• On Mar 21, 2020
    Carla from PR 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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    We had to cancel our April trip due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are hoping to go in June. We were going to stay at Port Orleans-Riverside, but we have the option now of Caribbean Beach. Which one do you recommend? Family of 5, reserving 5th-sleeper rooms.

    Welcome BACK, Carla!

    It's so good to see you asking another great Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question to us hEAR at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, even during these not-so-magical times. I'm so, so sorry that your original vacation plans had to be reconfigured, but I'm happy to assist with your backup plan!

    I stayed in a 5th sleeper room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside two years ago with one of my best mom-friends plus our two toddler Mouseketeers, and I actually really liked the set up! It took a bit of conscious unpacking of where we wanted to put everything, but there were plenty of drawers and ledges that even with all of the sippy cups and snacks, we made it work without feeling cramped at all. The 5th sleeper rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will be of a similar size and layout, if not identical, to Riverside that the main differences between these two resort hotels, to me, boil down to the pool and transportation options:

    Pool: The main pools at both of these resorts have great theming, water slides, and a watering hole with fun refreshments for all ages. The pool area at Caribbean Beach also features a fun pirate-themed water play structure meant for smaller kiddos! But, something neat for guests staying at Riverside is that they also have privileges to swim at the sister Disney Port Orleans Resort hotel, French Quarter, which also has a pint-sized water play structure. There's a 10-minute walkway connecting the two resort hotels, and don't forget your Resort Refill Beverage Mug that comes with your Disney Dining Plan as it will work at all Resort Hotel Quick-Service Beverage Islands. And Pro Tip: French Quarter also has Mickey-shaped beignets that are simply a must-try snack.

    Transportation Options: You'll need to utilize a Disney Resort Bus to get to a few, if not all, of the Disney Theme Parks from both Riverside and Caribbean Beach. But in addition to wheels, you can boat to Disney Springs from Riverside. OR, for any even faster way to zoom around, Caribbean Beach hosts the main transfer station of the brand new Disney Skyliner, which allows guests to soar in the sky like Peter Pan to both Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

    I really don't think you'll go wrong by staying at either Disney Resort Hotel, Carla. And if you have any more questions about your upcoming Disney Days, We're All Ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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