Disney trip for 5

Disney trip for 5

Hi everyone, My family of 5 (me, hubby, and our 3 foster daughters) are planning a trip to Disney World in February. Does anyone have any sites or info on how to get discount tickets or hotel accommodations. We are hoping to stay at one of the cheaper Disney resorts. Thanks! Angela

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    Hi everyone,
    My family of 5 (me, hubby, and our 3 foster daughters) are planning a trip to Disney World in February. Does anyone have any sites or info on how to get discount tickets or hotel accommodations. We are hoping to stay at one of the cheaper Disney resorts.

    Thanks!

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    Oh, I forgot to mention this. I don't know how old your daughters are, but the value resorts have a room capacity of four. If any of your children are under three as of check in day they don't count towards room capacity and you don't have to pay to get them in the parks!!! Also try to check in on February 14th or before other wise you'll be at peak season instead of value season. You'll save money by having your whole vacation priced at value season rates. All rates are determined by date of check in. Value season rates at a value resort is 82, peak is 119. BIG difference in price!!! You are also more likely to get a discount rate code if you are booking in value season.

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    My family of five is going to WDW in November! I would highly recommend a few sites. http://www.mousesavers.com is full of moneysaving tips. http://www.allears.net has all the menu's from the disney restaurants plus lots of tips. I would join "the mouse for less" yahoo group - a very active group full of info. I would also book with a "the magic for less" travel agency. They run the yahoo group and are fantastic!!! They keep track of new discount codes and automatically apply them for you. They will also make your dining arrangements for you and it costs you NOTHING! A code just came out for my November trip and I saved over $300!!! I would also pay for a membership to http://www.tourguidemike.com. This is a subscription only planning site that tells you the best days to visit each park, how to customize your trip for your children's ages, and how to tour each park to minimize lines and crowds - it's only about $20 and well worth the money!!! I love planning Disney!!! Feel free to email me any time!

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    Go to http://www.themouseforless.com

    They usually post specials promotions. But you
    have to act fast once they are posted.

    We'll be going the first weekend of December and
    I found that although we will only be in the
    parks 4 days that if I buy a 7-day ticket without
    any options on it and the meal plan it is MUCH

    cheaper than buying a 4 day ticket and paying for
    food ourselves.

    Also http://www.allears.net
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    I'm not sure why you would need to buy a 7 day ticket for four parks days. They dining plan is tied to your length of stay not the number of days on your admission ticket. You can not replace park hopper by using more than one day's admission on a single day. Disney will only let you into one park per day on a non hopper ticket - period. Unless you will actually be there for 7 days and want to have the option of going to the parks on nonpark days, it makes no sense to get extra days. You can add park hopper at the park if you want to wait and see if you want to hop, but it is $45 per ticket regardless whether you buy it in advance or at the park.
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    I, too, am planning a trip to WDW for a family of 5, and have found
    both Mousesavers.com & Mousebuzz.com to be GREAT sources for tips.
    Below is a post I made to Mousebuzz.com forums a while back, when I
    started looking up how to do WDW affordably.

    I've found some useful tips, and wanted to share my own.

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    First, we can't afford to do this unless we live on a shoestring budget
    over the next year (less so if we do it in 2 years instead of 1). We're
    planning to stay at ASM, because it's cheaper.

    I have a friend who works for Disney who has a coupon for half off the
    room, so hopefully we'll get the room half off, but we're not counting
    on it. We're budgeting full price in. We're also going past peak time
    by a week at the very end of April (whether that is 2007 or 08 is yet
    to be determined). That makes the room around $10-20 cheaper per night.
    We'll probably only be staying 4 nights, 5 days, but that saves us
    anywhere from $40-80 right there.

    I plan to bring a cooler along with plenty to drink, and lots of
    snacks. I'm going to bring a half gallon of milk, as well as disposable
    bowls & plasti-wear, and have a cereal breakfest in the hotel room. Not
    only is it cheaper, but it's much faster than going through the motions
    of getting into the food court or a restaurant, waiting in line,
    ordering the food, sitting down, getting 3 kids and yourselves fed,
    etc. So, for us, it's time conveinent and cheaper to just down a quick
    breakfast in the room. I also liked the idea of bringing an air bed I
    read about, because with 3 kids, getting a suite is expensive, and
    splitting us between 2 rooms is unneccessary, so I'd prefer to use 1
    room. If we can get it half off, though, I would do the family suites
    at ASM.

    Snacks- into the back pack each day, and we plan to allow each kid 1
    disney bought nice snack each day at the park- ice cream, or cotton
    candy, or whatever. But otherwise snacks will come from the backpack-
    dry cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc.

    Ziploc baggies- pack a box. You can use them to store left over chips
    from a meal, or fries, or even a wet t-shirt.

