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  1. KK
    January 16, 2014

    Hi Dave….we’ve just started planning our first Disney family vacay and this website has been so helpful! Our girls will be 5, 4 and 2 when we go. We will go for 6 nights/5 days. I planned on getting a park hopper, but what do you suggest with children that little? Also, what do you think about doing the dining plan for all of us…..would it be worth it?? We will for sure want to do at least one character breakfast/lunch/dinner…possibly more! I’m not much of a planner…do I need to line up every meal in advance? If we used a travel agent could s/he do that for us so I wouldnt have to worry about it? Thanks in advance! 🙂

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  2. Chanda
    August 8, 2013

    Hi Dave, thinking abt going this Aug into Labor Day weekend. The charts predict low crowds and hurricane season. I have a 5 yo girl. Where should I stay if we are only a party of two! The mermaid rooms look great, but small and the long walk to the hotel might be hard at night when she is sleepy. Help. And can you visit the other hotels to sight see??

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    • Dave
      August 8, 2013

      Hi Chanda! Yes you can go see the other hotels to site-see. And what other hotels I’d recommend depends on your budget! A “preferred” room at either All-Star Music or All-Star Movies will make the walks much shorter, and is just a dollar per night (pre-tax) more expensive than Little Mermaid. You are giving up a much more fun environment and room at AofA for an easier walk.

      If you have more money to throw around, check out the Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. These are about $100/night (again, pre-tax) more. See this: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/12/30/review-royal-rooms-port-orleans-riverside/

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  3. Chris
    March 8, 2013

    Hi Dave, well I’ve booked Art of Animation for August 2014. Can’t wait! Do you know if it is possible to hire tea and coffee making facilities from reception if there aren’t any in the rooms.

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    • Dave
      March 8, 2013

      Hi Chris! No you can’t–although its a great idea…

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  4. Dave
    March 4, 2013

    Thanks, Chris!

    I ca’nt find anything on the hours of the pool bar. Based on what I’ve seen elsewhere, 11p close would be typical, but if things are dead slow they may close earlier.

    You can get wine in the gift shop, and also in the food court. It costs an arm and a leg, though–see this for alternatives: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/08/30/the-tightwads-guide-to-how-to-eat-at-walt-disney-world/

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  5. Chris
    March 4, 2013

    Hi Dave, many thanks for that. Could well tip the balance for us in favour of Art of Animation. For the two adults amongst us, is there a shop in the A of A to buy a bottle of wine from, and also would you happen to know how long the pool bar stays open? Brilliant website by the way, most informative website I’ve seen on Disney.

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  6. Chris
    March 4, 2013

    Hi folks. Do all rooms have the mini-fridge. Currently considering between this and Port Orleans – Riverside, but the company I’m thinking of booking with don’t have it listed that fridges are in the rooms. Think art of animation may be the best one as I have a 6 year old daughter. However the Fridge would be a crucial factor.

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    • Dave
      March 4, 2013

      Hi Chris, as of around mid–summer 2012, all Disney World hotel rooms have fridges built in and included in the room rate. This is a new thing for the value resorts, so not all websites have caught up…

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  7. Tom
    February 9, 2013

    Wendy, standard room at the first floor near the pool. The cheapest available which could accomodate 4 persons

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  8. Wendy
    February 7, 2013

    Tom – what type of room is it? How exciting!

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