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Okay Moms, need some help w/ our first EVER Disney vacation!!!

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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Today, Disney finally opened up reservations for late 2014! I have NEVER been, can you believe it?!?!?! I think I am more excited than anyone. DH has been twice. Here are the logistics: 2 adults, 3 kids ( 2,  5, 8 @ time of trip late Sept 2014). Want to stay on resort (value) and meal plan.

1. Are meal plans worth it?? ( DH will have had gastric bypass just over a year when we go, so not sure if it would be worth it for him :-/ 

2. Better to book through disney.com myself or AAA or another travel agency?

3. When is a good time to book ie sales...I could book today out of excitement or wait for a deal?

4. Is the " Not So Scary Halloween Party" worth the extra$$$

5. Do I leave my 2 yr old off the reservation to get a value resort. I want to stay at movies but DH says sports ( b/c max. Occupancy is 4 for those hotels)

6. Best restaurants for character Dinning and what meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner)...no girls...so no royal table :-(

any other tips would be helpful 

thanks:-)


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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM
Don't leave your 2 yo off the reservation.
mcginnisc
by Bronze Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Join the Disney group! There are a ton of experienced moms in there that will be able to answer all of your questions. 

We just went, BUT, we used hotel points and stayed at the Hilton at Downtown Disney, my mom bought the kids' resident hopper passes as Dh and I already had hopper passes from years ago, and we did not use a dining plan since we did not stay at an actual resort or book through Disney. Our whole trip was around $600 including food and gas. 

Claire


" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 

vadc4210
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Ha! Didn't  know CM had a Disney group. Thanks!! How. Much was the discount that FL residents get? My FIL lives in Miami, is it possible for him to get our tickets at a reduced rate?


    Quoting mcginnisc:

    Join the Disney group! There are a ton of experienced moms in there that will be able to answer all of your questions. 

    We just went, BUT, we used hotel points and stayed at the Hilton at Downtown Disney, my mom bought the kids' resident hopper passes as Dh and I already had hopper passes from years ago, and we did not use a dining plan since we did not stay at an actual resort or book through Disney. Our whole trip was around $600 including food and gas. 



    mcginnisc
    by Bronze Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM



    Quoting vadc4210:


    Ha! Didn't  know CM had a Disney group. Thanks!! How. Much was the discount that FL residents get? My FIL lives in Miami, is it possible for him to get our tickets at a reduced rate?


      Quoting mcginnisc:

      Join the Disney group! There are a ton of experienced moms in there that will be able to answer all of your questions. 

      We just went, BUT, we used hotel points and stayed at the Hilton at Downtown Disney, my mom bought the kids' resident hopper passes as Dh and I already had hopper passes from years ago, and we did not use a dining plan since we did not stay at an actual resort or book through Disney. Our whole trip was around $600 including food and gas. 



      If you are going to book through Disney, the tickets will be part of the deal. If you book on your own and don't get any of their perks, you can get resident tickets. He will have to show proof that he is a FL resident and he has to get them in person unlike regular tickets. 

      My kids had 4 day hopper passes and it was $350 for the 2 tickets. It is a significant difference in price. If my mom had not gotten the passes, we would have spent quite a bit more. 

      http://www.cafemom.com/group/188


      Claire


      " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 

      vadc4210
      by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM


      Thanks:-)

      Quoting mcginnisc:



      Quoting vadc4210:


      Ha! Didn't  know CM had a Disney group. Thanks!! How. Much was the discount that FL residents get? My FIL lives in Miami, is it possible for him to get our tickets at a reduced rate?


        Quoting mcginnisc:

        Join the Disney group! There are a ton of experienced moms in there that will be able to answer all of your questions. 

        We just went, BUT, we used hotel points and stayed at the Hilton at Downtown Disney, my mom bought the kids' resident hopper passes as Dh and I already had hopper passes from years ago, and we did not use a dining plan since we did not stay at an actual resort or book through Disney. Our whole trip was around $600 including food and gas. 



        If you are going to book through Disney, the tickets will be part of the deal. If you book on your own and don't get any of their perks, you can get resident tickets. He will have to show proof that he is a FL resident and he has to get them in person unlike regular tickets. 

        My kids had 4 day hopper passes and it was $350 for the 2 tickets. It is a significant difference in price. If my mom had not gotten the passes, we would have spent quite a bit more. 

        http://www.cafemom.com/group/188




        MixedCooke
        by Bronze Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 3:26 AM
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        1) yes book through Triple AA if you are a member to get a discount.

        2) Travelzoo offers discounted rates on resorts, etc depending on the availability

        3) Look up info as to their slow time, which I think is closer towards November

        4) They have a character Buffet/dinner, which may be a good idea

        5) have a plan on what you definitely want to see and is age appropriate.

        6) 2 yr olds get in free

        7) with young kids, you are allowed to bring in snacks, etc.

        8) Make sure you bring your stroller because renting one can be costly

        9) have a stroller fan/spritzer fan

        10) The first day of travel should be to get to the hotel, eat something and go to the pool and hang out and then hit the parks the next day.  Travel and parks can be too much for them.

