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  • On Mar 10, 2010
    Heather from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    1st time visit, our flight comes on 10/2 at 4:30, staying at Pop Century, we do not have park passes until the next day, what can you reccommend for a family to do with a 5 & 6yr old that first night to get into the Mickey Mouse spirit?

    Hi Heather, Welcome to the wonderful world of Disney! Your children are the perfect age to experience Disney World for the first time.

    I would recommend that you reserve dinner at Chef Mickey's for your first night. It is a fantastic way to kick off a trip, and your children will (usually) see Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and Donald. Minnie is generally there as well. The atmosphere is a lot of fun. There is a "make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae" bar that kids really enjoy.  See HERE for more information on Chef Mickey's.

    If your flight arrives at 4:30, and you are planning on taking Disney's Magical Express to the Pop Century, I would book dinner for around 7:00pm. This will give you time to get to your Resort, get checked in, and take the transportation to the Magic Kingdom to get to the Contemporary Resort (where Chef Mickey's is located). Of course, if you are renting a car, you would be able to get there a bit sooner.

    You are able to make Advanced Dining Reservations as much as 180 days prior to your arrival. Chef Mickey's is a popular restaurant, so I would suggest booking them as soon as you are able to do so. Based on your arrival date, you can call 407-WDW-DINE in a few short weeks.

    Hope this helps and that you thoroughly enjoy your time at Disney World!

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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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