Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Aug 20, 2011
    Joe from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm brining my kids to Disney for their first trip, but I'm on a tight budget. Can you compare the experience at the Camp Wilderness Cabins vs staying off-site? Any other advice?

    I've stayed off-site as well as at the Fort Wilderness cabins, Joe.  It's really tough to put into words how the experiences differ, especially for first-time guests.  You don't mention whether you've been before, only that it's the first time for your children.  What I will tell you is that there is a certain sense of magic that goes hand in hand with staying in a Disney resort.  It goes beyond excellent service and accommodations (both of which you can expect of Disney) to encompass an all-inclusive, pixie-dusted experience.  A stay at the Fort Wilderness cabins allows guests to explore paved paths, the beach and marina area, and countless recreational opportunities, all with special attention to detail that Disney is known for.  Fort Wilderness also offers close proximity to Magic Kingdom as well as some unique restaurants and dinner shows.  Our stay at the cabins was unforgettable!

    That said, I understand that tight budgets are non-negotiable.  For that reason, if you decide to stay off-site, rest assured that a magical Disney vacation can still be had.  And because your children have never stayed on property, they wouldn't even know the difference.  Do take into consideration the additional costs of renting a car, if necessary.  Sometimes that expense alone is enough to even out the two options.  Whichever you choose, Joe, I hope you make magical memories with your kids!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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