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  • On Jul 23, 2012
    Terri from CT 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.

    I am bringing my son to Walt Disney World to celebrate his 10th birthday. What would be the best hotel and fun theme parks to bring him to? Where would be a great place to take him to eat and celebrate his birthday? Are there any discounts that are given


    With a 10 year old I think that part of the fun is to let him be a little kid, but also acknowledge that he is becoming a big kid too. I would suggest you stay in an Epcot area resort, the Beach Club or Boardwalk Inn, if your budget can afford it. I recommend these for a few reasons;

    • The Beach Club has a great resort pool, even for a 10 year old
    • The BoardWalk is nearby for both, and a great place for him to have some evening fun at night
    • The boat ride proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios show him you are 'graduating' him to some of the bigger kid parks
    If these are too pricey, consider the Art of Animation (Value+), or Port Orleans Riverside (Moderate).

    I would definitely take him to all four theme parks. They all have something fun for a 10 year old, but know that you want to balance out all four, not focus so much time at the Magic Kingdom as you might have when he was 6 or 7. Write me back if you want some attraction suggestions for each park.

    As for a great birthday dinner, I would opt for Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge. Crazy fun with good food and an adventurous setting.

    Finally, if you want to be sure to get all the possible booking discounts, make sure you book through a Disney approved, no-fee agency like MouseFan travel. You pay no extra, and they find the discounts and deals for you.

    Write me back if you want to discuss more about how to make his birthday special!

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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