First Trip to Disneyworld - HELP!!


Hey girls, 

I am planning our 8yo's first trip to Disneyworld for the fall (shh....don't tell her!) and I need some help. We are driving down from the London, Ontario area. Does anyone know approx how long I should allot for driving? I used Google Maps, but some "Disney" friends of mine suggest their estimates are way off. Also, where is a good place to stop on the first night? I want to do as much driving as possible the first day (we have two drivers).  Any recommendations on "affordable" places to stay in WDW? (I realize "affordable" is a relative term when it comes to Disney! LOL)  

Any help and tips you ladies can offer would be SO appreciated.  Thank you!
Mar 29, 2016 @ 12:59 pm

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Sorry, no recommendations because I have never been.
Just check out Airbnb maybe for some places to stay.
Mar 29, 2016 @ 01:20 pm


Disney has value resorts within the parks which are usually the least expensive options for staying inside Disney. Not sure when you are planning on going but usually come summer Disney announces a free Disney dining plan promo for Sept time frame and after and that's usually the best deal Disney has all year round. Hope this helps
Mar 29, 2016 @ 01:29 pm


The most affordable way to stay in Disney is to stay outside the park, but if you're really set on staying inside the park, I think there are good deals and packages online. Good luck!

P.S. Can you please adopt me and take me? :p
Mar 29, 2016 @ 03:04 pm


Sounds like so much fun
Mar 29, 2016 @ 03:07 pm

Disney World

How exciting!!

When I went to Disney World we stayed off park in Kissimme. The hotels are much cheaper and if you don't want to have to pay for or worry about parking most of them have free shuttles to Disney World everyday. We also saved money by going to the local grocery stores and buying our own snacks / lunches for the day.
Mar 29, 2016 @ 04:59 pm


When I was a kid my family drove and we did it in two days. I don't remember where we drove to the first day. In High School the school had a trip there. The bus drove straight there, with a few rest stops to change bus drivers. It took just over 24 hours.
Mar 29, 2016 @ 05:55 pm
Francine Charette

Disney World

Désolée, je ne suis jamais allée à Disney World. Il paraît qu'il faut prévoir une bonne semaine pour une bonne visite.
Apr 29, 2016 @ 10:12 pm


We were just there in March for our first trip, we had so much fun! We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and it was great! We got a good discount on our room by booking through Disney. The resort was beautiful and everything went smoothly. We loved staying on property because we had a shuttle to every park that came at least every half hour, we got extra magic hours that Were really helpful for getting on rides quickly (during Easter!!) and we used magical express (however you won't need that). I wouldn't recommend staying at Caribbean beach resort! We stayed there for one night at the end of our trip and had a bad experience. Feel free to message me if you want more info or any help planning your trip:)
Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:10 pm


We took our first trip to Disney World in September and loved it so much that we are headed back this December. We stayed at the POP Century Disney Resort, which is one of the nicer Disney value resorts. It was fantastic! There is a great group on FB called Canadian Disney Addicts. They were so helpful in the planning of our trip. We also watched a lot of vlogs on disney trip planning on Youtube
Apr 13, 2017 @ 03:57 pm


If you have two driver's and want to make it down to Disney in the least amount of time, you can make it their in 24 hours, of none stop driving time. Now I know this isn't always ideal but it gives you more time to spend down at the parks. More realistically you can make it the second day.

Find out what parks you want to visit for sure, and what ones your not very fussy about, because although we were there for a week, we never had the chance to see all the parks. Animal Kingdom was one we never got a chance to visit. But we also went to Universal Studios the same trip which isn't very far From Disney.

Staying at a resort at Disney also has meal options available, and depending on the meal package you purchase they give you so many "points" I guess you can call them to use a day, which also includes snacks inside the park at specific vendors. By the end of the trip for a family of 4 we still had not used all of the meals and we ended up taking stuff on our trip home with us. We stayed at the All Star Music Resort, and it was fantastic.

They also have different family activities at the Disney resorts throughout the day for you all to enjoy, if you want to spend your day relaxing at the resort, and then check out the park during the afternoon/evening.

We actually took a detour when driving down, and I believe we took 3 days, we left from Seaforth, Ontario and drove through Sarnia and stopped our first night in Ohio, Then we drove through Kentucky and Tennessee and checked out Grace Land and stayed their the second night, and then drove to Florida our third day. Stayed a week at Disney and Universal Studios, and then drove the other way back home through North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Have a great trip! :)
Apr 13, 2017 @ 04:43 pm

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