Victoria & Albert are childless
by, 01-05-2008 at 07:22 AM (3781 Views)
I see that Victoria & Albert's has implemented a policy barring children under 10 years of age. So far, this has passed without comment after being noted on our MousePad discussion forums. Am I surprised? In a word, no.
At $125 prix fixe (plus tax & tip) per person ($185 with wine pairing, $175/$245 at the Chef's Table) and no children's menu or children's pricing, V&A's is not exactly the most child-friendly dining establishment at the resort. However, apparently a couple of times a month or so someone decides that it would be fine to bring their children along. Now, it's possible that kids under 10 might be able to deal with a 2-3 hour, 7 course limited-menu meal. However, that's really got to be the exception to the rule. I certainly won't be bringing my 9-year-old to Chef Scott Hunnel's establishment any time in the near future. If I want him to get a nice, upscale dining experience, we'll go to Flying Fish Cafe (still doing well despite the departure of Chef Jens Dahlmann to the California Grill) or one of the many other dining locations where there's more of a menu selection for him and it won't cost me $160 for him to eat just a little of the food available.
It's also not as if this is the first Disney experience to be restricted to adults-only. Palo aboard the Disney Cruise Line does just fine, with no complaints from anyone, despite the much smaller overall number of dining locations aboard the ship. In fact, there are probably just as many places to eat at the Grand Floridian as there are aboard a Disney cruise ship.
In the meanwhile, Victoria & Albert's will gain added cachet as a fine dining location, perhaps solidifying its AAA five-diamond rating even more. After all, just because the Walt Disney World Resort is designed for the entire family to have fun together, that doesn't mean that parents might still not want a night out that doesn't include having any kids around and isn't an adults-only club at Pleasure Island.