Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 9, 2010
    Roxanne Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband and I are bringing his Mom and our two kids to Disney World in April. We want to keep our costs down but still stay on Disney property. Any suggestions on where to stay and what type of room to book while still keep the price reasonable?

    Roxanne:

    One of the things that many guest don't realize is that Disney truly can fit into most budgets and can be as affordable as staying off property. You didn't mention the ages of your children, and that will determine your choice.

    Disney's Value resorts will allow five in a room, if the fifth person is a child who can sleep in a crib.  If that fits your situation, that is your most economical option.  (It will be a tight fit, though.) Keep in mind that there is no curtain between the sink area and the room for extra privacy for your mother-in-law.

    Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside resort offers rooms for five in its Bayou Section because of its trundle beds. My family has stayed in one of these rooms and used the trundle for my elementary-age son. But keep in mind that some rooms have thick mattresses on their trundles but others have thin, school-nap size mattresses.... There is a privacy curtain in the sink area.

    Your next option, in pricing order, would be two connecting rooms at the Value Resorts. But if you're thinking of going that route, I'd suggest that you choose a family Suite for about $20 more.  It will come with the same square footage and two bathrooms, but you'll gain a kitchenette area with a microwave and mini-fridge. In addition to sleeping two in the bedroom, you'll have a living area with a sleeper sofa, chair and ottoman that all convert to beds.

    Lastly, if you want to have proximity to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Boardwalk, I'd recommend looking at the Swan and Dolphin hotels. You won't be able to get the Disney dining plan, but you can enjoy Disney transportation and they are offering a one-bedroom suite on their website right now.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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