Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 27, 2009
    Sandra from AZ Asked

    This is my 1st plan to stay in a Disney resort & I plan to stay in a Moderate. How far advance should I book, are child care & dining included in cost, if not how much & what are my options? Is there free transport. to & from all parks &

    Hi Sandra,

    Congratulations on your upcoming first visit.  When you go, be sure to pick up a "first visit" pin at Guest Relations for everyone in your party! 

    The moderate resorts are an excellent value, and have wonderfully-themed rooms and great pools!  I recently got to see a "pirate room" at the Caribbean Beach Resort and all I can say is "wow"!  Disney offers a free luggage and transportation service for guests staying on-site, arriving via Orlando Airport called Magical Express.  This service allows you to bypass baggage claim and head right to the Magical Express Counter to catch a coach to your resort.  Your bags will be delivered to your room later in the day.  This service will allow you to forgo renting a car and start your vacation pronto!  In addition, all guests can use Disney's transportation service between the parks and all of the resorts. 

    If you are interested in adding dining to your package, mention this to the Cast Member who assists you with your reservation, and s/he can help you determine which dining plan would best suite your family.  In the past, Disney has offered free dining for select dates.  While this promotion is not currently being offered (there IS a great "buy 4/get three free" deal that is), you can ask the CM who helps you about current specials that suite your budget.

    Disney does have children's activity centers (drop off spots where kids spend a fun evening while their parents enjoy a night out) at various resorts on property. You do not have to be staying at one of these resorts to use the facility.  There is a fee for these centers, and you can get current pricing by calling 407-WDW-DINE, or click HERE.  Disney also works with outside vendors to provide in-room babysitting.  Contact Fairy Godmothers by calling 407-277-3724 for current pricing or kidsniteout.com.

    Have fun planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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