EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 11, 2013
    Amanda 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.

    My extended family is taking their first trip to DW and I am wondering where we should stay. We have been to DW and were thinking of the Polynesian but am wondering if the Art of Animation is better for first time visitors with small children?

    How exciting you are planning a Walt Disney World vacation with your extended family, Amanda! I personally think you are considering two great resorts and have personally stayed at both! I recently enjoyed a lovely stay at Disney's Art of Animation Resort and loved the immersive storybook theming and attention to detail at every turn!  I do think Disney's Art of Animation Resort offers fun theming for small children and The Family Suites are a great option for larger families or those wanting to spread out a bit more. Disney's Art of Animation Resort offers dedicated bus service and The Big Blue Pool, one of the coolest pools on property, in my personal opinion. With that being said, I would have to personally recommend Disney's Polynesian Resort for first time visitors with young children. At Disney's Polynesian Resort, guests can easily travel to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, and the other Magic Kingdom Resorts via the monorail. When traveling on the Disney buses, guests must collapse their strollers. Guests do not have to collapse strollers on the monorail which makes traveling much easier with young children. Disney's Polynesian Resort offers tropical theming, spacious guest room accommodations, great dining options, and fun recreational activities. My family loves to watch the Electrical Water Pageant and Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from the beach at Disney's Polynesian Resort. I honestly would choose Disney's Polynesian Resort if the difference in cost is within your budget, due to the close proximity to Magic Kingdom Park and the convenient transportation available at this resort location. I have always loved being able to easily travel back to our Disney Resort for that much needed midday break or nap. I hope this helps in making your decision! Please don't hesitate to write me back with any additional questions. Best wishes for a magical trip, Amanda!
    Happy Planning,
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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