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Which is the best Disney hotel for families?

We are 2 families with 4 kids age 8 - 14 and want to spend 1 week in Disneyworld, Orlando. We definitely want to stay in one of the Disneyworld hotels. Can you tell me which one is the best for families - I have heard some are already really old and should not be used anymore?


  1. I just attended an annual meeting for my company in March which was held in Orlando. We stayed at the Contemporary resort and it was great! There's lots to do in and around the hotel for the entire family, plus the tram runs right inside the hotel to take you into the park. I highly recommend it. Have a great time!!!
  2. The Contemporary is the oldest and it is still completely lovely. My preference for a family is Pop Century. It is one of the value resorts and it is a lot of fun. We have stayed there twice and enjoyed both stays. There are many advantages to staying on property. You can take the Magical Express from the airport to the resort. (Saves money on car rental!) You then use the Disney Transportation system to get around to the parks. (this includes busses, boats, and monorail!) From Pop Century you would take busses, but you can get on a monorail at Magic Kingdom or Epcot and ride it (just for fun). I have been to Disney World 6 times and I have stayed ON and OFF property. My recommendation is if you are only planning to visit Disney-stay ON-SITE. We have stayed off-site if we are visiting attractions other than Disney, such as Universal.
  3. First Thing you have to decide is How much time are you going to be spending in your hotel. If you and the other families are going to be spending each whole day in the park from open-close then I would go with a value resort. You won't be ion your hotel very often, so you shouldn't spend tons of money, if this is how you plan to spend your days. The All-star ones are really directed at kids, plus they are the most inexpensive! But as they are the value resorts they aren't as nice as the rest. Being that it is Disney though, all hotels are nice. If you plan to go to the park, but also go to the pool in your hotel and rest in your hotel and spend more time in your hotel, it is probably worth it to go for the moderate or nicer resorts because the pools and hotels are nicer. Use the resort Comparison to help you plan http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/resorts/resortBenefitComparison?id=BOSOPResortCategoryComparisonPage Also check out allears.net They are super helpful http://www.allears.net/acc/faq_hot.htm I planned our entire trip for September,s o i have great tips on saving money and such, e-mail me if you have any other questions. [email protected]
  4. I would suggest one of the All Star Value resorts. For one you will save money because they are the cheapest rooms on property but also because they are more kid oriented. I also like the moderate hotels like Port Orleans Riverside. I find this hotel to be more quiet which is a nice change from the parks. The kids will enjoy the All Star resorts the best though.
  5. Each of the different hotels have a different theme, or flavor, if you will. Usually we stay in a motorhome at Fort Wilderness, but when we just take a car, we love The Lodge. It gives you the "feel" of being in a great mountain lodge in the middle of the Rockies! Pick out the one that gives you the "feel" you like...or, pick out one that's completely different from anything you've ever tried before.
  6. It depends on what you want out of your resort. First of all you made a great decision to stay on property, there is not a resort or hotel anywhere around the Disney area that can hold a candle to what the Disney resorts themselves offer in terms of service and perks. Disney takes great care of their resort guests, whether you are in the value or the deluxe. The decor of all of the resorts is outstanding, so it just depends on what you are looking for. Each of the families is going to need 2 rooms in most of the resorts, since they will only accomodate 4 people per room. The home away from home resorts/Disney Vacation Club resorts all have suites that accomodate from 4 to up to 12 people, so that could be an option. I also believe that the All-Star value resorts are adding family suites that can accomodate 6. Lets start with the values. There are 4 different categories of Disney resort, value, moderate, deluxe, and Vacation Club. First, the value resorts are just that. They are expertly decorated, have huge pools, a good food court, but on the downside they are inexpensive so the rooms are on the smaller side and there is not a sit down table service restaurant. However, these are excellent choices for families. My favorite in this category is the All-Star Movies resort, with Pop Century a close second. The moderates are a bit bigger than the values. The rooms are a little bigger, and they offer a sit down table service restaurant along with the food court. There is a large themed pool, but there is also smaller pools in each section as well. There are plenty of things to do in each of these resorts besides the Disney parks as well. Keep in mind that these resorts will probably only be able to accomodate 4 per room, so you will need 2. My favorite in this category is the Caribbean Beach resort. The resort itself is very large, but we loved our stay there. The deluxe resort are the top of the resorts in price and amenities. These are the resorts that are located around the Seven Seas Lagoon in front of the Magic Kingdom, and are all connected by the monorail