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  • On Sep 20, 2009
    Christi from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning on going to WDW at the end of oct. 2009, my husband, myself our 15 year old daughter and 10 year old son. This is our first trip and was wondering if we should stay at a value resort or a moderate hotel, and which one would be best

    Hi Christi,

    First trips are extra magical!  Be sure to pick up some free "First Visit" pins at Guest Relations at whichever park you visit first, and wear them proudly throughout your vacation!  Deciding between a moderate and value resort is largely a personal decision, but here are some thoughts to help you decide.

    Value resorts are, generally, just that, a great value!   These very reasonably priced properties have great pools, wonderful amenities, sparkling clean rooms and all the perks of staying at a Disney Resort, including use of Disney transportation, Disney's Magical Express and Extra Magic Hours.  The rooms are very functional, and can accommodate a family of four comfortably.  The value resorts all have a food-court  type eatery.   My family's vote for best value property is All Star Music.

    Moderate Resorts offer more amenities than the value resorts at a slightly higher price.  These properties are more elaborately themed and have several pools, including one "main" pool with a slide.  In addition, all of the moderate resorts have both a counter-service eatery and table-service (sit-down) restaurant.  Rooms at all of the moderate resorts are larger than those at the value properties.  I think all of the moderate properties are lovely, but if I had to pick, I'd vote for Caribbean Beach Resort.

    If you plan on spending most of your time at the parks during your trip, a value resort is a great idea.  In addition, by saving on your accommodations, you can consider some "special additions" to your first trip, including a dinner show, tour or even performance of Cirque du Soleil.  If you anticipate spending a significant amount of time at your resort, would like a table-service restaurant on property, and a slightly larger room, you might want to consider upgrading to a moderate resort.

    Whichever you chose, have a magical first trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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