Us: Family of four, kids ages 5 and 7. Spent 2 days at Wilderness Lodge, then 2 at Shades of Green with in-laws, then 4 days on the Disney Dream. Went in early June. Not peak, but still too crowded and hot for me!
10. Loved having a car, hate buses. Cheap, fast, and easy. Must use priceline name-your-price to get over 50% off.
9. Loved Wilderness Lodge. Location, peacefulness, theme, pool, and fun boat ride to WDW. $$, though. Shades of Green is awesome for the $ if you have a military connection. If staying >5 days or aren't rich, rent a condo.
8. Only eat at the parks at off times. What a zoo! Forget the sit down / slow / boring for kids / expensive restaurants.
7. Best place to eat: Captain Cook's at the Polynesian. Cheap, fast, great deck by the lake, on Monorail route.
6. We expected to beat crowds by getting to the parks early. Not a chance! Lines were bad 30 min after it opened. This only works if there's a magic morning. If you can do it, the little kids rides are empty after the fireworks. Coolest part of the day as well.
5. Fireworks were ho-hum. The magic projections on the castle and electric parade are much better. They often have 1 of each after the main fireworks display, so stick around. My crazy tip... get to the park around 8:30PM until close with little kids (after nap of course)!
4. Use Ace Transportation to get to/from the Disney Cruise. Fast, cheap, personal driver, and get on boat first and off last.
3. Nassau port, go ahead and spend the $ for the Atlantis waterpark. Slides are crowded, but beach and lazy river alone worth the $$.
2. Kids less than 7? Mine are incredibly athletic and still our small, foldable stroller was Priceless.
#1. Other than Animal Kingdom and a bigger castle, Disneyland is better in most every way. Less humid, hotels you can walk directly into parks, most all rides and shows. We'd much rather spend 4 days at DL, especially at the Grand Californian, than a week at DW. Take a long weekend and go in the Spring or Fall!