Hi! I'm planning a trip to WDW with my son (age 11) in March. We're both DLR veterans, but I haven't been to Orlando in many years. After some basic reading up, I thought I'd ask for more personal suggestions from the experts.
I'm not looking to spend too much, but this'll likely be our only Florida trip for a long time, so expensive is worth considering. I'm biased toward staying at a Disney hotel, based on my memory of the convenience it adds. We'd like to maximize our park time, especially at the non-MK parks - I think he'll love Animal Kingdom and EPCOT - and the water parks. We're there for about a week and plan to visit many different parks (and maybe sneak out to Harry Potter one day).
Are the buses that bad? From a quick price check, it looks like getting a hotel on the monorail route would have a meaningful effect on his college fund. Is it worth it?
Are there walking options to get from hotel to (any) park? Based on Google Maps, some of the hotels look close enough to Animal Kingdom or Hollywood to walk, but I don't know if such a thing is possible.
I'm currently not planning on hanging out at the hotel too much, but if any of them have an impressive swimming pool or other entertainments, that would be a nice perk. Any standouts in that department?