• On Oct 19, 2011
    Natalie from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am planning our first trip to WDWItEm celebrate DH return from deployment. It will be us plus 2 kids DD-4 & DS-2. We are planning on staying at a value resort, but wondering if we should do a moderate? Will my kids notice a difference? Thanks so much

    Hi Natalie,

    First, let me personally say thank you for your husband's service as well as your family's sacrifices while he's been deployed. I'm so thrilled to hear about your husband's return being celebrated at Walt Disney World!

    WDW is truly a place for families to re-connect. We just returned from our family vacation to Disney World and we feel rejuvenated after having spent such quality time together. I hope your family will feel the same way!

    My son is now 11 and has been staying at WDW resorts since the age of 2. I can tell you that your kids will not know the difference between a value and moderate resort unless you were to point out some things to them.

    First, the beds are smaller at the value resorts. My husband and I don't get the best sleep when staying at a value resort but we do enjoy the smaller cost.

    Next, the pools do not have slides. Pool slides are a big deal to our son and the quality of his resort stay is often equal to his assessment of the resort's slide. If only you could see me rolling my eyes right now!

    When our son was younger, we stayed at the All-Star Movies and he was all wide-eyed over the large movie decor. We've also stayed at Pop Century a few times where our son likes the arcade.

    Since this is your first family trip to WDW, I would consider that your time in the parks will likely be where you'll be spending the bulk of your vacation. If you want to stick to a value budget, the kids won't notice the lack of some amenities such as a pool slide, on-site table service restaurant, or larger rooms. In fact, by the time you return to your resort for a mid-day break, you may be too tired to notice the differences!

    If your budget allows, consider a moderate. I think they offer the best value at WDW for a moderate price. Otherwise, feel confident that staying at a value resort will still provide your family with a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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