Mom And Daughter Laughing together on Hammock at beach
  • On Jul 6, 2011
    Rhonda from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    since this is our first time should we go with the cruise or wdw with 11 and 9 yr. old girls and 15 yr.old son plus my hubby and me? we are on the tightest budget ever too plus my hubby needs a electric chair cause of his foot was crushed 5 yr. ago

    Hey, Rhonda!

    When weighing your choices for a Walt Disney World (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. What really matters is what meets your expectations for vacation combined with what you're willing to spend.

    There are more discounts available on accommodations and dining at WDW. Plus, there are cost-cutting measures you can take like staying at a value resort or bringing snacks and preparing meals. A WDW vacation is very active -- but the parks are accommodating to guests with mobility issues. Going, seeing and doing are all part of the agenda, and you must navigate through the details of planning on your own.

    For a Disney cruise, 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. There are activities designed for every age group which frees you up to enjoy things with or without your children -- knowing they are having the time of their lives! On board, the spaces are accessible including specially-designed staterooms for Guests with Disabilities.

    My advice is to sit down with your local travel agent or AAA office, collect information and ask lots of questions.  Get quotes on how much you can expect to spend for a few days at the parks versus a few days on a cruise -- or a combination of the two since they are within driving distance. Either choice is a great one, but only after looking at numbers and options will you know what's right for your family.

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

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