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  • On Mar 15, 2024
    Angela from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Which of these accommodations will family if 6 enjoyngedt: 2 rooms at the Grand Floridian or 2 rooms at the Polynesian or a 2BR villa at the Contemporary or a 2BR villa at the Riviera? Guests include 4 adults, 2 children ages 7-68.

    Hello Angela, and welcome to planDisney!

    Wow! You sure have a lot of dreamy accommodations on your list. Is there room for one more on your trip? I promise I'll pack light! I'm kidding, but you do have a fantastic selection of resorts to choose from, and I'd be happy to share my thoughts on your options.

    My initial thought is to recommend a two-bedroom villa at either Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort or Disney's Riviera Resort. My family appreciates and utilizes the "home away from home" amenities in these accommodations, like in-room laundry and a full kitchen. Even if you don't plan to cook on vacation, the kitchen is ideal for storing leftovers, snacks, and beverages. The dining table and ample living room space provide an excellent spot for the crew to gather before or after a busy theme park day. My family of four often travels with a set of grandparents, and a two-bedroom villa is our preferred lodging.

    Suppose you plan to visit Magic Kingdom Park several times during your stay. In that case, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort is a convenient walk or monorail ride away and would be a great choice. We vacationed here a few years ago, and it was terrific to stroll home at park closing while many other Guests were queuing up for transportation. On the other hand, Disney's Riviera Resort has better quick-service dining, newer rooms, and easier access via Disney Skyliner to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. You can't go wrong with either resort!

    If your family prefers more privacy and separation on vacation, book two rooms at either Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Choosing between the two is nearly impossible, and when I asked my family, who has an almost identical age range to yours, they were split right down the middle, like Sleeping Beauty's blue and pink dress! My husband and children prefer the dining, swimming pools (they say the volcano pool has the best water slide in all of Walt Disney World!), and tropical theming at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. My parents and I enjoy the location (like Bay Lake Tower, the walking path between this resort and Magic Kingdom Park is a great way to avoid the post-fireworks crowd) and elegant guest rooms at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

    I'm not sure if I've made your decision any easier, Angela, but hopefully, I've given you some things to consider. A two-bedroom villa at Disney's Riviera Resort would be at the top of my list if I were you, but before booking, I suggest taking a look at the quick-service dining options at each resort and reviewing your itinerary to see how often Magic Kingdom Park appears in your plans. One of the monorail resorts might be a better choice if it's more than once or twice. Thanks for sending your question to us at planDisney, and we can't wait to welcome you "home" this summer.

    Wishing you magic and memories,
    Betsy
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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