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Old 10-07-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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October 2013 first visit to Disney

We're planning to go to Disneyworld in October 2013. We're looking to stay in a villa nearby, but apart from that have no idea what we need to do. How would you suggest researching places to go and things to do, cow I feel like my head is spinning thinking about it all at the moment! Thanks
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Yeah, I totally misread what you said, so I deleted my answer since it wasn't what you wanted at all. Ooops

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Old 10-07-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Are you planning only to do WDW or do you have plans to visit other locations in the area (Universal Studios, Sea World, Legoland, etc)? Who's going? You're going in October...will you and your family be interested in doing Halloween activities?

When planning my vacations these are things I think about. I had my family give me a list of their "must-do" their "would-be-cool-to-do" and their "We can do it next time!" lists. Everyone listed Disney things which made my planning easier.

I know it can seem overwhelming but the good news is you have a full year to plan. It sounds like you know where you're staying. Just gotta figure out the rest.

Oh...and if you're staying off property and are planning on eating meals off property remember there are a LOT of amazing kids eat free deals at a lot of the restaurants down here: IHOP, Applebees, Steak and Shake, etc even McDonalds has deals on Happy meals for certain days of the week.
May 1980- First family vacation (as kid) to Walt Disney World (off property)
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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You really need to research staying at a Disney resort versus staying offsite. Unless someone is giving you a condo week for free you really need to consider the benefits in a Disney resort. You will have to pay for parking each day when you go into the parks if you stay offsite for one thing.

Will you be flying or driving? Do you plan to rent a car, because if you fly and stay at Disney you don't need to rent a car at all.

The main thing to keep in mind is that for the past several years Disney has offered free dining during October. You can not buy the Disney dining plan if you do not stay at a Disney hotel, and you most certianly cannot get the free dining deal, which could save you a ton of money.

I do agree you need to decide if you are going to do mainly Disney or see and do other things in Orlando. Many people think they can see and do everything there is to do in one trip and it isn't possible at all!

Have you been to Disney before? How many people are going? What are their ages? You need to think about all of this and then start researching/planning.

I am a travel agent, we help people at no extra cost to them. Maybe you should talk to someone who can help you??
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