Single Mom Does DisneyDec 17, 1999 Write an essay on this topic.
In late May, 1999 I took my six and eight year old to Disney World for seven days. This was our first "real" vacation, and the kids first plane ride. As a single mom, I had a lot of doubts about this vacation but it was something the kids had been asking about for several years. I had never been to Disney World either, so I didn't know what to expect. It turned out wonderful!
I thought that seven days was going to be too long, but it turned out to be too short to see everything. We did not rent a car, and that worked out fine although it meant that we did not see Sea World, etc. We only made it to the four Disney Parks (we went to Magic Kingdom two days in a row). By staying within walking distance of Downtown Disney, we had access to many shops and restaurants including McDonald's. The kids enjoyed playing in the fountains which spray up out of the sidewalk. I would recommend staying at a hotel in the area near Downtown Disney. The free hotel shuttles were always coming along when we were ready to go to the parks and when we were ready to return to the hotel.
I would encourage everyone to consider the Grosvenor Hotel, which is privately owned hotel within Disney World. We had excellent service from the staff, including being able to check in early (when our flight got there several hours before designated check in time) and holding our luggage at the bell captain's station on the last day after we checked out (so that we could enjoy some more time in Downtown Disney.) I selected a package deal which included breakfast everyday for the three of us, one dinner for each of us, and a coupon for a picnic chicken dinner to be eaten in our room. In addition, my package included three five day park hopper passes. At that time, it was approximately $200 per day for the three of us inclusive of the hotel room price. I wanted a quality hotel, with a nice pool and play area for the kids as well as a nice place to eat. We had all of that from the Grosvenor.
Be sure to pack some snacks which you can carry in your fanny pack as the prices of food and drink are very high in the parks. Water bottles are another "must" and can be refilled at the water fountains in the park for free.
My children enjoyed Epcot the most, with The Magic Kingdom coming in a close second. Animal Kingdom was a disappointment, but that may have been because it was quite warm that day and we Minnesotan's weren't used to that much heat in May! We liked the Disney MGM Studio almost as much as Epcot and Magic Kingdom. All in all, it was wonderful! I would love to go again!
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