Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Apr 10, 2011
    Karl from AZ 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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    My husband (47), son (13) and I (42) are finally taking our first trip to WDW in Oct. I have been dreaming of this trip since I was 5! Can you recommend a signature restaurant that emcompasses the magic of Disney as well as a great gourmet menu?

    Hey there fellow Arizonan!  I am happy to report that I most certainly can recommend a signature dining location overflowing with Disney magic: California Grill.  It's located on the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort and offers sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom.  It sprung immediately to mind when I read your question because, though I've dined in several of Disney's signature restaurants, this one--I believe--offers unmatched ambiance.  Many guests reserve meal times that correspond with the Magic Kingdom's fireworks show.  During the fireworks, the lights in the restaurant are dimmed and the music is "piped in" so that diners are treated to the whole shebang (pun intended!).  There is even a viewing deck so that, if you prefer, you can go outside to watch the show (speakers allow you to hear the music there, too).  All that, plus an amazing culinary experience to boot!

    My second choice would be Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It, too, offers unique ambiance (though much different than that at California Grill) and superbly delicious menu options. 

    You really can't go wrong either way!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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