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Where to stay within DisneyWorld with 3 children

Where to stay within DisneyWorld with 3 children

Feb 23rd, 2014, 12:15 PM
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Where to stay within DisneyWorld with 3 children

My son and wife and 3 children want to go to Disney World for 4 nights. They would like to stay within the park.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 12:48 PM
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What sort of budget? There is a wide range of properties.
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 01:45 PM
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The cheapest hotels on Disney are the music and movie themed hotels. They are nice, stayed there for a marathon once. I have stayed at Port Orleans and it was very nice. It is safe and there is Disney transportation so no parking fees.
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista also has free transportation but you might not get some of the benefits staying on property gets you. The Hilton and think Best Western are across from each other at Downtown Disney which has House of blues, Rainforest cafe, Raglan Road and other places to eat and shop.We can stay at Shades of Green, a military resort on property but like The Hilton just as well because of the night life at Downtown Disney. With kids I would pick the music or movie place for price. Nice pools there.
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 01:50 PM
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Just look for the ones located at downtown disney and make sure there is free transportation. That will save you a lot in parking and if you drink around the world at epcot.
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 01:53 PM
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I should have poseted this for you. the hilton is the only one that will give you the extra hours.
I have stayed here for concerts at the house of blues and it is nice.

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Feb 23rd, 2014, 03:20 PM
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We like the Contemporary . . the monorail runs right thru the middle of it. Then have the character breakfasts as do most of the onsite hotels. If you spend most of the time in Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian is the closest, but anywhere on the monorail will get you to any of the parks very easily
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 03:54 PM
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We stayed at the Hilton Downtown Disney once and found out their "free" transit to the parks ran on a very odd schedule - not reliable - esp if you have small kids. (Sometimes they were 45 mins or more late. After the first day we rented a car.)

you don;t mention their ages - but if they are less than 10 or so I would only stay on Disney property and understand in details how to get to the various parks.

And - you really need to provide a budget for the best advice.
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 05:21 PM
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If money isn't to big of an object then any of the Monorail spots are the very best, IMOP. Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian are the ones that have the monorail.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 03:52 AM
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Although it's not on the monorail, Disney's Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts share a pool which is often said to be the best at Disney. Their location is really good too, especially if you plan to visit Epcot. They are deluxe level properties, so not cheap. At the moderate level, I like Port Orleans Riverside or Coronado Springs. You may want to research at disboards.com. The folks over there have very extensive Disney knowledge.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 04:08 AM
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The Yacht/Beach pool definitely has the best pool and especially for kids which is one reason you have to have a wrist band on to get into it.

Easy walking distance to EPCOT; short boat ride to the Studios; character breakfasts, and all the transportation is free and you get the extra hours, too.

Stay ON the property if you can afford it.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 04:59 AM
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They should look at Art of Animation resort, which has larger family suites. I think there are some of these at the other value resorts as well, but I"m not sure where.

Just a caveat: The location of this hotel isn't great. It's probably the farthest from the parks. But if they are driving, they can park for free. If they are flying in, then they may want to consider renting a car for the trip.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 05:01 AM
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Look for rooms on the property that sleep 5. That way you won't have to book two rooms, unless you prefer that. If you do get two rooms, make sure they are adjoining.

Look for packages that include airfare, entrance fees and rooms. DS and family stayed at Animal Kingdom and loved it, giraffes were close to their porch, very fun for the kids.

Years ago we stayed in the Contemporary and it was great to hop on the monorail in the lobby.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 05:10 AM
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I never really consider "the pool" to be a huge factor. Because it seems crazy to me to go to Disneyworld and not spend part of 1 day at either or both of their waterparks. It is our favorite part of Disney.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 05:37 AM
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Sorry, Spirobulldog, but the pool is major for us since those waterparks can be more of a mob scene but to each their own.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 02:14 PM
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We've stayed at Contemporary, Gr. Floridian, Polynesian, Cornado Springs, and off site at the Grand Hyatt. The pools are just as crowded as the waterparks. Actually, the waterparks are pretty manageable. I think all of the Disney Properites have good pool areas. I like Polynesian because we could see the floating water parade(I think this was at Poly). I think Gr. Floridian is good because of the manmade beach area.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 03:19 PM
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I vote for Animal Kingdom. Just love seeing all the animals in front of my room in the AM and PM. Lots to do for kids too.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 04:05 PM
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Disney announced today that all tickets for over 9 will be 99.00. That is why cheaper lodging is important for so many people. If you stay on Disney property you do get more hours and if you do that you get your money's worth. It is a full day and the fireworks at Epcot are still my fav. As Fl residents we get deals over the year on hotels and entrance. AAA has some discounts also.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 04:15 PM
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We stayed at The Boardwalk and our room slept 5. There were 2 beds(can't remember if they were queen or doubles) and a twin daybed. This was nearly 7 years ago though, so not sure if they still gave that configuration but you could check. The hotel itself was great and we loved being so close to all the parks. We used the shuttle buses without any problems ( no long waits etc).
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