Kim LaPaglia: Disney Food Blog Editor
Kimberly LaPaglia is the Disney Food Blog Editor, a position that encompasses just about everything under the sun. She is an inaugural WDW Moms Panelist and served as the Disney Cruise Line specialist during her second term on the panel. As a life-long Disney fan, Kim has ventured to WDW as a honeymooner, mom and “tour guide” to extended family. Kim shares some of her Disney adventures at Disney Journeys.
While on Disney vacations, Kim seeks out dining options to please the picky taste buds of her family, including her 12 year old son, Nicolas. She really wishes that Disney would serve tasty slices of pizza at counter-service locations and more kid-friendly options at table-service restaurants!
I absolutely love a restaurant with a theme! My first visit to WDW at age 11 found me in awe of Pinocchio’s Village Haus with its storybook atmosphere. Although I have an admittedly picky palate, most of the well-themed restaurants cater to diners such as myself. Buffets and character meals seem to be a popular choice; recently, my husband reminded me of dining at the Grand Floridian Cafe on our honeymoon when this restaurant still hosted characters within its Victorian walls. And yes, I’ve asked Pooh about the rumbly in his tumbly at the Crystal Palace restaurant; and have felt perfectly princess-y at Cinderella’s Royal Table!
I’ve had the fun (and challenging) task of arranging group dining with extended family and friends at several locations around Walt Disney World. My favorite meal EVER was a reception at the Whitehall Room and Terrace at the Grand Floridian for our 10th Anniversary Vow Renewal, followed by a private IllumiNations dessert party. We’ve shared great laughs at Whispering Canyon Cafe, 50′s Prime Time Cafe, and 1900 Park Fare.
As a Mom, I first brought my son to WDW at the age of 2. Feeding a picky adult is one thing; coordinating a vacation with a child that thinks bologna sandwiches are better than the ever-present chicken nuggets requires a whole new touring plan. (We survived by stocking our fridge with sandwich fixin’s and eating a lot of kid-friendly buffets!)
The one ADR that remains consistent on my trips is breakfast at Boma where the exotic setting and tasty eats are memorable! I’ve been known to order many kid meals (for myself) but my thirst for unique dining experiences has me constantly looking at WDW restaurant menus that will accommodate my diet limitations (no red meat nor seafood, for example). Reading your guest reviews really helps with my dining choices!
My greatest Disney Dining memories extend far beyond the boundaries of WDW: a romantic dinner at Palo aboard a Disney ship; a delicious ice cream on Castaway Cay; a Bon Voyage beverage sailing out of Barcelona, Spain; chocolate-covered strawberries in our stateroom; a waterside table at Disneyland’s Blue Bayou; and poolside eats at Disney’s Hilton Head Island resort.