|Posted on March 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM|
Beyond the main attractions at the parks, there is an almost infinite variety of additional activities one can do at Disney. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Cinderella's Castle during the fireworks - Cinderella's Castle offers character meals for breakfast and for dinner. If you are most interested in meeting the princesses, you need to a) attend the breakfast and b) learn some ridiculous tactics to get a reservation (more on that in a later post). The dinner limits the princesses to Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, but if you schedule your reservations appropriately, you are in for a different kind of treat. At fireworks time, they dim all of the lights and you get a unique and really cool perspective on the nightly display. Be sure to request a seat by the windows for maximum effect.
- Chef Mickey's - If you have young children, you will learn that meeting characters and autograph books is a part of the Disney experience. The waiting in line doesn't have to come with it. If you schedule a breakfast at Chef Mickey's and a breakfast at Cinderella's Castle, you can knock out the 2 main groups of characters with the longest lines and not have to wait at all. While the food at Chef Mickey's is overpriced and is standard buffet fare, it is the best of the character breakfast choices. I recommend getting a reservation in the late morning and hitting the park before going. You'll save money by being able to skip lunch and you won't waste the most valuable morning hours eating when you could be riding Space Mountain.
- Hoop de Doo Revue - A Disney Classic. It's a pain to get to, but if slap stick is your thing, you'll have a great time.
- Mickey's Backyard BBQ - I actually prefer this one to Hoop de Doo. I think the food is better and the entertainment, while different, is comparable. Your kids will probably love the line dancing. One note, very young children may be too shy to participate and will instead become bored.
- Animal Kingdom Lodge and Boma - Because Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, we like to pair it with a trip to the lodge and Boma. Before Dinner you can explore this really cool hotel and watch the animals out on the savannah at dusk. Then take them to the best buffet in Disney, Boma. Afterwards, head back out to the savannah and see if they are offering the night vision goggles. If so, give them a try. Very cool.