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  • On Feb 28, 2010
    Kathleen from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'll be at Buena Vista Hotel for a long w/end (business related) and have two full days to entertain my 10 year son. My son loves rides and I would like to know what two parks I should purchase tickets for as well as what you might suggest for dinner?

    Hi Kathleen!

    With a 10 year old boy, I recommend visiting the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    The Magic Kingdom is the crown jewel of the Walt Disney World Resort. From fairy tale dreams to far away adventures, the Magic Kingdom offers something for everyone. Generally, a 10 year old child will love Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Monster Inc. Laugh Floor, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Most 10 year old children also enjoy PhilharMagic, a 3-D movie in Fantasyland, and the fireworks show Wishes. My own 10 year old is not a fan of the nighttime parade SpectroMagic, but I think it is spectacular and it's a "must do" for me.

    Top attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios include the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Muppet Vision 3-D, Star Tours, and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! should not be missed if it is running on the day you visit. Both of my children absolutely love Fantasmic!

    For dinner, I suggest skipping a Table Service (full service) restaurant so that you can spend more time on attractions. However, if you want a break from the parks and would like to spend about 60 minutes in a restaurant then I recommend 'Ohana in the Polynesian Resort for the night you visit the Magic Kingdom. You can easily catch the monorail to the Polynesian and return to the Magic Kingdom after dinner; you won't need a Park Hopper as long as you return to the Magic Kingdom and not another theme park. Another great option is the Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge which is a lot of fun, but it takes a little bit longer to get there from the Magic Kingdom; you can catch a boat from just outside the park. For the Studios, I recommend Hollywood and Vine, which is a buffet, or Mama Melrose's, an Italian restaurant.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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