• On Nov 15, 2009
    Terra from SC 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.

    Can't decide between CR or something less expensive like CBR. I really want to be as close to MK as possible, since we will be traveling with 3 small ones (ages 5, 3 and 1). What is your the close distance to the park worth the extra $$?

    Hi Terra,

    If it's in your budget, then the monorail resorts are absolutely worth the extra money - especially when you're traveling with little ones.  I'm assuming you'll want to take your kiddos back to the resort in the afternoons for a nap.  It's a great idea, but waiting for buses can eat up a lot of time.  It's nice to be able to hop on the monorail or even walk to your resort from the Magic Kingdom.

    Another big plus about riding the monorail is that you don't have to fold up your stroller.  You can wheel that sleeping child right onboard at the end of the evening. 

    Staying at a monorail resort also gives you easy access to some great character dining!  Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian and Polynesian are all easy to get to and have some of the most popular character meals in Walt Disney World.

    The rooms at the Contemporary are larger than those at Caribbean Beach.  Your living quarters won't be quite as cramped.  Oh, and you'll be able to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from the beach at your resort - or from your room if you splurge for a Castle view.

    Don't get me wrong, Caribbean Beach is a fun, colorful resort with a great pool area.  You'll have a wonderful vacation wherever you stay.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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