The mid-level resorts are pretty much the best way to go as far as I'm concerned. All of the disney hotels are close to everything, so to me it really doesn't matter which one you pick. We used the park hopper and it is a lot easier just to take a car over to the entrance, since the parking is included with your being a guest at the hotel. I like having a car outside the Theme Park as we always have different things we might want to go back and get. We also keep a cooler with ice cold beverages in the vehicle, so when we get out of the Theme Park we can quickly quench the thirst, instead of still standing at the bus stop. The buses do work pretty well though, but if you could just walk to your car and drive home in five minutes right to your building, it's a lot easier. We tend to use the buses only in the evenings when we are to be drinking alcohol.