Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Nov 3, 2011
    Katherine from MN 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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    Hi - Family visiting Feb 12 - 16. We would like to see the ocean this trip. (Prefer the gulf because of the shells) Any suggestions on cities, accommodations? We also considered continuing our disney resort experience (without park fix) and driving.

    Hi Katherine,

    My dad lives on the gulf coast in the Clearwater Beach area. The sand on the beaches is powder white, and the water is a beautiful shade of clear blue. We've seen dolphins swimming off the shore there before. The Tampa Bay / Clearwater area is less than an hour and a half from Orlando and you likely to find a lot of great accommodations online.

    Even without going into the Disney Parks, there is still so much to see and do. You can spend a lot of time enjoying the various shops in Downtown Disney. In addition, the Deluxe resorts are all highly themed and you may take some time to explore them. I especially love the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Crescent Lake area around the Yacht and Beach Clubs.

    Wishing you a wonderful vacation,

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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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