Seeing how quickly the last eight months have passed makes me realize how quickly the next year will fly by. Being filled with many things like our trip to Michigan for out little princess to meet the family, the boy’s birthdays and all the “firsts” of a baby girl, it will be Christmas before I know it. If nothing else, there’s one thing we know we want to do this year – go back to Disney! We’ve got a pretty firm set of dates that we are planning on going (the boy’s fall break from school) so that part’s already pretty much decided. Now to figure out where to stay. This is always a tough choice for our family. My youngest loves picking out where we’re going to live while we’re at Mickey’s house. My oldest doesn’t really care either way as long as there’s a pool. Hubby has always wanted to stay at the Contemporary and always tries to talk the boys into his picks. I don’t really have a favorite or preferred resort – I’m always just happy to be at Disney.
This will be our first trip traveling with a baby so I feel like it’s our first trip all over again. I’ve tried doing lots of research on the best places to stay with a baby, on site or off site, asking friends who’ve been with babies and still don’t have an answer that just jumps out at me. I know wherever we stay will need to be big enough for a family of five and all the things that we’ll need for a seven month old.
Staying on site has the benefit of extra magic hours – something we’ve always taken advantage of, the provided transportation (even when we stay on site, we still drive to and from the parks) and ability to split up if needed and hopefully free dining and some pixie dust. Off site might be slightly cheaper, we could make our own meals and would have plenty of space for everyone to spread out when they need to. Right now the boys (all three of them) are leaning very much towards on site. Carter is excited about the Art of Animation resort and the different rooms they will have to offer. Hubby’s still pushing for the Contemporary or Poly but I can’t sleep at night knowing we’re spending that much on a room and all the other things I could have spent that money on.
If you’ve taken a little one to Disney, did you stay on or off site? I want the baby’s first trip to be special but I know it will be no matter where we stay.