Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On May 20, 2011
    Andrea from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be at WDW for my son's 5th b-day in Oct. . He wants a pony ride at Fort Wilderness. I'm planning dinner ( at Trails End) and a haunted carriage ride after. At what times should I make all these reservations for? Thank You.

    Sounds like you've got a little cowboy on your hands, Andrea.  My two youngest kiddos did pony rides at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness a couple of years ago.  They had a cute little meandering path on a dirt trail within a fenced area.  My husband led my daughter's horse and I led my son's.  It was a very low-key experience, yet my kids still remember it as one of their favorites!

    As for your reservation times, the pony rides are only available until 5 o'clock.  If I were you, I'd plan to arrive around 4:00.  The pony ride will easily be accomplished in thirty minutes.  You might want to leave a bit of time to explore the playground and beach at Fort Wilderness (all within walking distance from Tri-Circle-D).  If it were me, I'd probably schedule my dining reservation for around 5:00.  Be aware that the area outside of the restaurant will be thick with guests of the Hoop Dee Doo dinner show at that time, but it shouldn't impact you.  The safe bet is to plan for an hour for dinner.  After your meal, you simply walk outside to where the carriage rides load (it's visible from the "porch" of Pioneer Hall).  It's literally a minute or two from the restaurant.  Just in case dinner runs long, I'd schedule the carriage ride for 6:30.

    Sounds like a perfectly festive day.  Enjoy the trip!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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