• On Feb 10, 2016
    Viviane from QC 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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    My son will turn4 during our upcoming Disney trip Sept2016. We want to do something special to celebrate. We were thinking about Mickey's Backyard BBQ or Pirates & Pals Firework Voyage? What would be appropriate for a VERY rambunctious/active 4 yo?

    Hi Viviane,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question! How much fun to celebrate your son's birthday at Walt Disney World.

    I think that you have chosen two excellent options for celebrating this special occasion. Both options are fun for the whole family! On a Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage, your son will enjoy being a pirate with a swashbuckling crew, and weather permitting, a view of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks. At Mickey's Backyard BBQ, he will partake in a fun backyard style picnic, with the added bonus of energetic entertainment, dancing, and characters. Because you mentioned that your son is very energetic, I suggest Mickey's Backyard BBQ. The pavilion in which Mickey's Backyard BBQ is held is open-air and large. There is lots of room for little ones to run around, plus dancing is built into the evening. While the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage would certainly be entertaining and amazing, if your little one needs space to run, this is probably not as good a fit as you will be on a boat for quite a while.

    Either way, do be sure to pick up a "Happy Birthday" button for your son while you are at Walt Disney World. These buttons are available free of charge. When he is wearing a birthday button, it will be truly magical to hear cast members and other guests alike wishing your son a happy birthday. Sometimes, a birthday button can inspire a little extra pixie dust on a vacation, like a complimentary birthday cupcake. This kind of pixie dust is not guaranteed, so do not expect it, and then it is even more magical if it does occur.

    Have a great time planning your magical vacation, Viviane!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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