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  • First trip to Disney with 9 yr son and 7 yr daughter 1/19-1/24. What is best chracter dining for that age and what order of parks should I go. I don't want to miss special parades or other special events at different parks. thanks!! Cant wait!!
  • - Asked by Shannon from Ohio on 12/30/2012
  • Hi Shannon!

    Congratulations on your upcoming FIRST trip to Walt Disney World. Your entire family is in for a memorable journey!

    I would recommend Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort for your character meal. My son began dining there at age 2 and still requests to eat there over 10 years later! It's a fun experience for all ages, including the young-at-heart. What makes it extra special is that Mickey invites diners to "party" with him by waving napkins in the air and other high-energy antics. Plus, guests of all ages find the monorail running overhead to be exceptionally cool! It's a buffet meal so the kids will enjoy choosing their favorite food too.

    Now let's look at your itinerary:
    January 19 - if arrival day, plan evening at Downtown Disney
    January 20 - Animal Kingdom, if you have park hoppers go to the Magic Kingdom in the evening to see parade and fireworks
    January 21 - Magic Kingdom, see evening entertainment
    January 22 - Disney's Hollywood Studios, see Fantasmic
    January 23 - Epcot, see IllumiNations
    January 24 - if departure day, plan a special breakfast at a resort.

    This itinerary is based on best parks for crowd levels as well as entertainment offerings.
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