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  • On May 15, 2011
    David Asked

    We are planning our first trip to Disney World with our 5.5 year old and we are struggling between reserving value or moderate accommodations versus deluxe. Based on the activities available at Disney World, should we put much emphasis on the hotels?

    Hi David!

    It depends on how much time you plan on spending at your resort hotel.  If you're just going to be at your hotel to shower and sleep, then it probably doesn't matter.  But if you want to spend a lot of time at your hotel, such as taking breaks every afternoon, or even taking a full day off from the parks, then it probably does.  A Disney Moderate Resort and Deluxe Resort offers more services and amenities than a Value Resort.  For example, none of the Value Resorts have a Table Service Restaurant, water slide at the pool, or water craft to rent.

    Also, the location of the resort may matter to you.  If you think you are going to be spending a lot of time in the Magic Kingdom, then staying at a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail may make a lot of sense.  The monorail will provide you easy access to your hotel room for a nap, etc.  Likewise, the Epcot Deluxe Resorts are within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, though it's a long walk to the Studios.

    Regardless of which resort you pick, you'll have access to Extra Magic Hours and Disney transportation.  You can also go and visit the other resorts in anticipation of your next visit to Walt Disney World!

    Good luck with your decision.
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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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