Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 15, 2011
    Peggi from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am trying to plan a Disney vacation for July 2012 but I need to do it for not a TON of money. I need to know what you would suggest as I need a pkg deal. I heard that going thru a Good Neighbor and Downtown Disney partner is good.

    Hi Peggi!

    Thank you so much for your question!  I've not stayed off property for a Walt Disney World Vacation since the mid 90s, so I asked around about off property deals.  What I've found is that you can spend almost as much money you would as staying on-site once you add on the 'extras' that you'll need to maneuver an off-property vacation.  The only time you would (generally) come out ahead would be if you were renting a suite or home off-property.  Even then you would still have to add on transportation time/costs, etc.

    Also, when you use the term 'Good Neighbor'--it sounds like you might be planning a Disneyland vacation, as many of the hotels there are labeled 'Good Neighbor' and can actually be booked through  Those hotels do provide great deals for a west coast Disney experience.

    If I were you, I'd check out and look in to the value resorts and see about how they run.  I'd suggest if you are trying to save money, I'd look into getting the basic Magic Your Way tickets (without park hopper).

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Texas

I am a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home Mom to my 2 boys and daughter.  I've been married to my High School sweetheart since 2000, and we consider ourselves experienced Walt Disney World travelers with little ones. Learn More About Amanda

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