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DrRae2B
02-11-2010, 09:00 PM
OK I'll make a loooong story short:

We currently have a WDW trip (our first one as a family) planned: May 9-16th, in Port Orleans Riverside, MYW with Deluxe Dining, 4 day park tix. Those going on this trip are: Me(28), DH(30), DD(4), and Dsis(14).

We crunched some numbers and figured out that, for an additional $300, we can replace those last 3 days of our trip with a 3 day Disney cruise on the Wonder (sailing on May 13). This would be our first cruise (I went to the Bahamas waaaay back when I was 15, on a cheap little day cruise and have ALWAYS wanted to go back, but have never had the chance).

I originally posted this question on the Family board, but I figured I'd put it here so I can get some more opinions and get a better idea of the pros/cons of both options.

So, to all you DCL experts: tell me why I should (or should NOT) morph my 8 day WDW trip into a 7 day land/sea one??

I'm all ears (heh heh....).

disney 2010
02-11-2010, 09:15 PM
This will give you a little taste of each and cruising is great:)
It doesn't give you much time in WDW. It depends how much you were hoping to see/do there.
We did 10 days in WDW and a 4 day criuse this year ( both were 1sts for my kids) and it's the cruise talk the most about when we can do it again.

DrRae2B
02-11-2010, 09:27 PM
Thank you for the quick reply!

Anyone else?

kcashner
02-11-2010, 09:41 PM
3 nights on the Wonder is really not enough. That is a 2 1/2 day trip by the time you are on...thru the safety drill, etc. You'll lose that most of that day with transportation, etc. Can you do the 4 night sailing instead? It's really MUCH nicer with a sea day, etc.

Personally, I'd give up deluxe dining (and go to regular Disney Dining Plan) in order to have more ship time!

aurorafan65
02-11-2010, 10:10 PM
do it! our first try on DCL was the Land & Sea - our kids were 4 & 6 at the time, I thought it was a nice balance because they really didn't/couldn't stay at parks all day. I thought the short trip on the ship was good because personally I was worried because I get very motion sick so I thought a short try was better than longer. It is short but its so much fun! BTW - didn't have any motion problems

jlwhitney
02-11-2010, 10:37 PM
I agree with others do the 4 day if you are going to do a cruise since the day at sea is a must to really find out what a cruise is all about.

since the 9th is a sunday you would do the cruise first and then head to disney on 13th...you will be off the ship by 9 ish and to disney no later than 11 am so you would have most of the day there.

Good thing about may at that time is you are not in peak season for crowds. I was there that time last may and crowds are doable.

Ways to swing the cost (maybe even be able to give you an extra day if you can) would be to defiantly drop to the regular dining plan. 1 table service, 1 snack and 1 quick service is really a lot of food. Snack can be a bagel so there is breakfast. Get the refillable mugs at the resort (12 bucks each)...have all the soda, coffee , tea you will ever need from then on. If you add a day to your trip don't get the park hopper and do a park a day.

If you have a car run into town and grab snacks....you can take food into the park (hey now you have extra snacks) or pack some fruit snacks or things like them in your suit cases/ carry ons.

Need more tips let me know.

I do not think you would regret the 4 day cruise...if you love you would regret you only did a 3. And the best part is if the cruise is not what you had hoped for then you have the parks to end the trip on a very positive not.

Key to remember: you can't do everything in either place in a week or so, so don't plan on it and do your homework and know what you must do and what you can miss.

Hope this helps!

tjbaggott
02-12-2010, 07:32 AM
I suggest what previous posters have said about dropping to the regular dining plan. We did the regular dining plan this past fall and even then it was difficult to get to those sit down meals (they took time away from the parks, and we never seemed to be able to properly organize our time around those meals). So to have the deluxe dining plan, I couldn't imagine, and you only have 4 days in the parks. If you can swing the 4 day cruise, I'd go for that rather than the 3 day (3 days is just NOT enough), but if you can't, I'd definately throw in the cruise anyway, 3 is better than nothing.
We did a 4 day WDW and 4 Night cruise for our very first trip 4 years ago, and it really did feel like a WHIRLWIND TRIP! Magical though, and left us all saying we HAD TO DO IT AGAIN! :)

DrRae2B
02-12-2010, 09:06 AM
Haha. We won't be doing 3 meals a day, most days -- several of them are 2 credit meals (which is the reason we decided with the DxDDP).

