I like the Wilderness Lodge, its got a Pacific Northwest feel to it. The hotel is a gigantic log cabin, you must see it to beleive it. If I go back, I still want to stay there.
The only money saving tip I can give you is get tired enough to come back to the hotel and order pizza in the room. That happened every night, we had pizza in the room, not because we wanted to save money, but we were so tired out that we just wanted to go back and order in. Everyone slept early, woke up early and it started over again.
Pick up Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World official guide, its great.
My favorite places to eat, these are all buffet style with the characters, try to eat where the characters are and the buffet style is wonderful:
Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Hotel
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness
Breakfast Buffet at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.
Polynesian Hotel breakfast is ok too, for a change.