EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Aug 25, 2014
    Jan from SK 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.

    Hi All! Planning a girls trip with my mom and my 11 year old daughter this January. We are looking at staying at the Port Orleans Riverside and I want to know if the extra money is worth this resort over a Value resort. Thank you!

    Hi Jan,

    You pose a question that I have pondered many times myself. Since I have a large family and need 2 rooms or a suite, often times I choose value and moderate Disney Resort hotels to accommodate us.  Whenever I am considering "upgrading" Disney Resort hotels, I always first consider this question:  Does it fit into my budget? If upgrading Resort hotels stretches my budget tightly or causes me to eliminate another activity then I stick to my original plan. If however I can move from a Value to a Moderate category without causing a change to my vacation plans then I absolutely choose the Moderate category.

    I feel that Port Orleans - Riverside (and Port Orleans - French Quarter) has fantastic rates for the amenities that it provides. Port Orleans - Riverside has extensive award winning landscaping and lush walking/jogging trails meandering throughout the grounds. Another advantage that it has is a table service restaurant in addition to a food court. Resort hotel rooms in this category have 2 queen sized beds and are larger than those in the value category. For royal Guests, you can even book a preferred "Royal Room" which is a delight to Guests of all ages.

    Value Resort rooms can be summed up as "fun". Each Value Resort has its own food court and the standard rooms have 2 full sized beds.  The grounds of the Value Resorts are also beautifully themed with whimsical details. My favorite 2 Value Resorts are Art of Animation and Pop Century. Although there are fewer amenities, there is certainly the same amount of fun and magic at the value Resorts.

    I hope this helps you decide between the two categories of Disney Resort hotels. I can assure you no matter what your decision, your vacation will be MAGICAL and you will make cherished memories with your family.

    Brenda ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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