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Old 12-06-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Family of 6--resort or offsite?

My boyfriend and I just decided today that we'd like to take our four kids (ages 14, 9, 7, and 6) to WDW the last week of May 2013!! I am estatic and can't wait to start really planning. I've been to WDW twice, when my son (the 7 year old) was 2.5 and 3.5. I meticulously planned each trip. Both were trips added onto the end of work conferences, so we stayed onsite at the Beach Club. We tried the Disney Dining Plan the second time, which I actually really enjoyed because it took some of the stress out of the equation.

Back then, it was just me, my son, and my ex-husband, which was a much different situation than I have now with me, my son, my boyfriend, and his three darling kids (oldest is a girl, other two are boys, none of whom have been to WDW before). For this trip we are looking at 5 or 6 nights (so 4 or 5 days in the parks). On a short trip like this, I think we are really going to be pressed for time to see as much as possible, so although a condo would be awesome for saving money to cook meals, etc., I'm not sure it will be worth it. I haven't come up with a budget yet, because I don't really know what is within the realm of possibility, but right now I'm hoping for about $5k for the whole family, including the two day drive there and two day drive back. We are fine with a value resort if we end up staying on the resort.

So, what do you experts think? What is our best option? Do we stay a day or two longer and get a condo and plan on cooking, or do the dining plan and stay at a value resort? Is my budget anywhere close for either option? Since this will be a first for three of the kids, I so badly want to make this an awesome experience!

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