• On Sep 8, 2018
    Deborah from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Granddaughter’s first visit to disneyworld We only have a long weekend visit Which is best to see the most princesses and have a WOW experience Cinderella Royal Castle Or Akershus Royal banquet hall ? She will be almost 5

    Hi Deborah,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to plan your granddaughter's first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! 

    We took our girls on their first visit when they were 5-years old and I clearly remember how magical that first visit was. We have dined at both Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall several times. I have to say, nothing quite compares to dining at Cinderella's Royal Table. Our girls were so tickled when they walked down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom dressed in their finest royal attire and cast members greeted them with "Hello Princess." As they saw Cinderella Castle in person for the first time, their eyes lit up and when we entered, they were simply in awe. 

    Having said that, dining reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table can be difficult to secure. On our girls' first visit, we actually did Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and had a fabulous time. The girls were just so excited to be at the Walt Disney World Resort, they did not even realize that you could dine in Cinderella Castle. If you do decide to dine at Cinderella's Royal Table, consider also having your granddaughter do a princess transformation at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - Magic Kingdom. Plan your princess transformation to occur just before your dining experience and also make a Fast Pass+ selection to visit Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall. We love doing our princess experiences on one day while the girls are dressed as royalty!

    Deborah, if you have not already made a dining reservation, do so as soon as possible. This first trip will be amazing with your granddaughter. Wishing you many priceless memories!

    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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