With that said, though, do you think 4 days in the parks are enough? We don't 'need' to do everything (not even the parades), we just want to ride a little and see the more important things. (As a matter of fact, Animal Kingdom is a park that we could really care less about-- I just want to ride EE and Kali, and possibly see a few animals and do the Bugs Life show).

See, I guess we really don't know what to expect... we've been to WDW before, but like I mentioned in another post, our experience was VERY "watered down" (two days TOPS in the parks, and fast food the whole time!). My current plan for the 7 night trip only has 4 day tix because I figured one day per park would be enough for us. (We were actually going to do a day offsite at IoA or SeaWorld). Our current plan:

5-9 Check in POR, chill at resort
6:45pm- Dinner @ Ohana

5-10 Magic Kingdom Day
8:20 AM- B @ Crystal Palace
11:45 BBB for DD4
12:50 Lunch @ CRT
6:45 pm Dinner @ Tony's

5-11 Animal Kingdom Day
8:20 am- Bk @ Tusker House (SERIOUSLY considering cancelling this!)
12:30 pm- Lunch @ Yak and Yeti
6:45 pm- Dinner @ Jiko

5-12 DHS Day
11:45 am- Lunch @ 50's Prime Time
4:30 pm- Dinner @ Hollywood Brown Derby (Fantasmic dining package)

5-13 Open day
8:00 pm- Dinner show- Aloha Polynesian Luau

5-14 Epcot Day
12:00 noon- Lunch @ Teppan Edo
6:45pm- Dinner @ Coral Reef

5-15 Open Day (DTD??)
12:00 noon- Lunch @ Planet Hollywood
7:10 pm- Dinner @ Yachtsman Steakhouse

5-16 Check out day
8:15 am- Breakfast @ O'hana

So... there is the current plan. If I decided to cancel 3 days, I would obviously rearrange the park days and cancel a few meals (keeping the ones in the parks, obviously), and just plug the cruise in leaving on Thursday.

This may very well be our only vacation for a looong time (as in, YEARS), because I'm in the process of finishing up my biology degree and will be applying to medical school soon. If I get in, I seriously doubt we'd be able to vacation during those 4 years of hell, so I guess I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to get the most out of it NOW (I know, I know... bad idea). Plus, adding days onto the plan are NOT an option because DH is at the mercy of his employer, who forbids any store managers from taking longer than 1 week of vacation at any time.

I'm so sorry if I seem clueless, but I AM!!, and that's why I'm so desperate for people [who know what they are talking about] to input their suggestions (but please, be nice to me!).

Thanks to everyone for all the advice. If anyone else has had experience with the 7 day land/sea trip (especially as a first experience),I would love to hear your accounts of how it went (especially with young kids). Thank you!!!!

AngolaHeartsDisney
02-12-2010, 09:25 AM
My first land and sea was on my honeymoon.. and we have never turned back! It has been 7 years now and had done this land and sea for years. The problem is that 3 and 4 days on the cruise are not enough and now we have been doing 3-4 days at the park and the 7 day cruise!! My daughter is now 3 and we have been taking her since she was an infant... this is disney full circle..

My best advice- do the quick dining plan
4 days in the park- hit the highlights- no schedule
3 day cruise


PS- We have gone during this time of the year... the lines are so short you can make a lot of head way...

LMCmom25kids
02-12-2010, 09:41 AM
My first land and sea was on my honeymoon.. and we have never turned back! It has been 7 years now and had done this land and sea for years. The problem is that 3 and 4 days on the cruise are not enough and now we have been doing 3-4 days at the park and the 7 day cruise!! My daughter is now 3 and we have been taking her since she was an infant... this is disney full circle..

