• On Aug 2, 2019
    Nicholas from PA 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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    Our 2021 trip is to celebrate or 6 year old daughters grad from k-garten + b-day. Trip centered all around her she loves princess. Is it worth the extra $120 a night for POR royal room vs POP prefered room? Trip centered around princess things to do.

    Hi Nicholas,
    Thanks for joining us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question!

    I love celebration visits to the Walt Disney World Resort! They are some of the most fun and special trips I've had since my children were born.

    Regarding your room selection question, I've given it some thought and here's my take on it.  I absolutely love both of these resorts for many different reasons. Here are some ideas to help you decide: first, how much time do you spend in your room? Do you completely crash after a long day in the parks or do you enjoy your room for a bit longer and spend some quality time in there?  For me, if you spend a reasonable amount of time in your resort room, Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside will likely give you a bit more space to spread out and enjoy.  If you pretty much arrive in the evening and go to sleep, you may not have a chance to enjoy the decor and I'd say go for Disney's Pop Century Resort

    Do you spend much time at the pool when you visit? My kids would just as soon skip the attractions at the theme parks in the afternoons and spend time at the pool, so the bigger the waterslide the better.  The Hippy Dippy Pool at Disney's Pop Century Resort is the main pool at this location.  It is quite expansive, but it does not have a waterslide.  Ol' Man Island, the main pool at Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, includes a 95-foot waterslide.  Note that beginning in Winter 2020, the Hippy Dippy Pool will be under refurbishment; it is unclear how long this will take at the present time.

    Nicholas, my final point to consider is dining at your resort.  Disney's Pop Century Resort has Everything POP for both shopping and dining. The dining area has a large variety of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the menu.  Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside has two restaurants to choose from-Boatwright's Dining Hall only serves dinner in a casual dining setting.  The Riverside Mill Food Court serves all three meals with inspiration from Southern Louisiana.  If you already have Advance Dining Reservations planned (with princesses, I presume), this may not play into your decision.

    I hope I've given you enough information to make a decision about your resort choice.  If budget is a factor, I'd choose Disney's Pop Century Resort and make plans for Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room or perhaps a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

    Best Wishes,
    Amy S.
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Florida

I’ve grown up in Central Florida and have been visiting Disney Parks for over 30 years. Now that I’m a mom myself of a blended family with four kids, I love sharing Disney’s year-round special events with my family. Some of our favorite events are the Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Let me help you plan something extraordinary for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Amy

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