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Part 2 – Tips for Choosing a Disney World Resort
- Will you stay on-property or off property?
- If you stay on-property, which Disney World resort should you choose?
Is Staying at a Disney World Resort the Right Choice for your ADHD Family?
Here are some questions worth considering when debating what would work best for your family.Would your family answer yes or no to the following questions?
- Do you plan to spend more than 1 day visiting areas of the Disney World property? This includes theme parks, Downtown Disney, etc.
- Do you think your kids (or you) will need a break during your trip to the park(s)?
- Do you like your vacation experiences to have a more seamless feel?
- Does your family get a notable amount of enjoyment from little details such as themed meals, rooms decor, etc.?
- Do you plan to avoid renting a car and/or will you be flying in?
- Would your family enjoy using some of the amenities at Disney World resorts other than the one you’re possibly staying at?
- Do you plan to drive to Disney and use your car to get around?
- Do you plan to spend no more than 1 day at a Disney World park or in the Disney area?
- Do you have a vacation condo or home available to you that you can rent for significantly less than the cost of staying on-property?
- Does your family anticipate spending the majority of your money on an event not related to visiting Disney World?
- Are all of the members of your family old enough to spend an entire day, beginning to end, at the theme park(s) you intend to visit without a break (outside the park) during the day?
Which Disney World Resort is Right For Your ADHD Family?
- Take a breath
- Create a list of must-have features/qualities/amenities your family wants/needs
- Narrow your choices down to 2 or 3 resorts only if there is no obvious first choice
- Evaluate objectively for a reasonable amount of time; give yourself a deadline so you don’t waffle too much!
- Choose confidently knowing that you know your family best
Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Your Must-Have Resort List
- Do you want a resort right next to Magic Kingdom or is a shuttle ride of 20 minutes or so going to be okay? Some resorts are far closer to parks than others, though all are accessible by shuttle.
- Is there a specific theme your family would enjoy most?
- What’s your Disney World resort budget per night or per person?
- Do you need a suite/villa or will a standard room be large enough for your family?
- Do you want a resort with free activities for your children to participate in? I’ve noticed some resorts offer more of these than others.
- What kind of pool setup would best work for your family? Some resorts have water play areas for young children, while others have a large pools and toddler pools only.
Once you find a resort that meets the criteria you’ve come up with on your must-have list that has a theme your family will enjoy–book!
I’ve read an incredibly amount of Disney sites, blogs and third-party review sites on the Disney World resorts and I can confidently say, no one resource told me everything I wanted to know. It definitely took a bit of searching to find all the answers to my questions, especially since some of my questions were specific to my family’s somewhat unique needs and quirks. I recommend starting with Disney World’s site and moving to sites like TripAdvisor, then googling specific questions you have and exploring blogs that discuss them.I hope this helps! Do you have any tips for determining whether or not visitors should stay on-property or off when visiting Disney World?
Check back soon as I’ll be doing a full review of our experience last year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge from our Family ADHD perspective!