EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 28, 2012
    Larisa 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.

    Hello, Price difference between a deluxe resort and moderate is pretty significant. This is the first time we are traveling with a toddler and wanted to know if it is worth the extra money to stay in a hotel that can be reached by monorail?

    Hello, Larisa!

    I know what you're thinking about park access via the monorail.

    Bottom line?  Had I realized how much easier it is to stay in a monorail-accessible resort with a toddler in tow, I would have done so sooner.   IF the price (or, in our case, the Disney Vacation Club point amount) is within your budget, you really need to consider the convenience of not having to fold up that stroller (with a sleeping toddler in it!) each time you need to head back to your resort. If budget is of less concern than convenience, then you want a resort that is accessible via the monorail, no questions asked.

    That being said, if you are trying to help offset the cost of park passes, transportation or a Dining Plan, then the Moderate Resorts are the way to go. Buses run frequently, and, once you get a system down of having your bags (stowed under a stroller) easily removed, stroller folded and placed with one parent, while  (possibly sleeping) child is placed with the other parent, then a Moderate Resort is great, too (and it's easier on the budget!)

    I can truly say that, depending on our personal circumstances at each trip, our rationale was the right one each time.  Will the extra cost of a Deluxe Resort on the monorail rob you of the ability to stay an extra night or experience a Character Meal?  Might not be worth it.  Do you really resent the extra time it takes to pack and unpack a stroller (child, bags, etc.) each time you head to either Magic Kingdom Park or Epcot? Then the investment in a stay at a Deluxe Resort might keep you a little more relaxed.

    I hope this helps you make an informed decision on your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World. No matter what, you're sure to have a fantastic vacation with your little one!  Please send me additional questions as you think of them; I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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