Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 26, 2008
    Andrea from NY 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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    My husband and I (and 4 year old) are planning a trip in September. Thinking of either Grand Floridian, Polyneisan or Wilderness. Any suggestions. This is our first trip as a family.

    Hi Andrea,  You have narrowed down your choices to three amazingly themed deluxe resorts that are all close to the Magic Kingdom.  The Grand Floridian is the flagship resort of WDW with a victorian feel throughout with 2 pools, several elegant restaurants,  character dining, and counter service. The Polynesian has a feel of the South Pacific that is part elegant and a bit kitschy with a loyal following of fans.  It has two restaurants, one of which has a character breakfast, and counter service.  It also has two pools, but it does not have a whirlpool. Both these resorts have easy access to the Magic Kingdom by both monorail and boat, and fireworks can be seen from them.  The Polynesian is within walking distance of the Ticket and Transportation Center which makes taking the Epcot monorail easy.  The Wilderness Lodge has the feel of national park resorts of the Northwest and is contained within one building.  It doesn't offer as many amenities as the other resorts so the price is a bit less, but it has two pools, two restaurants, and counter service.  Its access to the Magic Kingdom is by a boat ride that is a bit longer, but strollers can usually be rolled right onto the boat.  In all honesty, I would let your preference to which theming you like the best direct your choice.  
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I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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