Art of Animation Pool Resorts and More
  • On May 31, 2023
    Hannah Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! My family (me, my husband, and our kiddo who will be 3 at the time of traveling) are staying at a Disney resort prior to a Disney Cruise. What is the best hotel for a toddler if you are not going to go to the parks?

    Hi, Hannah!  Welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so excited to hear that you're planning a stay at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel before setting sail with Disney Cruise Line.  I have done the same thing with my family, and I can tell you that staying at one of Walt Disney World's resort hotels before a voyage with Captain Mickey is both convenient and lots of fun.

    With its colorful, larger-than-life Disney theming, Disney's Art of Animation Resort is always a favorite among the littlest resort Guests.  This resort hotel offers spacious family suites that would be the perfect place to relax before your cruise.  Disney's Art of Animation Resort is also home to the largest resort pool on Walt Disney World property, so this would be a fun place to hang out with your toddler.  I think your kiddo would also really enjoy exploring the grounds to see all of the giant sculptures of favorite animated Disney characters that can be found throughout the resort.  

    If your family enjoys fireworks, you don't need a theme park ticket to watch the show.  If you decide to stay at one of the Magic Kingdom area resorts, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Contemporary Resort all offer great views of both Happily Ever After and the Electrical Water Pageant.  These three resorts also have access to the Walt Disney World Monorail if you think your little one would enjoy a monorail ride.

    A trip to Disney Springs is a great way to spend the day before your cruise.  If you decide to visit Disney Springs, a stay at one of the resort hotels that offer water transportation to Disney Springs might be the right choice for your family.  My family and I have stayed at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter several times before a cruise.  This resort hotel offers a relaxing boat ride to Disney Springs.  It also has gorgeous grounds to stroll through, a fun sea serpent water slide at the pool, and delicious beignets to snack on.

    As you explore resort hotel options, I would recommend taking a look at our planDisney Pocket Guides for Disney Resort Hotels.  These guides offer a wealth of information to help you decide which resort to call your home away from home.  Be sure to also check out this fun and informative planDisney video about selecting a resort that's perfect for little ones.  If you have any additional questions, please come back and visit us again at planDisney!

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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