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Where to stay on site?
I know T. Barnes rolls Grand Floridian, but I don't have RCMB slush money like he does.
Looking at Port Orleans, but I have a crap load of kids in tow... (3 of them, 4 and under.)
Hilton Bonnet Creek
I have stayed at both deluxe and moderate resorts. I prefer port Orleans or Coronado
You, the wife, and three kids (five total)? If so, you're kind of screwed. WDW is really set up for families of four. There are family suites at Art of Animation and All-Star Music, but they're more expensive. I think Port Orleans may be your only on-site single room option.
Bonnett Creek is technically on-site, but it's not owned by Disney. I don't believe transportation is provided by Disney, and I know BC is not included in any extended park hours available to Disney resort guests. Also, it's a a timeshare and they'll try to rope you in. I've heard, though, that if you check the lowest income box on the check-in form (under $30k?), they wish you a nice stay and leave you alone.
West gate Vacation Villas.
12177 Post before moving here. 10/29/11 will live forever in our hearts (plus 50 votes in the last 3 hours)
Port Orleans Riverside.
We like Pop Century for value resorts, but they don't ahve rooms for 5. There are family suites at the new Art of Animation resort.
If you are planning far enough out take a look at the link below. You can stay at the on site timeshare resorts at a significant discount.
I have used their service twice and they are highly recommended.
Stay at a Disney Vacation Club Villa as a guest of a Disney Vacation Club member. You can rent DVC points for stays on property at Disney World in a Disney Vacation Club Resort.
The youngest stays in a pack n' play. So we'll only really need a single room...
Just more curious about if it's an okay location, and it'll be easy to get to the park.
If you stay on Disney property then they have a bus that takes you to the parks
Ive stayed at the Dolphin, and All-Star Resorts. All-Star is under 100 a night. Dolphin is not. I highly recommend either. Dolphin is closer to the park, but the Disney buses come right out front of the All-Star and you are minutes from any park.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
All star is where I get a room when my gf and I have too much to drink at Epcot
Caribbean Beach is decent as a mid-range place, good size pool, as well as a splash area for the kids.
Coronado, that Clanky mentioned, is nice, but I never thought of it as being as good for kids as some other places. Maybe I just have an incorrect impression because that's usually where they put up a lot of corporate groups and conventions.
You are throwing your money away. The 4 y/o might remember your trip but the younger ones are jus extra luggage. Plus you'll go on all the boring rides none of the good ones. Wait til they are older. Lock it!
Kids under 3 get in free. Kids 10 and over are full price
OP, how many days are you staying?
Staying 3 nights - going to the park for 2 days.
And let's not worry about "throwing" away money.... The average income of the RCMB user is $200k + !
Just pulled the trigger on Port Orleans - Riverside "themed" room.
We've stayed at three moderate resorts - Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans-Riverside, and Coronado Springs.
CB - This resort is spread out. The main pool is nice for kids, and there's an island (connected by walkways) for the kids to play on. It can be a long walk to the food court / pool, depending on where you get a room. One of the more centrally located non-deluxe resorts. Close to Epcot, MGM, and Typhoon Lagoon.
POR - More compact. Probably less friendly for kids. Honestly, this was our least favorite. Just didn't feel it. Close to Epcot and Typhoon Lagoon. Short ride to Downtown Disney as well.
CS - Probably our favorite. This is the convention hotel, so it can be hit or miss. If a convention is there, the dining area will be crowded...but the busses will be empty. Also, you get some of the amenities of a deluxe (spa, fitness club) at a moderate price. Main pool is nice - kids will enjoy the water slide. This resort is very spread out, though, and it can be quite a hike to the front desk/food area. You will also occasionally spot baby gators in the lake. Disney traps and moves them before they get much more than 3', though. Close to Animal Kingdom and MGM, and practically walking distance to Blizzard Beach.
I feel bad that I don't have much to recommend POR to you, since that's where you're leaning. Just remember that when you're at Disney, your room is really just a place to sleep. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the on-site properties.
Nice. You'll have a blast. What parks are doing?
Carribbean beach is ok, but needing a resort bus to get to the bus to the parks kinda blows.
Best location: Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk, or, Swan & Dolphin (cheaper, less disney though)
Jus sayin...as a father of 3 I pulled the 1st Disney trip, last year. My kids were 9, 7, and almost 4. Stayed at Westgate for a week. Did both water parks and the castle. The amount of strollers in Disney is redunkulos.
Just Magic Kingdom.....
My daughter is really into princesses and Minnie Mouse, and we want to take her while it's still "real" to her... in another 2-3 years, we'll go again for our middle boy while Buzz and woody are still "real", and by the time the 3rd is old enough, we probably wont give a crap anymore, and just tell them to play outside.
Definitely book a character meal. They have a couple where it is just princesses
If you're just doing the Magic Kingdom, the "easiest" way to do it is staying at the GF, Contemporary, or Polynesian. Hop on the monorail and you're there. Many people with younger kids prefer the Polynesian. The Wilderness Lodge is also nice b/c they have a boat to and from the MK.
Otherwise you're looking at a shuttle bus from the other resorts on property. (corrected)
Some tips from a guy who used to be one of the VIP tourguides at WDW: The biggest tip would be to get to the parks before they open each day. Yes, that means getting up early, but as I'll explain, it will be worth it . Plan to get there like 15-20 minutes before it opens. The Magic Kingdom has a nice little song and dance preshow anyway outside before it opens. While other families are sleeping in, you'll be able to get on a lot of rides without a wait, or with a short wait. Then, eat an early lunch, like 11am. This will avoid the lunch crowds, which can be pretty bad. Then while a lot of people are crowding restaurants at lunchtime, you can be on rides. Sometime in the early afternoon, go back to the resort for time at the pool or naps. You'll probably have gone on a lot of the rides you wanted to hit anyway by that point. The downtime for the kids will make everyone happier in the longrun, including the parents. You don't want to be "those parents" who drag their kids around all day and completely exhaust them so that they're cranky by dinnertime. The other benefit, you'll be avoiding the peak sun hours, and the busiest hours for lines. After a break head back to the park around dinner time or so. Kids will be rested, many families will be leaving the parks. Then you'll be able to watch the night parades/fireworks with somewhat rested kids, you'll have ridden all the rides you probably wanted, minimized your time in lines, and avoided the warmest times of the day.
It may not work out for you guys on this trip, but you might want to consider having a break day where you just hang around the resort and pool. You may all be happier overall doing that than spending three straight days in the park.
This post was edited by Trevor Barnes 17 months ago
Those are great locations for Epcot, not as much for MK though.
This is not true. The shuttles from Disney resorts basically drop you at the park gate. However, if you drive yourself you'll have to park at the T&TC and take a boat/monorail to the gate.
To maximize your time and enjoyment I would really, really suggest spending the extra $$ and stay at the Polynesian...very relaxing atmosphere and direct access to the monorail and launches to take you places around the lake, including the Magic Kingdom...no hassle with taking a bus or whatever. If you have to cut a day out to do it, do it! Contemporary is o.k., but not as laid back as the P. The Grand Floridian is way too big and spread out if you have kids. Take your putter and walk over to the clubhouse area for the Magnolia and Palms golf courses and practice 300 foot puts....the practice green is 100 paces or more...and it is within walking distance of the Polynesian. The garden view rooms are less expensive than the ones that face to lagoon/pool area but so what?
Epcot = BORING for kids...just my opinion.
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