• On Sep 20, 2017
    Kristina from CA 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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    We will be in disney world in November and I know how restaurant reservations fill up! We are going for my daughters 5th birthday and I wanted it to be extra special. Where would you recommend taking her? She has always been uneasy about character dining.

    Hi Kristina,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Birthdays at the Walt Disney World Resort are always sprinkled with a little extra pixie dust!

    Since our first trip with our girls was when they were 5-years old, that age holds special memories for us. One of our favorite restaurants is Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot. Watching the fish swim by fascinated our girls at that age. We also recently dined at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Our girls loved the interactive games during dinner but your daughter certainly does not have to play.

    We enjoy 50's Prime Time Café and Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. At 50's Prime Time Café, the girls always get a kick out of the cast member who serves us telling them to eat their vegetables and they live for the milkshakes. At Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show on our last visit, they were captivated by the dancing and singing. If you do this show, I recommend you do the earlier time given your daughter's age. We did the late show on our last visit and it was almost 10:00 p.m. when the show ended. 

    Kristina, If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, be sure to call 407-939-5277 to ask a cast member to add a note about the birthday to your reservation. And, if you delight in dessert, consider ordering one of the Cakes at Walt Disney World Resort!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

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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