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  • On Jan 3, 2010
    Barbara from MS 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.

    We are taking our 3 boys aged 7 & 5 for their first DW trip Nov. 5-14. Money isn't an issue for this trip. What would you recommend for shows, must see, dining, and especially resorts. I'd like to make any needed reservations ASAP.

    Hi Barbara! Your boys are at such great ages for a first trip to Walt Disney World!

    Consider staying at the Beach Club, the Polynesian, or the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The temperatures in early November in Orlando average around 80 degrees so it should be warm enough for the boys to swim in Stormalong Bay, the massive pool at the Beach Club with one of the biggest hotel slides you've ever seen, or the volcano pool at the Polynesian, where they'd also enjoy being able to ride the monorail. If your sons like animals, they'd also like staying in a savanna-view room at AKL. Since money's not an issue, consider staying on the club level, where you'll receive assistance with your vacation planning, continental breakfast, snacks during the day, and evening appetizers and desserts along with beer, wine and cordials. An added perk of staying concierge at the AKL is the ability to take the Sunrise Safari, available only to AKL club-level guests. This early morning tour in the Animal Kingdom is led by an informative guide and gives you an up-close view of the animals, followed by a delicious breakfast.

    For dining, make reservations at upscale restaurants that you would enjoy, such as Jiko, California Grill, and Le Cellier, as well as fun ones that the boys will love, such as Chef Mickey's, Sci-Fi Dine-In, and Ohana.

    For a fun experience, take them to The Pirate's League in the Magic Kingdom where they can be transformed into scary pirates and then set off on a quest in Adventureland.

    In the parks, be sure ride Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios, Test Track at Epcot, Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom, and the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom -- all of these rides are definite boy-pleasers! Be sure to see Fantasmic one night at Hollywood Studios and Wishes at the Magic Kingdom.

    I hope these suggestions help you start planning your sons' magical first trip. Don't hesitate to ask us for more help!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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