• On Apr 5, 2009
    Wayne from IL 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.

    This is our first trip to WDW and we have two girls, ages 4 and 7. We are booked at the Port Orleans Riverside and I am now concerned we will not be totally happy with the resort. Would the Polynesian be worth the extra money? We want a memorable time

    Hi Wayne, the Polynesian is an amazing resort, but it does cost a lot more money.  I think it really depends upon what you can afford.  If you feel that you can spend the extra money, then switch to the Polynesian.  But, if the Polynesian is a stretch financially, then don't switch.  The Port Orleans Riverside is a wonderful resort, and you will still have a great time staying there. 

    The extra benefits to the Polynesian are, in my opinion:
    • closer access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and the other monorail resorts
    • larger rooms
    • more deluxe amenities
    • a better theme
    • better food options (although Boatrights and the food courts are still great)
    I hope that helps you make your decision.
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Meet the Panelist: Jodi, Massachusetts

My name is Jodi from Massachusetts.  I am married with 2 children and work as a writer and consultant. I really look forward to helping parents everywhere plan a vacation within their budget that will truly create lifelong memories. Learn More About Jodi

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