My best advice- do the quick dining plan
4 days in the park- hit the highlights- no schedule
3 day cruise


PS- We have gone during this time of the year... the lines are so short you can make a lot of head way...

My advice really only pertains to your dining plan. We have been to WDW several times over the years. We have 5 kids and the dining plan really is a good value. We always do the regular dining plan. We are on vacation and enjoy getting one sit down meal per day. It may not be important to some, but think about it...... your day is quite full of activities.... rides, shows, walking, walking and more walking. We don't get it why some people are ok with basically eating fast food style meals all day, every day of their vacation. No big deal... it's just not for us. So.... I would say, do the regular dining (not the quick service) also, the deluxe is quite a lot of food. I have heard from others, it's just not worth it. Just weigh things out the best you can. I know that you mentioned that some of your meals took two dining credits. Oh, I also read on the boards that it is less costly to put together your own land and sea pkg rather than having it put together through Disney. Keep reading the boards and you'll be fine. Have a great time! :cutie:

I goofed.... didn't mean to quote "Angolahearts disney".... ( sorry )

DrRae2B
02-12-2010, 09:41 AM
... I am thisclose to booking. Seriously. AND.... I'm getting excited!

GIVE ME MORE!! I need specifics!- link me to trip reports, pics, whatever! Lol.







BTW- if anyone thinks this is a stupid idea, dont be afraid to tell me so. My husband told me I'm being ridiculous for wanting to "change everything around" this close to our travel dates. Is he right?

LMCmom25kids
02-12-2010, 09:52 AM
When you first click on "DCL Forum" you should see near the top... DCL Trip Reports. Go there! :cutie:

jewelmicky
02-12-2010, 10:15 AM
Another vote for the switch.

Our 1st two trips where land/sea.....now our next one planned is the 14 night Transatlantic!

For us.....4 days is really enough in the parks....a 3 day cruise is NOT really "enough".....so I would suggest taking advantgage of the discount to rebook on board for the future cruise you will want to take after a taste of the 3 day.

disney 2010
02-12-2010, 05:41 PM
WOW that's a lot of eating:scared1: We did the DDP in Jan myself DH DS 13 and DD 9. We found one sit down meal a day really controlled our schedule I can't imagine doing it 3 times in one day. Most meals were huge! By the end of our 10 days we would do a hearty quick serve breakfast have our snack in the afternoon and 5:30-6pm sit down dinner. Worked great and was PLENTY of food:)

$$ could be saved on your meals for sure! DO the cruise It really was an incredible 1st time experience.

cissy
02-12-2010, 07:48 PM
Is Dsis 14 a fourteen year old or a fourteen month old??? It makes a HUGE difference in how you will vacation.

ldo
02-12-2010, 08:32 PM
Having been to WDW many time and cruise everything from 2 day cheaposto the Bahamas in college and when 1st married to 7+ nights, I saw go for it---for only $300 more, you'll have a ball. The cruise is a totally different experience. I agree 3 days is really just 2 1/2 days and a 4 day is better---but if the 3 days works for you--go for it--I suggest that you skip getting off the ship at Nassau (not much to see, unless you go to Atlantis--and many on our ship last year were disappointed by the crowds) and just stay and enjoy the ship that day--you'll save $ by not getting excursions and you won't feel rushed and you'll get to do more as most will be off the ship--this is our plan next year on our 4 day on the Dream--we want 2 ship days. I would also consider dumping DXDDP, and I would dump the luau. You'll get plenty of island flavor on the cruise and you get SOOO much food on the cruise, I think after DXDDP, you'll not enjoy the cruise food nearly as much. We are big foodies and even we would be overwhelmed by all those TS meals--if you do a big lunch like CRT--skip TS breakfast and dinner, if you do a TS dinner, you don't want a TS lunch, unless it's a lighter one. You could easily knock out a few TS meals have a decent CS instead--Epcot has tons of great places to eat CS, and the AK grill place is very good, as well. Plus, you will be spending so much time on TS meals, that you will miss a lot of the parks--one TS meal a day is perfect, esp. while in the parks. Have fun and good luck with med school (DH is a vet). Elaine

DrRae2B
02-12-2010, 09:23 PM
Is Dsis 14 a fourteen year old or a fourteen month old??? It makes a HUGE difference in how you will vacation.

