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  • On Jun 10, 2019
    Susie from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am taking my family to Disney in December 2019. We have agreed to pay for the grandchildren that are going and the adult children will pay their way. I need help with planning on a budget or at least reasonable for 13. 5 are children.

    Hi Susie,

    You are living one of my Disney dreams! My husband and I have five kiddos, and we're already talking about wanting to take them and their families together on a Disney vacation once they're grown and we are grandparents. I'm super excited for you and know that you'll make memories together that you'll all cherish forever!

    With a large family myself, I'm always looking for ways to stretch our Disney dollars, and I'd be happy to share some tips with you. First of all, make sure you keep your eyes on the special offers, deals & discounts page for any current special offers. Secondly, you'll find a Disney Resort hotel to fit any budget, and with so many great perks, like complimentary MagicBands, access to Extra Magic Hours, and the ability to make FastPass+ selections earlier, I'd definitely recommend staying on site. There are lots of ways to configure rooms, and I'd suggest calling a vacation specialist to have them crunch some numbers to see what's most affordable for you during the exact dates of your trip. If you're visiting soon, definitely look into the Summer One World ticket offer - it's a great deal and the perfect way to experience the magic all around the Walt Disney World Resort!

    One great way to save some money for large parties is by preparing some meals yourselves. Did you know that you may bring your own food and drinks into the theme parks? There are some restrictions, like no glass bottles, large coolers, loose ice, or alcohol, but my family likes to bring our own breakfasts and snacks, and you could even bring a lunch or dinner with you! Of course, one great food deal I love to share with large families is the refillable popcorn bucket. It's an affordable way to enjoy a delicious snack and a must-do on each of our Disney trips.

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Susie, and please feel free to stop by again with any other questions. I hope that you and all of your Mouseketeers have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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