet their heroes, wear mouse ears, ride the Dumbo ride, and eat cotton candy. And, most parents love taking their kids to Disney to fulfill those childhood fantasies while relaxing a little bit themselves. Apparently, some adults, in the midst of all things Disney, will be able to relax kid free according to a Tampa Bay news report.

Victoria and Albert's, an upscale restaurant at Walt Disney World, has closed its doors to children eleven and under. At first, I flinched thinking, isn't Disney World a place where two large rodents by the names Minnie and Mickey Mouse roam free? And Bambi and Donald the Duck are revered and not hunted? But after reading up on the swank eatery, I realized that maybe this was the right call. To see why I think the restaurant made a good decision,


As I learned from Frommer's, Victoria and Albert's is a "jackets required" romantic hot spot with limited seating – only room for 65 people to dine at a time. While a harpist serenades patrons, they can browse the menu, set at $95 prix fixe minimum. The fare, which is offered across seven courses, includes duck, pheasant, abalone, veal, or tuna. At the end of the meal, the diners are presented with a personalized menu and a rose.

Call me crazy but this doesn't sound like the kind of place that has chicken tenders or French fries for emergency tantrum solutions. But just in general, it seems like an oasis for adults and older children, those who can appreciate silverware and the lack of sippy cups, to enjoy a nice night without a pair of oversized round ears poking out from every table.

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whizkidforte whizkidforte 8 years
Unless either children they read or watch something like the late 1950's film on cafeteria manners ( or parents teach children good manners, I'm on the same boat as Disney on banning kids under a certain age! That sure is SWELL!
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I see nothing wrong with this. At the prices they demand, how many parents would bring their picky little eaters in anyway?? There should be a place for adults who want to decompress and enjoy fine dining in an atmosphere free from screaming children and possible temper tantrums/food fights.
Cali2747 Cali2747 9 years
My parents are Disney nuts, but now that we kids are grown-up sometimes Disney isn't their #1 choice. However, Disney boasts that they are the place for children of all ages, so I hope they continue thinking about adults who love Disney, but who don't like sippy cups, tired (cranky)kids, and sticky fingers while dining on a $95 dinner.Their cruise line has adult only resturants AND pools.
PrplPeach78 PrplPeach78 9 years
I have been to Victoria and Albert's a very lucky 3 times. I can tell you that it is definitely not a place for younger children. It is a dressy, elegant, and very intimate place to eat. The food is beyond amazing! Most children can be picky eaters and for the price it would not be reasonable to take young children who would probably not eat what they have to offer. It is a great experience and one everyone should do at least once!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I go to Disneyland EVERY friday evening!!!! WOOT! =D Kids sometimes DO get in the way, ironically.
erinjg erinjg 9 years
I am a mother and I think this is a wonderful idea! It gives those travelers who are not toting children around a little oasis from the Disney chaos. It also saves us parents from worrying about bothering people who are sensitive to temper tantrums. ;)
macgirl macgirl 9 years
kia- club 33 isn't really that fancy. The thing that makes it so exclusive is you have to know someone who is a member to get in. Then again I've only been to club 33 for lunch a few times- it might be up a notch at dinner time. That restaurant sounds fantastic and I'm way OK with there being a no kids under 11 rule.
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Seems like it would be more Disney-oriented if they offered a childcare place complete with Disney playground nearby. Of course if one could afford $95 on one meal they probably already have a nanny or babysitter traveling with them!
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
I totally agree-- it's only one restaurant, and it isn't as if they are banning children completely from the resort. There are plenty of kid-friendly options, so I think they made a great decision!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
That's really acceptable. I remember going to Disney World and Disneyland as a kid and my sister and I had babysitters while my parents went out for a couple of nights during our vacation. With all the childcare options at Disney parks, It's nice that they can be just as accommodating for parents themselves.
ellipsery ellipsery 9 years
That's a great idea! I love Disney, and I can understand kids running around, being loud and etc. in the park (I think it should be encouraged, as long as they're not crashing into people and the like); however, I'd still like the option of dining in peace -- an atmosphere where I can have a nice, adult conversation. I generally have always had poor experiences at "nicer" restaurants with small children who don't know how to behave in that sort of setting yet.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
Totally agree with this! Seriously, I think only 3 families go there with their children each month...
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I saw this place on the Travel Channel and it looks amazing
kia kia 9 years
A lot of folks go to Disney World for honeymoons and other romantic get-aways without little ones in tow. This kind of venture makes perfect sense especially since Disneyland has Club 33 which is a lot more exclusive than what Victoria and Albert's sounds like.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Considering my husband and I went to Disney World on our honeymoon (don't ask--we were young, wanted something easy, and it was paid for by my inlaws), this would have been perfect for us.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"kids can go to kid restaurants with grandparents and aunts & uncles while mom & dad get one nice date night out of the trip." Exactly. We don't, which is why I probably wouldn't use it. But others would, as well as being comfortable with the hotel/resort childcare. I think it's great to have that getaway for those who want it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I think that's a lovely idea. And lots of people travel with family - kids can go to kid restaurants with grandparents and aunts & uncles while mom & dad get one nice date night out of the trip. Perfect!
isahrangme isahrangme 9 years
I think it's a great idea! Even better that it's just one restaurant, and not the whole park, as I thought when I misread the post title. Plenty of couples go to Disneyland (I'm in SoCal) for dates, so I'm sure plenty go to Disney World. So yea, I'm loving the idea of personalized menus and roses and romance and sigh~
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I'm ok with the idea. My only thought is "What would I do with my kids?" because I'm not at all comfortable using hotel/resort provided childcare. So we'd be unlikely to dine there, but I think it's a good idea for those parents who do want a meal alone.
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