Mom And Son On Run
  • On Nov 9, 2010
    Courtney from NY 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 next year as long as the finances allow, and i have three children ages 7,4,1 and i am unsure were to start the planning. i went once when i was 15 and loved it now i want to share it with my kids and husband who as never be

    Hi Courtney,

    I am glad you are planning for some magic with your family. There are a lot of good deals out there.

    I would recommend looking at where you want to to visit. If you are touring all the majors, then think about resort location. Since you children are younger, you can book into a room which accommodates four guests and use a pack-n-play for the baby. Pack-n-plays are available on requests at most resorts and simply list it on your reservation. You may also want to go to the All Star Music Family Suites which will give you a little more space and a kitchenette.

    The one item to look at when determining resort location is transportation to the parks. Magical Express is included in your package and it will save you from renting a car. You can then use Disney's transportation to get around. However, the less expensive the resort, the greater the chance you are on a bus to get to the parks. While most bus rides are about 15-20 minutes, it can be tough to juggle three Mouseketeers, stroller and gear. For ease, you may shorten your stay a day and upgrade to a resort which has a boat or monorail service to allow you to keep the Mouseketeers in the stroller while moving from a park to resort.

    One immediate savings is that the little one will not need a park ticket because he or she is 1. As for tickets, I would not recommend a park hopper ticket for you. Take the basic ticket and then just plan on staying in one park each day. This will allow you to enjoy each park and not feel rushed to go to another one because of the hopper. Plus if you have a shorter day, you can go to the pool and relax.

    For dining, make reservations and consider the dining plan. With your two older Mouseketeers, the price is right on the dining option and you have to eat.

    Besides the Disney website, I recommend and for sources of deals out there.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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