• On Mar 31, 2018
    Kristen from MO 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.

    We are flying to WDW for a 1st time visit in Sept. with 4 & 8 yr old girls. I’m trying to decide what resort is best: Art of Animation-suite, Port Orleans Riverside-royal room, or are monorail resorts worth the money? Pros/cons please & thank you!

    Hi Kristen,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and thank you for your question. I’m so excited for you – your girls are a fantastic age for a first visit!

    I have some great news for you: you’re looking at some great options. My children are close in age to your daughters, and we loved both Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. We loved the Landscape of Flavors food court at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, as well as the super fun theming and great pools. The family suites will make it possible for your girls to each have their own bed, and will give you two bathrooms as well as a small living area to hang out in. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside’s Royal Rooms are breathtaking. My kids actually screamed when we walked into the room, and they loved searching for all the incredible hidden details in the room. My son laid in bed every night saying goodnight to all the Princes and Princesses on the walls, and drifting off below the fireworks headboards was magical. At Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts, you can use both Riverside’s and French Quarter’s pools, and the pools feature waterslides and hot tubs.

    Kristen, the monorail resorts provide wonderful convenience and deluxe amenities if they work with your budget. The convenience of getting to the theme parks on the monorail or using boat transportation, the larger rooms and beds, and the expanded dining options make them awesome choices. You really can’t go wrong with the options you’re looking at, so I recommend taking a look at pictures of the rooms and pools, as well as looking at transportation from each resort to the theme parks, and going from there. Please come back and visit us if you have more questions as you plan your first visit!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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