Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Nov 14, 2012
    Andrew from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    5 adults and 2 children (2 & 5) deciding if its better to get to adjoining rooms at a moderate or a family villa for more money. Stayed at WDW many times but unsure if the villa is worth the money?

    Hi, Andrew!

    This is a great question!

    We've done both types of stays, but, as a Disney Vacation Club Specialist, you can tell which we prefer...the villa!

    What you need to decide is if the amenities that are offered in a 1, 2 or 3-Bedroom Grand Villa will also help to offset your expenses elsewhere. For example, we eat every breakfast in our villa, since there is a full kitchen. If you fly via an airline which doesn't charge you for a checked bag, check a box of non-perishables, such as plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly, pancake mix and syrup, even a box filled with breakfast pastries, English muffins, etc. Additional items can be found in the store at your resort. I also pack lots of snacks and items that I know go well with what's at the store, too (shelf-stable flour tortillas for quesadillas, pepperoni and crackers to go with cheese...)

    If you need to pay for checked bags, consider this: your Walt Disney World Villa has a full-sized washer and dryer in the unit. We only carry-on a few days' worth of clothing (plus some laundry detergent balls and a few dryer sheets) and throw in two loads of wash a night. Another savings in checked bags right there, too.

    In addition, the DVC Villas offer a living space in addition to the full kitchen which is always our favorite place to unwind and recharge, together, if we want to. If little ones are ready for bed, they can easily be tucked away in one bedroom, while the adults have fun, snack, watch a movie and really just enjoy the space and the company. It's among our favorite parts of a trip to WDW!

    If the added cost, however, causes you to scrimp elsewhere, consider carefully what type of trip you envision. Parks most of the day, with little time in your room, or a blend of relaxation together as well as park hopping. One type of visit may dictate the right choice for you over the other.

    Send another question as you think of it, Andrew. I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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