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  • On May 29, 2011
    Melissa from MS 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.

    My husband and I are taking my 3 year old daughter to Disney maybe the first week of October. Is it worth spending the extra money on a moderate room or are the value rooms just as good. I just want a clean comfortable room close to Magic Kingdom.

    Hi Melissa!

    If you're not going to be spending much time in your hotel besides sleeping, then it doesn't matter too much.  If however, you are going to spend a lot of time at your hotel, such as relaxing, then it can make a big difference.  A Disney Moderate Resort has more services and amenities than a Value Resort.  However, neither is close to the Magic Kingdom.

    My favorite Disney Value Resort is Pop Century.  It has a great food court and the best bus service on property in my opinion.  There's only one bus stop at Pop Century and the hotel doesn't share bus service with any other hotel.

    My favorite Disney Moderate Resort is Port Orleans Riverside.  I love the theming, especially the Alligator Bayou section of the resort.  I also like the fact that it has a Table Service (full service) restaurant on site, and I like the boat transportation to Downtown Disney.

    My favorite Disney Deluxe Resort is the Wilderness Lodge, which is close to the Magic Kingdom if that's important to you.

    Good luck with your decision!
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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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