Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 7, 2012
    Mandi from NY Asked

    Family of 5, first wdw trip! Narrowed our stay down to either POR standard room or AOA two connecting rooms. Price diff is $1200 (AOA). Is it worth it? Children ages 11, 5, 3.

    Hi Mandi!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.

    Picking a Disney resort hotel is never an easy decision!  Port Orleans Riverside is my favorite Disney Moderate Resort.  It has a lot of services and amenities, is not too large, has a nice food court, has a great pool with a relatively long water slide, and has great theming.  It also has a boat service to Downtown Disney that is a lot of fun and relaxing, especially at night.

    Disney's Art of Animation Resort looks fabulous from the concept art Disney has released, but it is still a Disney Value Resort.  A Disney Moderate Resort offers more services and amenities than a Disney Value Resort.  However, I definitely understand the appeal of staying in a brand new resort.

    By the way, since it is your first visit, I highly recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It is a great book for first time visitors as it is full of information, but is not overwhelming.  It is also a beautiful book full of color photographs.  It will give you a good feel of everything there is to do at Walt Disney World.

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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