Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 7, 2010
    Laurie from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are staying over night at All StarsMovieHotel. Being that we are staying only one night, can you recommend the best plan to go around Magic Kingdom (shows/rides) the best places to eat with 2 small children (5yrs and 2yrs). We bought the dinning plan.

    Hi, Laurie! Absolutely...let's make some plans!

    • First, go to the MK Calendar for park hours and Extra Magic Hours.  Click on your specific day to find out times for parades, fireworks and entertainment.
    • Based on that info, go to Advanced Dining Reservations or call 407-WDW-DINE to determine a meal schedule.  At MK for table service, I suggest Cinderella's Royal Table (a must if you have a princess) or Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh), or you can book an early breakfast at 'Ohana's/Polynesian (Lilo & Stitch) or dinner at Chef Mickey's/Contemporary which are on the monorail loop.
    • For quick-service meals, we eat upstairs at the Columbia Harbour House (chicken, fish and healthier options) or at an out-of-the-way table at Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn & Cafe with hamburgers and a toppings bar.
    • Once you have your basis for your day's plan made, you'll have a better idea of how to arrange the rest of the day. Usually the best course of action with little kids is to make your rounds in Fantasyland first -- the earlier, the better. Then, make your way around the park in a clockwise pattern to Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Liberty Square.
    • Our favorite breaks in the day are at Smoky Hollow Snacks in Liberty Square -- funnel cake and Toll House cookies -- or riding the train all the way around the park.
    Lastly, I listed several attractions for preschoolers on this question that I answered for another guest which may interest you. I hope that I've helped point you in the right direction. Thanks for visiting me on the Mom's Panel, and I hope you have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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