This Isn’t Your Childhood’s Disney World Anymore … Mickey Mouse Bans Youngsters from Fanciest Restaurants


Disney World for children??? What a novel concept. Of course the Disney Mickey_mouse2World that many of us grew up with is a far different place today. Children under 10 no longer allowed at one of Disney’s more posh eateries. Of course with meals  served, Dinner: Prix Fixe Menu, $$$$ (over $90 per person), one would not imagine that it was too kid friendly.  Who ever would have thought the following was possible. Disney for adults and Las Vegas for families. So is it true Mickey, what happens in Disney …. Stays in Disney.

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — The home of Mickey Mouse, Tigger and Tinkerbell has banned kids from its fanciest restaurant.

Beginning this week, children under 10 are no longer welcome at Victoria & Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Victoria & Albert’s is Walt Disney World’s only restaurant with an AAA five-diamond rating.

“We want to be the restaurant that’s available for that adult experience,” said general manager Israel Perez. (CNN)

Posted January 8, 2008 by
Bizarre, Child Welfare, Travel, WTF | 4 comments

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    4 Responses to “This Isn’t Your Childhood’s Disney World Anymore … Mickey Mouse Bans Youngsters from Fanciest Restaurants”

    1. Rick on January 9th, 2008 12:36 am

      “We want to be the restaurant that’s available for that adult experience,” said general manager Israel Perez. (CNN)

      One of the best places for the “adult experience” is in the next-door brothel, behind closed doors; not to mention that it’s less expensive.

      How do I know? I didn’t have enough money to eat at the fancy restaurant.

    2. flippy on January 9th, 2008 12:53 pm

      Disney World is not “just for kids”; anyone who thinks so has not been there very often and/or not gone without kids.

      I go a couple of times a year and I have done so for years (because I live not too far away to do so). I have gone with “college friends” I have gone “on a romantic getaway” and I have taken my kids there. There is plenty for every situation.

      But “something bad happened” at Disney World and it is called “The Disney Dining Plan”. Basically, the Disney Dining Plan is a pre-paid dining plan where you pay something like $40/$15 (adult/child) a day and you get a snack, a counter service, and a sit-down dinner for no (extra) charge. If you use the plan correctly, your snack and counter service would normally cost you about $15, so your sit-down meal costs adults $25 and kids are pretty much free; so a family of 4 can eat at a top-of-line steakhouse for $50, including appetizers, steak, drinks, desert, and tip (if they paid cash this would very easily be $200).

      Now some places (like the one mentioned in this article) do count as “two days worth of sit-down dinners” but if you are going to Disney for a week, it is very easy to use two dinners for a special occasion.

      Let me stress that the cost of what you order is now irrelavant. The very best dinners now cost the same as the budget ones, so obviously everyone books the high-end places without a second thought, and the low-cost of the kids plan makes their sit-down food effectively free. So nobody who is working the plan correctly puts a second thought into taking kids into a $90 dinner anymore because the actual realized cost is very reasonable.

      So, today if you go to Disney World and try to get into a nice restaurant you can not w/o a reservation weeks or months in advance because all the space is filled with families on the meal plan.

    3. LilPuma on January 9th, 2008 11:02 pm

      Even at Disney World there should be a place to get away from the kids for awhile.

    4. Not As Stupid As You Think on January 11th, 2008 1:39 pm

      #2 — Thanks for explaining the “Dining Plan”. I didn’t know about it. Now it puts things in perspective.

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