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  1. Wendy
    April 3, 2013

    Thanks – that is what I thought. The rates are high, but it will be so awesome!

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    • Dave
      April 4, 2013

      Good luck, Wendy!

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  2. Wendy
    April 2, 2013

    Sorry – I was typing too quickly – past years…not pass years…

    Wendy

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    • Dave
      April 3, 2013

      Fixed!

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  3. Wendy
    April 2, 2013

    I thought about that, too, but there are no two-room villas available for the 23rd – 29th of November. I will keep checking, though. Would that save much? I cannot see the rate since they are not available.

    From past years, do you think there will be any discount for Thanksgiving? I am not holding my breath!

    Thanks again,

    Wendy

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  4. Wendy
    April 1, 2013

    Odd question…what would I save being a year-pass holder for a stay Nov 23rd – 29th. We will be booking three rooms – the whole family is going! I have been on your site many time, but I just found this page. I tried to find out the info myself, but without a pass number, I cannot see the savings, it seems. At this point, we are booked at the Wilderness Lodge…3 standard rooms.

    Thanks!

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    • Dave
      April 2, 2013

      Hi Wendy! The short answer is probably nothing, as passholder deals almost always exclude wildly-crowded times like Thanksgiving week. You won’t know for sure for months, as passholder deals often don’t come out until a month or two before the affected arrival dates.

      PS do you really need three rooms? Would a two-bedroom villa work instead?? See https://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/02/07/review-the-villas-at-disneys-wilderness-lodge/

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  5. Vicki
    March 12, 2013

    We would like to see the Christmas decorations without taking our 7 and 10 yr olds out of school, though we would for a day or 2. What do you recommend?

    We’re also trying to all stay together without using a fold-out bed. 2 adults and 2 kids in 1 room, and 2 adults in the other, with a kitchenette.

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  6. Vicki
    March 12, 2013

    We are 4 adults and 2 kids looking to go Thanksgiving day for 5 days. Where do you recommend we stay? I am looking at the Treehouses in Saratoga or the Wilderness Lodge Cabins. Do you recommend one over the other?

    Also, can you (or anyone) recommend a travel agent in the Boston area, or should we go through AAA?

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    • Dave
      March 12, 2013

      Hi Vicki!

      Do you mean arrive Thanksgiving Day? It will be wildly crowded then, Friday and Saturday…and also the 4 days before Thanksgiving…

      My recommendations on where to stay, by price class and in order, are here: https://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/where-to-stay/next-best-resort-choices/ You’ll note that the Cabins at Fort Wilderness and the Treehouses are each last on their respective lists…if you let me know why you are targeting them in particular I can help more!

      On travel agents, I don’t have any Boston-based ones to recommend…I work with an international firm, Destinations In Florida–you can reach out to them via the from that’s on the right sidebar of every page!

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  7. Kim
    February 20, 2013

    Planning a trip to Disney World in mid to late November 2013 (before Thanksgiving) for the whole family 5 adults, 3 children under five. Any idea when the discounts will come out for fall/winter? I was hoping for a decent % off the room rate OR free dining. What would be a better value: a couple of value resort rooms or a family suite? Do I still have plenty of time to watch for deals or do I need to book soon?

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  8. Gwen Johnson
    January 19, 2013

    I am a disabled grandmother who wants to bring my son and his two daughters age 12 and 13 to Disney world. I would like to stay at the resort but I am on a budget.I would love to stay a week because I don’t know that I will ever get there again due to healthreasons. I have stage 2 lung cancer and stage 2 kidney failure. This is one goal I would love to accomplish with and for them. Whatever you can do for me will be greatly appreciated. I would like to come in May this year. I am certain there are lots of neat things for teenagers to do there! This would be a once in a lifetime opportuntity for me and my family. Thank you so much. Gwen Johnson Kannapolis, NC

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    • Dave
      January 19, 2013

      Hi Gwen, I don’t know what you are asking for?

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  9. Christina Smith
    January 8, 2013

    I just was wondering if you had any suggestions on what would be best to do if we are planning on going around in 2014.( Most likely doing it during the off season) Would it be cheaper to do a villa or rent two rooms since we are planning on surprising my parents since they have never been. It would be 4 adults and 2 children(6yr,3yr old)
    Thank you for your time!

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  10. Solomani
    October 10, 2012

    Dave, noted. Book ordered. Our plan is to have some “paleo” sandwiches ready (bread made from coconut flour which is filling and lasts a while) or grab stuff the night before for next day breakfast. Thanks again for your insight and generosity in sharing the info.

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  11. Solomani
    October 10, 2012

    Actually, I just read your review (and others) of the suites and the AoA resort generally. I was avoiding value resorts but you’ve convinced me otherwise. Wife is happy she doesnt have to cook 🙂

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  12. Solomani
    October 9, 2012

    Just to add at the moment my itinerary includes one sit-down meal a day with the other two meals at “home”. Breakfast is always in the hotel while lunch and dinner being a mix of being in or out. About half the meals are character related (so they are close to the 60$ mark than the $30).

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  13. Solomani
    October 9, 2012

    The need for a kitchen is because two people in my family are gluten intolerant. As a rule of thumb we don’t eat any grain as a family but in reality the key thing to avoid is gluten/wheat which is enough for a holiday.

    If we skip on the kitchen we will need to eat out every meal. That’s at least 10×3 or 30 meals. I don’t know how accommodating the Disney Dining Plan is for GF eating. I am also not sure I really want to eat every meal “out”. Sounds time consuming. Could be wrong but my experience is breakfast is usually pretty crowded in hotel buffets/restaurants. May not be an issue during the time we visit (30/11 to 13/12 but 2013 not 2012)

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  14. Solomani
    October 8, 2012

    I was thinking of doing the same with the annual pass. Because we need a kitchen our only options are the cabins or the villas. The villas don’t go on sale usually until 3 or so months before any given date and their rack price is high. And I am not comfortable with using DVP renting since there is no cancellation option.

    My plan was to book a cabin, get an annual and hope for a discount at one of the villas (preferably the wilderness lodge but anyway) and eat the cancellation fee if it saves me a bunch. From your experience is this a feasible strategy?

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    • Dave
      October 9, 2012

      The first test is why you need a kitchen–if it’s for a special diet, e.g. allergies or kosher, WDW handles both pretty well…The days, annual pass discounts often aren’t much more than general public room rate discount deals–although they do tend to cover more of the year and have fewer unavailable dates.

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  15. Amy
    March 28, 2012

    Thank you again!!! You are a tremendous help!!

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