• On Oct 11, 2019
    Sherry from Kentucky 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.

    First time to Disney and will be there a few days before Halloween! Most interested in what I should not miss if I have 7 and 10 year old boys. What is the coolest dining experience? What park do boys at these ages mostly prefer? What other attraction?

    Hi, Sherry!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am so excited to hEAR that you are planning your first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!  Be sure to ask a Cast Member at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel or any Guest Relations location for "First Visit" buttons.  You never know what kind of magic you might encounter when you're wearing those buttons.

    There is so much to see and do at the Walt Disney World Resort!  Your family's must-do list is really going to be a matter of personal preference.  I would suggest sitting down with your boys and doing some resEARch on the Walt Disney World website.  Take a look at the lists of attractions and entertainment offerings and read about what can be found in each theme park.  These lists can be filtered according to interests, thrill level, and height requirements, so you can determine which attractions your family will find practically perfect in every way.

    In my opinion, Magic Kingdom Park is the quintessential Walt Disney World experience, so I'm sure you will want to spend some time there.  My family often sets aside two days of our vacation to experience all that Magic Kingdom Park has to offer.  Since you are arriving shortly before Halloween, be sure to check the schedule for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which takes place in Magic Kingdom Park on select nights.  I highly recommend attending this frightfully fun event, but please be aware that this is a separately ticketed special event. 

    If your boys are fans of Star Wars or Toy Story, be sure to plan a visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, where you will become fully immersed in your favorite movies.  Nature-lovers and thrill-seekers alike will go wild for Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.  Be sure to stop by Epcot to sample some tasty food and beverage offerings at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

    Speaking of delicious food, a character dining experience is another must-do.  Chef Mickey's and Garden Grill Restaurant are two of my kids' favorites.  Please be aware that dining reservations are recommended and can be made 180 days in advance.

    If we can answer any additional questions for you, please visit us again.  Wishing you a magical first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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