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planDisney Panel: Tips on Choosing the Best Resort for Your Family

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

Note: Some blog posts were created prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Choosing a Resort Hotel for your next vacation at Walt Disney World Resort can seem like a rather large task. Value, Moderate and Deluxe … Oh My! Which one should you choose? Our panelists have come up with some great recommendations to help you plan where you might want to stay on your next trip.

Location, location and location. For members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, this seems to be their first recommendation. Do you want to be close to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios or does it make more sense to stay at a resort with easy access to the monorail? 

“When choosing the best Walt Disney World Resort hotel for my family I always focus on the location,” says Angie C. “All of the resorts have so many incredible amenities and wonderful theming, that location tends to be our focus. If there are new attractions in one of the parks we’re really eager to experience, we’ll choose a resort that is conveniently located to that park.”

Samantha is also all about the transportation too! 

Transportation options are one of the most important things my family and I consider when we’re choosing a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.  If there are options in addition to the buses, such as the monorail, Disney Skyliner, or water transportation, it means we can be on our way to having fun in the theme parks that much quicker.”

And if your preschooler is obsessed with different modes of transportation, Kristen N. recommends choosing a Walt Disney World Resort hotel that offers multiple ways to get around. 

Family getting on Disney Skyliner

“The Disney Skyliner is our favorite new way to not only get around but to also have a bird’s eye view of Mickey’s house!”

Transportation is a great tip, but for Doug, it’s all about his vacation theme. 

“We pick our resort hotel based on setting a theme to our vacation. Sometimes we want to feel like we have been transported to an island vacation, and at other times we want to feel like we are at a New England getaway.”

We all know food at Walt Disney World Resort is an important part of a guest’s vacation, but for Eean it also helps her to decide which resort to reserve for her family.

“We are Disney foodies, so when picking our Walt Disney World Resort hotel, we always consider the restaurants.  For convenience purposes, we tend to stay at our hotel for our evening meal, and we feel that this is a great way to unwind and enjoy being with our family while staying close to “home.” Victoria & Albert’s is still on my bucket list, so guess where we’re staying next?”

For more great tips like these, or for general Disney vacation planning questions visit for an answer from one of our panelists.

Panelists receive compensation for their participation on the Disney Parks Moms Panel.