system (except for the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is near the Animal Kingdom). These have so much to do, have multiple restaurants, and even have character meals (don't miss the character breakfast at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary, regardless of where you stay! It is a favorite of ours.) My favorite in this category and my favorite overall is the Polynessian. The Disney Vacation club resorts are the home away from home resorts. They have everything from a studio, one bedroom condo, two bedroom condo, to a grand villa (basically a townhouse that sleeps 12.) These come with a kitchenette (in the studio accomodations) or a full kitchen complete with utensils and everything you need to cook a meal. My favorite in this category is Saratoga Springs (and a close, close second to the Polynessian.) There are a few websites you can go to and get tons more info. First, I would recommend going to the Disney website and using their resort comparison tool. You can compare the resorts in each category and decide what is going to work for you. You can even get a quote as to what your particular package will cost. Also, check out the disboards. The disboards is a message board website that is all about going to WDW. You can ask questions, get trip reports, itineraries from others guests, dining reviews, resort reviews, and tips from people who go to Disney often and know what they are talking about. Also, go to the bookstore and pick up the Birnbaum's guide to WDW. There are a ton of guide books out there, but that is the one that worked best for us. I would also suggest that when you get your passes to the parks to at the very least add the Park Hopper option. It will add a small amount to the price of the passes, however it is worth the cost. The base ticket allows you to enter one park per day. With the park hopper you basically can come and go as you please. For example, if you were to go to the Animal Kingdom for the day, then decide you want to go back to MGM to ride Tower of Terror and catch the Fantasmic night time show (both must sees!) you would only be able to do that with the Park hopper option. It just gives you the ultimate in flexibility, which is what you want going to Disney. Hope this helps, have a great trip!!
  7. Which hotel really depends on a lot of different things. The most important factor is how much you want to spend. Disney hotels can range in price from just over $100 to over $1000 a night. If you don't want to spend that much, then the value resorts will be a good choice. It will also depend on how much time you plan to spend in the room. Some people go to Disney and don't go to the parks from open to close, but just for a few hours here and there. For the most part, however, people that go to Disney are there to go to the parks, therefore spending little time in the room. If you basically plan to use the room for sleeping, showering, etc. then you probably don't really need to spend the extra to go to a deluxe resort. The value resorts should offer you everything you need. On the other hand, if you do plan to spend some time at your resort and want to have a little nicer place to stay, then I would consider a moderate or deluxe resort. I think that the moderate resorts would be nice since the children are a little older, you would have a little more space than at the values, which is always nice. If you upgrade to one of the nicer hotels you have a bigger room, nicer pool, better options for food and in most cases better/more options for transportation to and from the parks. Food is another thing to consider. While you can go to any resort or park to eat, it is a little more difficult to go from on resort to another, since Disney doesn't offer buses between resorts. It can be a little time consuming. The value resorts have food courts with several different options and the food is very inexpensive. You can feed your family for much less than you can at a sit-down restaurant and for the most part everyone can find something they will really enjoy. As you go to the nicer resorts you will have more options for food as well as some sit-down meals so you are not always limited to a counter-service restaurant. Once you decide how much you want to or can spend, it will make the decision a lot easier. Even if you are able to afford one of the nicer hotels, if you don't think you will need all the extras of that resort, than it may not be necessary to spend the extra money. You can always use the money you save to add on the dining plan, for souvenirs, etc. Consider where you would normally stay, if you are used to the nicer hotels, then it would probably best to go with one of the nicer resorts at Disney. Another option, since you have two families, would to do a villa at Disney. You could get a two bedroom villa that you would share. That way you don't have to worry about getting connecting rooms and such. If it isn't real important to be close together, then getting two rooms will usually save you money (depending on where you stay) You can always put the request on your reservation, but it isn't guarenteed. As far as the older resorts, Disney does a great job of keeping their resorts clean and up to date. It is a long process to get a hotel updated, so it can take some time to get a resort change. The monorail resorts are the oldest on property (also the most expensive) but they are up to date, very clean and fantastic resorts. Contemporary was starting to show its age, but was recently updated and, in my opinion, is better than ever. The only two resorts I