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Old 06-12-2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Single parent needs resort/travel advice

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Originally I planned a trip to Disney for August with a few family members (staying at Wyndham Bonnet Creek) but they have now backed out and I am faced with the possibility of going to Disney by myself with two kids. My mom is worried about me being alone with just the kids. I don't want my mom to worry but at the same time I don't want to cancel my vacation. I've had to cancel my previous vacations over the past few years for various reasons and do not want to disappoint the kids or myself yet again.

Any advice for a single parent traveling to Disney? My plans are to stay at a Disney resort so that I do not have to drive. And we will use Magical Express from the airport.

I have a 30% off pin code. Which resort would you suggest? I am leaning toward a value (Pop Century or All Star Sports) or moderate (Coronado Springs)

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Old 06-12-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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I agree with your current plan. It will be much easier for you if you stay on site, and taking advantage of ME will surely make it even easier. Now to me, the choice between a value and a moderate is budget related. If the moderate is in the budget go for it, if not the value will still be a great trip.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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Moving onsite is a good idea so you can leverage Disney transportation. How old are your kids? Are you planning on making dining reservations?

I have only stayed at AoA and ASMo for Value and both were nice. Depends on what is important to you.. pools, themes, etc..
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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I agree with your current plan. It will be much easier for you if you stay on site, and taking advantage of ME will surely make it even easier. Now to me, the choice between a value and a moderate is budget related. If the moderate is in the budget go for it, if not the value will still be a great trip.
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Moving onsite is a good idea so you can leverage Disney transportation. How old are your kids? Are you planning on making dining reservations?

I have only stayed at AoA and ASMo for Value and both were nice. Depends on what is important to you.. pools, themes, etc..
Thanks for responding. I could really afford to do both but I thought as preteens (12 & 13) they may prefer the moderates because of the slides and the bigger beds. My daughter and I will share a bed and my son will have his own bed. We have dining reservations at Sci-Fi and Chef Mickey already and I have a room on hold at Pop.

My mom's worrying has me worrying and 2nd guessing my plans. This is so silly I am an adult over 30 and I wanna go to Disney
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:55 PM   #5
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I took my three kids solo in March, my mom joined for a few days. I'm also taking them down in 2 weeks. I can't comment on staying off property, as my trip in 2 weeks will be my first. However, staying on site made everything simple. Your kids are certainly old enough that you don't have the wander off worries. Go for it.

Edit to add: I have had to say to my mom in the past 'mom, I handle the day to day life of these kids. I can (take them to Disney, go to NYC, drive to DC, fly out to Chicago) with them. I know you are worried but I am an adult, and I am their mother. It's usually my gramma that I have to say this to though
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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My mom's worrying has me worrying and 2nd guessing my plans. This is so silly I am an adult over 30 and I wanna go to Disney
When you first posted I pictured you and 2 little ones and was going to say it's really easy when staying on site. But with 2 preteens, oh my that's a walk in the park. I took 3 kids all under 7 solo for a week and had no issues whatsoever. Time to tell Mom to chill.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:16 PM   #7
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I have traveled frequently to Disney with just the kiddos and myself. My husband is not a Disney fan so it usually just me and the kids. I have stayed off site and on site - both with no issues. Have a blast and do not let traveling alone with the kids hold you back from not traveling. Especially with your kids ages, it will be a breeze. You will be asking yourself "why haven't I done this earlier"! LOL
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:18 PM   #8
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Compared with other things you need to do as a single Mom, a trip to Disney World staying on-site is a piece of cake! Just take the same normal precautions you would take in a hotel in any big city. Some people let their guard down at Disney and that might not be a good idea.

Regarding the hotel.....look up pictures of both hotels on-line with your kids and see what one appeals to your family more. Personally, I would choose the moderate because I find the value hotels too stimulating (), but other people just love them. And I suspect your kids might really like the slides at the moderate hotels.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:22 PM   #9
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You shouldn't have any problems. With your kids being 12 and 13 it should be super simple. They're old enough to ride on their own if they need to/want to, and most importantly...they're old enough to bring things to you while you sit in the shade and relax In my opinion, day to day life as a single parent is much harder than anything you'll encounter at the parks.

