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Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is a fully immersive experience and fun for the whole family.

As you set out to explore this new land, here’s everything you need to know, from kid-focused ride, food and shopping reviews to where to find changing tables, stroller parking and interactive activities.

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Food and Drink Review: Pongu Pongu

Pongu Pongu – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pongu Pongu, located in the Pandora – The World of Avatar section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, serves up specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one snack option, Pongu Lumpia.

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Tips for celebrating birthdays at Walt Disney World

Birthday breakfast at Tusker House

We recently returned from a wonderful trip celebrating our son’s third birthday at Walt Disney World, which was filled with pixie dust (some provided by us parents and some by Disney).

Here are some ways you can make celebrating birthdays at Walt Disney World even more special:

Get a birthday button.

Pick up a free birthday button from any Walt Disney World Resort hotel, guest services, or even at many of the park stores. Just ask!

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Walt Disney World Rider Swap Explained

Walt Disney World offers an incredible number of rides and attractions for kids of any height (including infants), but there are still a handful of rides in each of the four theme parks with height restrictions.

If you are traveling with small children, you might automatically rule those rides out – but you don’t need to because Walt Disney World offers a great solution called rider swap or child swap.

So what is rider swap, and how does it work?

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Disney Dining: ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations) Explained

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ADR stands for “Advanced Dining Reservation,” and here is everything you need to know about them.

Walt Disney World offers two main types of restaurants: Quick service and table service. Quick service is either counter service or cafeteria style. You do not need ADRs for quick service restaurants. At table service restaurants, your food is either brought to your table by wait staff or served buffet style.

Although Disney states that “Advanced reservations are highly recommended” for table service restaurants, you REALLY do need an ADR.

Although walk ups are occasionally seated, your chances are slim. Many table service restaurants flat out won’t be able to take walk ups, or you may end up having to wait a while. With an infant or toddler, why chance it? Do you really want to spend your vacation trekking back and forth across a theme park trying to find some place for your hungry child to eat? Make your ADRs ahead of time.

Here is some important information about ADRs:

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Character Meet: Star Wars Launch Bay

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Inside the Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you have the opportunity to meet everyone’s favorite Wookie, Chewbacca, and Star War’s latest villain, Kylo Ren. The Star Wars Launch Bay is located in the former Magic of Disney Animation building in the Animation Courtyard and also features the Star Wars Launch Bay Theater with a continuously running 10-minute behind-the-scenes Star Wars video and special exhibits featuring replica props, costumes and artwork. You may even encounter some patrolling Stormtroopers or trading Jawas in the area…

Our trip to the Star Wars Launch Bay, however, was solely for character meet purposes.

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Food Review: Kids Meal at La Cantina de San Angel

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La Cantina de San Angel is a counter service restaurant located across from the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase that specializes in tacos, nachos, empanadas and other similar eats.

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Originally, we were on a quest for some grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup from the ever-elusive Taste Track. It was a cool (for Florida) winter day, and Tater will never say no to a grilled cheese.  But when we arrived, it was closed! I have attempted to get food from Taste Track on at least three separate trips, and it has been closed every single time (including 1:30 p.m. on Presidents Day). I have come to the conclusion that I will never get my Canadian Cheddar and Granny Smith apple deliciousness.

Anyway, without an ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation), we needed a quick grilled cheese replacement. Where else in Epcot could we find some cheese melted between carbs?

Off to Mexico!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

You’re as welcome as can be!

Welcome to MickeyandMommy.com, my guide to visiting Walt Disney World with a small child/children.  I look forward to sharing my top tips, food reviews and attraction reactions, all with a special focus on infants and toddlers.

So who am I? And why am I qualified to discuss such things?

Well, this is me:

image My name is Jess, and I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World every few years throughout my life.  My earliest Disney memory was when I was two or three years old and Dale pushed my uncle out of a booth so he could sit next to me at a character breakfast (but that’s getting a little off track…).

Fast forward a few decades, and I now have a child of my own.  For this sake of this blog, I will refer to him by his nickname, “Tater.”  Tater is almost two years old, but he is already a Walt Disney World veteran.

If you are a lifelong Walt Disney World fan, you are faced with a very challenging parenting decision after having a child – what is the right age to take a child to Disney for the first time?

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Launching tomorrow!

Please come back to join me starting Friday, Feb. 19, as I share my top tips, food reviews and attraction reactions to visiting Walt Disney World with a small child/children.

See ‘ya real soon!

Nate and Mickey

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