I stayed at the Comfort Inn in nearby Lake Buena Vista. They have nice plain rooms and special family suites that include facilities for the kids.
The price depends on the time of year. I paid $35.00 a night, Though it might be more since I got a lower price with the 2001 Entertainment Book, published each year.
Inexpensive, convenient and generally friendly. There is complimentary free shuttle service to the 4 main Disney Theme Parks.
US$73 - US$89? depending on season. These are the cheapest within the grounds -- and you REALLY want to stay on-site if at all possible. The perks are OK, but the ease of movement is the real plus. Besides, adding up the cost of renting a car, paying for parking at the parks, gas, etc., as well as the time you save, makes the on-site rooms look better all the time.
If you're on a budget, you can't do better than the All-Star Resorts. Although the rooms are small, they are all you need if you're spending your days running around to the parks, etc. And for those days you're not, the pools are a treat. Best for couples, or families with one child. If you have a full four in a room, it's going to be cramped. if you have five, move up to the rooms at Dixie Landings/Riverside (see elsewhere on this page) that have a trundle bed for person #5.
The best I've stayed in, over all, is the Yacht & Beach Club Resort.
Approximately US$250 - US$330, depending on season. (Disney Club card can offer some savings; annual passports also get price breaks at select times of the year.)
Lake view, great service, fantastic surroundings, walk to Epcot, boat to Disney/MGM Studios, walk to about 30 restaurants at Epcot, Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin. The most choices anywhere in WDW. Beyond that, there's 24-hour room service, an honor bar in the room, and more. If in the Beach Club side, ask for a room with a FULL balcony, and if you don't want to pay for a water view, ask for a top-floor view of Epcot through the trees.
And don't forget the best hotel pool in all of WDW -- Stormalong Bay! It has a sand bottom, whirlpools and a LONG slide that looks like the fallen mast of a schooner. Not to be missed.
In the moderate price range, the best place I've stayed in is Dixie Landings, (now called Port Orleans Riverside), a moderately priced resort at WDW. Ask for Building 14 in the Alligator Bayou section -- it's near the bus stop, restaurant, pool, everything, but feels remote and surrounded by trees.
Approx. US$129 - US$179, depending on season. Specials (namely the Disney Club card) can cut the price somewhat.
Free boat connection to Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney and Disney West Side shopping & entertainment areas. Great pool. It really feels like you're staying in a lot 'classier' place than you're paying for. Open grounds, plenty (!) of greenery, and a good restaurant.
US$35 - US$45? depending on season. Just a little more expensive than other campgrounds in the area (and they're aren't all that many, especially within driving distance of the parks), but well worth it.
Heavily wooded, yet with clean, clear sites and close-by amenities. WARNING: reconsider if you're going there in the fall (Sept. & Oct.), as it will likely rain for part, if not all, of the day. We were once driven to rent a room elsewhere by 2-1/2 days of rain.
Port Orleans (now called Port Orleans/French Quarter)
US$129 - US$145?, depending on season. Those with a Disney Club card, annual passholders, may find discounts at selected times of the year.
Relaxed, French Quarter (in a Disney way) feel. Nice food court (although the Riverside food court seems bigger). Fun pool.
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