Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Nov 9, 2013
    Stacie from NJ 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'm planning my 6yo son's 1st visit. He's not that adventurous & doesn't really like to be close to characters, he is ok seeing them from a distance. any suggestions on what to do or should we wait until he is older? do they do things for 1st visits?

    Hi Stacie,

    A lot of small children are tentative when it comes to seeing characters. Fortunately, you can avoid them altogether on your vacation or simply see them from a distance. Characters don't just roam the parks. Usually they are in set locations, and people stand in line to get the chance to see them. Your son can decide if he wants to meet a character, or you can simply walk past the line and enjoy other attractions. Parades and shows are probably the best way for your family to see the characters without being close to them.

    Character meals are popular, but there are many other fun dining options as well. Whispering Canyon Cafe and 'Ohana are both wildly popular places for families to dine and laugh together. 50s Prime Time Cafe is another fun experience where you'll feel as though you stepped into the kitchen of an old TV show.

    As far doing something special for a first visit, there isn't anything specific that the folks at Disney do. However, be sure to pick up a 1st Visit button in any of the parks or at your resort. Wear it proudly. Cast members will see and notice it, and you never know what extra magic may be in store.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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