Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jun 18, 2015
    Pam 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 visiting Disney in October with my 4 year old son. It will be his first visit. Looking at dining reservations this early is hard! I see that Chef Mickey is already booked for our entire stay. Wondering what are some "must do" dining places

    Hi Pam! I also have a four year old son and here are his top two favorite restaurants:

    Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a character breakfast and lunch. The Disney Junior Play and Dine invites you to not only enjoy a delicious buffet, but also to participate in all of the fun! Some of my favorite Disney Junior characters are on hand for the show. Handy Manny, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates will come to your table for photos and autographs, and they also encourage your kids to sing and dance with them. Also of importance to note, you have the option (if available) to participate in the Fantasmic! dining package. With this package if you choose to do a lunch dining time at Hollywood and Vine on this package, you will have a VIP seat for the Fantasmic! show that evening.

    The Garden Grill in Epcot is my son’s second favorite character dining experience.  Located in the land pavilion, Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest feast is a really delicious dinner made extra special with visits from Chip, Dale, Pluto, and even the big guy himself, Mickey Mouse! Dinner is served family style and includes, beef, fish, turkey, potatoes, vegetables, and more.  The children’s menu is perfect with chicken and yummy sides. Some of the food is even prepared in the Living with the Land greenhouses.  We always take our kids on the Living with the Land boat ride and use this as a teaching experience! The characters will also come to your table to sign autographs and take photos!

    Lastly if you have your heart set on dining at Chef Mickey’s, keep checking back for reservations! I have often been able to find that perfect dining reservation even after they hadn’t initially been available!

    I hope you have a wonderful first visit!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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