Hello Atlanta Readers
As I am sure you have discovered, Disney offers a plethora of information which can feel a bit overwhelming at times but it is a pleasant deluge. One short cut is a relatively new feature called Disney’s Mom’s Panel and we have our own Mom right here in Atlanta and a few more in Georgia.
Atlanta Disney Mom is Amanda White and Ca’Sandra Phillips is your College Park GA connection. Both can be reached at www.disneyworldmoms.com
In this writing I will discuss accomodations. If at all possible, stay in the World. There are hotels right outside Disney and they are less expensive but immersing yourself in the world is by far the best magic. You become part of this enchanted place and it rubs off. And getting through the gates every morning can be a bitter beginning to your day. Disney offers a wide range of choices so explore them thoroughly. Use your live connection at Disney. They are patient and informative and might just drop a bit of inside information to help you make the best choice.
The money you spend is usually your first consideration. Second consideration, as previously discussed, is your energy budget; the energy you will inevitably spend traveling from one attraction or park to another. This is one reason I advise going when it is the least crowded since the act of manuevering through crowds is high energy consumption. The money you will spend on food also ranks high on your list of things to consider. Lets look at some room choices first.
Be BOLD. Start at the top, This year Disney is offering a very nice 40% discount on luxury resorts. A recent exploration of my favorite accomodation offered me seven nights on the concierge floor at the Contemporary Resort including multipass theme park tickets for two adults and one child for $3,500.00. Stay four days for less money, same great place.
Why even consider such an expense? The concierge floor provides food and food costs will be your second highest expenditure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks all day and drinks. All FREE. These are not hearty meals and you will want to eat some meals in the resort or parks. but you can stroll down the hall in the morning, kids in pj’s, and get immediate tea or coffee, cereal, rolls and more. Add in the other meals and this can represent a significant pocket savings
The views are spectacular, be sure to ask for and get the Magic Kingdom view (Cinderellas castle which changes colors until after midnight); a sight memory your family will never forget. Also fireworks, and an electric light show in the lagoon………
All of the luxury resorts have concierge floors. Don’t hesitate to call and ask about them and the food they serve. For example, the Floridian had a bit more food selection when I was there, but it is in a seperate building so no strolling down the hall in your robes.
The Contemporary Resort as well as the Polynesian and the Floridian are all on the Monorail and minutes from The Magic Kingdom or, with one transfer to another Monorail train, the fastest way to Epcot. This represents a savings of energy as well as time. And it is easier to get back to your room for meals.
The Contemporary Resort is the first of the Disney World Resorts and the rooms are much larger than subsequent resorts. All the resort rooms on the monorail are larger than rooms in resorts built later. This is an inside secret that is getting out and rooms at the Contemporary are getting harder to book so if this appeals, don’t hesitate.
You may very well find that you spend more time in your room and hanging around the resort than you think you would. This can be your refuge, your place to reup on energy; nap and just have general downtime. The amount of time and energy you spend getting back to your room will matter more than you think.
If you know you will spend the greatest portion of your time in Epcot consider the Beach and Yacht Club. Rooms are smaller but the pool is insane. Here is a magicical find; It’s bottom is covered in sand. Spectacular! And the walk to the park is short. The Boardwalk Resort is considered an Epcot resort but is still a long walk from Epcot and that can wear after awhile.
Always call ahead to the resorts on your list and check out the concierge level. remembering the food value.
If luxury accomodations are simply not on your priority list, my favorite mid range place to be is the Caribbean Villiage resort. A 30% discount is offered on mid range and value resorts through 2011. These rooms at the Caribbean are small but nicely appointed and inexpensive enough that you might be able to afford two, one for the kids who would be thrilled. Now, that might be just the luxury you will enjoy the most. You will still have to bus it to the parks but there is a relaxed South American atmosphere that is energy renewing.
I am not even attempting to cover all your accomodation choices. I want you to see that there are other things to consder than just the room cost which can result in a better bargain and a more magical experience.