Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 16, 2012
    Andrea from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I haven't had a vacation since 1998 and am a single mom of 3 with very limited income. I need to book a great trip for us (kids ages 12, 10 & 6) to Disney as cheaply as possible. When are the best deals out? Use an agent? Do it myself??(gulp!) Any advi

    Hi, Andrea!  It is so awesome that you want to share the magic of Walt Disney World with your children!  And what great ages to experience everything!

    The first thing I would recommend is that you work with someone who's really familiar with Walt Disney World.  If you want to plan the trip yourself, please feel free to use us Moms with every question that comes up.  We've all been to Disney World with families, and I know I personally have gotten really good with the whole budget thing!  

    Walt Disney World offers value accommodations at several resorts, including All Star Movies, Music and Sports resorts.  These are basic rooms, but the theme is pure Disney!  You'll have access to the food court for quick meals, and great themed pools.  

    You will find other, less expensive accommodations outside of the resort, but you may have to factor in the cost of transportation (rental cars or shuttle service), so weigh your options carefully.  Some outside resorts also have resort fees built in, which add a little more.

    You'll find the best deals when the least people are there - like the end of August into September, and usually right after school goes back from Christmas break and spring break.  Keep your eyes peeled during those time for promotions and discounts.  Historically, it's those times of the year that you'll find the free dining offers, but those are never guaranteed to come out at any particular time.

    I find my family can share meals, limit souvenirs, and eat breakfast in our room with stuff I bring from home (granola bars, cereal bars, or even boxed doughnuts or pastries - hey, you're on vacation!).  That helps stretch the budget, too!

    Whatever we can do to help make this a magical trip, just let us know!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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