Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 2, 2013
    Peggy 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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    Going May 15-20 with my 5yr old son for first time. What would you recommend in Magic Kingdom as the first thing to do? Do they have something special for a first visit, pin or anything? We are celebrating his 5th and my hubby's 50th - any suggestions?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Peggy!

    Sounds like you have a lot to celebrate and Disney is the perfect place to celebrate them all! If you're staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, be sure to request "1st Visit" and "Happy Birthday" buttons. If you're staying off property, you can visit Guest Relations in any of the theme parks and they will be happy to give them to you. 

    I'd recommend getting there when the Magic Kingdom opens and make your first stop to meet Mickey in the Town Square Theater as you enter the park.  From there I'd head to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland. Kids that age love that ride and its a great first ride because they take your picture on the ride which makes a great keepsake.

    Our family loves to celebrate birthdays at a character meal or dinner show. We also love dinner at 'Ohana. Dining reservations can be made beginning 180 days prior to your trip but you can try calling 407-WDW-DINE to see what is available during your stay.

    In addition to a wonderful meal, here are some other special experiences that you may want to look into as a way to celebrate your son's and husband's birthdays:
    * Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
    * Specialty Cruise to view the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom or IllumiNations at Epcot
    * Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party
    * Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

    Please feel free to visit us with any other questions. Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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