• On Oct 14, 2012
    Melissa 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.

    We will be visting WDW 5/6-5/11/2013,.This marks 1 yr since my 17 month old DD open heart surgery.What can we do to celebrate this very meaningful event that saved our childs life? We can't afford a huge cost but would like to honor it.

    Hi, Melissa!  It absolutely brings tears to my eyes to imagine the joyous occasion you are about to celebrate!  I hope your trip to Walt Disney World is as magical as the moment it commemorates!

    You are celebrating the miraculous life of a child, and I can't help but think this is a day to enjoy your beautiful little princess!  If you can splurge on a  buffet meal, dinner at Chef Mickey's is one big party!  With some of the most beloved characters, there's music, character meet and greets, and maybe even a celebratory dessert for the Princess of Honor!  When dinner is over, you may want to head out to the observation deck, where you can enjoy the Wishes Fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.  I love watching them from there, as it's almost like your own little party, plus it is a bit less scary for little ones to be further away from the noise.

    How about floating high above the Downtown Disney area, overlooking the entire Walt Disney World resort?  For less than $20 per person, your family can soar up in the Characters in Flight Hot Air Balloon.  Your beautiful baby reached for the stars in her fight to overcome her illness, and now is the chance for you to emphasize the heights she achieved. 

    Perhaps you could book dinner in Cinderella Castle with the princesses themselves.  It's a wonderful way to cap off a most magical vacation.

    More information on Characters in Flight can be found at Walt Disney World Characters in Flight.  You can also click Walt Disney World Dining Reservations up to 180 days in advance to book dining reservations.  Book EARLY for Chef Mickey's and Cinderella's Royal Table.  They do fill up quickly!

    Congratulations on this happy, happy milestone!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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