• On Oct 29, 2018
    Angela from ME 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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    Hi. I am planning a surprise 40th anniversary trip for my parents. Likely to be in September 2019. This is their 1st visit and I want it be magical. Looking for suggestions/opinions. Stay on site? off site? must sees? Restaurants to eat at? Etc?

    Hi Angela,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! What a wonderful surprise you are planning. Well now, let us get ready to spread some happiness!

    Given that you probably will spend some quality time at the resort, I would recommend a deluxe or deluxe villa resort with a balcony or patio. Two of our favorite resorts are Disney's Polynesian Village and Disney's Contemporary Resorts - they have rooms with spectacular views. If your parents are coffee drinkers, they may enjoy waking up and having a cup while watching the sunrise. No matter which resort hotel you choose, I recommend staying on property.

    One of our absolute favorite restaurants is California Grill. We always dine here at least one evening during the Happily Ever After fireworks. I make the reservation for about 30 minutes prior to the fireworks time, then we always arrive at least 20 minutes early and request a window table. Requests are not guaranteed but any view from the restaurant is great!

    Angela, another of our favorite restaurants is 50's Prime Time Café. When my mom and her sister first dined in this restaurant, they just laughed because it brought back so many memories. We also adore The Edison at Disney Springs. There are a number of other signature restaurants your parents might enjoy. When I am looking for something very special for my family to do, I always review the Enchanting Extras Collection. We have done the Caring for Giants tour and Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room. On our next trip, we are doing the Dine with an Animal Specialist experience. 

    No matter what, cherish this anniversary. The joy comes from being together to celebrate it!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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