• On Jan 21, 2017
    Jennifer from TX 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.

    Hi! We will be visiting Disney World in a month for my son's 3rd birthday! What dining recommendations do you have for first-time visitors with a pre-schooler?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Hooray for first time visit! Your son is going to light up when he sees his favorite characters for the first time. There are several fantastic dining options for preschoolers. My girls love Character Meals. We especially enjoy Chef Mickey's1900 Park Fare, Hollywood & Vine, and Cinderella's Royal Table. Chef Mickey's is located at the Contemporary Resort, 1900 Park Fare is at the Grand Floridian Resort, Hollywood & Vine is at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Cinderella's Royal Table is located in Magic Kingdom. It does not get more magical than dining in the castle! Your son might also enjoy the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom with Winnie the Pooh and Friends.

    Each time we have visited Chef Mickey's, the characters do a little dance party. It was fun but low key. Kids and families could participate at their tables by waving their napkins. At 1900 Park Fare, the characters danced with certain guests. On one visit, the wicked stepmother danced with one of our girls. The pictures were priceless! During our last visit, my girls participated in the party walk around the restaurant at the Crystal Palace. So, when you arrive at your character meals, be prepared, some characters may ask you to boogey! 

    Be sure to make Advanced Dining Reservations. Restaurants fill quickly!

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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