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Old 10-31-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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Sooo many questions! Family of 10!! Help!

So, first off - thank you to all posters. This is my 1st post, and I'm so happy to have found disboards.

Secondly, my family is just in the process of booking two cabins at FW for early February, and I've got loads of questions because we've never stayed on site, and we have three little kids (2, 4 & 5), a 16 yo, and 6 adults. Wowzers! Craziness!

So - I gotta figure Feb is a good time (lower season?). Maybe the weather is not optimal, but can't be too bad, right (fingers crossed). I'm wondering how lines are this time of year. Anyone experience it?

Also, how likely are we to get two cabins near each other or even better, right next door?

We're considering a golf cart. I'm wondering I can't get the whole crew on a six person cart. Two in front, three in the next two rows, three kids on laps in the second row, gear on laps of the third row. Is that impossible? Be like a clown car, I know.

Stroller - planning to take ours so we can navigate the airports. Thought about the rental - seems like a good option. I could be talked into that.

We're planning on a full day at MK, a full day at Epcot and then half days the rest of the time. I gotta think its pretty important to take advantage of the one day during our trip that MK has extra magic hours in the morning. Will be an early morning, but I assume its worth it, yeah?

Whats everyone do for snacks and drinks and stuff? I read no food in the parks...what a crock. My little boogers need lots of snacks to keep them energized. What do you all do? Pay $10 for a pb&j? Yikes.

Restaurants - we're only making reservations for BOG, CRT and Japan in Epcot. Any other must haves? Thought about CP? Just hard with a group this size - we know we need ressies, but at the same time we don't want to lock us all in. Thoughts on that?

Okay - thats enough for now. Thanks again. Maybe I can divide this up into other threads too!
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Wow lots of questions! I'll answer one that I know the answer to. You can take food into the parks. We always take food in. The security guards see it when they look through your bags, and they've never said anything to me. So don't worry about bringing food in, just make sure it fits in a backpack (ie. don't expect to wheel a cooler into the MK) and avoid glass containers.
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Not sure where your information came from, but someone gave you bad information!

Depending on when you go, Feb can be very busy. I know Presidents Day weekend can be really busy. I also know many schools get a winter break during that time so that adds to the crowds.

You can take snacks into the parks as long as you don't take glass (except baby food), alcohol or a rolling backpack/cooler.

If you are flexible about when and where you eat, you will do OK without reservations. But with that many people you will have to be open to eating at what is available unless you don't mind counter service.
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So, first off - thank you to all posters. This is my 1st post, and I'm so happy to have found disboards.

Secondly, my family is just in the process of booking two cabins at FW for early February, and I've got loads of questions because we've never stayed on site, and we have three little kids (2, 4 & 5), a 16 yo, and 6 adults. Wowzers! Craziness!

So - I gotta figure Feb is a good time (lower season?). Maybe the weather is not optimal, but can't be too bad, right (fingers crossed). I'm wondering how lines are this time of year. Anyone experience it?
Crowd calendars show February as being pretty busy. In fact, the 3rd and 4th weeks are at an 8 and 9 crowd wise on the crowd calendar at easywdw.com. (10 is the highest)

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Also, how likely are we to get two cabins near each other or even better, right next door?

We're considering a golf cart. I'm wondering I can't get the whole crew on a six person cart. Two in front, three in the next two rows, three kids on laps in the second row, gear on laps of the third row. Is that impossible? Be like a clown car, I know.
I think that doesn't sound very safe...

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Stroller - planning to take ours so we can navigate the airports. Thought about the rental - seems like a good option. I could be talked into that.
Is your whole group traveling together? If so, I would rent and not bother with bringing your own. There are enough adults in your party, that you shouldn't have any trouble getting around the airport with the kids.