Haha!! Sorry... 14 YEARS. As in, hardcore TEEN. As in, purple-streaked hair, "lemme sleep till afternoon" teen. :rotfl:

When we were originally researching ideas for this vacation, we had decided on the cruise. Waaay back in August. Well, you know how plans evolve and such, and ours was no different. That's how we ended up with our current 7 night plan. Well.... now we've come full circle and now think we'd like to go back to that original land/sea plan.


... OH and btw, I know it's a LOT of food. And I know I'm insane for doing it. I know! But you guys just don't get it.... I've NEVER (as in, EVER!) had food at Disney World.... I would hate myself if I didn't do all those. I'd feel like I missed out. And like I said, it's not like I can just say, "Oh well... we'll do it next year," cause there likely won't BE a 'next year' trip for us (next year might be my first year of medical school!)....
... (Is it REALLY way too much, or is it just *possibly* too much??....).


.... I suck at this planning thing.... groan.

disney 2010
02-12-2010, 09:55 PM
I totally get what your saying our WDW trip was a once in a lifetime ( or very long time) trip as well.:) My concern is you have planed 3-5 hours of dinning on your MK day...... You may miss a whole lot of MK because you made your meals a priority.popcorn:: WDW dining is alright but you will get way better meals on your cruise and have way more time to enjoy them.
Enjoy your trip no matter what you choose to do you'll have a great time:banana:
Disney is truly the happiest place on earth.

ldo
02-13-2010, 01:45 PM
and it's A LOT of time---each TS meal takes a good 2 hours--you check in, might have to wait 15 minutes (or longer) for your table, and then there is the meal. Portions are large. You will spend most of your time in restuarants and although they are fun and good food, you'll miss SOOOO much at the parks, esp. if you are going on the 3 day cruise--trust me, a TS lunch OR dinner each day is fine. For ex., on your MK day, you will take at least 1.5 hours to eat at CP, then you have very limited time until you have to get to BBB, and then straight to CRT for at least 2 hours---so you really only have from 3-6:30 for MK, and a little after 8 PM, as dinner would last until at least 8 PM----I would rather eat a CS breakfast at the hotel, or use a couple snack credits and get a muffin and coffee in MK and get some rides done before BBB (9-11:30 is one ride Dumbo, 1 SMall world, 1 peter pan, and maybe 1 other), then have my big lunch at CRT and have from 3-close to enjoy the rest of MK. There are a lot of decent CS meals that are not burgers and fries--if you still want DXDDP for those 4 days, then go for it---you can always cancel most TS restuarants at any other TS place, even in different parks--except CRT--which used to be 24 cancel (and of course you'll keep that one).
HAve fun, Elaine

Blanche_Neige
02-13-2010, 01:50 PM
and it's A LOT of time---each TS meal takes a good 2 hours--you check in, might have to wait 15 minutes (or longer) for your table, and then there is the meal. Portions are large. You will spend most of your time in restuarants and although they are fun and good food, you'll miss SOOOO much at the parks, esp. if you are going on the 3 day cruise--trust me, a TS lunch OR dinner each day is fine. For ex., on your MK day, you will take at least 1.5 hours to eat at CP, then you have very limited time until you have to get to BBB, and then straight to CRT for at least 2 hours---so you really only have from 3-6:30 for MK, and a little after 8 PM, as dinner would last until at least 8 PM----I would rather eat a CS breakfast at the hotel, or use a couple snack credits and get a muffin and coffee in MK and get some rides done before BBB (9-11:30 is one ride Dumbo, 1 SMall world, 1 peter pan, and maybe 1 other), then have my big lunch at CRT and have from 3-close to enjoy the rest of MK. There are a lot of decent CS meals that are not burgers and fries--if you still want DXDDP for those 4 days, then go for it---you can always cancel most TS restuarants at any other TS place, even in different parks--except CRT--which used to be 24 cancel (and of course you'll keep that one).
HAve fun, Elaine

