I decided to link up again with Kelly's Korner for Show us your Life Friday. Today's topic is Favorite Vacation Spot. I've been on 3 vacations in the past 14 years and they've all been to the same spot- Walt Disney World.
We went there on our honeymoon in Sept 2004, our one year anniversary in Sept 2005, and again in February 2007.
One of things I always hear people ask is on property or off. I love staying on property. We flew down there all three times so by staying on property we were limited to Disney only. If you drive and want to visit other Orlando attractions as well, then off property is probably best and you will save money too. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, a moderate resort, twice and the Polynesian Resort, a deluxe, once. The Polynesian was our last trip there and worth every penny. We hope to go on fall break in a year or two and our whole family is going, we will most likely stay at one of the value resorts. There are two that have family suites which will gives us more room for our money.
The thing I always hear others say is that they didn't plan enough. I'm not saying you should have every minute of every day scheduled, but you do need some sort of plan of attack and you need to do some research. Disney has special parties certain times of the year at the Magic Kingdom, usually during the fall and Christmas. They close the park early and you must purchase an additional ticket to get back in. Can you imagine spending all that money not even realizing the park is going to close at 4:00.
This website is fantastic. You can search all the restaurants located in every park and resort, it has menus and prices. It's a great tool to use if you are deciding on purchasing the dining plan or not. Disney has some amazing restaurants and it usually is worthwhile to purchase some sort of plan. Plus it's pre-paid and you don't have to worry about carrying additional cash. Character meals alone will cost a family of 4 a $100 or more. It's also almost impossible to get into some restaurants without a reservation.
I can't really say much about taking kids to Disney since it's always just been Steve and myself, hopefully one day I'll be able to give some input on that. Of course Steve is pretty much a kid himself.
I think a dream job of mine would be a Disney travel agent. I could go on all day long. I know quite a few people planning trips, if you have any questions please ask. I would love to help.