• On Mar 14, 2018
    Sephanie from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am trying to plan a trip for July for Myself, Husband and our 6 kids 16, 12, 11, 11, 11,9 . The 9 year old has Autism. We want to do 5 nights and 4 days with tickets and dining. Doesn't anyone have any advice.

    Hiya, Stephanie! I have all sorts of advice, so I'll give you an overview, and then if you have additional questions I can help you with, come on back.

    First, you'll want to consider accommodations. The largest regular resort rooms will be the family suites, located at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The maximum party size here is six, but you can request rooms that are close together. Some of the rooms are connecting, but those are not a guarantee.

    To keep everyone together, look at Disney's Deluxe Villa Resorts. These resorts have rooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests. They are more pricey than a regular resort room, but for a family of eight, you fit in a 2-bedroom villa. Villas feature full kitchens, plus a washer and dryer to keep up with the laundry, and at least two bathrooms.

    Once you choose your resort, figure out how many days you want to spend in the parks. If you want to do all four days in the theme parks, definitely do a multi-day pass. You might want to add on the plus option, which will give you access to water parks, or consider a park hopper option if you think you might tackle more than one park per day.

    The dining plan helps with the food budget - you'll get a feel in advance for what you'll be spending. That can be a great thing when planning vacation. There are three different plans, so you'll want to select one that works best for how your family likes to eat on vacation. 

    Good luck with your planning, and if I can help further, I'll be right here!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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