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  • On Mar 4, 2009
    Meghan 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 are visiting WDW in June with our 1 year old. We were wondering if he would be to young to enjoy Mickey's Back Yard BBQ?

    Hi Meghan,
    I took my first son to Disney to celebrate his first birthday.  He may not remember the trip, but I have an album filled with amazing pictures and memories! 
    Mickey's Backyard BBQ is our favorite dinner show at Disney.  It's also my "top pick" for families with small children.  The entertainment consists of a variety of country-western singers and acts that are joined by a number of Disney characters on a huge dance floor where the guests can join right in and dance along with the likes of Mickey, Minnie, Chip & Dale and Goofy.  I think this event offers unprecedented access to the characters and is truly a wonderful way to spend an evening.
    That being said, if your little one is your only child, I might recommend a more "low key" way to meet and greet the characters while dining.  At Mickey's BBQ, unlike at most of the character meals, the characters do not walk around to guests tables to visit, take pictures and sign autographs.  Rather, they are available for dancing, playing with, etc. only on the dance floor.  As you can imagine, most of the kids in the pavilion where the event takes place want to be on the dance floor with them.  My guess is that you'd have to hold your child so he could meet the characters and didn't get "lost" in a sea of boogey-ing four year olds!  It's also very loud at the BBQ.  I'm not sure that my one year old would have done well with the noise level.
    You obviously know your child best, and based on my description, may think he or she would love the BBQ.  Again, I think it's a spectacular event, and my family has been going for years.  If you think your little pirate or princess might be a bit overwhelmed by the crowd and noise, I'd suggest a character meal (Chef Mickey's, Cape May Buffet and Crystal Palace are some of my favorites with itty-bitty guests!)  You can always save the BBQ for a future trip...hint, hint !!!
    Have a wonderful time!
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I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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