• On Apr 12, 2018
    Lisa from OH 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.

    My son is graduating high school this year. We are celebrating with a trip to Disney! Besides the behind the scenes tours, are there any special experiences for him to enjoy?

    Hi Lisa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! What a wonderful event to celebrate. As a former high school teacher, I remember high school graduations well!

    If your son is a photographer, the behind the scenes tours at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park can provide spectacular views of the animals. We have also enjoyed special dining experiences. Last summer, we did Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner show. The dancers were amazing! 

    There are also dining packages that will give you access to special viewing areas for certain nighttime shows. We loved the Rivers of Light Dining Package with Tusker House Restaurant. Although your son may not want to dine with characters, the buffet was terrific and he may enjoy the many food options. Our reserved seating area for the show was just lovely. If you arrive early enough, get a seat closer to the front. There are some details in the performance that are easier to see close-up. 

    In Epcot, check out the entertainment around World Showcase. The Voices of Liberty in the American Adventure Pavilion are superb. In Magic Kingdom, be sure to see the Happily Ever After fireworks - on our last visit, we found a viewing spot about an hour and a half before the show.

    Lisa, make dining reservations for special venues. We love to dine during the fireworks at California Grill and 'Ohana. Be sure to note your celebration, arrive early to check-in and request a window table. Cast members will do their best to accommodate your request!

    Finally, check out all things Star Wars - May the Force be with you!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

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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