Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On Feb 12, 2010
    David from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. We are taking two of our daughters (4&6) to WDW in April. My wife would prefer to stay on the monorail (Contemporary); however friends are recommending we stay at places with nicer pools but require bus service - any thoughts on this tradeoff? Thx

    The monorail resorts are incredibly convenient, especially for stroller-toting families who opt to spend a significant amount of time at the Magic Kingdom.  However, many people don't consider the fact that transportation to the other theme parks is not nearly as easy.  For that reason, I can see why your friends might be singing the praises of some of Disney's other resorts.  Ultimately, I think the decision should be made based upon your vacation preferences.  If you see yourself spending the majority of your time at the Magic Kingdom and you plan to dine at character meals in the monorail resorts, then perhaps the Contemporary is the best choice for your family.  But if you plan to divide your time fairly evenly among all the theme (and possibly water) parks, then you might consider staying elsewhere.  Disney's Beach Club resort, for instance, has an amazing pool that truly can provide a day's worth of entertainment itself.  Additionally, the Beach Club is within walking distance to both Epcot and (though slightly further) Hollywood Studios. 

    Like I said, the best choice for your family will depend greatly upon the time you anticipate spending in each of the parks, as well as the time you plan to spend poolside.  Truly I tell you though: each resort does offer its own perks and advantages and there is really not one right answer.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with the attractions in each park and decide which dining experiences you most want to enjoy.  From there, perhaps you can narrow your choices.  And, of course, the "Moms" here on the panel are always happy to offer further advice if you have further questions!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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