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  • On Jan 30, 2009
    Michele from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're going to WDW with our children, 5, 9 and 12. Can you suggest a resort? We stayed at All Star before (kids loved it but bus wait was horrible). Priorities are easy access to parks, cost, clean/recently renovated, fun character themed areas/decor.

    Michele:

    Like you, I have a family that isn't the usual two adults and two kids that fit nicely in a double-bed room! With your family of five, you'll consider which hotels offer rooms with a daybed. Since you've stayed at All-Stars, we'll throw out the Family Suites at All-Star Music, leaving us no Value Resort options.

    Several of the Deluxe Resorts offer everything you want, but I noticed that cost seemed to be your #2 priority. Port Orleans Riverside would be your first consideration. This Moderate Resort offers much for your money. The rooms at Alligator Bayou come with two double beds and a trundle. (The trundle is not a thick mattress. It's more like a cot mattress on a platform. I wouldn't recommend it for an adult, or even a teenager.) Our children were just slightly younger than yours when we stayed there, and we were comfortable. The room also included a mini refrigerator. The property has bus service to all the parks and a boat to Downtown Disney.

    Many of the Deluxe Resorts offer park access and room for 5:
    • Boardwalk Inn. Some rooms offer a day bed. Boat launches take you Epcot and Disney Studios, or you can walk. Its advantage is the boardwalk below.
    • Beach & Yacht Club. Stormalong Bay with its water slides and lazy river give it a leg up. Like the Boardwalk Inn, you can walk or take boat launches to Epcot and Disney Studios.
    • Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian. The monorail whisks you to Epcot and Magic Kingdom. They have the largest rooms on property. The Polynesian probably beats the deluxes for theme, but at a price.
    Wishing you a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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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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