Downtown Disney area Hotels & character meals & ticket options

Downtown Disney area Hotels & character meals & ticket options

We are very late planning our Walt Disney World vacation. May 1-6, 2011. Want a moderately priced hotel with queen, not double, beds. Looking @ downtown Disney area.

Grandparents, parents & 5 yr old twins. Got any suggestions? First trip for the kids and would really like a character meal.

Like everyone with a daughter, Cinderella's Royal Table would be the bomb but is it ever possible to get seated or reservations this close to the week of our visit?

Are park hopper options worth it, or would it be more cost effective to get a six day ticket for 3-4 days in the park?

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First let's start off with the obvious answer, Like everyone with a daughter, Cinderella's Royal Table would be the bomb but is it ever possible to get seated or reservations this close to the week of our visit? No, you can't get reservations this close unless you fork over a bunch of money to Dad, and he'll call in a bunch of favors ... (Not really.) Yes, there is a way, but it will cost a whole lot of money. You could book a room in on the concierge level of one of the hotels. Disney sets aside a few reservations for those guests staying in concierge (Club Level) rooms. But, like I said that costs a bunch of money.

OK, on to the more practical stuff.

Character meals. You should be able to find a character meal that fits your family. There are a good number available for that time (excluding the aforementioned Cindy's) With a daughter, I'd probably go for the Princess meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

As to hotels in the Downtown Disney area, it kinda depends on what you want to spend. The most interesting would be a Treehouse Villa from the Disney Saratoga Springs Resort. They are really cool and just about the right size for your family. They are available during your trip. Other than Saratoga Springs, there aren't any Disney Resorts close to Downtown Disney. A couple (Port Orleans and Old Key West) have boats that will take you to Downtown Disney. Of those only the Port Orleans is really moderately priced.

There are a couple of non-Disney hotels in the Downtown Disney area, but I don't know much about them (yet).

About the ticket thing, if you want to see more than one park per day, you'll need park hoppers. It doesn't matter if you have 100 days on your ticket, once it's been used at a park, if it doesn't have the park hopping option, it can't be used at another park.

I'm not a real big fan of park hopping. It does serve a purpose, and is more effective with younger kids. For our family, once the kids got older, it was just easier to stay in the same park all day. Spending an hour or more getting from park to park just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

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