Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Feb 14, 2010
    Bekki from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What is the best, yet cheapest place to stay. Kids coming ages 11.9,7,6.The Fort Wilderness Resorts or the All Star Music Resort?


    I need to be upfront with you and let you know that I am probably the biggest fan of Fort Wilderness on the panel!

    Actually two connecting standard rooms at any Value Resort are the cheapest way for your family of six to stay at Disney, but as you mentioned in your question, that may not be the "best."  The Family Suites at All-Star Music are indeed the cheaper in comparison to the cabins but you may find that the roughly $80 a night difference can be made up in a few meals cooked at the cabin in your full-size kitchen (instead of the suites' microwave).  I've toured the Jazz Suites but have not chosen to stay there because the theming, in my opinion, lacked appeal to my kids who are roughly the same ages as yours. Giant maracas and guitars didn't scream Disney like the All-Star Movies' Toy Story characters!  The one plus that the suites offer, though, are two bathrooms.  But, that may not be a need for you until you have teenagers!

    What makes the fort worth the extra money?. Its campfire sing-a-long with Chip 'n' Dale, boat to Magic Kingdom, outside deck and "running-around" room for kids are strong pros for me.  It's large living area, full-size fridge, range, and dishwasher make cooking a meal enjoyable.  (And cooking spaghetti for the family for about $15 compared to spending over $150 in the park can make up your room costs quickly!)

    But it's some things you can't put a price tag on that make Fort Wilderness stand out to our family. There, you feel miles away from the busy-ness of the parks, and you can truly feel like you're on a vacation.  Lots of activities abound at the resort from archery to fishing, biking to bingo. And our family can't visit without a trip to the beach to watch the Magic Kingdom's  Wishes Fireworks from the beach and the Electric Light Parade.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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