• On Mar 6, 2016
    Maha 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.

    Hello! I will be visiting WDW with my 3 best friends in May to celebrate our medical school graduation! I have been multiple times, but one of them has never been. Where would you recommend for some of the can't-miss dining experiences?

    Hi Maha,

    Congratulations on your graduation from medical school! Coming to Walt Disney World to celebrate with your best friends sounds fabulous. Let me offer you some thoughts on where I like to have celebratory meals at Walt Disney World.

    California Grill is a special restaurant. From high atop Disney's Contemporary Resort, you can see the nighttime fireworks at Magic Kingdom. The feeling at this restaurant is fairly upscale, and the food is delicious. Be sure to try some sushi!

    Another dining experience that I really enjoy is Jiko - The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here, you can sample African cuisine and choose from an extensive African wine list. The decor is beautiful, and after dinner you can head out to catch a glimpse of animals such as giraffes on the savanna.

    For options inside of a theme park, I think that some of Walt Disney World's best restaurants are in Epcot's World Showcase. I celebrated my birthday a few years ago at Chefs de France. This is a bustling bistro atmosphere, and while more casual than the options I listed above, still provided a fun backdrop for my celebration.

    Finally, consider character dining. It sounds like you will be traveling with a group of adults; however, character dining is fun for all ages. I am sure that the characters will celebrate with you if you let them know that you are celebrating your graduation!

    I would love to help you plan more Maha; however, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please do write back if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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