Friday, January 28, 2011

And the Disney Planning Has Begun...

Well, we are starting our Disney planning!  We are planning our first family trip to Disney over spring break in 2012!   Early you say?  Well yes, maybe a little.  But, we are going during one of the busiest times of the year and you can now make meal reservations 190 days in advance?  And if you don't, you might not get exactly what you want!   So, I've been soliciting advice from friends that have been recently along with reading a LOT of information on the DIS Boards - an online community dedicated to Disney planning!

First up, where to stay?  I've already got it narrowed down, but honestly that's not really hard to do.  First of all, we're a family of 5. Disney really is mostly geared toward families of 4.  I guess that makes sense since the average American family has 2 kids.  So many of the resorts don't allow 5 guests in a room unless the fifth guest is age 3 or younger, so that clearly crosses a bunch of places off my list.  And then you have the deluxe resorts that, during Easter pricing, are just completely out of our price range.  So I naturally started looking at the Value resorts which are also mostly geared to families of 4 except for the All-Star Music Resort which has rooms for families of 6.  But, for the price of one of those, you can stay at a moderate resort and what is fitting the bill for that?  Port Orleans - Riverside!  They have rooms for families of 5 but with the fifth person being a younger person since the trundle isn't a full sized twin - they say a child younger than 9.  As luck would have it, I will have 3 kids younger than 9 on this trip.

I'm not booking anything yet though.  I've barely talked to my mom about this since the plan is to go with her and my dad and with my brother and his wife, clearly we need to get together to talk.  (Any of my IL's want to go too?!?!)  The thing is, this isn't Disney planning from the 80's and 90's and while I won't be planning out every minute of our day, there will be things I want to make sure we get to do like character meals and eating at certain higher demand places.  We'll be going for a week thankfully, so it won't be a rushed trip either.

I went to Disney in 82, 87, and 92 and have wonderful memories of all 3 times.  I want to do the same for my kids and think going with extended family will be good too.  They'll be free to go off on their own and we can plan stuff together too.  I've never visited Animal Kingdom and after seeing more about it on the DVD tonight, Bryce is ready to go and dig up some dinosaur bones!

3 comments:

BJ said...

Such excitement to look forward to! The kids are going to love it. I stayed at Port Orleans when I went down there for a Peoplesoft conference.

Erin said...

You may want to check into booking at one of the DVC resorts -- specifically Saratoga Springs or OLd Key West. Would be especially nice if you are going w/ extended family. A two-bedroom villa would give you two full bedrooms, two baths, a pull-out sofa sleeper, full kitchen, living area and washer/dryer. A one-bedroom would be equally nice (and perfect for your immediate family size), you just wouldn't have the extra bedroom for your extended family. Anyway, just a thought! You can rent DVC points for one-time use since points is a cheaper way to go than paying cash for DVC resorts. The kitchen and washer/dryer take a TON of the stress out of going with little ones. :)

Laura said...

Very exciting! I took my first trip to Disney back in 2006 and had a great time. I can't wait to go back!