• On Sep 16, 2018
    Matthew from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is it even worth it to stay at the resorts in Walt Disney World? This will be my first time in Disney. My girlfriend and I are on a budget. She has been before and loved the resorts but I'm not sure about the cost.

    Hi Matthew,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I love your budget-conscious question. Since my family is always on a budget, I understand your dilemma!

    For us, the Benefits of staying at Disney Resort Hotels are well worth the cost. We take advantage of the Complimentary Resort Transportation since we typically fly to Orlando. We also love to be able to make our advanced dining reservations 180 days in advance for up to 10 days. Perhaps the best benefit for us is the ability to make Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. Fast Pass+ saves us valuable time in lines for attractions so, on day 60, we always make three selections per day for each day that we have valid theme park admission. 

    Matthew, once you determine your budget, I have a few suggestions. Consider one of the Value Resort Hotels. My favorites are Disney's Art of Animation, Disney's All-Star Sports and Disney's Pop Century resorts. In my experience, the cost of these, especially if you secure one of the terrific Special Offers, is comparable to some off-property hotels. Just remember, if you drive, review the Parking Fees. Also, consider your estimated food costs by reviewing a few menus. Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom is one of our favorites. Just click on the restaurant website and "View Menu."

    Happy Planning!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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