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  • On Aug 3, 2022
    Andrea from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I’m visiting with my family the week of 10/3 to celebrate my mom beating breast cancer. We’d also like to celebrate my sisters 40th birthday. Are there any restaurants, events or activities that you’d suggest? We want it to be extra special for her.

    Hiya Andrea! Welcome to planDisney!

    Gawrsh! I can't tell you how honored I am to be answering your question today. It means the world that you've entrusted us, the planDisney panel, with such a meaningful question regarding your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. First and foremost, I'd like to extend a huge congratulations to your mother and your entire family on beating breast cancer. In times like these, it takes a village and this feat is worth celebrating for everyone. As is your sister's 40th birthday, of course!

    Andrea, you have many options when it comes to adding a little extra pixie dust to your stay, but I'll share a few that jump out to me!

    First, a Capture Your Moment Photo Session is an excellent way to celebrate any special occasion, especially one like this! For 20 minutes, you'll have the undivided attention and expertise of a PhotoPass photographer to capture this momentous occasion for your family! I always suggest to Guests that they bring something small and personal to their photo session, something that is an emblem of the occasion or something that would add a little extra fun! Maybe even something you pick up in the parks! If you've purchased Memory Maker for your stay, you'll have access to all the photos to download. If not, you can purchase them separately.

    Another idea that stands out to me is booking either a Signature Dining or Character Dining experience. Now, these two things are on different ends of the dining spectrum, but both are right for the occasion! With a Signature Dining experience, your family will get to eat delicious food at one of the finest establishments on property. I love Tiffins Restaurant, Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera and California Grill. When you dine at one of these Signature Dining restaurants, the atmosphere itself makes it feel like a special occasion. A Character Dining meal is quite different, but still an experience that feels celebratory in an entirely different way. When you dine with your favorite characters, you get to meet, take pictures with and hug multiple characters in a short time frame, all while fueling up before or after your park day. I can picture your mom holding up a handmade sign or a breast cancer ribbon while posing for photos with Mickey and his pals!

    At select dining locations, you can even add a Mickey Celebration Cake! When you make your reservation, you'll be asked if you'd like to add a celebration cake to your meal ahead of time. This is the best way to do it to ensure that you've reserved your cake while supplies last. Both your mom and sister will be thrilled when a delicious Mickey-shaped treat arrives at your table!

    Lastly, Disney Floral & Gifts provides special baskets and flower arrangements that can be purchased before your arrival. A beautiful bouquet can await your mother and sister when they arrive at your Disney Resort Hotel which will show them just how far you'll go to make their trip special!

    Andrea, I could ramble on for hours about all the ways to help celebrate these occasions for your family. If you'd like to take a look at a few more magical add-ons, the Enchanting Extras Collection is a great place for a deep dive! I'm sure you'll find something everyone will love! 

    Until next time,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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