What a great trip!! Thank you Liners for all the tips in our planning - it really helped. We had perfect weather. We spent a few days at MK 11 months ago but hadn't been to the other parks since we had kids. Our family consists of DH (and me) both 36 and DS 2 & 4. We were in Orlando 6 days and spent 5 days in parks. Two at MK and 1 at each of the others.
We drove from Cincinnati (14 hours split over two days) and that worked out really well and saved us a ton of money over flying. It was our first time driving to FL and we'd do it again if we had enough days off to make it work. Chick-fil-A and McD's play lands came in very handy. We got a new set us DVDs for the van and the boys did great.
We stayed off site in a 3 bedroom house we found on vrbo. Owner was great to work with. It was a value place but it was really the space we were looking for. Each boy had his own room and we didn't have to worry about waking them. For 7 nights it was less than $700. My only complaints are that a/c would not cool below 76 and the master bed sagged a bit. The place would easily fit 6 plus and kids in pack and plays or air mattresses. I'll try to find the vrbo number for any larger family needed a budget place, this would be great.
Our DS4 has many sensory and behavioral issues. We requested DAS at MK GS at RD. There was no line and it was very easy. I stated we wanted DAS for his sensory needs and they set it up with no questions. It so happens that he was still wearing his headphones from the welcome show and running all around, so it probably was obvious that he has some needs. I had our whole family's magic bands and we set a wait for the first ride. DAS really helped us this week due to high crowd levels but there was some extra running around the park to set up times.