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  • On Jan 14, 2024
    Melissa from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This will be our first time at Disney World for our daughters birthday. What are the top budget friendly on site hotels and when does the booking open for March 2025?

    Hi Melissa!

    Welcome to planDisney!  I'm so happy you found us as there is nothing we like more than sprinkling pixie dust on vacation plans - especially those very special first visits and birthday celebrations!  There is nothing quite like that first time seeing Cinderella Castle and meeting your favorite characters in real life.  

    Walt Disney World Resort offers a variety of hotel properties in the Disney Resorts Collection.  The most budget-friendly options are known as Value Resort Hotels and have several choices within that category.  I stayed at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort a few years ago and fell in love with the larger-than-life decor that completely immersed me in some of my favorite Disney movies.  While I haven't personally stayed at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, I think this may be another option that your daughter will love.  The standard rooms at this property are themed after The Little Mermaid and the decor of the resort celebrates some of the most popular Disney films from recent decades including Cars, The Lion King, and Finding Nemo.  This resort looks so amazing!  Another great benefit of Disney's Art of Animation Resort is access to the Disney Skyliner which will provide convenient and unique transportation to both EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Regardless of where you choose to stay, there are several benefits currently available to Walt Disney World Resort guests including complimentary transportation and early theme park entry so you can get a jump start on your day!  Reservations have not opened yet for 2025, but I would recommend keeping an eye on the official Walt Disney World social media pages and the Disney Parks Blog for announcements in the weeks and months ahead.  When it's time to start planning, don't forget to check the special offers available for the best deals!

    Before I go, I'd love to share my favorite budgeting tip when planning for an upcoming vacation - Disney Gift Cards!  You can purchase in increments that fit your budget each month and then combine the values into one gift card using the Disney Gift Card website (up to $1000 value on each gift card).  Then, when those vacation packages open for booking, you'll have money already saved to use for your deposit!  You can continue to purchase gift cards to make payments on your vacation and even use them as a payment option on your My Disney Experience Mobile App when your vacation begins and you are in the parks.

    Melissa, I hope this information is helpful as you start to plan what will surely be a memorable family vacation to Walt Disney World Resort!  I hope to see you again real soon back at planDisney as my panelist pals and I would love to help provide more recommendations and tips on dining, itinerary planning, and enchanting extras to make the most of your first visit!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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