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Old 02-23-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 239

1st EVER Trip for family of 6

Hi all...I have always wanted to go to Disney myself, but always thought it was too expensive. Now I have a family of 6, and we are going.

We have a budget, not a whole lot to spend, so I am open for all tips.
We have considered renting DVC, Value resort suite, off site, and have determined that we really want to be on-site for our first ever visit. I know we could probably save about $1,00 off site, but we really just want to experience the magic. So, we are down to either renting DVC or a Suite.

I am torn between getting the Dining Plan and how big of a one. I am considering the regular plan and just paying out of pocket for anything extra (including maybe going out of park, or cooking in the room some). To that end..have lots of questions. Do any of the other resorts other than WL/Campgrounds have picnic areas with grills in them, or grills within a reasonable distance of them? If they offer free dining plan, I am thinking for our resort it would be either the Quick Service or 1Q, 1T, 1S...can you pay and upgrade to the Deluxe (3 meals/day)? I have two people (Hubby and DS#1) that have big apps.

I know many suggest doing a meal at 1900 rather than Cinderella's Castle, but I am really wanting to do this and I think my daughter would love it. I am going to leave it up to the older boys if they would want to do it or not, so can you have less attend the meal than what is on your dining plan (ie only 2 of us go instead of 6)?

Ages at time of trip 9/8/5/2.

DS #1(9) - Star Wars; animals; Phineas and Ferb; Pirates, Cars...
DS #2(8) - Toy Story, Cars, Phineas and Ferb, Pirates, animals
DD #1(5) - Princesses, Cinderella, Marida, Minnie Mouse
DS #3(2) - Mickey, Trains, Cars, Toy Story....

I am already going to make them individualized Autograph Books and Passports.

Any ideas of things we shouldn't miss. And which fireworks are a must see...what about parades?

Thanks so much.
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