• On Sep 5, 2018
    Nicole from GA 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.

    Hi! We will be at Disney World in Feb 2019 for my 11 year old's birthday. We want to do a couple of the character meals, but I am worried about how loud/hyper they are? My 11 year old is autistic and loud noises/crowding can set off a melt down.

    Hi Nicole,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! The Walt Disney World Resort is my favorite place to celebrate birthdays!

    For character meals, I suggest that you visit Hollywood & Vine in Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tusker House Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Another of our favorites is The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom. They always do a Pooh-rade in honor of Friendship Day so the noise level may be a concern for your 11-year old. Try searching YouTube to see videos of character dining experiences - it might help you determine how challenging the activity and noise level might be.

    I would also suggest that you do a pre-park opening breakfast reservation. In our experience, early morning dining experiences are a little less noisy and crowded. The parks can also be less crowded, so the walk to the restaurant is more manageable. On our last visit in August, we did a pre-park opening dining reservation at Tusker House Restaurant and were able to just walk onto Kilimanjaro Safaris after breakfast. At Magic Kingdom, we did a pre-park opening dining reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant and were able to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train twice before the standby line got long. To do a pre-park opening dining reservation, be sure to check the park hours and make sure there are no Extra Magic Hours that morning. We prefer 8:00 a.m. reservations when the park opens at 9:00 a.m. If you make a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant, be sure to do Order-Ahead Dining. It will save time at the restaurant!

    Finally, Nicole, I suggest that you review the Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities. The information on break areas might be especially helpful!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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