Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 8, 2012
    Bre'ann from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This is our first trip to disney, we are a family of 5 on a budget, Does the royal plaza hotel qualify for the extra magic hours? also have been concidering staying off site as it seems to be much cheaper, am i missing all the good disney deals?

    Hi, Bre'Ann!

    The Royal Plaza is not an official Disney Resort so guests do not qualify for Extra Magic Hours or other Disney perks (Magical Express airport transfers or ability to purchase Dining Plan to name a few.)

    Sometimes it is actually cheaper when you add up airport transfers, parking, resort fees (if applicable) to simply enjoy all the magic of a Disney Resort!  Check HERE for special offers before deciding. 

    Other ways to save on your vacation include buying Base park tickets (no park hoppers or water parks), sticking to quick service meals, and visiting during Value Season (September is a great time to travel!)

    Price out both options and see what resort works best for your family and your budget.  Good luck planning and let us know if you need help as you continue booking your first magical Walt Disney World vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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