Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 20, 2009
    Ruth from IL 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.

    We are planning a trip for the 1st time (2 kids, 8 & 6). We are trying to decide between Contemp. garden room or tower room. What are the pros/cons of each? Also, is the dining package plan worth getting?Do you have to order it when booking the trip?

    Hi, Ruth!    A Tower Room gives you great views of either Magic Kingdom or Bay Lake depending on which side of the Tower you stay.   Staying in the Tower gives you closer proximity to the walkway to Magic Kingdom, restaurants, and the monorail.   On the down side of it, there can be some noise from Chef Mickey's depending on your room location.   There is also a price issue;  It is more expensive to stay in a standard room in the Tower vs a standard room in the Garden Wing.

    The Garden Wing is closer to the pool area.  If your kids plan to spend a lot of time at the pool, this is a good option.   From these rooms, it is a bit of a walk to get to the lobby area and a longer walk to the Magic Kingdom.   There are no balconies in the Garden Wing rooms, but if you are on the first floor, there is a shared patio outside  your room with table and chairs.   You will save money by choosing a standard room in the Garden Wing over a Tower Room, but will miss out on the views.

    The Disney Dining Package is a great deal if you plan to do one Table Service meal each day.   If your family likes to eat and run, you might want to explore the Quick Service Dining Plan.    To learn more about Disney Dining, click HERE.  If  you decide to add Dining onto your Disney Resort package, you need to do this at least 2 days prior to your vacation.   There are currently some deals running where Dining is FREE with your vacation, click HERE for special offers.

    Have a great time planning your Disney vacation!
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Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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