• On Oct 20, 2017
    Heather from SC 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.

    I have a large family...six kids and my husband and myself. Our Kids are 1,3,5,8,9(will be 10 at end of April) and 15. What is the cheapest possible way to take a family this huge to Disney outside of camping there(which would be hard with a baby).

    Hi, Heather!

    Let's gather some ideas so you can enjoy all the magic of Walt Disney World on a budget.

    For your resort accommodations, I suggest 2 connecting rooms at an All-Star Resort. These Value-level rooms each have 2 double beds so there will be plenty of room for all of you. Check Special Offers for any room discounts that might be offered. Book online or call a friendly Cast Member at (407)934-7639. 

    When buying tickets, your kids age 3-9 will get a discounted rate, and those under the age of 3 will not need a ticket. Stick with "base" tickets without adding on any options such as the Park Hopper option. You will each receive a complimentary Magic Band so no additional cost there. 

    I am guessing you are going to drive to Orlando. Feel free to bring snacks. Each room will have a mini-fridge, so brings some juice boxes, breakfast bars, cereal and other basics. Toasters and microwaves are available in the food court if you need to heat anything. 

    For dining, stick to Quick Service. The kids meals are a great value and include sides and a drink. Cups of ice water are free at counter service locations so avoid spending money on expensive bottled water. Outside food is welcome in the parks, so you might even want to pack some sandwiches for a quick and easy lunch to feed your crew!

    To avoid costly souvenirs, plan ahead. Go to your local discount store and get glow sticks, notebooks and pens (for autographs) and disposable rain ponchos. Toss everything into your tote bag and pull out the goodies as needed. This will really cut down on that impulse spending at the parks. 

    I hope you find the perfect vacation plan that fits your family's needs and your travel budget. Good luck!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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