Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 13, 2010
    Alisha from OH 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.

    Headed to DW for our first trip in May. We have 5 and 2 yr old girls whom both nap. Where should we stay? We've been told the G. Floridian b/c of the monorail? It's very expensive, is it worth it? We want days at the parks and days to relax at hotel.

    Hi Alisha!

    With young children you will probably be spending a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom.  That's why people have been suggesting that you stay in the Grand Floridian.  However, all of the Magic Kingdom Monorail resorts are just as accessible.  Thus you should also consider the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort; both are generally a little less expensive than the Grand Floridian.

    Another great option is my favorite resort at Walt Disney World, the Wilderness Lodge.  The Wilderness Lodge is a Magic Kingdom resort, but it is not on the monorail.  Instead, it sits on Bay Lake, behind the Contemporary Resort and you can reach it via boat service from the Magic Kingdom.  A boat usually comes around every 15 minutes to go to and from the Wilderness Lodge.  On average, it doesn't take that much longer to reach the Wilderness Lodge via boat than it does to get to the Polynesian via the monorail, especially if there is congestion on the monorail track.  The Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge are usually the least expensive of Disney's Deluxe Resorts.

    To save money, you might consider a Disney Moderate or Value resort.  Unfortunately, then you will be further away from the Magic Kingdom and will have to take Disney buses instead of the monorail or a boat.  However, they are great places to stay and many guests love them.  My favorite Moderate Resort is Port Orleans Riverside and my favorite Value Resort is Pop Century.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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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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