Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Nov 11, 2013
    Sarah from WA 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 are a family of 5 with three young children ages 8, 5, and 7 months. Which is more family friendly the Polynesian or Contemporary?

    Hi Sarah ~

    The Polynesian Resort and Contemporary Resort are both amazing in their own unique ways.

    My boys love that the Monorail runs through the Contemporary Resort and they can dine with Mickey there. Its also nice to be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom. Another bonus is that you can walk to the Magic Kingdom bus stop to catch a bus to another resort if you're going to a dining reservation. You can take a boat over to Fort Wilderness to explore, go to Mickey's Backyard BBQ or the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. They have boat rentals and movies at night.

    Traveling with 3 young children, my vote would go to the Polynesian Resort. We felt like the rooms are bigger and we were more comfortable. There was tons of space at the resort for the kids to run around and just be kids. They liked going down to the path between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian and having space to run without a lot of people around. My boys loved the Volcano Pool but there are quiet pools if that is more your style. On the beach near the main pool, they have movies at night. If your kids are like mine, they really just liked digging in the sand. You can also see the Electrical Water Pageant and Wishes from there. We liked the dining selections at the Polynesian. 'Ohana is awesome for breakfast and dinner. For quick serve, Capt. Cook's has a nice selection including the famous Tonga Toast at breakfast and Dole Whips. We liked being able to take our food outside to eat. Also at the Polynesian, there is the Never Land Club that would provide child care for your 5 and 8 year old. They also offer boat and bike rentals.

    Both the Contemporary and Polynesian are on the Monorail line and offer easy access to the Magic Kingdom and the Epcot Monorail which is a incredible perk. I love both of these resorts but when I have my family with me, the Polynesian Resort seems a little more low key where a kid can just be a kid.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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