• On Oct 6, 2016
    Tara from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Trying to plan a Disney vacation for Jan. 2017 and feeling overwhelmed by the hotel choices. What would be your recommendations for the best hotels when traveling with a 5 and 2.5 year old?

    Hi Tara! I completely understand your stress on choosing the Resort for your Disney vacation. There are so many great choices and of course you want to make the right selection for your family.

    Budget is the main ingredient when choosing a Disney resort. There are three categories of resorts, Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Pricing changes with each category so you need to decide how much money you are willing to pay for this part of your Disney vacation.

    The Deluxe resorts will offer the best location and you will find those within walking or short transportation distance from the theme parks. That is always a great thing when you have young children who might need to go back to the room for rests. Your moderate resorts have nice rooms but will be further from the parks. They will have good pools but not quite as extensive as the Deluxe pools. And finally the Value resorts have smaller rooms, less amenities, and simple but nice pool areas but they are the furthest from all parks so transportation will take a bit longer.

    Everyone has their personal favorites but here are mine when choosing in each category.
    Value: Art of Animation or Pop Century
    Moderate: Port Orleans Riverside
    Deluxe: Beach Club, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge

    Check all of the choices out to find the cost per night and then decide what your budget can handle. Since many families don't spend a lot of time in the room they choose to spend less there and more for tickets or other experiences, It ends up being a very personal choice.

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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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