        *We went for the first time with the kids this past May and mine were 3 and 5 so its still fresh in my mind about what is important and what we could have done better

        1hotmama87
        by Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 3:59 AM
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        If you book now through a Disney specialist and a deal comes out when the time gets closer they can apply it for you. I am a Disney travel specialist I work for Mickey World Travel. Let me know of I can help! We too are planning on going in late Sept 2014!
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        Anonymous
        by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM


        When we go we get FL resident tickets and they ask for ID

        Quoting mcginnisc:



        Quoting vadc4210:


        Ha! Didn't  know CM had a Disney group. Thanks!! How. Much was the discount that FL residents get? My FIL lives in Miami, is it possible for him to get our tickets at a reduced rate?


          Quoting mcginnisc:

          Join the Disney group! There are a ton of experienced moms in there that will be able to answer all of your questions. 

          We just went, BUT, we used hotel points and stayed at the Hilton at Downtown Disney, my mom bought the kids' resident hopper passes as Dh and I already had hopper passes from years ago, and we did not use a dining plan since we did not stay at an actual resort or book through Disney. Our whole trip was around $600 including food and gas. 



          If you are going to book through Disney, the tickets will be part of the deal. If you book on your own and don't get any of their perks, you can get resident tickets. He will have to show proof that he is a FL resident and he has to get them in person unlike regular tickets. 

          My kids had 4 day hopper passes and it was $350 for the 2 tickets. It is a significant difference in price. If my mom had not gotten the passes, we would have spent quite a bit more. 

          http://www.cafemom.com/group/188




          hlfmomof2
          by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM
          Ok here are some helpful tips. The meal plan is with it exp. Since for the past 6 yrs. At last they have offered free dining in September. We go dieing that time and wait more then 20 minutes in line (unless its a popular ride then we fastpass it.). Your 2 yr. Old needs to be on your reservations and resorts will providea pack and play for them to sleep in if requested. The rooms say sleeps plus one child under 3 in pack ad play. Tell reservations about any food allergies or issues when booking. Also AAA charges more for booking children on flights if that's how you plan to travel. You can also book through Pixie and Pirate Destinations which is free to use. I would recommend staying too the kids interest. If they like sports stay there if they are familiar with the movies stay there. You can book anytime and keep your eyes open for discounts Disney typically announces free dining for fall dates in May. Also check to see when the food and wine festival is at Epcot as it could get more crowded. As for character meals. Depends on what characters they like. Chef Mickey's is a buffet and lots of fun. You can look online for the best options with character meals or if you decided to use a travel agent they will be able to work with you on that. Hope this helps.
          Cafe Robin
          by Head Admin on Jul. 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

           

          Quoting vadc4210:

          Today, Disney finally opened up reservations for late 2014! I have NEVER been, can you believe it?!?!?! I think I am more excited than anyone. DH has been twice. Here are the logistics: 2 adults, 3 kids ( 2,  5, 8 @ time of trip late Sept 2014). Want to stay on resort (value) and meal plan.

          1. Are meal plans worth it?? ( DH will have had gastric bypass just over a year when we go, so not sure if it would be worth it for him :-/ 
          You can always add the meal plan up to 3 days before your trip so I wouldn't add it at 1st.  Once you make your reservations and think about where you want to eat, check the prices and see if it's worth it for you.  You can check the prices and menus for all Disney restaurants and snack places at http://www.allears.net/.

           

          2. Better to book through disney.com myself or AAA or another travel agency?
          Better to book through Disney.  Either at Disney World.com or call 407-W-Disney.

          3. When is a good time to book ie sales...I could book today out of excitement or wait for a deal?Click on the special offers when you viisit their site to see what sales they're offering.  They probbaly won't have sales on 2014 yet... Even if you do book now through Disney, they will credit you the difference if a specila deal comes up.

          4. Is the " Not So Scary Halloween Party" worth the extra$$$
          Absolutely!  It's so much fun!! Dress up, go trick or treating and have a ball!

          5. Do I leave my 2 yr old off the reservation to get a value resort. I want to stay at movies but DH says sports ( b/c max. Occupancy is 4 for those hotels)
          Don't leave your 2yr old off the reservation. They may not let you stay if they have a max accupancy of 4 and they notice 5 in your family.  Could be a big problem.  Lots of resorts allow 5 in the room.  Stay in one of those.

          6. Best restaurants for character Dinning and what meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner)...no girls...so no royal table :-(
          Do character dining at Chef Mickey's for sure! They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I wouldn't do breakfast because that's the best time to be in the parks - few lines/crowds then.

          any other tips would be helpful 
          Visit the parks early each day to aviod lines.
          Check out these posts (and others!) on our CafeMom Disney group:

          Disney Deals & Info! Special Offers, Menus, Schedules, Crowd Calendar...and More!
          Disney Planning! Share Your Tips.... Favorite Restaurants and Resorts! (links included)

          thanks:-)

           

           

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