What is a good place to take our 3 year old son for dinner for his 3rd birthday? Chef Mickey’s is already booked that evening. We will not be visiting a park that day because we will be arriving in Disney that day. Thank you!
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Dad’s Not A Lot of Options answer
Wow! Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World – your son is one lucky little boy! You had a great idea in picking Chef Mickey’s as his birthday dinner destination – too bad it’s filled up. If you’re really keen on it, make a reservation elsewhere and check online or call in from time to time – you may be able to snag a cancelled reservation, and you’ll be able to cancel your alternate plans for free with 48 hours notice!
That being said, there are loads of other great destinations to celebrate at outside of the parks, featuring characters, animatronics, performances and more to delight the birthday boy! It really comes down to this: does your son like cowboys, animals, or dinosaurs?
If you answered “cowboys” then you’re in luck – there are a few options here! You can head on over to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and take in dinner and a show at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. The dinner is a hearty spread of barbeque fare, plus the best salad ever. The show is a country western slapstick comedy full of singing, dancing, and fun family times.
If you’re worried about the little guy sitting still for a whole dinner show, you can also try Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness. It’s a three year old’s birthday dream! This casual picnic buffet features all you can eat chicken, ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixin’s including kiddie fave mac’n’cheese with ice cream bars and popsicles for dessert. Plus there’s games and live music for a dance party with Mickey and friends!
If you choose a Fort Wilderness option for your son’s birthday, you can top off the evening with a Campfire Sing-Along where you and meet Chip and Dale! Sit around a fire, sing songs, and even toast a marshmallow or two before heading off to bed.
If your son prefers animals or dinosaurs, I’d suggest visiting Downtown Disney. Take a stroll along the water, check out the Lego store, and grab some dinner at the Rainforest Café (for animals) or T-Rex (dinos). Each features beautiful décor and playful animatronics to make you feel like you’re in the thick of the action. While the food here is nothing special, the kids options do go beyond the regular pizza and mac’n’cheese.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Michelle, wherever you eat (even if it’s just a bite in your hotel cafe followed by a dip in the pool), at Walt Disney World, your son will have the most magical birthday ever!