• On Jan 3, 2018
    Leah from NC 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.

    Hello, My husband and I are thinking of planning a Disney trip for 2019 in October, I have never been so don't know what to expect for price, budgeting, meals, parks so on and so forth. I would like to know more about budgeting and price planning?

    Hi Leah,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to plan a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort for October! I am always happy to greet another North Carolinian.

    We always have a budget when we travel so I understand your question! First, we always decide which type of Walt Disney World Resort Hotel we can afford. We prefer to stay on property because of the benefits for resort hotel guests. There are value, moderate, deluxe and deluxe villa resort hotels. My family prefers deluxe resort hotels with monorail access because of the dining options they afford and their multiple transportation options. Having said that, when deluxe resorts are out of my budget, I happily choose a value resort. Their decor is AMAZING and the pools are fantastic.

    Once you decide which resort hotel fits within your budget, decide how many days you will visit the parks. We normally include our park tickets as part of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package. We typically forego the Park Hopper Option because the added expense does not fit our budget. 

    Finally, we choose a dining plan. I have found that the dining plan pricing gives me a good estimate of how much it will cost us to eat in the parks and resorts. There are, of course, ways to save money on food by bringing your own snacks or cooking. 

    Leah, I check prices on the Walt Disney World website or by calling 407-939-5277. In the past, we have also used a travel agent. Also, check the special offers!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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