• On Jul 18, 2013
    Lynn 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, I'm planning my first Disney World trip with my family in October of 2014. There will be 4 adults, an 11 year old, a 7 year old, and two 4 year olds. I was wondering if you could give me any suggestions on fun places to stay on a low budget?

    Hi Lynn!

    I'm really impressed that you're already working on your October 2014 Disney vacation. I like having my vacations planned out well in advance also, so I'm sending you a virtual high five!

    What's interesting about your question is that I was talking with a friend today about this very issue (enjoying a Disney vacation on a budget). When we were talking, he told me about the experience he had staying off-property compared to staying at one of Disney's value resort hotels (he stayed at Disney's All-Star Music Resort). The bottom line: staying on-property was a much better value in his opinion than it was to stay off-property.

    I'm going to make a bold assumption in thinking that you've already done the math and figured out that your budget will be best utilized if you stay on Disney property. (Unfortunately, my friend had to learn that lesson the hard way.) That being said, you can't go wrong with any of the hotels in the "Value" category. My personal favorite is Disney's Art of Animation Resort, but they all offer the level of service that Disney is legendary for and they have whimsical theming throughout the properties. No matter which one you choose, you'll have a blast!

    Here's a little tip from your buddy Derek:

    As the time approaches for your vacation next October, keep your eyes peeled for any specials (e.g. free dining plans or package discounts) that'll be available during the time of your vacation. Even if you've already booked your vacation package, you can still call Disney and ask if they'll apply the newly-released offer to your existing reservation. Those kinds of deals usually don't get rolled out very far in advance, so don't fret if you don't see anything when you make your reservation.

    I hope that helps! If you should have any additional questions, please feel free to write back and I'll be happy to help in any way that I can.

    Best regards,

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Meet the Panelist: Derek, Virginia

Whether you're traveling with infants or preschoolers, planning a family reunion, taking a romantic trip for two, or even traveling solo - I've been in your shoes.  I'd love to help you make the most out of your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Derek

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