Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 20, 2013
    Jona 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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    Our family is starting to plan a trip to Disney World for early 2014. Our 7 year old son has autism, so finding the appropriate resort hotel is an important part of planning. What are your recommendations on where to stay?

    Hi Jona! It is great you are starting your planning early and considering your resort choice now to help alleviate possible problems once you arrive.

    All of the Disney resorts are special in their own way but you might want to consider those that tend to be a bit more quiet and peaceful with less outwardly evident sensory stimulation. The Value resorts are the best budget saving locations but they are also the most crowded and busy and all have large visual stimulation all around the resort. This could include a larger then life Mickey telephone of bowling pin. I feel you would be more comfortable in one of the moderate or deluxe choices.

    In the moderate category I suggest Port Orleans as it is a fairly quiet location. It has several pools and you can choose one of the more standard ones which also tend to be less crowded then those that have all the slides and other stimuli. In the Deluxe category I suggest the Yacht Club resort. This is far less busy then the Beach Club from the lobby to the hallways. The rooms are beautiful and you have choices as to location. There is a wonderful quiet pool that is almost a hidden secret among the resorts where you can often be the only ones there. It is located in a convenient spot near Epcot and still within walking distance to Hollywood Studios. My second choice would be the Animal Kingdom Lodge especially if your family enjoys watching the animals.

    There are also some of the DVC properties that can be available to all guests and one recommendation would be the Old Key West Villas. Again these are very quiet and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. By choosing a villa you will also benefit from having a full kitchen which might interest you. There are many great choices but these would be my recommendation.
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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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