September 16, 2019

Make Your Vote Count

We are roughly 200 days away from our next Disney trip, and I’m coming to you today because I need advice! I can’t make up my mind about what we should do on our next trip. Who else should I turn to but our trusted Mouse & Monorail readers for their input and opinions. So here goes…

We are taking our family on another Disney cruise in late May 2017 for our son Roo’s 6th birthday. It will be my husband, our 2 sons (ages 10 and 6) and myself. I know that there is simply no way I can cruise from Port Canaveral and NOT visit Walt Disney World. The question then turns to, “what do I want out of our next Disney trip?” We are wanting to be there for a couple of nights before our cruise, and we don’t want to break the bank. Here are a few options I’m tossing around:

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Option 1: Stay in a value or moderate resort, perhaps Pop Century or Caribbean Beach. We would purchase a 1 day water parks and more tickets and visit Magic Kingdom and Typhoon Lagoon. We haven’t visited the WDW water parks yet, so this would be fun and new for us. The boys love water parks, and I think with their ages there would be plenty to do to keep us all happy.

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Option 2: Once again stay in a value or moderate resort, and purchase 2 day tickets. We would visit Magic Kingdom and either Epcot or Animal Kingdom. I would like to see the new Animal Kingdom light show when it comes out, but a date hasn’t been set for that. The kids would probably enjoy Animal Kingdom (especially Expedition Everest) more than Epcot, but Jeremy and I fell in love with Epcot on our last trip. I’d love to really explore Epcot more, and allow them to see all the fun things around the World Showcase. And hello, Soarin’ and Test Track!

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Option 3: Skip the parks all together and splurge on a savanna room at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This resort is on my bucket list, and I would absolutely be in heaven waking up and seeing the giraffes outside my room. If we picked this option, we would probably explore the resort, eat at restaurants we’ve never tried, play in the pools and visit Disney Springs. We might even get tickets to La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil. It would truly be 2 days of relaxation enjoying the resort amenities to the fullest. I’d also like to do the starlight safari at Animal Kingdom.

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So those are a few of my ideas. What do you think? Which option would YOU pick if it were your trip? Feel free to throw out other ideas in the comments. I’m truly open to all suggestions, and can’t wait to hear which choice you would pick. Have a magical day! ~Amy ºoº

  • trishmckenzie

    Option 1 or Option 3, but I’m leaning towards 3. At first I thought Option 1 because I bet the boys would LOVE the water parks, but since you are going on a cruise just a few days later, they will get their share of “water fun” between the ship and whatever excursions you do. Option 3 sounds amazing! I have some friends that have stayed in savanna rooms at AK lodge, and they always have such amazing pictures! Option 4: Any of the first three options, and bring my friend Trish along for all of it…..PICK OPTION 4!!! 🙂

    • Option 4 sounds like so much fun, @trishmckenzie:disqus! You can come cruise with us too! E and E would LOVE it!

      • trishmckenzie

        We are talking about a cruise next year, but I’m not sure we could pull off May. That would be SO FUN, though!!

        • I can price some options for you!!! We sail on 5/26 for 3 nights to the Bahamas!

  • Sarah Gilliland

    OMG so many good options! My personal opinion is to visit the water parks, BUT a day of rest in the fabulous AKL sound amazing too!

    • Can I visit Walt Disney World and not visit a park? THAT is the million dollar question.