Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 25, 2011
    Lisa 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.

    Hey! We are headed to the WDW resort in November with our two children (13 and 10) and my parents... This is a once in a lifetime trip, but can't decide where to stay... Any suggestions, tips, or helpful hints would be appreciated! :)

    Hi Lisa!

    If this is a once in a life time trip and your budget allows, then I definitely recommend staying in a Magic Kingdom Monorail Resort.  There's nothing quite like being in the center of all of the magic.  There are three resorts on the monorail line:  Contemporary (and Bay Lake Tower), the Grand Floridian, and the Polynesian.  I recommend staying in the tower of the Contemporary Resort or at the Polynesian.  The Polynesian is my personal favorite monorail resort; it's beautiful, relaxing, and romantic!  The Polynesian also provides easy access to the Epcot monorail line; you can either switch monorails at the Transportation and Ticket Center or just walk there from the Polynesian.

    If you think you will be spending a lot of time in Epcot, then you might consider staying at the Beach or Yacht Club.  They are both within walking distance of Epcot (about a 10 minute walk) and Disney's Hollywood Studios (about a 20  minute walk).  There's also boat service between those two resorts and both theme parks.

    If your budget doesn't allow staying in a Disney Deluxe Resort, then I suggest looking at Port Orleans Riverside.  It's my favorite of the Disney moderate resorts.  It has a lot of services and amenities and a fantastic boat service to Downtown Disney, which is fun and relaxing, especially at night.

    Since this is your first trip, I highly recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It's a wonderful book for first time visitors, as it is full of information without being overwhelming.  It will give you a lot of tips and a good feel for everything there is to do at Walt Disney World.  It's also a beautiful book, full of color photographs. 

    I hope this helps!  Write back with 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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