Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 30, 2009
    Lauren from NJ 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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    We're bringing our son, who will be almost 3, to Disney in May. Which deluxe resort would be the best for a child his age?


    To me, it comes down to the Beach Club and the Polynesian.  Both resorts offer a fabulous pool, Character Dining, and nearby access to theme parks.

    Beach Club's pools, with their sandy bottoms and fun child's sand area, give a parent the best of both worlds:  fresh water with castle-building!  You can also bring a see-through inner tube and float through the connecting pools as you would a lazy river.  It's proximity to the Boardwalk with clowns and nightly viewing of Illuminations would be a good fit for your 3-year-old as would its Character Breakfast at Cape May Cafe featuring Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.

    Polynesian's pool sports an erupting Volcano and the resort holds a torch-lighting ceremony nightly complete with drums and a fire-dancer--captivating for young ones in the crowd.  What gives it a slight advantage over the Beach Club is its monorail access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot versus Beach Club's boat access to Epcot and Disney Studios (although you can walk faster to Epcot from BC).  Its Character Breakfast with Lilo, Stitch, and Mickey is a favorite as is dinner at Ohana with its coconut races that even your little guy could do.

    If you think you'd spend more time at the Magic Kingdom versus Disney Studios with your son, Polynesian would be the clear option.  If you're wanting to spend as much time out of the park as in the park, I'd strongly consider Beach Club.

    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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