Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jun 3, 2010
    Della from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I would like to bring my 4yr old daughter and my 83 yr old mother ( handicapped) to WDW for the first time. When would be the best time to come (Christmas or some other time)? Where would be the best place to stay. We may have others coming too.


    Disney at Christmas should really be left to the park veterans....crowds are the largest of the year, specifically the week between Christmas and New Year, and I just can't recommend that time of the year for first-timers not to mention a youngster who might tire with lines or your mother who has mobility issues.

    Because you have a child who isn't locked into a school schedule, your ability to look at other dates is an advantage I'd recommend taking. If the Christmas decorations are the draw for you, I'd consider looking at the week right after Thanksgiving. The hotels empty out from families who've spent their school's Thanksgiving breaks at the resorts and give you the best of low crowds and seasonal decorations along with festivities!

    As for the best place to stay, it depends on your definition of "best." If that means cheapest, I'd go for All-Star Movies for its statues of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. If that means proximity to the Magic Kingdom, I'd recommend the Contemporary because of the ease of getting from your room onto the monorail for your mother, although she may prefer the more quiet surroundings of the Grand Floridian.

    If you're mindful of your budget and want to make your resort choice solely based on room rates, cut to the chase and check out the Fact Sheets at under Accommodations. If you're wanting to explore a little, visit the Disney website under Places to Stay.  Once you've narrowed your choices down, come back to us and we'll help you sort through your finalists!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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