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Old 04-09-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Resort Choice with Small Children

We are planning our first multiple day family trip to Disney with children ages 6, 5, and 2 1/2 in July 2013. I would like to stay at the Contemporary Tower for the convenience of the monorail. I'm thinking that at the end of each day, leaving the park and getting into our room is going to be a challenge alone and to add on wait time for buses or travel to an offsite is going to just add another level of challenge.

So my question is, is it worth it to spend the higher price for the monorail access or should I consider someplace different? Am I making more of it in my head than it really is or needs to be?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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We are planning our first multiple day family trip to Disney with children ages 6, 5, and 2 1/2 in July 2013. I would like to stay at the Contemporary Tower for the convenience of the monorail. I'm thinking that at the end of each day, leaving the park and getting into our room is going to be a challenge alone and to add on wait time for buses or travel to an offsite is going to just add another level of challenge.

So my question is, is it worth it to spend the higher price for the monorail access or should I consider someplace different? Am I making more of it in my head than it really is or needs to be?
We visited the Contemporary in January 2013 with our children 7, 5, 2, & 15 months, and we felt like it was MORE than worth it for the convenience of the monorail. In the mornings, we would walk to the MK, and then take the monorail back in the afternoon. Even transferring to the EPCOT monorail was easier than dealing with a stroller on the buses. On the mornings we visited DHS as we left the park, we'd take the opportunity to relax on the boat over to EPCOT, let the kids play in the jumping fountains while grabbing something to eat, and then take the monorail back. That route back is by no means quick, but it was (in our opinion) more enjoyable for our family.

We would never be able to pay rack rate pricing, but we were able to get an AP discount, and still the Garden Wing was as far as we could stretch our vacation budget. It was worth every penny in our opinion, because with 4 kids convenience is much needed on vacations. If it fits into your vacation budget and you feel that the added convenience will make your vacation more enjoyable, then I say do it! I imagine the heat in July will make the convenience even more of a factor. Not to mention our kids really enjoyed the pool and waterslide and the pools are pretty important when it gets too warm to enjoy the parks.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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We've stayed at the GF and Poly and even though we don't have little ones, we love being on the monorail for convenience and think it's definitely worth it. With that said, I think any of the monorail resorts would be great with little ones, but the CR has an edge over the other two in that you can walk to/from the MK without having to wait on a bus or monorail. I think the CR is a good choice and I would stick with it .
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #4
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We love The All Star or Pop Centery. They are great for kids!!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:56 AM   #5
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Yc BC is amazing. My 2 year old loves the pool behind the big jib slide that has a kiddie slide. I love the location it is a beautiful resort rarely stay elsewhere
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We love The All Star or Pop Centery. They are great for kids!!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #7
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Our last trip with our then 2 year old we stayed at POFQ so we used the buses to go everywhere. I wasn't thrilled with the bus service. It was okay for the most part but definitely had moments it was really crappy.

This trip we now have a 4 year old and twin toddlers and we decided to splurge and go deluxe. We couldn't justify the cost of the monorails resorts though. We are using an AP discount and staying club level at the Beach Club for less than the standard room at the Poly. With the added bonus of being able to walk to two parks or boat to HS and have the entertainment and dining options of the Boardwalk and the incredible pool it was a no brainer for us.

We will probably even use the monorail to head back to Epcot and then the resort at naptime so I won't have to fold up the stroller.

Either location you are going to be stuck with buses or driving to some places so I guess you just have to figure where you will spend more time and decide if the price is worth it.
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