Hey Disney Mamas. We just returned from our week long trip and had a most wonderful time! Thank you to everyone for all the great ideas & suggestions. I thought I'd share a few of our experiences for anyone planning a trip:
The Grand Floridian Hotel hosts a "Wonderland Tea Party" daily at 1:30 for children 4 and up ($30/child, reservations required). It is a children only event. I didn't realize this, so stayed in the lobby peeking in the window. It was really very sweet, well run, & safe. The folks running it kept a good eye on the kids. They had a light lunch, decorated cupcakes, played games & took pictures. My 6 year old loved it. My 4 year old was a little uncomfortable & came out to stay w/me.
Bibbity Bobbity Boutique now has locations in Downtown Disney & Cinderella's Castle. My two dds went and really enjoyed the experience. However, be warned that it is a long time sitting & some serious hair styling, so if your little one is sensitive about their hair being done or has trouble sitting for a while, this might not be the thing for them.
Dowtown Disney also has Leggo World which is a lot of fun. (Dh took ds & our baby there while the girls were getting their hair done.) Leggo World has life size leggo creations outside and free Leggo play areas for the kids.
In Hollywood Studios (no longer called MGM Studios) there is a very fun character lunch & breakfast at the Hollywood Vine & Dine restaurant. Lots of character interaction, singing & dancing.
Also in HS, the Playhouse Disney Show is a lot of fun for little ones. Also, a ton of audience involvement - singing, dancing, playing along w/the story.
And if you have any children who like Star Wars, HS has a "Jedi Training Camp" that was very fun. They chose kids from the audience to go up on stage & learn to be Jedi masters.
Now, on my boo list was the restaurant in Epcott's Norway that has a princess character lunch & dinner. The food was average, the kids menu was very limited & the price was exorbitant. Save your money & go to Cinderella's Castle instead, much better food, atmosphere, & more for the price.
That's all I have time for right now. I hope it's helpful.
Also, I have a question - has anyone stayed at The Animal Kingdom Lodge? We are interested in trying that next year. There are 6 of us, so we'd need either a suite or two adjoining rooms if that is possible. Any info would be appreciated. TIA.