Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Dec 28, 2011
    Amber from IN 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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    We will be taking our 5 year old son to Disney World for the first time March 28, 2012 to April 4, 2012. I have not been to Disney for 17 years and my husband has never been. What parks do you recommend are a must and what dining experiences are best?

    Hi Amber!  Congratulations on your upcoming trip.  You will have a wonderful time!
    Your vacation looks like it will be plenty long enough for you to experience all 4 of the Disney Parks.  Magic Kingdom and Epcot usually take the longest do explore, but Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are loads of fun too!  My suggestion is to make your dining reservations on Disney World's website or call 407-WDW-DINE and then plan your parks around your restaurant choices.  Some of our favorite dining places are Chef Mickey's (a must do!) with characters, Donald's Safari Breakfast (this is at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom), Tepan Edo (this is in the Japanese pavilion in Epcot), and Garden Grill at Epcot. 
    Sit down with your son on the dining reservation link and let him look through the different restaurant choices.  Then you can either call or make your reservations online.  After getting those, you can also make customized maps from all of the Disney parks so that your son can choose the attractions that he knows he wants to do at each park. 
    As for planning your days, if you have dining reservations at a place in Epcot, you should plan your day to explore Epcot around your dining schedule.  If you are eating at Chef Mickey's (in the Contemporary Resort), then maybe you could spend that day at Magic Kingdom then take the monorail to Contemporary (your son will LOVE the monorail!)  Planning your days before you go will really ensure that you have lots of time to soak up the magic!  Enjoy your trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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