• On Jun 20, 2012
    Anita 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.

    Our family of 4 w a 3YO girl and 8YO boy will visit Disney Orlando 1st time in July. I'm thinking where to stay and should we get a $room, ticket and dinning package. We need hotel at a very easy location. Is package incl dinning good deal for young kids?

    Hi Anita!

    Thank you for sending in your questions to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.

    Disney resort hotels can basically be divided into four categories:
    • Disney Value Resorts
    • Disney Moderate Resorts
    • Disney Deluxe Resorts
    • Disney Deluxe Villas
    The Disney Deluxe Resorts and Villas generally have the best location, services, and amenities. They generally have the best theming as well.  They are also, unfortunately, generally more expensive than the other resorts.

    If budget is no issue, I recommend staying in one of the Deluxe Resorts in the Magic Kingdom area.  The Polynesian, the Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian are on the monorail line.  That makes it very easy to return to a hotel room for a nap, a swim, or just a break from the parks.

    With regards to getting a package, I personally do not usually get the Dining Plan.  However, you really have to do the math comparing the cost of a Dining Plan to the cost of paying out of pocket. 

    By the way, you should visit the independent website The site is full of money saving information and tips. It is one of the places I go to first when planning my own Disney vacation.

    I hope this helps. Please write back with more questions!  Our responses are limited in length, but I would be happy to help more.  You can send questions directly to me.
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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