Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 3, 2012
    Danielle from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best character dinner for kids aged 8 and 12 (no princess)? This will be our first time visiting Disney and we wanted to have the best experience. Also please feel free to add any importants events, shows etc. that we should attend.

    Hi Danielle! How exciting that you are planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World!! Be sure to stop by one of the Guest Services locations at any of the four major Disney theme parks to request a "First Visit" button for each member of your travel party. That way, everyone will know about this momentous occasion!

    For my family, a Disney vacation must include at least one character dining experience during each trip and we frequently choose Chef Mickey's inside Disney's Contemporary Resort. The dinner buffet has plenty of delicious options to satisfy both the adults and children in your group and there is no better way to end a meal than with a trip to an ice cream sundae bar! Mickey and pals will roam the room during your dinner and make time to visit your table for special interactions with your family. Be sure to have your camera and autograph books ready and make an advanced reservation for this popular restaurant!

    I would recommend including your children in the planning to make certain everyone has a chance to choose which attractions they find most appealing prior to your arrival at the theme park gates. Be certain to order the Disney Vacation Planning DVD and pick up a few guidebooks to peruse together as a family. Once you've had a chance to look over the myriad of events, shows and attractions, you can determine together what appeals most to your family and plan your own unique Disney vacation experience.

    Just remember this very important "first trip tip": Tap in to your inner child, don a Goofy hat with floppy ears and practice skipping down Main Street, USA with your loved ones!
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Meet the Panelist: Kim, North Carolina

I am a wife and mom of 2. I have some unique Disney planning experiences related to special diets, touring with a preschooler and teenager at the same time, and meeting mobility needs. I look forward to helping you plan the vacation of your life! Learn More About Kim

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