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We're planning on a full day at MK, a full day at Epcot and then half days the rest of the time. I gotta think its pretty important to take advantage of the one day during our trip that MK has extra magic hours in the morning. Will be an early morning, but I assume its worth it, yeah?
Just remember to think about the needs of the kids when making this decision. You should allow an hour to get from point A to point B anywhere on Disney property, (I've heard you need more if staying at FW, not sure though) Getting up earlier than usual can throw a small child off considerably during the rest of the day. Even if they get a nice long nap in the afternoon, it will likely be earlier than usual and the child might be ready to call it a day at 6pm. You can probably get more done during EMH though, so it might still be worth it, if you don't mind possibly missing the evening festivities.

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Whats everyone do for snacks and drinks and stuff? I read no food in the parks...what a crock. My little boogers need lots of snacks to keep them energized. What do you all do? Pay $10 for a pb&j? Yikes.
You can take food into the parks! Drinks, snacks, and even lunches. You can take in a small (six pack size)cooler too.

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Restaurants - we're only making reservations for BOG, CRT and Japan in Epcot. Any other must haves? Thought about CP? Just hard with a group this size - we know we need ressies, but at the same time we don't want to lock us all in. Thoughts on that?
Make any reservations you think you might like to have, then change or cancel them as the need fits.

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Okay - thats enough for now. Thanks again. Maybe I can divide this up into other threads too!
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
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So, first off - thank you to all posters. This is my 1st post, and I'm so happy to have found disboards.

Secondly, my family is just in the process of booking two cabins at FW for early February, and I've got loads of questions because we've never stayed on site, and we have three little kids (2, 4 & 5), a 16 yo, and 6 adults. Wowzers! Craziness!

So - I gotta figure Feb is a good time (lower season?). Maybe the weather is not optimal, but can't be too bad, right (fingers crossed). I'm wondering how lines are this time of year. Anyone experience it?

Also, how likely are we to get two cabins near each other or even better, right next door?

We're considering a golf cart. I'm wondering I can't get the whole crew on a six person cart. Two in front, three in the next two rows, three kids on laps in the second row, gear on laps of the third row. Is that impossible? Be like a clown car, I know.

Stroller - planning to take ours so we can navigate the airports. Thought about the rental - seems like a good option. I could be talked into that.

We're planning on a full day at MK, a full day at Epcot and then half days the rest of the time. I gotta think its pretty important to take advantage of the one day during our trip that MK has extra magic hours in the morning. Will be an early morning, but I assume its worth it, yeah?

Whats everyone do for snacks and drinks and stuff? I read no food in the parks...what a crock. My little boogers need lots of snacks to keep them energized. What do you all do? Pay $10 for a pb&j? Yikes.

Restaurants - we're only making reservations for BOG, CRT and Japan in Epcot. Any other must haves? Thought about CP? Just hard with a group this size - we know we need ressies, but at the same time we don't want to lock us all in. Thoughts on that?

Okay - thats enough for now. Thanks again. Maybe I can divide this up into other threads too!
Have you thought about a Family Suite and a standard room? Or two standard rooms for the other four adults? Then you don't have to worry about golf carts (and I agree, putting too many people on one golf cart is very dangerous). You would have a small kitchen area in the family suite.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:00 PM   #6
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We're going the very first week in Feb. Not sure how busy. Crowd calendar I looked at showed green (3's) during weekdays and yellow on the weekend (4 and 5).

As for the cabins vs the suite, we went cabins because we were hoping they're quieter and they were cheaper (much).

I hear y'all on the golf cart - probably best to go with two.

Super glad to hear we can bring food in. I thought I read somewhere that it wasn't allowed, but if they're lax about it, we'll definitely do it! Makes life with little ones so important.

Oh, and btw, I'm somewhat of a nap nazi. One day out of three with a stroller nap won't bother me, but I'm making darn sure that there are rest days, rest afternoons, etc. in there. For my sanity and the munchkins.

Thanks for the help!!

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So, first off - thank you to all posters. This is my 1st post, and I'm so happy to have found disboards.

Secondly, my family is just in the process of booking two cabins at FW for early February, and I've got loads of questions because we've never stayed on site, and we have three little kids (2, 4 & 5), a 16 yo, and 6 adults. Wowzers! Craziness!

