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Old 05-22-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Signature restaurants and small children

Are small children kind of frowned at eating at the signature restaurants? DD3 and DS1.9 at the time of our next trip (hopefully!). I was wondering if they would be out of place at these restaurants? They normally are well behaved and sit up and eat (they both enjoy dinner .
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Well behaved children are welcome at all restaurants except V&A. Some of the signatures are more child friendly than others. If your children can sit quietly for +/-90 minutes then you should not feel at all out of place.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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Well behaved children are welcome at all restaurants except V&A. Some of the signatures are more child friendly than others. If your children can sit quietly for +/-90 minutes then you should not feel at all out of place.
Thank you! I bring stuff to entertain them like sticker books and crayons. Also the iPhone is great for entertaining
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #4
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Are small children kind of frowned at eating at the signature restaurants?
Definitely not frowned at by the restaurants, possibly by some of your fellow diners but that is their problem, not yours.

As Pakey said, well behaved children are more than welcome at the signature restaurants. With the exception of V&A they are all "family" restaurants, just more upscale than the non-signature TS restaurants.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:12 PM   #5
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Our DS, now 5, has been to the following signatures:

Flying Fish Cafe
Hollywood Brown Derby
Jiko
Le Cellier
Narcoossee's
Yachtsman Steakhouse

He also would have been to Artist Point, but my parents were along on that trip and decided they wanted a night alone with their grandson so they could spoil him. So we ended up doing Artist Point without DS, and DS ended up with WAY too many souvenir's to bring home.

But to answer your question - we have never had any issues taking DS to a signature. Sometimes there have been other kids around, and a couple of times he was the only child in the restaurant at the time. DS is well behaved in restaurants, but we always bring a smart phone or iPad with us so that when he is done eating he has something to do. That way we can enjoy our meal, too.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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Our DS, now 5, has been to the following signatures:

Flying Fish Cafe
Hollywood Brown Derby
Jiko
Le Cellier
Narcoossee's
Yachtsman Steakhouse

He also would have been to Artist Point, but my parents were along on that trip and decided they wanted a night alone with their grandson so they could spoil him. So we ended up doing Artist Point without DS, and DS ended up with WAY too many souvenir's to bring home.

But to answer your question - we have never had any issues taking DS to a signature. Sometimes there have been other kids around, and a couple of times he was the only child in the restaurant at the time. DS is well behaved in restaurants, but we always bring a smart phone or iPad with us so that when he is done eating he has something to do. That way we can enjoy our meal, too.
Thank you! We are considering a few you have gone to. My parents should be along with us so they can help entertain or they might want to take them somewhere else to go play and spoil them. We always bring the iPhones and if we go back to the hotel I can always grab our iPads for the kids.
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As others have said, well behaved children are welcome at Signatures other than V & A. The challenge is will they be able to sit happily and quietly for 90 - 120 minutes? I have found most signature meals to be close to, or more than, 2 hours. That's a long time for preschoolers.
It is also a good idea to go earlier in the evening. While children are certainly welcome, the Signatures are more adult focused, especially later in the evening.
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I wish my 2yos were able to sit quietly for 2 hours. Even with all of the coloring books, etc. that was never gonna happen. Glad for you, but jealous.
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I agree with the previous posters. One of the great things about Disney is the ability to expose the kids to all sorts of food and experiences without guilt. My kinds have been to almost all of the signatures, starting when my DD was just 2. THey have enjoyed Artist Point, Jiko, Brown Derby, Flying FIsh, Le Cellier and Citricos. I have always been careful to make ADRs for early in the evening so they weren't super tired by the time we ate and we also had lots of activities along for them. THey have really enjoyed themselves and even realized that they foods that they had never tried before, like grilled salmon and squash. THe restaurants are ready for them too, offering great desserts like the White chocolate Mickey puzzle with edible paint at Artist Point and Flying Fish.
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As others have said, well behaved children are welcome at Signatures other than V & A. The challenge is will they be able to sit happily and quietly for 90 - 120 minutes? I have found most signature meals to be close to, or more than, 2 hours. That's a long time for preschoolers.
It is also a good idea to go earlier in the evening. While children are certainly welcome, the Signatures are more adult focused, especially later in the evening.
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My kids are just easily entertained I guess. I stay home with them all day so I am pretty acute to their warning signs of getting fussy. I always aim for about a 5:30-6:00 reservation time because that is about the time we eat dinner most nights. I have discovered not getting them off their schedules at Disney really helped with the meltdowns . Also if their is food present my DS will sit up and pay attention. He loves all kinds of food and I can't wait for him to try some different dishes.
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My kids have eaten at every signature at least once, with the exceptions of Artist Point, the new Monsieur Paul and V&A, of course. Servers understand that you don't want your meal as leisurely paced as adult diners and will accommodate this, in our experience. Have fun!
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