I agree, I was stuff just reading the itinarary:laughing:

I would also dump the deluxe dining plan. basic dining is plenty for us (1 TS, 1 CS & 1 snack)...

We are also thinking of doing a land and see next year on the wonder :)

cissy
02-13-2010, 02:56 PM
Okay, with a fourteen year old and a four year old, you have some thinking to do about the way you tour the parks.

First, I absolutely must agree with EVERYONE who is telling you to drop the DDP and spend a lot less time eating at the parks. This is not dine and dash, my friend! Some of these meals are going to set you back HOURS in each park. Crystal Palace can be 2 hours wait time to finish, for example. And, truthfully, some of the places you are choosing are not that great and not worth your time or the extra money. Check some threads on the restaurants you are considering and you may change you mind.

For example, Jiko was one of the best places DH and I ate but I am SOOOO glad I took advice from people on this board and did not take the kids. It was much more "formal" than anywhere else we ate and we did not see any other children in the restaurant that night (and we had ressies at 7pm). I know there are probably people who bring their kids to eat there but I am glad that we didn't. If we had wanted to take our kids, I think we would have chosen BOMA instead. Lots of noise and kids it looked like a fun time.


Next, what is the 14 year old going to do while the four year old rides Dumbo, Small Word and Peter Pan? What if the four year old wants to go on them all five times? (and she will!!) What if the 4 year old HATES Space Mountain (or is too small to get on) while the teen LOVES it? So, not to put a damper on your vacation, but these things should be talked about before you go. The last thing you need is a sulk(ier) teen or a melted down preschooler.

So, just think about the possibility of splitting up before or after lunch on some of your days. It may make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. And, although we have not cruised with the kids, I would think the age difference would be much easier for everyone onboard vs at the parks.

Finally, let me say that the BBB was one of the highlights of our trip. Our two DD's, 5 and 6, LOVED it. It was worth every penny. But, again, the whole thing took about two hours so be prepared. This could be one of your best opportunities to let the teen and DH head over to the older rides while you and the little one have some bonding time.

ENJOY!!

teach22180
02-13-2010, 04:17 PM
With that said, though, do you think 4 days in the parks are enough?


Not even close!!! I'm sorry to be the lone dissenting vote, but as someone whose first trip back as an adult was a land/sea, it wasn't enough. You can make peace with not doing everything, but even then, you will feel rushed. We never got to swim during our 4 park days and totally didn't enjoy the resort. Then, by the time I got comfy on the ship, it was time to get off! I feel like we were tired and rushing the entire vacation. The next year, we went back for a week, and I planned a relaxed evening on our first day.

I say, pick one and really enjoy it. Either do a full week with more park days or do a week on the cruise. Just my 2 cents! Oh, and have an awesome trip!

DrRae2B
02-14-2010, 09:57 PM
OK....

After MUCH debate and NUMEROUS back/forth "decisions", (and not to mention, plenty of whining from yours truly...)...

We have OFFICIALLY reached a decision.

We are sticking with our original 7-night plan. We think this will give us more time to enjoy the resort, the food, and take our sweet time to really soak up every possible drop of the full WDW experience that we can (in the time we have). And then....

(here's the kicker-- wait for it....)

