• On Oct 6, 2011
    Stacy from TX 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.

    Is it better to stay in a "room" vs "villa", i have two teenagers and we are also thinking of maybe having the option of cooking dinner a night or two vs eating out. And what does the cost of meal plan break down to currently for spring

    Hi Stacy,

    I have two teens and a tween.  This summer we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village in a two bedroom villa and it was WONDERFUL!  I can't tell you the tears of joy I had over having 3 bathrooms (and a washer/dryer).  Each of my children had plenty of space, and I have to admit it was nice for hubby and me to have our own space, too.  Our next trip is back to a traditional room and my kiddos are already whining. While we didn't cook any meals, we did have breakfast in our room and had had groceries delivered through, which were waiting for us when we checked in. If you are curious about the villa kitchens, you can visit and do a search for DVC Villa Kitchens to find 4 insightful articles by Disney Mom Erin about the kitchens at the villas.  If it is within your budget to stay in a villa, it is lovely to have the extra space.  

    If you find the cost of a villa is too high, there are a couple of other more budget-friendly options: The Cabins at Fort Wilderness and the family suites at the All-Star Music and the Art of Animation (opening in May 2012). 

    And currently the cost of the 2012 standard Disney Dining Plan is $45.99 for guests 10 and up and $11.99 for guests 3-9 (these prices are per person, per night and are subject to change) .  it does cost a bit more during peak times. To read more about the dining plans, you can click here

    Please let us know if we can help again, and thank you for visiting the Moms Panel. 
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