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I could really use some help. We would like to plan a Disney World Vacation but there is SO much information. What is the best way to do a 5 or 6 day vacation? Do I need to get the dining plan? What about lodging, is it cheaper to stay off site or?
- Asked by Denise from OK on 12/8/2012
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Congratulations on your family's first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! Yes, there is a great deal of information out there, but that's why we are here to help you navigate through all the planning!
First, I would recommend staying at least six days. That will allow you enough time to enjoy a great many attractions, visit all four Theme Parks at least once, and perhaps even one of the Water Parks. Please read HERE to find out how many days I consider optimal for taking it all in at a more relaxed pace.
Regarding the issue of staying on-property versus off-property, I will always recommend staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. There are simply too many Resort Benefits you won't be able to enjoy if staying off-property. Before booking your Disney Vacation Package, do check the Special Offers page. In fact, I would recommend checking it often even after making your reservation. If a qualifying promotion becomes available after you've booked your stay, you'll be able to call Disney and have them apply the discount to your already existing reservation.
Finally, I will suggest purchasing the Disney Dining Plan. It can save you up to 20% on meals. Please note, the Disney Dining Plan is only available to Disney Resort Guests. Therefore, if you opt to stay off-property you wouldn't be able to take advantage of these savings.
Let me know if I can answer any other Disney Vacation planning questions for you. It would be my pleasure to help you create memories of a lifetime!