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  • On Jan 14, 2012
    Amy Asked

    We will be taking our first trip to Disney in Oct. We have 3 kids, all 7 and under. Need help deciding to stay at Poly or Budget. Baby will be 2 and napping daily. Regarding transportation, is monorail (Poly) that much better than bus (budget)?

    HI Amy!

    The Polynesian is a Disney Deluxe Resort.  There is a huge difference between a Disney Deluxe Resort and a Disney Value Resort; however, if you view your hotel as simply as a place to sleep and shower then it might be best to save the money.

    A Disney Deluxe Resort generally speaking has multiple on site restaurants, a better pool complex (including a water slide), better theming, and more services and amenities in general.  It also has a better location with regards to at least one theme park.  The rooms are also significantly larger.

    With young children, you will probably be spending a lot of time in the Magic Kingdom.  If you stay in a monorail resort, such as the Polynesian, you will have easy access to your hotel room for a nap, etc.  You can easily get back to your hotel room in about 15 to 20 minutes from the Magic Kingdom.  If you have to take a Disney bus, however, it could easily be 45 minutes or more.  Buses run about every twenty minutes; the 45 minutes includes waiting for a bus, the bus trip, and then the time for an average walk at a Value Resort.

    If your budget can swing it, definitely stay at the Polynesian.  If you want something in between a Disney Deluxe and Value Resort then I recommend Port Orleans Riverside.  It's a beautiful resort with more services and amenities than a Value Resort.  Good luck with your decision, and write back if you have any 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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