EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 26, 2008
    A'donna from FL 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.

    My kids are 5 & 8. We reserved a room (w/ refrigerator) 5 days at Pop Century, 4 day base tickets, no meal plan. We anticipate eating in the room as much as we can and splurging a few times for a nice Disney dinner. Do you see any downside to this?

    A refrigerator in your room is a great idea. Our son went through a bologna sandwich phase. So we stocked up our hotel fridge with our son’s sandwich fixings. We’ve eaten breakfast in our room to save time. Breakfast bars or cereal usually works well. Now that our son isn’t quite so picky, I’ve learned what a great savings it was when eating some meals/snacks from our own stash.

    When driving to WDW, we bring bottled water. If you find yourself in the park without your water bottle, ask at a counter service restaurant for ice water. It’s usually free.

    Is there a downside? Well you may be tempted by all the sight of the wonderful goodies to eat offered in Walt Disney World. Many people choose not to partake in these offerings due to budget, dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

    Perhaps you could have a breakfast or lunch as your splurge. Dinners are almost always more expensive. You might actually be able to enjoy two lunches for the price of one dinner. You can always share entrees. However I know that breakfast and lunches are easier to prepare in your room. So find dinners that are less pricey.

    Perhaps choose one day where the kids can pick a treat to eat. Otherwise pack snacks in your backpack. If you do find yourself at a counter-service meal, order ala carte. If a meal comes with a sandwich and fries, and you don’t want the fries, then order only the part of the meal that you do indeed want. The deduction will be taken off your bill. Ask for the kid’s meal without the lunch box or sand pail or other kid toy, you’ll get the food only but save money.

    The 4 day base tickets will allow you to only visit one park per day but you can make this work! Try to tour the park that is open the latest so you’ll have time to return to your resort for lunch and a break, before you return to the same park for evening touring.

    Enjoy your trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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