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  • On Jan 30, 2010
    Joanna from Gauteng Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are coming from South Africa where the exchange rate kills our currency. This is a trip in a lifetime and we want to do it right! Are the value hotels adequate for my family with two children? Should I include the meal plan? Do we need car hire? Thx.

    HI Joanna!

    I just had to answer your question, since some of our close friends are from South Africa! I hope I can help you plan your dream trip!

    You really can't go wrong with any of the Walt Disney World resorts! We've had the opportunity to stay at a few of the value resorts, and have always loved our visits there! Our favorites are the All Star Sports and Pop Century resort, but every resort is wonderfully decorated. You'll be immersed in the Disney magic from the moment you arrive!  Although they may have fewer amenities than an moderate or deluxe resort, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at one of these resorts again.

    One of the great perks of staying at a Disney resort is the transportation that is included. You will be able to enjoy the Magical Express bus transportation from the Orlando International Airport to your choice of resorts. Once you have arrived at the resort, transportation is provided to all areas of the Walt Disney World Resort. I wouldn't worry about hiring a car in the U.S. and the different traffic regulations - Let Disney do the driving!

    The meal plan can be a great value and a wonderful convenience if you are willing to plan your meals before you arrive. The dining plan does include meals at sit-down restaurants and these will most often require an advance reservation to ensure that you are able to have your meals when you'd like to. The quick-service dining plan does offer a value as well, and requires less advance planning as you'll be able to use the counter service restaurants without any advance reservations.

    I hope this helps! Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any additional questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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