EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Oct 30, 2013
    Melissa from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My daughter will be celebrating her 11th birthday December 23rd. This is also our first DW vacation. Can you give me some tips on special things to do on her special day at Christmas time? She feels like she’s too old for character dinning

    Hi, Melissa!  My own Tween helped with these suggestions!

    My daughter loves DisneyQuest.  Something totally different from being in the theme parks or surrounded by characters for a special day, this is perfect for Tweens!  There are virtual reality experiences, arcade games, Disney art lessons, and much more.

    How about bowling?  Splitsville is a unique experience in Downtown Disney, with lanes set up almost in pods, so you feel like it's a much more intimate experience.  Food at Splitsville is really delicious, and it can be a whole evening celebration with dinner and a couple of rounds of bowling.

    Another great Downtown Disney option is the Fork and Screen experience at the AMC movie theater.  You'll be seated in big, comfortable seats while a server brings a really delicious dinner right to your seat.  You can have a nice dinner and enjoy the movie, then head over to Ghirardelli's ice cream parlor for a delicious birthday sundae.

    If you want to do something in the parks, consider one of the backstage tours.  She is old enough now to check out something like the Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom, which gets big thumbs up from my Tween.  Check out some of the other Back Stage Tours to see what's available at the other theme parks.  

    Also, look at some of the Disney Birthday Celebration offerings.  You'll find birthday cakes, in room celebrations, and other special birthday suggestions!

    Have an awesome time on your first trip - and a very happy birthday to your daughter!  
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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