Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Sep 13, 2009
    Luis from TX 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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    plan on maybe going 12/17-12/22, have 2 adults,12 &6 boy, 7&4 girl, is it better to stay at a vacation home, or spend the money to stay on the resort, we will be driving from houston,tx, also what is the best for park tickets, with so many kids an


    I have four children myself, so I feel your pain of not having the standard Disney family to fit into a standard room!

    Because you have a car, you have the flexibility to consider the myriad of hotels--and vacation homes--within a short distance of WDW.  Sometimes it's a good value, but for some, the amenities of staying on property is worth the price.  Consider:
    • You're most economical room accommodations are either the family suites at All-Star Music with 2 baths, a kitchenette, and a private bedroom or the cabins at Fort Wilderness with one bath, full kitchen, separate bedroom, deck and grill.  If you take advantage of the kitchen facilities to cut down on food costs, staying on property might be within budget.
    • Driving means you'll pay for parking.  PLUS: Weigh the time it takes to drive to the parks, as well as navigate.  For some, a vacation means letting someone else do the "thinking" which includes driving.
    • Theming: In my opinion, you tend to lose a little of the "magic" as you drive back and forth. 
    • Naps:  Because you've got some young ones, the flexibility of one parent taking a child back to the room using Disney transportation while older siblings remain in the park with another parent makes staying on property appealing.
    Park tickets:  Our family chooses the one-park-only ticket and save our money for either a memorable meal or, in your case, you could splurge and stay on property.  With little ones in tow, it's hard to justify the transportation time from park to park to get all the value out of the more expensive, flexible tickets. 

    If you have any more questions about visiting with a larger family, feel free to visit me via my bio page!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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