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  • On Mar 9, 2009
    Angie from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi everyone I need to know where to stay this will be our 1st time going to WDW the first week of July w/3 & 1 year old. We want to stay near the parks so if the baby needs to nap I could go right away but I don't want to spend much on a hotel please

    Angie:

    Unfortunately at Disney, time is money.  If you're wanting a room on the monorail, you're going to have to pay for it.  However, with that said, here are my two recommendations for the most economical options with boat and monorail transportation to the theme parks:

    • The Contemporary Resort, Garden Wing:  With a 3- and 1-year-old, my guess is that the Magic Kingdom is high on your list.  The monorail services both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot and travels right through the lobby of the this hotel.  From the Magic Kingdom, The Contemporary is the first stop on the monorail--good news if you have a sleepy traveler!  The Garden Wing is more affordable because its views are not as spectacular as the main building's and it's a little bit of a trek, but if your children are in a stroller, you'll be fine.
    • Swan & Dolphin:  These hotels are run by the Sheraton and Westin hotel chains.  They don't offer some of the amenities of the Disney hotels like package delivery or room charge, but their pool/beach facilities and proximity to the Boardwalk make up for any inconvenience!  They are just a short boat ride from Disney Studios and Epcot, and if you have points in their frequent traveler programs, a room there might be more affordable than you think!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
    Whitney

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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