Disney World Advice

Emily - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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We are planning a trip to Disney World this summer after my husband's deployment and this is the first time we have taken all 4 of our kids. Which disney hotels do you recommend? What have you done to make sure that everyone has fun? Anything will be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Christy - posted on 04/01/2009

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Thanks for all the Disney World information. We wanted to take my four year step son for his birthday this year (he will be five on his birthday). We were wondering how we were going to afford tickets for him and my husband (I have a ticket already that I bought a while back that doesn't expire). I'm so excited!! Thanks again!

Catherine - posted on 04/01/2009

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I am also going to Disney World this year. My daughter is 3 1/2 and this will be her first time to go. The dining plan is the way to go, but book your reservations now for the places you want to eat. I called to book mine 2 weeks ago and some places were already booked. We are staying at the Ft Wilderness Cabins, we love them. If you go before the end of June, Disney is doing a special buy 4 nights get 3 free. That is what we did.

Kerry - posted on 02/27/2009

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the Luau at the Polynesian is AWESOME! You will have a good time! Also the the dinner show at the Fort Wilderness Lodge is a lot of fun, as well as "The Land".

Emily - posted on 02/21/2009

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All of the above is very helpful. I knew about the military specials which is one of the main reasons we are going this year because having 4 children makes this a pretty expensive trip. But we are going to wait and go the 2nd week of August because that is the value season and it saved me $400 off the week at Disney. We are staying in a resort (Port Orleans Riverside - not the deluxe but it will be fun) and we are getting the dining plan because I think it will be easy and it is so hard to tell the kids that they have to eat PB&J all week.



Because we are getting the dining plan one night we are going to go to a dinner show and I was thinking that the Luau would be fun for everyone.



I have learned a lot over the last  week or so and thanks again for the input, I appreciate it.

Leigh - posted on 02/21/2009

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Found the exact info for you,,hope it helps....



At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida:



Through December 23, 2009, each active or retired member of the U.S. military may obtain one complimentary 5-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" ticket with Park Hopper® and Water Park Fun & More options.



This ticket is valid for five days of admission into the four Walt Disney World® theme parks, plus a total of five visits to a choice of a Disney water park, DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park or certain other attractions.



During this offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel (or their spouses, but not both) may also make a one-time purchase of up to a maximum of five 5-Day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets (one theme park per day) for $99 per ticket, plus tax, for family members (including spouse) or friends.



Although this ticket for family members and friends does not include either the Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More options, this ticket can be upgraded to add either such option, or both, for an additional $25, plus tax, per option. Actual prices may be less. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by December 23, 2009



Great rates are also available at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for active or retired U.S. military personnel during this offer period.



A Summary of What This Means:



The wording on this offer is a little bit confusing, so I contacted a Disney representative to get some clarification:



 





If you decide to purchase the guest passes, you do not need to specify who the tickets are for at that time, but you must be with them when the ticket is activated or redeemed.

 





If you would like for the guest passes to be park hoppers, there will be an additional $25 charge.

 





If you would like for the guest pass to include the Water Park Fun & More options there will be an additional $25 charge.

 







So, if someone is taking advantage of the "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" and would like for their guest to have the identical deal (5-day ticket with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options) the total cost will be $99 + $25 + $25 = $149.00 (plus tax.)



For complete, updated information please visit .



More Information:

Leigh - posted on 02/21/2009

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I agree with all of the above,,I was born and raised in Fl, and am a navy wife.Been to Disney uncountable amount of times! Let me suggest,you can bring your own strollers (if your kid are smaller) or even a wagon. But they do have single and double wide strollers you can rent! Food is expensive u are allowed to pack a small cooler with bottled water and sandwiches! Also I dont know if your aware that all of 2009 Disney is honoring the military ! Active duty will be FREE and receive a 5 day hopper pass to all 5 disney parks , and dependents can purchase a 5 day hopper pass for $99 each....that gives you 5 days to go to all 5 parks! you can mix and mach and go to more than one each day or plan it out!  Also most hotels very close to there offer military discounts, we got a  nice  hotel only 2 miles from theme parks  that provides a free shuttle to all parks , for about $69 a night! Just go online and search! It s worth the extra effort! Good luck! and have fun! (Dont forget to bring sunscreen)

Sandy - posted on 02/20/2009

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Well unlike the other posts...my family didn't stay at the Shades of Green...as a matter of fact it was CHEAPER to stay at one of the other Disney Resorts...we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Resort which was awesome because we had animals right out of our balcony...they also have animal watching at night time with NVG's...of course I don't know what Shades of Green offers as far as food goes but I would definitely buy the dining package---we had a fridge in our room so we bought breakfast stuff and fed the kids before we left and used our dining package for the rest of the meals...and actually the All Star resorts were awesome too...my first visit we stayed at the Jazz Inn...LOTS of kids stuff to do...and inexpensive too---we had a kitchenette in our room...and a private bedroom for the parents and the kids could sleep in the living area with the pull outs!! And I don't know how old your children are but the park hopper ticket is good too...my oldest (15) went with daddy to ride the rides while me and the little one (3) hung out in a different park.

