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  • On Jun 5, 2013
    Beth 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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    Hey! This is our first trip to Disney World! We already have hopper tickets for one day, wanting to buy an additional day to fit it all in. I have a 3 & 6 year old (girl/boy). What is your advice on rooms, activities, & food?

    Hi, Beth!

    Congratulations on planning your first trip to Walt Disney World! Since you've asked a three-part question, here are my recommendations in each category (resort choice, activities and dining) for your family: 

    Resorts: My first choice for your family (and for your son, in particular!) would be a Pirate Room at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. The Fuentes del Morro Pool complex is amazing, themed to a colonial Spanish fortress complete with 2 water slides, water cannons and a pirate shipwreck play area. Caribbean Beach is a moderate category resort. Two other great resort choices are Disney's Beach Club Resort (deluxe category) and Disney's Art of Animation Resort (value resort).   

    Activities: There is so much to see and do in the 4 theme parks that I don't typically recommend a lot of "extra" activities for families visiting for the first time. If your stay is at least 6 days in length, one tour your son may really enjoy is the Pirate Adventure Cruise.  Also, I wouldn't recommend park hopping to more than two parks in the same day. 

    Dining: Be sure to make Advance Dining Reservations for all table-service restaurants up to 180 days before your arrival. There are lots of great dining options, including the chance to meet Disney Characters during your meal. I highly recommend Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace, Tusker House, Hollywood & Vine, Be Our Guest and T-REX. 

    My response space is limited, so please feel free to send me follow-up questions for more details on any of the recommendations I've made! 
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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