... DH promised me that we WILL go on the Dream in 2011. (Y'all heard it here, so it is ON the RECORD-- so, in a year, when he tries to give me that whole, "I don't remember saying that," routine, I can pull up this thread and be all like, "You better get those bags packed,"). :lmao:

So there it is. We are going on the Dream!!! Eeeeeee!!!! :cool1: I'm already so excited- I swear I have no idea how I will make it through the next year. Seriously. Now, all I have to do is calm down, and do a little more looking around to figure out which one we should book (I'm thinking maybe early June).

Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions and advice. You've all been so helpful.

carmie3377
02-14-2010, 10:26 PM
This may very well be our only vacation for a looong time (as in, YEARS), because I'm in the process of finishing up my biology degree and will be applying to medical school soon. If I get in, I seriously doubt we'd be able to vacation during those 4 years of hell, so I guess I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to get the most out of it NOW (I know, I know... bad idea).

I know you've already made your decision and you'll have so much fun when you do cruise in 2011. But I wanted to wish you the best of luck in medical school. DH did an MD/PhD dual program and he still managed to take vacations. In fact, we discovered Disney during his 3rd year of the 6 six year program and we've been approx every year since. THey were very much needed breaks for him. He is still in training as a fellow and vacations are the one thing we splurge on. We don't eat out much, go to the movies a lot, ect but we know how much those vacations are for him. So, if you can, try to vacation during your medical school years. And cruising jsut might be what you need for that well deserved time off. :goodvibes

DrRae2B
02-15-2010, 09:30 AM
But I wanted to wish you the best of luck in medical school. DH did an MD/PhD dual program and he still managed to take vacations. So, if you can, try to vacation during your medical school years. And cruising jsut might be what you need for that well deserved time off. :goodvibes


Thanks so much. I am going to need that luck-- I couldn't even begin to tell you the adversity I've overcome, to get to this point in my journey. And, if I did, you may not even believe me (my life played out kinda like one of those ABC Afterschool Specials). Trust me, I've survived some seriously debilitating circumstances, and I'll be lucky to get into a DO school (which would be perfectly fine with me). Heck, at this point, I would even accept a seat at a Caribbean school (hey... at least I wouldn't need to go there for vacation! Lol)!

Sometimes when I hear myself telling people that I'm going to become a physician, I feel like I'm kidding myself-- like I'm still a little kid, playing pretend with my Fisher Price doctor set. Some days it seems so far-fetched that a person like me can actually overcome such painful circumstances to achieve a deep-rooted dream. But then someone like you gives me the gift of some kind words, and they help to propel me a little bit further.

Thanks so much for the good luck wishes. They really do mean a lot.

carmie3377
02-15-2010, 10:00 AM
Trust me, I've survived some seriously debilitating circumstances, and I'll be lucky to get into a DO school (which would be perfectly fine with me).
Nothing wrong with a DO school. I have a very good friend that is a DO and she is an excellent physician and well respected in her community.

Sometimes when I hear myself telling people that I'm going to become a physician, I feel like I'm kidding myself-- like I'm still a little kid, playing pretend with my Fisher Price doctor set. Some days it seems so far-fetched that a person like me can actually overcome such painful circumstances to achieve a deep-rooted dream. But then someone like you gives me the gift of some kind words, and they help to propel me a little bit further.

Thanks so much for the good luck wishes. They really do mean a lot.
Keep following your dream! Where would we all be w/o dreams! DH always had dreams about becoming a physician and went through several things in life that could have taken that dream away. Nothing too major but circumstances that could have definitely derailed the dream. Also, we didn't come from money. We worked hard and I'm so glad that he pursued the dream and never looked book.

I don't know what you've had to overcome, but you sound like a very strong woman. Whatever it is :hug:hugs:hug: to you and don't let go of the dream!

Oh, and the BTW, I reread my post and I had originally put "we don't eat much!" :lmao: I left an important word out and it should have read "eat OUT much" Don't want anyone to think I starve my children so we can go on vacations:goodvibes. I did edit my post!

disney 2010
02-15-2010, 08:26 PM
Congrats :yay: Enjoy both of your vacations!! They are will definitely be magical:)