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    Hello everybody, great site with even better advice!! We're now planning a 2 week trip to WDW in June 2012. We will have a 9 year old boy, 8 year old girl ( both on their 2nd visit with 1 Paris visit too!) we will also have a one year old girl who was born 3 weeks ago!!

    My initial questions are..

    Are we stupid taking a one year old?!
    OKW or SSR or Animal Kingdom?!
    Upgrade to deluxe dining plan?!
    Any deals this far in advance as flights from UK are not as cheap as our last visit 2 years ago!?

    Thanks for your time and help!
    Rob

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    I think taking a 1 year old could be easier than taking a 4 year old that won't sit in a pushchair, I'm guessing she would sleep in their when tired. When my youngest was 2 she did.

    I would say either okw or SSR as you've got the bonus of a kitchenette in the studio and a lot of room in the one bedroom, I would suggest you go for the one bedroom with a little one so that you can relax without waking the baby.

    Personally I think the deluxe plan is too much food but if you wanted to eat in a lot of the signature restaurants it would work
    out well.

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    Hi Rob and welcome to Secrets.

    I can't help with any onsite advice as we've never stayed onsite.

    I see you're from Chester, I'm from Ellesmere Port and still have all my family there so visit often. I spent a lot of my youth at various clubs in Chester...... Maxwells, Angels, Rendevous... ahh good times

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    and welcome to Secrets

    We don't have children and have never stayed onsite so I'm not much help to you I'm afraid - just wanted to give you a warm welcome.

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    Hi there and welcome!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rigobluenose, post: 253609
    Are we stupid taking a one year old?!
    From what I've seen, 1yr olds are easier to keep entertained I dont think they'll remember much ;-) but thats ok

    OKW or SSR or Animal Kingdom?!
    Well my personal fave would be the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The feel of the place is great and it's so interesting. SSR doesn't do it for me. Location is handy for downtown disney but I didnt find the rest of it inspiring. OKW is totally relaxing :) truth is, wherever you stay, you'll only be in there for sleep so perhaps it doesnt matter THAT much? but I really love the animal kingdom lodge. There's so much to see and do there

    Upgrade to deluxe dining plan?!
    I think it's just too much food I really do. Heck I had enough trouble munching through the normal dining plan

    Any deals this far in advance as flights from UK are not as cheap as our last visit 2 years ago!?
    I know virgin are always doing something. We have a specialist travel agent on the forum who can research deals for you, keep an eye out for "Florida Deals" on the forum :)
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    Well thanks for the warm welcome

    We stayed in Pop Century last time as I think the bright colours and oversized cartoon characters, yoyo stairs etc are more Disney for kids than say the French Quarter...That said the 3 mile walk to the last bus stop wasn't ideal and it's time for some comfort...

    Am looking at beach / yacht and have even convinced myself that Grand Floridian is the way to go! I'm just struggling to convince myself that is worth the extra 3k?!?

    We're going to book the rooms and tickets and then get flights later in the year when the sales start...

    Confused...Nope...Indecisive...Very!!

    Thanks again!!

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    Hi Rob and welcome to Secrets congratulations on your new baby :D

    You've come to the right place for help, we especially love helping people plan :D


    Are we stupid taking a one year old?!
    I don't think you are silly at all, if anything it will be a lot easier

    We went with friends and they had a little one who was under a year old. It was so much easier than when we went again whe she was 7

    The flight over was a doddle, because she slept most of the way in the skycot, she will be in her pram most of the time so if she is tired she will be asleep. If anything, Mummy might get more tired, my friend did because she was getting up for night feeds, but other than that she was fine.

    A lot of people say that they are too young to remember, which is true, but when they look back at the photos and see themselves being cuddled by Pooh or one of the Princesses, it's magical to see their faces :)


    OKW or SSR or Animal Kingdom?!
    I've only ever stayed at the Poly, so can't really comment, I have heard good things about OKW and AKL and I see you mentioned the Grand Floridian, Beach or Yacht Club.

    I think the Grand Floridian, even though it is gorgeous it wouldn't have enough to keep your other two children occupied. My choice would be the Beach Club, I think it would be ideal for you all. It has a lovely pool (with a sand beach) for them to play in, the atmosphere in the hotel is nice, family orientated and you can get the boat straight to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. You could even go to Epcot, get on the monorail and go to the Magic Kingdom.

    Upgrade to deluxe dining plan?!
    The deluxe dinging plan is far too much food to eat

    Any deals this far in advance as flights from UK are not as cheap as our last visit 2 years ago!
    I posted a thread here about free dining and one of our sponsors has a thread here It might be worth giving them a call.









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    Right...thanks for your help...

    Here's the master plan...

    Disney beach club (gonna book a Garden view, what the chance of an upgrade?)

    Dining plan is included...the deluxe plan is an extra 600GBP so is it worth it?

    Flights at a later date when airline sales start

    Car anytime as prices don't change

    Feel free to tell me If you think I've got anything wrong!!!

    Getting excited all ready!!

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    We downloaded the Sehlinger unofficial guide which although I've been before does give you some really good tips...

    I couldn't relate to the sections on small children as my son and first daughter were in the parks from opening to closing every day with no moods, tantrums or cheek!!! Different ball game now though as keeping everyone happy may well not be easy!

    Still nervous about if we're doing the right thing but for the sake of the elder two 9/7 year olds we've bit the proverbial bullet!!

    We will no doubt need help over the coming months....

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