• On Aug 14, 2017
    Karen from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    hi! We will be headed to Disney in 2 weeks (with a 6 and 2 year old). Staying at a non Resort hotel and have a car. Which restaurants would offer a good view of the fireworks? Do you recommend character dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

    Hi Karen,

    You are getting so close to your upcoming trip and must be on pins and needles with excitement! My favorite memories from all of my Walt Disney World vacations were from trips when my kids were the ages of your children. This is bound to be a very magical trip for your family, full of precious memories which you will treasure for yEARs to come!

    Karen, if you are looking to dine with a view of the fireworks I have a number of suggestions. California Grill is my absolute favorite. While more upscale, we still dined here when our children were as young as yours. However, I highly recommend that you book an early reservation and then return for the fireworks. As long as you hold onto your receipt, you can return anytime the same evening to enjoy magnificent views of the fireworks on the restaurant observation deck perched atop Disney's Contemporary Resort.

    Perhaps more family friendly, 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is another terrific option. This wildly popular all-you-care-to-enjoy Hawaiian feast is served family-style at your table and also offers games and entertainment for the children.

    As for character dining, I personally prefer breakfast or dinner reservations so the kids are relaxed and neat and tidy for photo opportunities with the characters. Our favorites are The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and friends, and Chef Mickey's with the Big Cheese himself. Be sure to make your dining reservations as soon as possible since you are so close to your trip!

    Bon Appetit!

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Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

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