• On Nov 16, 2016
    Bridget from MI 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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    I'm just beginning to plan our first trip as a family to Disney World next year. Our kids will be 4 and 1 so I figure we will be mostly at Magic Kingdom. Best and most convenient resort in that area? Dining recommendations for dining plan? Thanks Moms!

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Bridget!

    Your first family trip to Walt Disney World! How exciting!

    With your kids' ages at the time of your visit, you are smart to want to stay as close to Magic Kingdom Park as possible.

    Try one of the three resorts adjacent to the monorail: Disney's Contemporary Resort; Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. We prefer Disney's Contemporary Resort because we can walk from the resort to Magic Kingdom Park without having to wait around for transportation. Ask for a Theme Park View so that if anyone is too tired to stay up for nightly fireworks, those who are awake can view them from your own balcony. (That's our favorite part of the night, actually. Watching Wishes nighttime spectacular in our pajamas, snacks and beverages in hand, after a long, fun-filled day in MK!)

    For dining, try Chef Mickey's, located at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and The Crystal Palace, located in Magic Kingdom Park. Both are buffets, so if the little ones are hungry, there will be no wait for food once seated. In addition, each of these are character meals, so you'll be able to meet Mickey and friends as well as Winnie the Pooh and pals while you dine. Characters come to your table for photos and autographs, making each meal even more memorable.

    Happy planning!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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