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  • On Jan 9, 2011
    Cristina from NY Asked

    Hello my husband and I are planning a trip for the summer, by that time we will have a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old, we want to stay at a resonable budget but also have an experience we will never forget! what are our best options on resorts, and dinning?

    Since everyone's idea of reasonable is different, I'll suggest resorts in each category.

    Value resorts are the least expensive. When my son was little, he enjoyed the All Star Movies resort. The larger than life icons from Disney movies are eye-opening and unforgettable. The pools are themed, however they do not have slides. Rooms are small with two double beds. Transportation to all destinations on WDW property is via bus.

    The moderate resorts have more amenities than the value resorts and are more reasonably priced than the deluxe hotels. I would suggest Port Orleans French Quarter (POFQ) or the Caribbean Beach Resort (CBR). POFQ is a charming, small resort with bus transportation to the parks. There is a riverboat that sails to Downtown Disney's Marketplace. The Doubloon Lagoon pool is geared towards young kids with a gentle slide down a sea serpent's tongue. Standard rooms are larger than those at the All Star resorts.

    CBR has a great pool for young kids. It is a large resort centered around Barefoot Bay. The main pool at Old Port Royale has a zero-entry depth allowing young kids to wade in to the water. Adjacent to the main pool is a water play structure with small slides, dumping water bucket and a splash area. Rooms at CBR are the largest in the moderate category. Transportation to all destinations is via bus but this resort is centrally located.

    For a reasonably priced deluxe resort, book the Wilderness Lodge. The log-structured building sits beside Bay Lake with boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. The pool setting has a waterfall and geyser. Kids love the stream that runs through the lobby and running across the bridge was a favorite activity for my son when he was young. Rooms have two queen beds.

    For dining, I recommend the Crystal Palace for a meal with Winnie the Pooh, the Whispering Canyon Cafe for old-fashioned fun and Chef Mickey's to see Mickey and friends!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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