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  • On Aug 3, 2012
    Lisa from WI Asked

    HELP! Looking for something special to do for my son's 11th Birthday that we will be celebrating 1-29-13 at Disney. He loves Sports - thinks the Pirates stuff is too babyish...any suggestions??

    Hi Lisa!

    This is a great question.

    I suggest making a reservation at a favorite restaurant.  If you are looking for a Disney Character Dining Experience, you might consider Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort.  My oldest son, age 13, still loves going to Chef Mickey's on every trip.  Other restaurants to consider are:
    • Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge
    • Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom (also a character meal during breakfast and lunch)
    • 50's Prime Time in Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • Ohana in the Polynesian Resort
    You might also consider renting a Sea Raycer and going out on Seven Seas Lagoon or Bay Lake.  Both of my boys absolutely love doing that.  It is relatively expensive if you stay out on the water for a while, so that could be a special treat for his birthday.  You might also consider doing a Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise, especially if you have never seen the fireworks show from the water below.  It is a fabulous experience.

    By the way, be sure to pick up a birthday button for him at Guest Services in any theme park.  It will alert Disney Cast Members that it is your son's birthday.  A lot of guests enjoy having Cast Members wish them a happy birthday.

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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