• On Jan 9, 2021
    Manizha from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We decided to celebrate my sons 3rd birthday at Disney this year since he adores Mickey. How can I make it special for him once we are there? Are there any special accommodations or venues I can reserve? Any way to meet Mickey or get a picture with him?

    Hi, Manizha. I am such a huge fan of celebrating birthdays at Walt Disney World. Given your son's affinity for Mickey, I'm sure you are going to have an absolutely unforgettable vacation. Seeing the magic through your son's eyes will be a gift, indeed.

    In an effort to encourage physical distancing, traditional character greetings are temporarily unavailable. There are, however, still plenty of opportunities to see Mickey Mouse. How would your little guy feel about dining in a restaurant while Mickey and his pals parade around in stylish outfits? If that sounds like something he'd enjoy, you might consider booking a reservation at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. This restaurant, located within Disney's Riviera Resort is offering a modified character dining experience. Another option for a fun meal with character special appearances is Chef Mickey's located at Disney Contemporary Resort. Both of these character meal experiences will feature Mickey and some of his favorite pals parading around the dining room, waving and blowing kisses to guests as they dine.

    As far as attractions, you'll want to be sure to visit Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios. But when you get that adorable tune stuck in your head for the duration of your visit, don't blame me! Oh, and keep your eye out for the The Mickey and Friends Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom. I bet your son would love to see Mickey all dressed up along the parade route!

    Guests are encouraged to snap selfies with Disney characters in the background any chance they can get. Hopefully, one of the suggestions above will allow you to do just that with your birthday boy. 

    Have a great time, and don't hesitate to stop back by planDisney if we can be of further assistance as you plan!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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