We took my daughter to Disney for the first time when she was 6 months old.
Five years later, we’ve been around. We’re Annual Passholders so we can go anytime, anywhere.
I’m going to go through some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Disney!
There are 4 parks that make up Walt Disney World in Orlando (as opposed to Disneyland, which is in California).
- Magic Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom
Plus 2 waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Where to eat?
There are several restaurants in each of the 4 parks. Character Meals (meals where you can meet characters, are marked with a *) are also available. Here are some of the most popular:
- *Cinderella’s Royal Table- located inside Cinderella’s Castle. Meet the princesses.
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant- Italian fare based on Lady and the Tramp (no character meet-n-greets)
- *Be Our Guest- French fare, including alcohol for dinner, in the Beast’s Castle. Meet the Beast at the end of dinner (Belle does not appear). Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The Plaza- Club sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, plus milkshakes! No characters.
- Casey’s Corner- Hot Dogs
- *The Crystal Palace- Buffet includes kids favorites like Mac and Cheese, pizza, etc. Characters here are Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet.
- Jungle Navigation Skipper Canteen- only place other than Be Our Guest to get alcohol in the Magic Kingdom! Based on the Jungle Cruise ride.
- Liberty Tree Tavern- We had Thanksgiving dinner here last year and it was AMAZING! Typical Thanksgiving and New England fare, served family-style. We had the Toffee Cake for dessert. OMG.
- The Diamond Horseshoe- family-style American/ BBQ includes salad, plate ‘o’ meat, Mac and Cheese, corn and baked beans. And dessert.
- Pinnochio Village Haus- This is where we usually end up if we have no reservations. It’s pizza for the kiddos or Mac and Cheese, flatbreads & salads for the adults.
- *Ashkerus- in Norway, near Frozen. Meet the Princesses. Breakfast and dinner. My husband ate his weight in Lox when we went for breakfast.
- Le Cellier- Canada. Hubby and I had a date night here and they cut his steak for him!
- Brown Derby-We’ve eaten here a couple of times. It seems really fancy, but is very kid-friendly. I’ve had the Cobb salad, it’s delicious!
- *Hollywood & Vine- Buffett-style. We’ve had a Minnie Mouse Holiday-themed dinner here. During breakfast, Disney Junior characters are here.
- Yak & Yeti- We are Landry’s Club members, so this card lets us basically “cut” in line at this restaurant. It’s pan-Asian food!
- *Tusker House- African buffet. Characters during breakfast.
- Rainforest Cafe- Also a part of the Landry’s Club, so skip the line! (Seriously, if you go to Disney a lot, get this card)
Outside of the Parks
- Tratorria Al Forno- Located at Disney’s Boardwalk. Meet Ariel and Rapunzel, along with Flynn Rider (dreamy) and Prince Eric for breakfast.
- O’hana- Ohana means family. Meet Lilo and Stitch and Mickey Mouse while dining on fresh pineapple bread served family style to your table. Also, yummy juice and Mickey waffles! Located inside Disney’s Polynesian Village.
- 1900 Park Fare- Located in the Grand Floridian meet Cinderella, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Driscella and Prince Charming while feasting on a buffet featuring kids favorite as well as a carving station.
- Chef Mickey’s- meet the Fab Five- Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto & Goofy inside the Contemporary Resort during a buffet-style dinner.
More dining! And also, shopping 😉
- Rainforest Cafe- dine in a rainforest. Skip the line with Landry’s card.
- T-Rex Cafe- same as Rainforest, but with dinosaurs! Ask for the ice room if it’s available.
- Morimoto Asia
- Raglan Road- Irish dancers provide entertainment all night long and invite littles up on stage to dance! Whiskey on tap. Bangers & Mash. Fish & Chips. Need I say more?! My husband’s favorite place!
- The LEGO Store- enough said.
- Ghiradelli- chocolate!
- Amorette’s Patesserie- more chocolate! Plus, coffee! YUM. We went here for my birthday and got a Mickey Mouse.
- I have been DYING to go on the Hot Air Balloon ride at Disney Springs, the Aerophile!
- The Art of Shaving- if you have a hubby, take him here! They do hot shaves for men!
- Basin- Bath bombs!
- Bibbidi Bobbity Boutique- same princess stuff, no park ticket required.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train- if you can get this, GRAB IT. It’s almost always 120+ minute long wait. 38″ to ride.
- “The Mountains”
- Space 44″
- Splash 40″
- Big Thunder 40″
- Peter Pan (any height)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (any height)
- Mickey Mouse
- Princesses- Tiana & Rapunzel. Cinderella & Elena.
- Test Track 40″
- Soarin’ 40″
- Frozen Ever After (any height)
tbh, this is our least favorite park (until Toy Story land opens in June!). It’s A LOT of Star Wars and we have two girls and one of them is afraid of Storm Troopers, sooooo….
- Toy Story Mania (any height)
- Tower of Terror 40″
- Rock N Roller Coaster 48″
- Frozen Sing-a-long
- Avatar Flight of Passage (FOP) 44″
- Nav’i River
- Serengeti Safaris (any height)
- Expedition Everest 44″
- Meet Mickey & Minnie (in safari gear)
- Festival of The Lion King- LOVE this show! Seriously, almost like a Broadway show!
your favorite Disney Mom!
Jennifer Silverstein is a SAHM of two infuriating girls, one husband, one dog, two chickens and a tortoise. She lives on 6 acres in Plant City and her hobbies include: Disney (obvi), hiking & camping, running and gardening. She loves tacos and tea time. Follow along at http://www.growingupsilverstein.com.