• On Mar 19, 2010
    Tiffany from SC 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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    Disney cruise or Disney Resort? My husband, myself and our 4yr old daughter will be taking our first Disney trip later this year. My daughter loves the beach, the characters, etc. Should we book a cruise or the resort; don't know if we can afford both.

    Great question!  I would suggest booking a Disney Cruise vacation if:


    You are looking for ease.  DCL offers quick and convenient access to everything.  I love having the quiet comfort of my stateroom always a short walk away.  When the little ones are feeling over stimulated or tired, you can quickly escape back to your stateroom to rest.  


    You want to be pampered.  The service is top notch both on the cruise as well as at the WDW Resort, however due to the nature of cruising, the cruise staff offers personalized 24/7 service. 


    You love new, fresh and healthy food choices – but don’t necessarily love preparing it.  This is one of my favorite things about a DCL, the availability and accessibility of wonderful food, freshly prepared all day long. 

    You want to visit the beach.  DCL visits Castaway Cay, their private island, which is the ultimate tropical destination.  It is clean, comfortable and sprinkled with loads of Disney magic.


    There is ample opportunity for character interaction during your voyage, both on the ship as well on Castaway Cay.  This coupled with the exemplary children’s programming lends itself to the easiest, stress-free, family friendly vacation destination.


    Now I certainly wouldn't discourage a WDW Vacation – especially if this may be the only Disney vacation opportunity for your family.  There is nothing more magical than visiting WDW with a young child that can appreciate all the magic and wonder this vacation destination provides. 

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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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