Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Feb 17, 2010
    Belinda Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am bringing my grandson, who is three to WDW in March by myself, trying to book best value for lodging but easy access back and forth from the park. Which resort do you recommend if you were doing this by yourself.

    Hi Belinda!

    Disney makes it very easy to travel with very young children.  Be sure to slow down and enjoy the experience of visiting with your grandson instead of running from attraction to attraction.  I suggest taking a stroller your grandson is used to, because he will be familiar with it and may feel more at ease. 

    With regards to a resort, I suggest you consider staying at a Magic Kingdom monorail resort to allow you to return to your hotel quickly to take a nap, rest, etc.  That's because with a 3 year old, you will probably be spending most of your time in the Magic Kingdom.  Of the three, I personally prefer the Polynesian Resort.  However, the monorail resorts are Disney Deluxe Resorts and some of the most expensive resort hotels on property.  An alternative would be to stay in the Wilderness Lodge.  It is not a monorail resort, but there is boat service between it and the Magic Kingdom that runs regularly.  Approaching the Magic Kingdom by boat, especially, at night is a wonderful experience.  The Wilderness Lodge is generally less expensive than the 3 monorail resorts and its theming is spectacular; most young guests love the Wilderness Lodge.

    If your budget doesn't allow you to stay in any of those resorts then I recommend staying in Port Orleans Riverside or Pop Century.  Pop Century is a Disney Value Resort and your grandson would probably enjoy it the best; most young guests enjoy the theming of Pop Century.  You would have to take Disney buses everywhere unless you had your own car; even if you have a car, you should take a Disney bus to the Magic Kingdom because it takes longer to drive a car to that park than to use Disney Transportation.

    By the way, I suggest considering a Character Dining Experience.  It's a great way to have some quality time with the Disney characters.  Have a magical vacation!
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I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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