• On Sep 25, 2016
    Erica from TX 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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    Hello! My friend and I are participating in the Princess 13.1, my 10 year old is doing the disney kidsruns on Sat. We will also be bringing twin two year olds and a set of grandparents. What resorts do you recommend and yes or not to meal plans?

    Hi Erica!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    This sounds like a great trip!  In 2010, we brought 23 family members to the Princess Half Marathon and it was a blast.

    You have a lot of options for larger groups.  I recommend following this link to information on rooms for bigger parties. I do recommend staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resorts, though.  Each resort offers complimentary bus transportation to and from each race weekend event for runners and spectators. This is a huge benefit to staying on property.

    Personally, my family loves the Disney Dining Plan. But, we have two teenage boys whose main focus of going to Disney World is where they want to eat. If you plan to do character dining and eat at some of the nicer table service restaurants, then I think it's a good deal.  If not, then it probably won't save you any money.  My favorite part about using the dining plan is that it's paid for in advance.  That way, I don't feel like I am constantly shelling out money for food.  I feel like it's a great choice if you plan ahead and use your credits wisely.

    I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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