Our family just got back from Disney world and boy was it a lot!!! As a Disney World first timer, there was a lot to take in. We had a blast and certainly look forward to going back. Armed with what I know now, the next trip will be a bit more cohesive.
We stayed at the Disney Vacation club resort Saratoga Springs and Spa. This hotel was an excellent choice for families. It has a kitchenette and two pools that serve the yummiest virgin pina coladas. That is pretty much all I need for comfort! The kids can swim and I can have a tasty drink that makes me look cool too. The rooms were spacious enough, my only issue would be the bed. For a family of four we got a Queen bed and a pull out couch bed. That meant the kid and his dad were on the couch and the baby and I were in the bed. A king bed or two double beds would have been awesome. We weren’t actually in the room that much so it wasn’t a deal breaker, nor a point of complaint. The Saratoga Springs resort is the closest resort to Disney, that made for very short trips to and from Downtown Disney. For those who can, I would strongly suggest looking into the Disney vacation club. I don’t know that we have ever been treated so well at a hotel or resort from customer service to the amenities. These folks were awesome!
Airfare: roundtrip ticket on Southwest from Atlanta to Orlando will run you about $120.00 per person.
Transportation: you don’t need transportation because the resorts have shuttles to and from downtown Disney and the theme parks
Currency: The mighty dollar
Language: English is the main language but there are many other languages spoken in the Magic Kingdom and at a few of the different hotels. The Animal Kingdom resort had 9 different languages represented that I saw on the one day I was there.
Hotel: Check out the Disney Vacation Club if you will be going often. With Orbitz, hotels.com or the likes you can check several different hotels at once.
The theme parks!!!!!!! There are several options to choose from as far as packaging. I definitely recommend getting a park hopper pass if you are going to be around more than one day.
Downtown Disney. To get in is free but you will definitely spend money shopping and eating.
Outlet malls. There are two. You will once again be spending money:) They are the Vineland and Premium Outlets.
Going to Disney is a super fun experience but if you are not properly prepared it can be a stressful one. In the three days we were there we never made it to the magic Kingdom, we had a mix up with our Star Wars Jedi training camp and none of the kids got to participate, we never made it to Epcot, our magic bands were messed up, and we got caught in a thunderstorm. If it was not for the sheer magic of Disney, the excellent customer service at every single Disney owned place we went to, and my kids being young enough to just go with the flow this trip could have been disastrous. My advice to anyone going is be flexible, try to plan out your days as best as you can (that does not mean have an itinerary), and just enjoy being there!