Art of Animation Pool Resorts and More
  • On Aug 29, 2022
    Aaron from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are currently planning a Disney World Vacation for our family. We are trying to decide between the Art of Animation, Contemporary, and Caribbean Beach resorts. Which is the best for a family with a toddler?

    Greetings, Aaron!

    Welcome to planDisney! This is such a great question. All of these resorts feature exclusive Guests benefits like complimentary transportation and extra time in the theme parks. Each resort also offers its own pros for a toddler trip that will create magical memories you will cherish always. It truly comes down to personal preference, as these are all great locations. But I do have some pro tips that may help you choose the perfect spot to call your home away from home during your adventure.  

    Let's start with Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you and your Ohana will be spending time in Magic Kingdom Park, this location is a perfect choice. This resort offers a walking trail to the park and has monorail access too! This means you can take a morning stroll to the park to start your day, and you'll have the option to take the monorail back when tiny legs get tired. This location is also home to Chef Mickey's, so a fun meal with your favorite character pals is right there in your resort. And, tower rooms have recently been renovated and have fabulous new theming featuring Pixar Animation Studios’ Incredibles films. 

    Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort offers island vibes and a laid-back atmosphere that makes it a relaxing place to unwind outside of the theme parks. The feature pool at Caribbean Beach offers two slides and is zero entry which is great for young swimmers. And you will find a splashtastic shipwreck play area complete with toddler-size slides and plenty of space for your little one to let their inner pirate out. The resort is on the Disney Skyliner, which can take you to both EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Skyliner can feel like a ride all on its own, so if your little one loves being sky high, this makes getting to the park extra fun. Overall this resort is beautiful but big. Bus times can be a little longer than some resorts, as there are several bus stops on the route. An extra bus stop (or four) may feel like a lifetime when holding a sleeping traveler at the end of a long day. If your primary park focus is Magic Kingdom Park, this resort may be a must-stay for another visit. 

    Like Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort also has access to the Skyliner. This location takes Disney-theming to another level! You will be immersed in classics from Finding Nemo to Cars. The resort features family suites, which can be an added level of convenience when traveling with children. A separate sleeping and living area with a full-size refrigerator makes in-room meals and unwinding easy. If mid-day pool breaks are a must, this resort has three feature pools, including the largest hotel pool at Walt Disney World- The Big Blue Pool.

    Aaron, if you and your little one are planning on a lot of Magic Kingdom time with some visits to the other parks too, I recommend the Contemporary. The location is Incredible. If your crew prefers the adventure of Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, I would choose Art of Animation based on theming and transportation!
    We'll see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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