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  • On Mar 6, 2010
    Jennifer from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    we are a family of 4 and on a tight budget, we have a daughter in college and a 4 year old. Which hotel would you recommend that is upper scale but yet not that expensive and would you recommend the food plan? 500-700 $ seems like a lot of $ for 5 days.

    Hi, Jennifer!  For a hotel that has a very deluxe feel at a moderate price, I would recommend Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  This location has a great pool area for kids, with a Mayan Pyramid as the focal point, and a play area for the kids.  The rooms are comfortable, and the landscaping beautiful.  There is a nice gift shop, where you can buy a few staples for your room (snacks and drinks and things like that, in addition to the souvenirs and sundries); the Maya Grill, which is a table service restaurant, along with the Pepper Market, a very unique counter service dining experience.

    For a bump of a few dollars, you could book a club level room, which will afford you a few deluxe amenities like turn down service, a lounge that offers continental breakfast, midday snacks, and evening wine and cheese (there is a small charge for the wine). 

    With regard to the Disney Dining Plan, this really depends on your family.  My family has always found it to be way too much food, so we've just done meals out of pocket on most of our vacations.  Additionally, my 18 year old and my four year old are not big eaters.  The little one could eat a fruit cup and call it a meal, and the older one could eat half of a fruit cup, call it a meal, then tell me I feed her too much when I try to get her to eat something else later!  You can browse the menus at allears.net by clicking on the dining tab.  Figure out where you are likely to eat and approximately how much you might spend, and then you can determine if the dining plan is worth it for your family.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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