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  • On Nov 11, 2012
    Tracy from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Diane: We are planning to visit WDW 12/9 thru12/12 after a cruise.This is our first time for our family of 8 (kids are young adults).We have a reservation off property,however questioning if it would save time to stay at a Disney resort and which one?

    Hi Tracy,

    It sounds like you have a great vacation planned!  I'll be honest, staying on property is more expensive than booking a reservation off property, but I think it's completely worth the cost.  Walt Disney World is as big as some cities.  It's nice to be surrounded by the magic all day every day; you really do feel like you've left the outside world behind.

    The most convenient options, of course, are the deluxe resorts.  For your family, a resort on the Boardwalk would be the best option.  It puts you in walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  Plus, as a resort guest you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, periods of time in the morning and/or evening where select parks are open to resort guests only.

    My favorite resort is Beach Club.  The pool area is great, and you can't beat the location.  If a deluxe resort is not quite in your budget (with a family of 8 you'll either have to get 2 rooms or a 2 bedroom villa), you might consider going with a value resort.  The new Art of Animation Resort is gorgeous, although I don't know if it will save you much time.  As young adults you probably won't need to return to your resort for a nap in the middle of the day, so staying off property may be a good option for you.  It really comes down to what your budget will allow.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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