• On Feb 11, 2009
    Ray from OH 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.

    Doug, My wife and I and our two young kids (8 & 6) are planning a 4th of July trip to Disney. This will be our 4th trip in 5 years, but will be the 1st one staying at a Disney resort. I'm torn on which moderate-level resort to choose. Any advice?


    Boy, what great ages to have the kids at Walt Disney World! First off, they are all pretty great, so wherever you end up, you are going to enjoy it. Let's look at some of the pros of each;

    Caribbean Beach: Pirate theme rooms (extra charge) and a newly renovated pirate themed pool are great pluses. If your kids are aspiring buccaneers this is the obvious choice.
    Coronado Springs: This convention hotel has some newly renovated rooms that offer more business-hotel luxury than you find at most Disney World hotels.
    Port Orleans: This resort has two distinct themes (Riverside and French Quarter), and probably the best resort grounds for general exploration and discovery. The boat access to Downtown Disney can be a big plus, especially with kids your age that can stay up a bit later than a toddler.
    Cabins at Fort Wilderness: Often overlooked, this let's you enjoy the outdoors and keeps you close to the Magic Kingdom.

    If you are still undecided I would suggest the resorts in this order;

    Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Cabins.

    Please feel free to ask me any follow-up questions!

    Have a Magical Vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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