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April 11, 2008

Disney update: More food, fun for families

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Eight Suggestions Before You Go

Planning a trip to Disney World? Pre-planning is the key to saving money. Here are some hints.

1. If cost is a factor, time of year and the resort you choose will be all priced accordingly. We’ve only stayed in the deluxes, but we know many people who have stayed in moderate or value resorts, and no one has been disappointed. The prices also vary according to season; for instance, Spring Break is one of the priciest times of the year. If you have children, a value resort, at one of the lower seasons, will be your best bet.

2. Stay in a Disney resort. Sure, you can find a cheaper rate elsewhere, but the ambiance won’t be there, nor will convenience. Decide what you can afford, and make your pick – the earlier the better – by going to http://disneyworld.disney. go.com. Which brings me to the biggest advantage for staying in a Disney resort. ...

3. Use the Magical Express. It’s free if you’re in a resort, and unless you’re going somewhere else in Orlando, you won’t have to rent a car. Disney will pick you up in a bus at the airport and deposit you at the front door of your resort. They’ll take care of your luggage, too; it will arrive later that evening or very early the next morning. Then they’ll take you back to the airport at the end of your trip.

4. If you’re an American Automobile Association member make your arrangements through AAA, or at least ask for the AAA discount when you book your resort room. You’ll save a ton – far more than the AAA membership fee.

5. Invest the extra money in Park Hopper tickets. A one-park ticket will limit you to one park for the day; with the hopper, you can go from park to park. This is important because of another resort guest benefit: the Extra Magic Hours, which get you in a certain park every morning an hour early, and lets you stay up to three hours after closing at another park. These vary according to day, however, and the morning park is never the same as the evening.

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