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Disney bans kids from fancy restaurant

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The Orlando Sentinel recently reported that Walt Disney World is banning children under 10 from its swanky Victoria & Albert's restaurant in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the only restaurant in the theme park with a AAA five-diamond rating.

A Disney official told the newspaper that it was responding to guests' desires after surveys showed many diners wanted a more adult restaurant atmosphere.

Disney has 97 other full-service restaurants, the official said, and very few families wanted to eat at Victoria & Albert's, where the menu offers seven-course dinners that start at $125 per person and can last three hours.

Well, if only a few families wanted to eat there, I'm not sure why Disney felt the need to ban those few that did.

Believe me, I'm not a fan of dining while a screaming toddler is throwing butter noodles across the table. But I want to know what you think about Disney's move.

Should more restaurants be following suit?

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I'm really surprised. We stayed at the elegant Grand Floridian Resort in the late 80's when our sons were children and the resort was extremely solicitous and happy that ALL four of us decided to be their guests!

Perhaps they should consider having a specific time (early) set aside for families with children who do want to dine there.

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