Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jan 21, 2012
    Fernanda from RJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, i'd like suggestions for 1st time in DW with 3 & 5 kids, in terms of hotel/resorts with larger rooms (with kicthen), nice pools since we want to go on Sep '12, and with options of meals with characthers. Great forum!

    Hi Fernanda!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Our responses have a word limit, so I won't be able to answer all of your questions, so please write back with more questions. You can send them directly to me if you like.

    If you want to stay on Walt Disney World property and have a full kitchen, then your choices are a Disney Deluxe Villa or a cabin at Fort Wilderness. Deluxe Villas are basically Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owned properties, but you do not have to be a DVC member to stay there. One bedroom Deluxe Villas  and above have a full kitchen. My favorite Deluxe Villa is the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, followed closely by the Beach Club Villas. I love the theming of the Wilderness Lodge (it's my favorite resort in all of Walt Disney World) and I love Stormalong Bay, the main pool at the Beach Club. With children 3 and 5 years old, you might also consider staying at Kidani Village, part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge; young children love waking up and seeing exotic animals right outside their window!

    A cabin at Fort Wilderness is classified as a Moderate Resort, making it less expensive than a Deluxe Villa. Fort Wilderness is a huge hit with many guests. However, some guests do complain about the size of the resort and the fact that you have to use an internal bus system to get around, and then transfer to another bus to get to your final destination. If you are thinking about a cabin, I highly recommend having your own car or a rental car to make getting around Walt Disney World a lot easier.

    Other options for a full kitchen include properties outside of Walt Disney World. A popular choice with many guests is renting a vacation home close by. I'm a big fan of All Star Vacation Homes; you can get more information on them at the independent website allstarvacationhomes.com.

    I hope this helps to get you started! As I wrote earlier, write back with more questions and I'll try and answer them!
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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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