    Poncho's- Dollar Tree, one for each, plus some super tiny tuck away
    umbrella's for mom & dad. Pack several poncho's, as they might tear,
    but are far more affordable than $10 each at the park.

    Coffee Pot- I can make all sorts of stuff in it, including soup for a
    lunch in the room. I also loved the previously posted idea of a
    sandwich maker, which we have.

    Souviners- for the kids birthday's & Christmas (we have 1 Christmas
    baby, 1 January baby, and our oldest will have her birthday while at
    Disney), the kids will get Disney Dollars. I also want to purchase
    plain white t-shirts with Mickey on the front before hand, and tye dye
    them for a unique and one of a kind souviner. We can wear them while
    we're there, too. I also intend to shop local places, like Wal-Mart for
    some smaller things, and pack a few things to give the kids each day at
    the end of the day. The kids will each have their own Disney Dollars to
    spend, and have time set aside near the end of the trip to buy their
    own items.

    Glow-Necklaces- these are great at night, and Dollar Tree sells them 2/
    $1, so I'll buy several packs before hand, and they can have one each
    night.

    We plan to eat Lunch at the park, and dinner will be snacks, with a
    late dinner in our room.

    Our biggest price saver will be renting a van and driving, instead of
    flying. I'm figuring that the cost of gas to get there and back, plus
    food on the way (we'll stop in North Carolina and stay over night each
    way with my FIL, instead of renting a hotel), and the cost of the
    rental, we'll spend close to $1000 on the trip down and back. But the
    cost to fly 5 of us from MI to FL was over $2000 every time I spec it
    out. So, driving will save us over $1000, and allow us to pack stuff we
    wouldn't be able to otherwise pack. I'm planning to take the middle
    section of seats out of the van, and have stuff packed there, along
    with make shift tables for the kids out of tubs.

    For anyone else driving along 1-75, there is a book written by parents
    of little kids called Surviving 1-75: A parent's guide. It has tips
    about parks, off road attractions, etc, for the drive down.
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    A few other things I found, after that post- get the Disney Dining
    Plan!!! It's roughly $35 a day per person. BUT- it includes 1 snack, 1
    counter service meal, and 1 sit down meal per person, per day, as well
    as drinks and dessert at the two meals. If you plan to eat in the parks
    at all, this is going to be WELL worth the cost.

    Because there are 5 of you, your hotel options are limited to a few
    places. Before you ask, yes, Disney is strict about how many are in the
    room. The cheapest way to go with 5 in a room is Port Orleans,
    Riverside. The rooms have 2 double beds, and a trundle bed, and are set
    specifically to fit 5 people. That's the cheapest route. Then, after
    that, you only have suites available for 5. All Star Music Family
    Suites are the cheapest suites, but are still more expensive than the
    rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. The major difference is that the ASM-
    FS's have a kitchenette, and two bathrooms. The rooms are basically two
    regular rooms put together. One room has 1 bed, a tv, dresser, and
    bathroom. The other room is set up like a living room, with a sofa
    sleeper, a chair that folds out like the sofa sleeper, and an ottoman
    which also folds out like a bed. You can sleep 6 people in there. The
    kitchenette has a microwave, coffeemaker, minifridge, and a sink. It
    looks like it also comes with an assortment of coffees in the pictures.

    Here are pictures of the Family Suites at ASM-
    http://www.wdwinfo.com/Photos/All-Star- ... /index.htm

    The Family Suites start out at $169/night.

    I can't find any pictures of the actual rooms at POR, but I know I've
    seen them before. They look like a standard size hotel room, then they
    have the trundle pull out under the bed closest to the door. There was
    also a small round table with 2 chairs in the rooms. They start out at
    $133/night.
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    Just make sure the week your going isn?t during ?gay pride week? Unless of course that?s why your going. We have friends that planned a trip the week after school let out and wound up there during gay pride week. Needless to say, it wasn?t a ?family? atmosphere.



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    there is also a yahoo group called themouseforless that is worth checking out -- alot of good ideas and links there. parkhoppper passes are nice to have if you only have a couple of days and want to have freedom to jump around to different parks esp if older kids (teens) want to do one thing and you another -- but if you have a few days to dedicate then I would just take one day in each of the parks. My favorite parks were epcot and animal kingdom -- I am sure my son will be fascinated with disney when we take him the first time -- though I have been there so much over the years I have seen it all ......also you can do alot with a crockpot for dinners at disney. I suggest the meal plan and cereals like you are already doing -- its alot easier and who wants to cook when on vacation, plus the food is already budgeted for. As for snacks -- you aren't allowed to bring "outside" food into the parks so my suggestion would be eat something right before you leave the room. make use of the free shuttles if you stay on-site -- they will save time and money. We stayed at all-star resort which is on-site -- farthest from the actual park but also cheapest and it was a 10 min shuttle ride back and forth we parked once in the free lot at the hotel and were able to leave our car there the entire week which was great.
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