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  • On Dec 15, 2009
    Kathy Asked

    Starting to plan a week of vacation at WDW sometime in 2011. Want the cheapest time to go, best place to stay for the least amount of money and what dining plan is the best for least amount of money. It will be Grandma(57), daughter(40) and boys 13 & 1

    Hi Kathy,

    If you are considering a trip to Walt Disney World, and interested in sticking to a tight budget, I recommend exploring any of the Value Resorts.  All Star Sports, Music and Movies and Pop Century Resort are all wonderfully-themed properties that will afford your family all the benefits of staying on Disney Property at a reasonable rate.  Each has a huge pool, spacious rooms and great amenities.  In addition, staying on site will enable you to make use of Magical Express, a free luggage and transportation service from Orlando International Airport.  You will be able to forgo renting a car, and/or a taxi from the airport to your resort.  As for what time of year to travel, Disney offers a variety of packages and special offers at various times during the year.  I recommend asking your reservation agent for any special offers available for whatever time frame you are interested in.  Recently, Disney has offered fabulous packages including extra free nights and free dining offers.  While packages and offers change and are subject to availability, it never hurts to ask!  Rates tend to be lowest during value seasons, which includes the period after Labor Day until the beginning of the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.  The second week of January through the first week of February also generally has very moderate crowds, as well as the week after Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas.  If you are interested in a reasonable meal plan, I would inquire about the Quick Service Dining Plan for your family.   Your reservation agent can help you with pricing and availability of this plan as well.  Another way to save is to bring some of your own snacks and beverages into the parks.  My family generally carries in a soft-cooler bag to save on concessions.

    Good luck planning, and have a wonderful trip!

    Tanya
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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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