We are planning our 1st ever trip for Nov 9-19. We are driving from upstate NY so our park days would be the 10-18. I should also mention there are 7 of us (2 adults 5 children ages 13,12,11,5,1yr) and we want to spend the least amount on lodging as possible as we only plan on using it to sleep. Here are some of the questions I have (the list has been narrowed way down after reading the boards ) 1st...I am looking at ASMu and getting a rate for just over $4000 but if I book offsite at a condo and pay for the tickets it comes to about $2500. $1500 seems a bit much for just EMHs. Is there a cheaper way to stay onsite with our family size? I did get a 40% off pin but it won't work for our dates. Was wondering if it might be cheaper to get 2 ajoining rooms but not sure if they have those. 2nd...If we did stay onsite I would like to try to get the free dining. Has it ever been offered to the public during Nov? Also with the free dining how much extra would you say you have to buy? 3rd...How busy are the parks during Nov? Would we have a chance to do all the rides and what not with out the EMHs? I was thinking about 1 day at each park then the rest at MK. Thanks for all your help.