• On Oct 18, 2009
    Candy from IA 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 first trip to Disney next May with children ages 6 & 4. Struggling on where to stay. Originally, we wanted the AKL to see the animals but now I'm wondering if Contemporary or Poly would be better as they're closer to parks and dining. Thoughts?

    Hi, Candy!    I recently stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It was big, beautiful, and the animals were amazing.   That said, I really prefer staying at either the Contemporary or Polynesian.     We had a great time at AKL, but I feel the others give you more of that famous "Disney Magic" feeling!   I also prefer the convenience of staying on right  on the monorail line.

    Now, between the Polynesian and the Contemporary I like the Polynesian.   The Contemporary can't be beat for its proximity to the Magic Kingdom and the views from the Tower rooms are terrific, but I just love the tropical theme of the Polynesian, the beach, and the tiki torches in the evenings!   

    This is just my opinion!  Others say the Animal Kingdom Lodge is their favorite resort.  I suggest you go to and research each resort and see what appeals most to your family.   But, for my family, my first choice is Polynesian, second choice Contemporary, and third choice Animal Kingdom Lodge.   Good luck deciding (and the great news is that they are all super resorts, so you can't get this one wrong!)
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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