Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jun 11, 2010
    Angela from IN 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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    this is our 1st time to WDW with our 3 kids 13, 3, 1 and we are staying with family to cut some costs of the visit. My question is what are going to be some of the disadv of doing that, will we not get to see the fireworks @night? a msg said they close @7

    Hi, Angela!  With family in the area, I certainly understand wanting to stay off of Walt Disney World property to save some money!  We do that often, as we are fortunate enough to have in-laws close by. 

    If there are fireworks at a theme park, you are able to see them.  If a theme park closes at seven, they would schedule fireworks early enough so that park goers can see them - even if there are extra magic hours that evening. 

    The biggest disadvantages to not staying at a Walt Disney World hotel would be that you have to pay daily for parking, which can run into quite a bit of money.  You are also not eligible to participate in the extra magic hours at the theme parks (these are special hours for resort guests that give them an hour earlier in the morning or up to three hours later each night to enjoy one of the parks).  You also are not eligible for the Dining Plan.

    We very often stay off property, so the one thing I can suggest is that you try to be there when the park opens in the morning.  You might also want to avoid the parks that have extra magic hours, as they will usually be the busier of the theme parks.

    Have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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