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  • On Apr 15, 2013
    Dianne from MA 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.

    We're going late Aug for 7 nts and planning on not hitting parks our 1st day. We want to go to an area we wouldn't otherwise see during our stay. Would you recommend Boardwalk or Marketplace? We have 8yr old B/G twins; 2nd visit; yes to DDP TS.

    Hi, Dianne! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    It's wonderful to hear that you're coming back to Walt Disney World for a second visit! My family often enjoys activities at our Resort or in another non-park area on our arrival day. Both the BoardWalk and Downtown Disney are great areas to explore, but my recommendation would have to be Downtown Disney Marketplace because it's one of my favorite areas outside of the parks. There's so much to do! Shopping, dining, entertainment - really, you name it, and Downtown Disney's got it! You won't want to miss the World of Disney Store, LEGO Imagination Center, Disney Design-a-Tee, The Art of Disney, Once Upon a Toy and Goofy's Candy Company, just to name a few! 

    A very fun activity in Downtown Disney is the Characters in Flight tethered hot-air balloon where you ascend 400 feet in the air and are treated to amazing panoramic vistas. 

    As far as dining goes, there are lots of table-service restaurants in Downtown Disney where your Disney Dining Plan is happily accepted. Your twins would surely love the fun, immersive atmosphere of Rainforest Cafe. Another dining spot we really enjoy (and a favorite of our 7-year-old daughter) is Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. We love the cuisine and the live entertainment (traditional Irish step dancing and Irish bands) at Raglan Road.

    Wishing you a magical return visit to Walt Disney World, Dianne! Enjoy your time in Downtown Disney! Please let me know if I can answer any other questions as you plan your stay.

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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