Queen of Oakville,
1. HAL traditionally has an older age demographic and dare I say it potentially more grinches.
2. As a child, I don't think I would want to have dinner with grinches.
Having said that, my sister and I on our European hotel holidays, ALWAYS took the children to the MDR. Maitre d' made a huge fuss over them and there was never an issue. Yes we had paper and pens in our bags and toy cars etc
ps the children were 2 and 4. It could just be that Europeans are more tolerant of children in MDR esp in Italy.