Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 2, 2012
    Shamekia from GA 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 would love to know how to plan a trip to Disney on a budget as a single parents with 5 kids 14 and under. Trip arrival is June 27.2012

    Hello Shamekia!

    First of all, you are my HERO...and I KNOW your kids think the exact same thing!!!  I would be honored to share with you some of my budget tips as you plan for your MAGICAL Disney vacation in June!

    I would begin by booking your accommodations at the All-Star Music Suites or the Art of Animation Suites.  The best part about these value resort suites is that each suite has two full-bathrooms.  (NOTE:  Staying off property can save you money; however, staying on property allows your family to take advantage of free Disney transportation and extended Disney theme park hours.)

    For Disney Park tickets, I would recommend purchasing the basic Magic Your Way Ticket.  You could add the Park Hopper option to your tickets, but with your family size, it's much easier to pick a Disney theme park to enjoy each day.  Hopping from one park to another is time consuming and quite stressful when you are moving five kids...I know this all too well!

    When planning your meals, I would recommend bringing your own breakfast items.  Just pack these in one suitcase, and then use the empty suitcase to bring home your Disney treasures!  There are so many great restaurants to experience on the Disney property.  I would sit down with your family and look at the restaurant options.  Pick one sit-down restaurant or a Disney Character meal and make Advanced Dining Reservations.  For the rest of your meals, I would plan to make sandwiches for lunch and eat a quick service meal for dinner.

    If you have other questions, please let me know!  I hope you and your family have a truly MAGICAL time!

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Meet the Panelist: Wes, Texas

Woo Hoo!  I am so excited to help plan your next Disney vacation! Since I have experienced Disney in all stages of family life (I have FIVE Tigger-ific kids), in all times of the year, and on a tight budget, I have learned to create Disney magic every trip! Learn More About Wes

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