Emily - posted on 02/15/2009

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I am new to COM but have been a spouse for 10 years now. Shades of Green is a really good place to start for hotels. The Disney deals are in place for military families  We are stationed at Patrick AFB which is like an hour away from Disney. They have really great places to stay and you can go to the beach or go up and see Kennedy Space Center. If your kids are a little older there is the Nickelodeon Hotel which looks pretty cool. I've driven past it but haven't stayed I do know people who have and the kids loved it! Good luck with all of your planning!

Erin - posted on 02/14/2009

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I would definately pay the extra $25 to get the park hopper tickets. It gives you much more flexibility for going from park to park (if you go to one park and decide you'd rather go to a different one the same day you have to have this). Also, if your not adament about staying on Disney property, you may want to look at staying at a hotel off property (you can get close ones for a much cheaper rate) or look into renting a villa. We are planning a trip as well and I looked into some of these and most of them offer pretty good weekly rates (especially for the privacy and amenities), and most of them have a private pool, which your kids will probably love! One of the websites I looked at which had good rates was www.sunkissvillas.com, or just google villas near Disneyworld. Good luck and have fun!

Leann - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi, both posts have already mentioned it but, Shades of Green is great!  It's only for military folks and it's in a great location.  The buses are out front every morning to take you pretty much anywhere and if the bus isn't going where you want to, the monarail is a hotel away which is less then ten minutes walking distace.    As for everyone having fun, the only thing I've found out lately is that between the age of about 6 and 8, Disney isn't a whole lot of fun for the kids.  I don't know if your kids are that age, but at the stage they want to go on bigger rides but they aren't physically big enough to go on them.  I also know that at Disneyland right now has a military special where anyone in the military gets in free for three days and the dependants pay for a one day pass and get a three day.  It's good until June 12, I don't know if Disney World is doing the same thing, but it's something to inquire about.  Hope that helps, have fun!

Alexa - posted on 02/11/2009

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www.shadesofgreen.org. Call them though, Its a decieveing reservation system online. I just made reservations for April but online it "looked" like they were booked but when we called it was open. For example @ my husbands rank (O-6) the daily rate is $125, compare that to the resorts and you will find most rooms start at $250. One of my friends stayed at the Contempory she said it was nice and very close to the park via monorail.



Also go to ITT on base Disney is has an offer- you can get a free admission (5 day pass) for active duty , then you buy the companion passes @ $99 dollars for each "dependent" going to Disney (compared to $250 dollars or more per person). Sea World Orlando also has free admission for one day at the park for military and family members. www.allears.net is an informative website on everything disney It has maps, menus,travel ideas for children ect.. The Disney website is very informative as well . If you want to compare resorts. Good Luck :))

Christa - posted on 02/11/2009

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There is a military hotel called the " Shades of Green"  It is on Disney property and you pay a price based on your rank. It is a very nice hotel.  You have to book in advance it is very popular, but I have called the weekend before and gotten a cancelation before but I wouldn't count on that.  They have an ITT office there so you can buy Military tickets for any of the parks.  the hotel  is across from the Magic Kingdom. Your kids will love it.  The pool is shaped like mickey mouse.  You can get a room with a Double beds plus a pull out sofa.  It should fit your family. 



You an also go to the military website afv.com and get a very affordable condo for a  week in any area including Kissimee ( Next to disney) You will be amazed by the price of these.  I haven't done this one yet but we are planning to use this service for a future ski vacation. let me know what you think.  



By the way if you want to treat your kids... call a head a book to eat in the Castle.  it is pricey but your kids will be overwhelmed when cinderella and the prince walk out to sit on the throne.  If you dont call ahead check out the menu on line  and the day of put your party on the lunch list as the very first thing you do in the morning.  If you dont do it first you wont get in.  Again... It is pricey.. Save your Dimes up!!  I thought my daughter was going to have a heart attack when we walked in.



 

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