So - I gotta figure Feb is a good time (lower season?). Maybe the weather is not optimal, but can't be too bad, right (fingers crossed). I'm wondering how lines are this time of year. Anyone experience it?

Also, how likely are we to get two cabins near each other or even better, right next door?

We're considering a golf cart. I'm wondering I can't get the whole crew on a six person cart. Two in front, three in the next two rows, three kids on laps in the second row, gear on laps of the third row. Is that impossible? Be like a clown car, I know.

Stroller - planning to take ours so we can navigate the airports. Thought about the rental - seems like a good option. I could be talked into that.

We're planning on a full day at MK, a full day at Epcot and then half days the rest of the time. I gotta think its pretty important to take advantage of the one day during our trip that MK has extra magic hours in the morning. Will be an early morning, but I assume its worth it, yeah?

Whats everyone do for snacks and drinks and stuff? I read no food in the parks...what a crock. My little boogers need lots of snacks to keep them energized. What do you all do? Pay $10 for a pb&j? Yikes.

Restaurants - we're only making reservations for BOG, CRT and Japan in Epcot. Any other must haves? Thought about CP? Just hard with a group this size - we know we need ressies, but at the same time we don't want to lock us all in. Thoughts on that?

Okay - thats enough for now. Thanks again. Maybe I can divide this up into other threads too!
Hi, just want to let you know WDW in running a special offer that might cover your dates in early Feb. It does include room, tickets and dining... not sure if you are interested in the dining plan but I noticed you do have some table service meals planned, so it might be worth it. If interested, you MUST book through the Special Offer link or call and ask for the Play, Stay and Dine offer, to get the savings.

For this offer -
The moderate, deluxe and villa resorts include the regular Disney Dining Plan... 1 Table Service meal, 1 Quick Service meal and 1 snack.
The value resorts include the Quick Service Dining Plan, (may be able to pay the difference to upgrade to the regular DP.)

Also, I just want to point out -
(For example - using check-in date Feb. 2, and check-out date Feb. 8)

A cabin for 6 nights = $1,968
(Nightly rates - $289/week days and $304/weekends)
2 Cabins = $3,936

An All Star Music Family Suite for the same dates = $1,397
(Nightly rates - $202/week days and $220 on weekends)
2 Family Suites = $2,794

-OR-

Depending on the family members involved, how much privacy is desired, and to give all the adults beds instead of pull-outs...

1 room @ All Star Music = $701
(Nightly rates - $101/week days and $115/weekend for preferred locations
$85/week days and $99 on weekends for standard locations.)

1 ASM Family Suite = $1,397
+ 1 room = $836 (Price difference reflects more than 2 adults in a regular room)
Total = $2,233

1 Family Suite = $1,397
+ 2 rooms $1,402 (for more privacy)
Total = $2,799

*The above figures are the cost for "room only" without any discounts.

Staying at All Star Music would eliminate the cost of the golf cart/s and make it easier for people in your party to come and go. However, if you prefer the Cabins... go for it! We have friends that stay at the campground and love it.

*With the number of people in your travel party, you qualify for a Grand Gathering. You don't have to take advantage of any of the offers but booking through Grand Gatherings will help with keeping accommodations closely located to each other. Or, at least, when booking, ask to have your reservations linked together.

Early Feb. should be lower crowds but the weather is anyone guess! Pack accordingly.
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Wow - thanks for the info. I'll ask our travel agent about the special!

The Grand Gatherings looked to have been discontinued at the beginning of this year.

Sure appreciate the detailed response!
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Grand Gatherings goes away for 2013. You will be fine without it.

If you have a travel agent they should be able to answer all of these questions for you and more. If they can't answer your questions and they don't know about the Stay/Play/Dine offer for January, February, and March they aren't very good and you don't need them. I am a travel agent and I tell people which combos and deals save them the most, that is what we are supposed to do.

Do you have the dining plan? Which one? Again, your travel agent should be able to advise and book meals for you.

Good luck!
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