Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 9, 2013
    Anne 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 want to take my two sons ages 11 and 6 on vacation this summer and we are exploring our options. As a single mom of two I want to do something fun but conservatively/ affordable. Any advice for staying and visiting the theme park affordably?

    It can be done, Anne.  First of all, I would suggest staying in one of Disney's value resorts.  Doing so allows makes you eligible for complimentary round-trip airport transportation and saves you from having to rent a car or hire a driver.  Disney's value resorts are a real value for budget-conscience guests!  Secondly, skip pricey ticket upgrades like the park hopper and water park fun and more option; while these are great perks for some, they are certainly not necessary to have a good time!  To save money when you arrive, you might consider eating a small breakfast in your room.  Bring along dry cereal and paper bowls.  You can pick up a carton of milk in the resort's lobby.  For the remainder of your meals, dining in mostly counter-service locations will save you money.  Also, do consider traveling during value season when room rates are the lowest. 

    I hope these money saving tips give you a great start with your planning, Anne.  Don't hesitate to follow up with me if I can be of further assistance!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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