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The benefit of salad bars at WDW!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

It seems like most parents of toddlers are familiar with picky-eater-syndrome. It's hard enough to deal with this syndrome at home, but when you're on vacation, it's even more tricky. 

I find buffets are usually our friends on vacation. There are some pros and cons, however, to note. Mainly, buffets at Walt Disney World are pricey, BUT, children under three can eat for free. At an a-la-carte restaurant, you would have to order your toddler a paid children's meal or be willing to share your entree.

With all the selection at a buffet, your toddler has a good chance of finding something that he or she will at least tolerate. Surprisingly, we have found the most success with the salad bars - specifically all the toppings!

Some of our children's favourite finger foods from the salad bar include: shredded cheese (this is the biggest hit!), croutons (a close second), olives, dry chow mein noodles, cucumbers, pickles, and baby carrots. It's great that it is all-you-can eat, so you can keep the refills coming, keep their bellies full, and minds entertained. The food at the salad bar is mostly healthy, as well! No fried foods. 

If you can get past the initial price of the buffet (the food is usually worth the cost!), a buffet is a very child-friendly option. In addition to the benefits of the salad bar, my all-time favourite pro of a buffet that I've mentioned before is that the waiting is minimal. Your dinner can last as long as you want it to! 

Bon Appetit!

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Danielle Perry shares the adventures and challenges of travelling to Walt Disney World as a family.


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