Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On Jan 5, 2013
    Shannon from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are a family of 5, (3 grl-4, 5, and 7) and only have 4 days What are the benefits (other than location) to staying on the grounds vs outside? What restaurants would you recommend for character dining for girls?Is the meal plan good for small kids?

    Hi Shannon!

    I love hearing from fellow Canadians!

    There are so many great benefits to staying onsite at Walt Disney World. I've included a link that outlines them in more detail for you. From Disney's Magical Express when you arrive in Orlando, to Extra Magic Hours in the parks, package shipping to your resort, charging privileges, the convenience and savings offered by using the Disney Dining Plan and convenient, frequent, complimentary transportation. I've been using the Dining Plan since my daughter was 4 years old, and can't imagine a visit without it now!

    Some top picks that I'd highly recommend for Character Dining for your group of Princesses include Akershus Princess Storybook Dining for Breakfast and 1900 Park Fare for Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner. Other non-Princess dining that is lots of fun for the whole family includes Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine for breakfast or lunch, 'Ohana Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch and Crystal Palace for any meal time of the day with Winnie the Pooh and Friends.

    As far as resort options for your family of five, consider the moderately priced Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. It's centrally located with great recreational options and a boat to Downtown Disney. Other great picks would be a family suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, or the fabulous Beach Club Resort, nestled in between Disney's Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks.

    If you have further questions about your planning, I'd be thrilled to assist you further. Simply write me back any time you wish Shannon!

    Wishing you a Magical time planning your family's Walt Disney World vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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