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  • On Jan 27, 2014
    Karen from NC 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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    Trying to figure out hotels for a family of 4 (Mom, Dad, and our girls will almost be 5 when we go). We are on a budget, so need to save where possible. Hotels - any advice. Can't imagine sleeping in a double bed with my spouse for a week. Any tips?

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for stopping by the Moms Panel to ask for our advice, suggestions and tips. We're happy to help. Yes, choosing the right resort for your family is a very important part of the planning process. I see that you are on a budget and the value resorts are one way to get a nice room for a wallet-friendly price. However, the rooms in this category do have double beds. If this is a absolute make or break item on your list, then I would suggest spending a bit more and staying at a moderate resort. Their rooms have two queen beds and slightly more space in the room. There are also a few more amenities at these resorts such as table service dining at most of them (value resorts have food courts only), more recreation options, and are often a bit more centrally located.

    My recommendation for the moderate level is Disney's Port Orleans Riverside. Plus, with your girls' ages, I think they would simply love the "royal rooms" there. These are a select number of rooms that are exquisitely themed to look as if you're a royal guest of Princess Tiana. This resort is also my favorite for the quiet serenity and charm of the south. I do not think you would be disappointed in choosing this resort. If your budget is a still a bit tight, consider bringing non-perishable items from home, such as dry cereal, muffins, bananas and packaged snacks to use in the morning in place of spending money on breakfast or snacks in the parks. Since these are consumable items, you'll then have room in your luggage for souvenirs on the way home! We do this every trip and have been amazed at the money we save by doing this. There is also grab and go section at Riverside Mill Food Court, if you'd rather not bring from home. However, these items tend to cost more than bringing them from home, but they also have perishable items such as milk and juice. 

    Happy Planning!
    ~Allison L
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Texas

I am a mother of three that loves all things Disney...the never grow up mentality, the fairy tale endings and the ever changing Disney Parks. With so much to explore, I would love to help you discover all the magic and wonder your heart desires. Learn More About Allison

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