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  • On Mar 24, 2009
    Suna from ON 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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    I am thinking of doing the Disney Cruise, but my husband thinks "being stuck on a boat" will not be fun. This is our first WDW experience, should we include the cruise or just 7 days at WDW? My kids are DS15, DS6 and DS4. Thanks

    I’m torn in suggesting that you accomplish seeing Walt Disney World for the first time, along with sailing on your first cruise.

    Both vacations are activity-packed and offer countless opportunities for family fun. I would allow at least 2 days for the Magic Kingdom, 2 days for Epcot, 1 day for Hollywood Studios, and 1 day for Animal Kingdom. Certainly, an extra day at Hollywood Studios along with a day at one of the water parks would also be conducive to seeing more of Walt Disney World.

    So, my first thought is to recommend that your family concentrates on experiencing Walt Disney World. It’s a huge resort that is nearly twice the size of Manhattan. You’ll also want time to enjoy your resort.

    Yet, it’s difficult for me to rule out a Land and Sea vacation. My family loves sailing with Disney as much as our trips to Walt Disney World. The cruise is a unique vacation because we get to spend quality time together at shows and dinner while also enjoying our own activities. I also like to explore the ports and enjoy fabulous shore excursions.

    Will your husband be anxious to return to land? Well, it’s unlikely that he’ll  be bored especially if your family takes the 3 or 4 night cruise. The shorter cruises are very busy. On the 3 night cruise, your time aboard the ship is all too short especially if you disembark in Nassau and the not-to-be-missed, Castaway Cay. I highly recommend one of the Atlantis shore excursions in Nassau.  At Castaway Cay, your family will have a multitude of options such as biking, boating, swimming and more.

    Consider the type of vacation that you envision. A Land and Sea vacation is a great way to explore the type of vacation that your family most enjoys. Then, you can always return another time to see more of WDW or sail longer with the Disney Cruise line.

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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