read about being not the best anymore is The All Star Sports (a value) and Caribbean Beach (a moderate) Both are older resorts, and I read once and a while of someone having problems, but not everyone. The good thing about this, however, is that if you decide to stay at a value or moderate, they are all priced the same so you can pick between the resorts. Where the deluxe are priced differently, so if one is a not an option you may have to spend a little moer. Once you have decided on how much you want to spend you can then work on deciding which resort will be best. All the value resorts are great for families, great themes and a lot of fun, especially for the younger kids. As far as which one to choose, the All Star Movies is a great choice for kids because they love seeing the big characters. On the other hand, Pop Century is the newest value resort, and the All Star Music resort was recently refurbished, so for the adults this may be a better choice. If it were me I would try to avoid the All Star Sports, but that is just my choice. The moderates are also great, for families Port Orleans tends to be the most popular. You have the added convenience of the boat as well, which is great. Coronado is a great choice, but a little bit more for adults. This ia convention hotel, so it has the feel of a deluxe resort, but I have heard from some people that their kids didn't like it that well. I still read a lot of good things about Caribbean Beach, but once a a while read about some problems. All the deluxe resorts are great. Animal Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge are the lowest cost. Wilderness, in my opinion, is a little better because you do get the boat and are a little closer to the parks. Animal Kingdom is great because of the animals, but I really think that the savannah view is a must. The EPCOT resorts are great because of their location and their pools are a big hit with kids. These are Yacth and Beach Club and Boardwalk. The monorail resorts are fantastic because of how convenient the monorail is. Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary are my favorite resorts at Disney. the monorail, food , pool, everything is fantastic. I really don't think you can go wrong with the deluxe resorts. The villas are all great as well, my least favorite would be Old Key West, but they are all really great. You also have the Wilderness Cabins, for more space, but a lower cost than the villas. My last suggestion would be to contact a travel agent. When you are planning your Disney vacation (possibly your first) they can make things so much easier and make it so much smoother. Since most agencies don't charge any extra, their help is well worth it. Different options for resorts, help with your planning, dining reservations, etc. are just a few of the things they can help with. I still use a travel agent and go to Disney all the time, it just makes things a lot easier. The thing with Disney is that no matter what resort you stay at you will still get the same great service. You may not have as many of the extras depending on where you stay. But the Castmembers will go above and beyond to make sure that you trip is as special as it can be. Good luck with your planning. If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me, I go to Disney all the time and I'm happy to help.
  8. My family and I prefer the All-Star Movies Resort. It is a Disney Value resort located in the vacinity of Aminal Kingdom and the Sports Complex. It is great for families at a reasonable price. I love that my children are safe, it is clean, the food is great and reasonably priced, and the pool is out of this world! Since the resort opened we have stayed there, we did try the Pop century resort but it was not what we expected. We also stayed at the carribean resort however, the price was more but the rooms were basically the same size as the Value resort so we are satisfied with staying at All Satr Movies. The kids are going to LOVE the themed hotel sections and the photo-op's I am sure you will also be amazed at the scope of the hotel. Check it out on-line. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESORT. No matter what Disney Resort you decide to stay at I am sure you will be satisfied. :)
  9. i recommend the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa here is the link for there webshite : http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/resorts/resortLanding?id=GrandFloridianResortLandingPage
  10. For families with kids, a great choice is the Vacation Club Resorts, like the BoardWalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas, etc. You can get plenty of room, plus kitchen facilities that can help you save money, especially if you are staying for a week, as you have indicated. Trust me, it gets tiring and very expensive to eat out for every meal. Another great choice is the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. They have a great home away from home atmosphere, full kitchens, plus the campground has lots of activities.
  11. Go to one of the All Star Value Resorts. They are very valuable for a low price. Also, if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, they have restaurants with very high quality food. The only downside is that they are a good distance away from most of the attractions, especially Magic Kingdom.
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  14. Pop Century 1) it is affordable 2) kid friendly 3) has its own bus system (all stars share the same bus) We are staying there next year.
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