• On Jan 1, 2018
    Maria from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi I would like to plan a disney world vacation around next christmas there will be 9 of us going how do I plan a budget friendly vacation I would like to leave before xmas and come back before NYE . Thank you!

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for visiting Disney Parks Moms Panel. And hello to a fellow NJ Disney fan!

    Christmas is especially magical at Walt Disney World, and planning for that holiday vacation is just as merry. A few years ago, we hosted a family gathering for 9 during Christmas week. It remains one of my cherished Disney vacations. 

    Here are a few ideas from my own experience that can help you plan a budget-friendly vacation.

    First, think about what accommodations best fit your group. For example, a value resort like Art of Animation offers family suites that accommodate 6 guests and standard rooms that accommodate 4 guests. The comfortable suites are themed around animation classics like Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo.

    Next, think about how best to dine each day. My family often eats breakfast in our room, packs a picnic for park days, and plans one Disney Dining experience to savor. You can also check out the Dining Plans as an option.

    Keep in mind that there are plentiful activities, recreation, and entertainment options at the resorts themselves. The holiday décor at the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa makes for a must-see during our holiday trips. I just visited last month and I can still smell the gingerbread as I type this.

    Maria, here’s to your holiday wishes in advance and may they all come true!

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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