• On Oct 15, 2017
    Mojdeh from ON 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.

    I have a 5 YO girl & 2 YO son & we will be in Orlando for half a day on Oct 21 .Where is the best place to visit to see some of the characters (Ariel, Minnie) & catch some of the fire works or events that day without having to spend so much $?

    Dear Mojdeh,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about planning for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    I know that it can be challenging to do all that you and your family want to do on such a short timeline and keeping costs in mind. 

    There are absolutely ways to enjoy both characters and fireworks without purchasing theme park tickets.

    For Ariel, I recommend the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno! No park admission required and you will have plenty of time to meet and greet "under the sea." 

    Minnie can be found at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort, where Mickey's main squeeze can spend plenty of time with your family without stepping into the theme parks. 

    As for the fireworks, my absolute favorite view of Happily Ever After is from the beach at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. I recommend picking up a Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai and stretching out on some beach chairs for the duration of the show. It's such a lovely experience!

    Have a magical vacation!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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