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  • On Mar 22, 2010
    Leslie from MS 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! My husband and I will be taking our 8 year old son to Disney for the first time. We are on a moderate budget, not too strict, not too lavish, so I need advice on where to stay, & best parks for us to take him, & character dinner/breakfasts

    Hi Leslie, How fun to planning your sons first Disney vacation!

    Since you mentioned "moderate", have you checked out Disney's Moderate Resorts? See: HERE. Of those properties, I would recommend Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter. Doubloon Lagoon—the  pool complex—includes a waterslide that resembles a giant sea serpent (see photos on the link above). He may enjoy the pool at Caribbean Beach Resort, but that is a very large Resort and too spread out for my liking.

    I have a 9 year old son who is very into sports and he loved the theme of Disney's All Star Sports Resort. See: HERE. This is a Value Resort and doesn't have a slide though. If it's an option, I would recommend a Moderate or Deluxe Resort for you.

    A few suggestions for meals would be: CHEF MICKEY'S, 'OHANA for dinner and DONALD's SAFARI BREAKFAST.

    Your son will find things that he enjoys at all 4 Parks, and I'd suggest that you spend at least 5 days if it's an option. Due to space constraints, if you'd like to send me a follow up question regarding rides and experiences for an 8 year old boy, I'd be happy to help you. Please be sure to let me know what your sons interests are (ie: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates, Sports, etc).

    Hope this helps and have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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