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Old 10-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #31
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How many days would you stay and what resorts would you stay at?
Hi! If this is your first visit, definitely plan on at least 4 days of the parks, one park per day and maybe add in one or two extra park days to go back to the park(s) you liked the most or maybe didn't get to see and do as much as you wanted on the first day. Don't forget there are two water parks too!

As far as resorts go, there are many options and price levels. With a total party of 8, your best bet for on-property would be two adjoining rooms at either a value or moderate resort. The family suites only sleep six. There are also lots of rental houses and condos in the Kissimmee/LBV area that could fit your entire party. Downsides to staying off-property are having to pay for parking, no access to the Extra Magic Hours for resort guests and not being able to purchase the dining plan, but sometimes the extra savings makes up for that.

We go to Disney almost every year and I do this (I'm a Disney specialist travel agent, see my signature) for a living, so ask away!

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Hi! If this is your first visit, definitely plan on at least 4 days of the parks, one park per day and maybe add in one or two extra park days to go back to the park(s) you liked the most or maybe didn't get to see and do as much as you wanted on the first day. Don't forget there are two water parks too!

As far as resorts go, there are many options and price levels. With a total party of 8, your best bet for on-property would be two adjoining rooms at either a value or moderate resort. The family suites only sleep six. There are also lots of rental houses and condos in the Kissimmee/LBV area that could fit your entire party. Downsides to staying off-property are having to pay for parking, no access to the Extra Magic Hours for resort guests and not being able to purchase the dining plan, but sometimes the extra savings makes up for that.

We go to Disney almost every year and I do this (I'm a Disney specialist travel agent, see my signature) for a living, so ask away!

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #33
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Okay- who's willing to say how much they 'do Disney' for? I'm just wanting a ballpark as a starting point. If your willing to share, lmk your family size and for how many days/parks you did.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:53 PM   #34
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Okay- who's willing to say how much they 'do Disney' for? I'm just wanting a ballpark as a starting point. If your willing to share, lmk your family size and for how many days/parks you did.
There canbe a wide range of prices. It all depends on when you go, family size, what level of resort you want, etc... Looks like there are a few of us mamas that are Disney Vacation planners. My info is in my siggy and I noticed another mama's siggy in this thread as well. Feel free to shoot us a PM and we can help you figure it out! Or if you want to post on here when you're thinking about going we can let you know if that is value season, regular season, or peak season.

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Old 10-06-2012, 02:00 PM   #35
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Okay- who's willing to say how much they 'do Disney' for? I'm just wanting a ballpark as a starting point. If your willing to share, lmk your family size and for how many days/parks you did.
This probably won't help you any since I already live in Florida and we have seasonal passes
But when we took a vacation back in March and stayed on property our total bill was $700.
$350 for 4 nights at the value resort Pop Century [we had a friends/family discount of 40% from a friend who works there.]
And we spent about $350 on food/Disney Items. And one ADR at T-Rex. We also packed a lot of snacks for the boys. But we treated ourselves to meals there even though it was mainly counter meals. And spent about $70 in the game room

Had we needed to buy tickets with that it would have added another $450ish [as a Florida resident].
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You can price our your vacation on their website. We paid $95 a night at the all-stars last year, plus park tickets for 10 days. Don't remember how much they were though.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:24 PM   #37
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Okay well it sounds like it really varies depending on well, everything...

Forgot yo quote you but when I am ready to commit I will pm you mama, thanks got the offer of help!
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I love Disney and we've take the kids at all different ages. Last year, we took a 4 year old and a 6 week old, and had a blast. This year, we took a 5 year old and a 3 year old (special needs, so we had the stroller as wheelchair pass) which was awesome. We go about once a year.

My biggest advice...get a GOOD carrier. You can't take strollers in the lines, and your baby will only want down. You need something that you can put baby on your back comfortably for an hour or more at a time. I swear someone could make a fortune opening an Ergo, BabyHawk, Beco store somewhere at Disney! People are so envious of my carriers, and I've gotten lots of questions about them while waiting in long lines.

Also, you want a stroller that folds easily. DuoGliders and heavy doubles are a PITA on the busses. Two single strollers is preferable to a double because that way parents can split off without having to split the stroller. We take a Maclarent Triumph for our older DD because it has a carry strap for DH to throw over his shoulder, and a Baby Jogger City Mini single because when you fold it, the strap becomes a carry handle. We have found that 2 singles plus a good carrier is plenty of stroller for us.

Also, take as little crap as you can into the park because when you get on the bus, you have to carry it. They make you fold your stroller.

Stay on property if you can. The Magic Express from the airport is for on-property hotels only, and means you don't have to travel with carseats. You check your bags at your home airport, and they magically appear in your hotel room. You don't even have to pick them up at the baggage claim at the airport. Then, you can check them to go home at your hotel, and don't have to schlep them to the airport yourself.

Last advice...buy park tickets for one less day than you are going to be there. That way, you can take the last day to run around the hotel and swim, and go to downtown disney, and just relax without feeling like you have to get your money's worth by going to the parks.

The Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios is super cool for the 4 year old. BUT...the fast passes are almost always gone within 30 minutes of the park opening. If you want to have any chance to ride it, be there when the park opens and go straight for the fast pass machine for that.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom is my kids favorite ride. It is super cool.

The baby care centers are great except for the one in Magic Kingdom. The ladies in there are NOT nice! DS is special needs and they are rude every time we bring our stroller in---hello...it has a stroller as wheelchair tag on it for a REASON. We've used it on 4 different trips and everywhere else, the ladies are sweet, but at Magic Kingdom, they are so awful. DH was so mad he called customer service on them the last time.
I've heard lots of people say a double stroller is the way to go. I have a bob duallie... Thoughts?
Also, I've never had much luck w putting my dd in a carrier- is this really important?
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