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  • On Feb 6, 2010
    Andrea from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'll be bringing my 3.5yo twin boys for their first visit to WDW in mid-March. Can you recommend a fun & preschooler-friendly option for dinner at Downtown Disney or one of the resorts for the night we arrive? (we are staying off-site)

    Hi, Andrea!  There are a few options for dining that your children might enjoy.  If you are looking to spend the evening at Downtown Disney, two options your children might be interested in include T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe.  Both restaurants are similar - one with a dinosaur theme, one with a jungle/rainforest theme.  You'll find animatronics in each location, and large gift shops with some great souvenirs.  Every 20 minutes or so, an event takes place in the restaurant (a meteor shower at T-Rex and a thunder storm at Rainforest) that causes the animals to get a little crazy, making noises and moving around.  I always prepare my little one in advance so she isn't afraid.  Some children are really scared of the animatronics, but if your little guys wouldn't be, these are fun places to eat. 

    Other dining options include Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort or Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.  You might also be interested in Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Boma itself is not geared especially towards children (it's a buffet dinner with no characters or special children's activities), but you can take the time while you are there to go out to the savannah to see the animals or listen to the African Storytellers.  They also sometimes have a parade from the gift shop around the lobby, where the children can choose an instrument from the gift shop and borrow it for the parade.

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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