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  • On Feb 11, 2011
    Carey from VA 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.

    My family of 6 is planning our first trip to WDW. We are arriving 12/31/11 through 1/6/12. Our kids range from 19-9. What is the best celebration for us all? Is a dinner at The California Grill a great option? And should the crowds thin out after 1/1?

    Hello Carey,

    Spending New Year's Eve at Disney World has always been a dream of mine. Sounds like your family is in for a magical time!

    Once you've battled the holiday crowds, most guests leave after the first or second of the year. After that, I have heard crowd levels dwindle, and you will feel like you virtually have the parks all to yourself.

    California Grill is a wonderful spot for dinner. The food is magnificent, and the views are breathtaking. And if you time your reservations just right, you can watch Wishes, the Magic Kingdom fireworks show, from inside the restaurant or from the outdoor Observation Deck.

    But as first time visitors, may I suggest another restaurant located at the Contemporary Resort: Chef Mickey's. Everyone in your family will enjoy seeing Mickey and all his pals. And as a parent, I'm always grateful to be able to find my daughter's favorite characters all in one spot, at one time!

    No matter where you choose, I hope you and your family have a memorable vacation! Enjoy your trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Monina, Ohio

My family loves our Main Street in Ohio. But there's simply no comparison to Main Street U.S.A.! We don't get to Disney quite as often as I'd like, but that just means finding new ways to sprinkle Pixie Dust on our adventures! Learn More About Monina

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