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  • On Jun 20, 2010
    Kris from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have 5 children ranging in age from 3-7 years old. We have never been to WDW before. Given the number and ages of our kids, do you think we should plan a vacation to WDW or go on a Disney cruise? What about a combination of both?

    Hey, Kris!

    When weighing your choices for a WDW vacation, a Disney cruise or both, consider what your goals are. Families vacation for different reasons -- to get away from the details of life, to celebrate a milestone or a personal triumph, to rest and relax or to experience exciting opportunities and places -- or a little of it all!

    For a family with 5 small children who have never been to WDW (and probably never been on a Disney cruise), any one of those options is going to blow their socks off! What really matters is what meets your expectations for vacation combined with what you're willing to spend.

    Being from Alabama, a WDW vacation is a more affordable option since it is within driving distance and flights to Orlando are typically inexpensive. In addition, various discounts on accommodations and/or dining are usually available. Plus, there are cost-cutting measures you can take while at WDW like staying at a value resort or preparing meals. A WDW vacation is very active -- especially with small children. Going, seeing and doing are all part of the agenda, and you must navigate through the details of planning.

    For a Disney cruise, it's a luxury-over-price approach to vacation. Of course, you pay upfront per person for almost every aspect -- which allows you to rest without thinking about details. The cruise is a wonderful combination of Disney magic yet with no pressure to do it all. In addition, there are activities designed for even the youngest guests which frees you up to enjoy things with or without your children -- knowing they are safe and having the time of their lives!

    My advice is to book a cruise to get a taste of all the wonder of what Disney is known for -- amazing entertainment presented with impeccable service. Then, when the children are a little older, take a trip (or two) to WDW to experience the source of the magic! Have a beautiful Alabama day and a magical vacation!
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