Family checking in at Art of Animation
  • On Feb 27, 2020
    Jt from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our party has 21 people - 2 families are a party of 6. We are considering the Doubletree in Disney Springs as cost is a huge concern to the families. Can you share the advantages/disadvantages of doing so? We plan on buying magic bands on our own.

    Welcome to Agrabah traveler! It’s so nice to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel JT! Visiting Walt Disney World Resort with a large party can be a blast. It’s a great way to create new memories together. 

    There are a few similarities between staying at a Disney Resort Hotel and staying at a Disney’s Springs Resort, like the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando. Both of these resort types include Extra Magic Hours, early access to FastPass+ reservations, and complimentary theme park bus transportation. 

    If you are traveling with little ones, I find that staying at a Disney Resort Hotel is the best option because of Disney’s Magical Express. This motorcoach benefit is offered to Guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel and consists of complimentary transportation to and from Orlando International Airport and your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. It’s so nice to not have to worry about finding transportation to the hotel that offers car seats or having to bring mine with me! As a Disney Resort Hotel Guest, you are also able to add on a Disney Dining Plan, receive complimentary MagicBands, and have access to complimentary theme park parking, if you have your own vehicle with you.

    I recommend checking the room rates at the Value Resorts. You will be able to receive all the benefits of being a Disney Resort Hotel Guest, at a lower cost. I also highly suggest the Family Suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and those at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Both resort’s Family Suites sleep up to 6 adults, which gives your family plenty of room!

    Have a Magical Day!
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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