Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 4, 2009
    Leslie from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Would you recommend staying on property or off property? There is about a $1,000 difference between the 2 options. Is staying off property a really bad idea? I am not concerned about the dining package.

    Hi Leslie -

    I'm a big fan of staying on property, BUT I also have small children who need to take a break in the afternoon.  Staying close to the parks allows me to be able to conveniently go back to my resort, rest for a couple of hours,and come back feeling refreshed and ready to have a great evening.  Magical Express is another great benefit of staying on the resort.  I also like being able to take advantage of the extra magic hours that are available to resort guest. 

    Having said that, saving $1,000 on a family vacation is HUGE!  It's not a bad idea at all.  There are many nice resorts or condos off-property that can save you a lot of money.  The important thing is being able to plan a vacation that your family will enjoy and create lasting memories of the fun you had together -- not the bills you had after! 

    Hope this helps.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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