Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 24, 2015
    Shirley from OR 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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    Hi! 1st trip! We are debating between POP and Riverside with the "delicious offer." Would upgrade meal plan if we go value. Which resort is better for us? Want shortest wait/travel and less crowds. Want to max. time at parks and a great place to


    Although I am a big fan of Port Orleans: Riverside, with its grounds that are equivalent to a Disney Deluxe Resort, rooms that offer more square footage, and a boat to Downtown Disney, if your plan is to maximize your time in the parks and spend very little time in your room, I would recommend staying at Pop Century. 


    You mentioned that you would use your savings from staying at Pop Century over Port Orleans to upgrade the Quick Service Dining Plan that is offered with the Value Resorts Delicious Savings offer. Did you know that you automatically get the upgraded Basic Dining Plan if you were to choose Port Orleans under the same offer? (Be be aware that there are black-out dates for POR.) Before you choose a resort like Pop Century that offers smaller rooms, an average food court and large pool with the crowds that you mention you'd like to avoid, I'd talk to your Disney-certified travel agent to look at the cost difference between Pop and an upgraded dining plan and POR with the upgraded dining plan included. If you're going to upgrade your dining plan anyway, the nominal cost--if there is one--to move from a Value resort to a Moderate resort will make a big impact on your first trip to Disney. One of my family's first trips that the kids all remember was to POR with the free dining offer and to this day we still talk about its pools, landscaping and eating whatever we wanted at the table service restaurants.

    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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