C. asks from Flower Mound, TX on March 26, 2006
Disney World for Family of 6
We are looking at taking a family vacation to Disney World at Thanksgiving. Yes, we know that is not the best time of year to go, but it is the only time we all have off.
We are trying to decide if staying on Disney property is worth the extra costs. Any advice you can share from your own experiences would be greatly appreciated! If you recommend a place to stay, that would be great too.
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So What Happened?™
We have booked our trip to Disney! We went with Delta Vacations. We will be staying off property, mainly because we could get twice as much room for all 6 of us for the same or less than staying on property.
T.O. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2006
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort - Lake Buena Vista, and loved it. There have Kid Suites, with room for 3 kids in the kid suite, a room for the adults and a sofa in the den for 1 more small child.
I think kids under a certain age eat free.... which really helps with cost.
Also, we did go to a sales pitch at a nearby timeshare and received a huge discount on tickets (and we didn't buy into the timeshare). But it's something you can do too, if you have a few hours to waste.
E.W. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2006
Staying on property is worth the money especially since you do have the Disney bus system to take you back and forth from the parks. Since you are going during peak time though these buses will be packed, especially near park opening and closing. At times we've had to wait about 1-2 buses before being able to get one. Here are some websites that are invaluable for trip planning, I'm a disney nut so I visit them everyday even when I don't have trip in the works, www.allearsnet.com or www.mouseplanet.com.
M. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2006
We are a family of five and we stayed off property. It depends on what is important to you as to whether you stay on property or not. Staying off property you would have to rent a car unless you are driving. The home we stayed in had a pool and you could even get it heated while you are there as it is enclosed. You can cook your own meals and save money on that. You might check www.vrbo.com for homes in the Orlando area. Also visit www.mousesavers.com for some awesome deals on Disneyworld. Again, it really comes down to what is most important to you and your family. I hope you have a wonderful trip!
A.S. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2006
We went last summer with our two kids, and had a blast.
When we went, we did the Disney package. We stayed at the All Star Movie hotel. It was okay, but it was the cheapest. The good thing about staying in their hotels is the shuttle service. They will pick you up at the airport, and take you to and from the parks and hotel. it was very convenient.
Would you mind letting me know what other responses were about hotel recommendations?
K. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2006
I think staying at the property is totally worth the extra expense especially if you really only plan on going to the Disney parks. The transportation alone saves you the expense of a rental car. There are hotel shuttles that charge a fee to/ from the airport but the shuttles to the parks are free. We stayed at one of the value resorts (Music) and it was fantastic..lots for the kids to do too. The parks also offer a great Thanksgiving feast with the charactures so be sure to look into that.
HAVE FUN! Wish we were going too!
R.W. answers from Denver on March 27, 2006
I have only been there once...during spring break week with my then 5 year old and mother in law. In my opinion, it is absolutely worth it. You won't need a car since they have a very elaborate transportation system within the park(s). You can get to any park or hotel you want within Disneyworld you want.
Also, book now for special meal reservations like the Princess Breakfast (it sells out months and months in advance)..we really liked the Polynesian show, and the character dinner at the Contemporary hotel.
Also, I saw a lot of people reading guides on the park before we even got to the place and I wish I did too....there "fast pass" system is great for popular rides and it makes sense to go in with a plan to get your fast passes, then go on the less popular attractions, and go back to the popular rides during your "scheduled" time.
A. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2006
I would highly recommend you stay on the Disney property for your trip. You can go to Disney.com and plan absolutely everything meals and all before you go. It will make your Disney experience even more memorable! We planned our trip to Disneyland on the Disney website and got tickets to shows, meals with characters (which by the way are huge buffets)and all the information ahead of time about the park events. All we had to worry about was souveniors. When you shop you can even have your purchases sent back to your hotel so you don't have to carry them around. If nothing else go to the Disney website and compare all of your options to find your best deal. Good Luck! A.
A.D. answers from Dallas on March 29, 2006
Well, first off... GOOD LUCK! Yowza...that is one of THE busiest times of the year!
Staying on property is dependent upon a lot of things. Me personally, I love it because everythign I want and want to do is ON WDW property. If you're a family that likes to leave the property and do your own thing, then staying off property may be better for you. I liked staying on property because I didn't have to pay for parking, wait in parking lines, etc. (I have parked there before... so I do have experience first hand with both).... and the rail/bus/monorail system is great... if you can, stay in a hotel that the rail is on and you'll be zoomin in between parks easier than any other way!
The last trip we took we did sort of an all inclusive thign that included hotel, all meals, snacks, theme park tickets, etc. It was SO worth it... we didn't have to worry about anything! We didn't, however, stay at a place that had a rail line going through it -- bus only... next time -- we will pony over the extra dough!