Remind your mom that you're an adult and the kids have made it this far in life with you as their parent, LOL.

Go, have an awesome time, and make some magical memories!
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:29 PM   #10
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Hello,

Originally I planned a trip to Disney for August with a few family members (staying at Wyndham Bonnet Creek) but they have now backed out and I am faced with the possibility of going to Disney by myself with two kids. My mom is worried about me being alone with just the kids. I don't want my mom to worry but at the same time I don't want to cancel my vacation. I've had to cancel my previous vacations over the past few years for various reasons and do not want to disappoint the kids or myself yet again.

Any advice for a single parent traveling to Disney? My plans are to stay at a Disney resort so that I do not have to drive. And we will use Magical Express from the airport.

I have a 30% off pin code. Which resort would you suggest? I am leaning toward a value (Pop Century or All Star Sports) or moderate (Coronado Springs)

Thanks
I would recommend POFQ. It is a smaller resort and easier to maneuver, especially with young children. It has one bus stop, a boat to DTD (nice ride, better than a bus), and is very friendly. CS is way too big and spread out. If you get a building far from the center, it is really hard with children.

The airport is easy to navigate and taking ME is a good choice. We have stayed at POFQ a number of times. The pool is fun for the kids and not too big (easier to watch the children). It has a smaller food court where it's easier to keep track of everyone and is just a fun, relaxing atmosphere.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:37 PM   #11
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Seriously, my mom was so freaked out when I decided to take my daughter to Disney alone when she was 3...In her defense, friends of hers were vacationing at Disney (offsite) when their young son darted into the road and was struck and killed (many years ago). HOWEVER, that had NOTHING to do with Disney itself, and my mom had no reason to worry whatsoever.

MANY parents travel alone to Disney with their children.

I have since traveled to Disney (and other places) alone with my DD over the years without incident. Truly one of the reasons we return to Disney again and again is because Disney just makes it so easy and safe! I love staying on site and not worrying about how we are going to get around. I spend every other day of the year driving her around (or worrying about her driving herself now). At Disney...no directions, no schedules, and I always feel 100% safe. Even getting back to the resort at 2:30am last year and walking to our somewhat remotely located room, I never felt a pang of fear. And this is coming from someone who gets freaked out being alone in my own home during the night!

We have stayed at Pop and enjoyed it, but will be staying at CSR this fall because I want something a little more relaxing, better beds, etc. You can't go wrong at either resort...just depends what you're looking for.

I say go for it!
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:37 PM   #12
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When you first posted I pictured you and 2 little ones and was going to say it's really easy when staying on site. But with 2 preteens, oh my that's a walk in the park. I took 3 kids all under 7 solo for a week and had no issues whatsoever. Time to tell Mom to chill.
That's what I thought, too. The OP will be fine. Actually, with kids at 12 and 13, you can let them go off together to do some things on their own. I'm not a single mom, but my DH is a little like the OP's mom. He hates going to WDW (but has been a few times), but he loves that DD and I want to go there. He says he can be comfortable knowing we're at a really safe place. DD and I have been going alone since she was 5; she is now 19 (and we're going next month).
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:42 PM   #13
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I've gone with just me and the kids. You can see from my signature I have twice as many, and they aren't as old as yours. A pool with a water slide is pretty much a requirement for my kids. And since I also have to share with DD, getting at least a queen size bed is a requirement for ME! Go and have a WONDERFUL time!!
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #14
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I have traveled many times with just me and children. I would stay at pop because there are so many people around that you won't be walking in the dark in a scary area. I think you will have a fabulous time. Only thing I would avoid is dtd at night. If money is no problem Contemporary tower is very safe too.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:01 PM   #15
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If your kids are preteens I wouldn't worry about it at all. Stay on site and have a great time!

I am a single mother and I started bringing my daughter when she was 7. We have never had a problem
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