• On May 13, 2009
    Jenny from WI 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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    Hello and thanks for all of the great tips!! I will be traveling to WDW in Sept. 3 kids, 13,3 and 1. Would you recommend a standard room at WL or the cabins? Are the cabins convenient for coming and going? Thanks for your help!!


    I'm a huge fan of Fort Wilderness and champion the resort on the panel, but you do raise the one downside to the cabins that some find (and I stress 'some', because it certainly isn't all): convenience.

    Both Wilderness Lodge and the cabins at Fort Wilderness have boat access to the Magic Kingdom and bus access to the other parks.  However, whether you are accessing the fort by boat or bus, the distance from the pier or the bus stop to one's cabin is perceived to be longer than that found at the lodge.  Many opt to ride an internal bus from the pier or bus stop to their cabin loop or, for quick convenience, bring their bikes or rent a golf cart for the week (at $54 plus tax a day rental).

    Every family is different in what they value in a vacation.  For some, the ability to close the bedroom door in the cabin so your 3- and 1-year-old can sleep might override the inconvenience of a 3-minute bus ride or the cost of a golf cart rental.  Others may enjoy cooking a meal or two in the cabin to help with meal costs to afford the pleasure of the golf cart and 160 more square feet of space over a standard room at the lodge. 

    If convenience is your only factor in choosing a location and you're on a budget (i.e.: don't want to rent a golf cart), choose the lodge.  Otherwise, I think the cabins give parents of young children lots of options and are a good fit (with or without the golf cart)!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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