Friday, July 5, 2013

We Went To Disney World Part Six: Mickey's Backyard BBQ

I can’t dance.

But I love a good BBQ.

This was why I was pleased to go to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ while at Disney.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is located at Fort Wilderness. We had to take a boat from Magic Kingdom to get to it.

I recommend leaving for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at least an hour beforehand. We actually left an hour and a half before. Why? Well, you never know how long it’ll take for a boat. In our case, there was some foul weather so it actually held out the boat for a few.

Yes, Natalie dressed for the occasion.

Tommy sort of did. There’s only so much you can expect an 11-year-old to agree on.

Another reason to arrive early? Some characters generally come out about a half hour beforehand.

Plus, you want to get a good table. We got a good table by the stage.

The food is a buffet, and yes, you can go back and fill your plates as often as you’d like. There is also lemonade, fruit punch, and tea to drink. Plus unlimited Mickey bars!

Yes, those are Goldfish crackers in the mac and cheese.

The food was so so. Nothing fantastic but not awful either.

Soon after, characters start coming out to dance. Kids can go up to them but they don’t pause for pictures because they need to move around.

Natalie got down with her bad self with her cousins.

It took Tommy awhile to warm up. He was beginning to get overwhelmed with all the different sensations going on. His Aspergers makes him sensitive to things like that so he actually began to cry at one point because it was too much. I went over and reminded him to breathe. Sometimes that helps.

Tom’s family is fantastic and helped him too. And soon, Tommy was able to join in with the fun:

Everyone danced and danced.

Natalie twirled and twirled.

Characters do not stay out the entire time. They take breaks and when they do, entertainment begins.

Like this guy:

I wonder if he pulled this trick on his first date? “Look. Did you know I can spin a lasso with my toes?”

When he was done, the characters came back out and Natalie was noticed because of her twirling. And her red boots.

This guy, one of the hosts, asked if Natalie wanted to come up front and say “yee-ha!” Natalie, without any hesitation was like, “Sure! Can my cousin come with me?”

She was not shy. She boldly stated her name, her age, and where she was from.

Then it was time for more dancing!

Dale came over to boogie down.

Tommy still danced.

Then there was a Conga line:

And the Macarena! (And yes, there is also line dancing.)

The grand finale is when all the characters come out waving flags to the song “This Land Is Your Land.”

We enjoyed our evening. If your kids like to dance, I would do Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for sure.

I mean, unlimited Mickey Bars, people....

Next Post: Meeting Merida


  1. Cute! Looks like everyone is having a great time!

  2. Mmmm...mickey bars! Looks like a blast. Love seeing the pictures.

  3. Did mom dance too, or just take pictures?
    Nice twirling.

  4. So glad you all had fun! Sometimes the food at some of the show dinners is kind of so so (Although, Hoop-Dee-Doo is usually pretty good). You need to do a Cruise if you love buffets. For Disney Cruiseline, it's not on the room service menu, but they have free unlimited Mickey Bars too :)

  5. Goodness, that looks like great fun! I love Natalies skirt, soooo adorable!

  6. What a fun time!! I'd never even heard of this character dinner before. Your pictures are great. It looks FANTASTIC! Love Natalie's outfit!! --Lisa

  7. I love this!! I have to go! I have to go! I was trying to convince Mr. Big that we HAVE to go yesterday since he loves fireworks, what better fireworks show is there right? The kids look adorable and I am so glad they are having fun. And I can understand about Tommy, sensory overload is not fun but he did great!! Way to go mom!!

  8. I am so in love with these all of these posts! I really want to go and I think my girls would love it, plus I have always thought it would be shoulder to shoulder people everywhere and from your pics, it doesn't seem that bad.

  9. I am so in love with these all of these posts! I really want to go and I think my girls would love it, plus I have always thought it would be shoulder to shoulder people everywhere and from your pics, it doesn't seem that bad.

  10. That looks like so much fun! Can't wait to take my son some day (hopefully some day soon!).
    Justin Knight- Writing Pad Dad
    Writing Pad Dad Blog

  11. I *love* Natalie's skirt! That is so adorable!!

  12. THis looks so fun! I am glad TOmmy was able to enjoy it too after getting overwhelmed at first. Natalie's outfit is adorable!


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