AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On May 29, 2008
    Denise from MA 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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    Does it make more sense to stay inside the park and deal with the busses (we will be travelling with a 5 year old and 17 month old!) or stay outside the park and rent a car! Ideal would be staying at a monorail hotel but too expensive!


    I have three small children myself so I understand your concern.  Granted, I'm a Disney fanatic, but here is my experience.

    Off-site is not easy.  We stayed in a house that advertised '2 miles from Disney' - yeah, well.  Ha!  It might be two miles from the entrance to property, but it's more like 10 miles to an actual park.  And the traffic on the main road (outside Disney property) was horrid!  We often spent 45 minutes each way, making that supposed 2-mile drive.  Never again!  (Incidentally, it was after that trip that we joined the Disney Vacation Club.  We knew we'd never stay off-property again!)

    The Disney transportation system is a well-oiled machine.  Sure the monorail is easier than the buses, but both are good.  And honestly, even if you stay at a monorail resort that only connects you to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot - you'll still have to use a bus for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

    Strictly speaking of convenience, we like the Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club resorts.  They allow you to walk to Hollywood Studios or Epcot, and you can ride a monorail from there to Magic Kingdom.  These are all deluxe resorts so they are more expensive.  A less expensive (though still deluxe) option is the Wilderness Lodge, which offers boat rides to the Magic Kingdom, and again you could hop a monorail from there to Epcot. 

    Ultimately though, even if you are staying at a value resort and riding a bus everywhere, you will spend less time on transportation on property than you would if you stayed off-site. 
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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