Single Parents Plan a Disney World Trip

by - 11/03/2009 05:59:00 AM

As I toured around with the other Magical Mocha Moms, I wondered how to plan a return trip to Disney World as a single parent. I soon started questioning Darcie and Heather, the two members of the WDW Moms Panel traveling with us. While these ladies are knowledgeable as married moms planning a trip, I really wanted input from another single parent who's toured Disney.

Laura Spencer became the magical fairy who grants wishes and later connected me with Joanne and Brigitta, two single moms who've been on the panel and know all the cool ins and outs of planning a trip. They had alot of great tips and comment in reply to my questions.

  1. So, how can a single parent plan to visit Disney? What are some sites they can use, call, visit?

Joanne: At first glance, planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming with its four theme parks, two water parks, numerous resorts and other activities. The web is a great way to learn about Disney free of charge! The first stop would be the Disney World website, which has fabulous photos and descriptions of resorts and theme parks, prices and more. The Disney World Moms Panel website is another great place to start.

There are many discussion boards and websites that provide excellent information. The DisBoards is my favourite discussion board to get great advice from true Disney fans. AllEars is another site that I look to often, especially when deciding between resorts and restaurants. And be sure to check out the Mousesavers site if you’re looking for the latest specials.

Brigitta: I like to book all of my own travel and usually I find a cheap flight first (having flexible dates here are a definite bonus). Next, I look into the "Value Resorts" at WDW (if on a budget) based on my flight dates (also if looking for a deal).

Most of the time, if your dates are flexible, you can save quite a lot of money this way. WDW does offer quite frequently special deals (with a code that can be found on the WDW website under "Special Offers"). For single parents with more than one child (based on their ages of course) there may be additional charges per person/per night for the Resort room.

There are so many options available adequate for all age groups, I would recommend is The Walt Disney World Moms Panel. All Ears.Net is another website that I use frequently. There are many great tips available also regarding appropriate attractions/rides to visit based on many factors such as age, height, etc.

  1. Where are some hotels, restaurants, attraction, etc that are single family friendly.

Joanne: One of the great things about Walt Disney World is there truly is something for everyone. There are three categories of Disney resorts, value, moderate and deluxe, each with several resorts to choose from. Staying at a Disney resort provides many cost-saving perks, including the Magical Express, which whisks guests from Orlando International Airport to their resorts. No need to wait for your bags, they pick those up for you too!

All Star Music is my daughters favourite. In addition to being fantastic value, which I love, they offer fun activities throughout the day, and show a pool-side movie every night. These activities are great for her to meet other kids from around the world. And the best part, it’s all included in our low room rate!

The restaurants at Disney vary from casual to formal, and whichever you choose, children are welcome and catered to. There is also so much to do other than go to a theme park. We now try to factor in one day to stay at the resort and enjoy the pools and more. Downtown Disney and the Disney’s Boardwalk are fabulous spots to visit, and we can spend hours just strolling through the shops and enjoying the sites.

One of my favourite Disney perks is transportation. There is no need to rent a car. Buses shuttle you from your resort to theme and water parks, Downtown Disney, basically anywhere on Disney property. I always find we meet so many great people on the bus. You never know who you’ll meet, and what great Disney tip they’ll share on your way to the Magic Kingdom!

Brigitta: I suggest to visit Walt Disney World and search the dates suitable for your trip and prices based on those dates, go to Disney World Moms and/or AllEars for additional answers to questions you may have about attractions, dining experiences (characters available at the different dining experiences), how to spend your time wisely without getting frazzled (WDW is a very large area and can be intimidating for single parents travelling with their children who may get "burnt out" fairly quickly).

Many times I will also call WDW at (407) 939-7675 If I need a bit more information that I feel only a cast member can help me with or if you have certain "requests" which would need to be made directly with a cast member in reservations and cannot be done online (medicinal needs, floor level requests and specific locations, etc.) Bottomline for anyone I believe is to DO YOUR HOMEWORK! it really does help to make a magical and stressfree vacation to WDW possible, even on a budget.

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