• On Jul 30, 2020
    Kristin from SD 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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    Hello! Looking to plan our next Disney vacation in 2021 or 2022. We are having a hard time deciding on a resort. We stayed at Fort Wilderness in 2018 and Art of Animation in 2019. Looking for a new experience for our 2 girls (born in 2010 and 2012).

    Hey there, Kristin! We're so happy you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel today! Planning a vacation with tweens can be very magical. At this age, Mouseketeers don't need neep naps, and they start to get a little more adventurous about trying new things such as attractions and dining choices. One thing I also noticed that my kids craved at this age was a little downtime at our Walt Disney World Resort hotel. This was when we started including our boys in our trip planning, and it was amazing to see how excited they were about researching each resort and its amenities. I'd be happy to share my family's personal favorites, and I'll give you a few options that would suit every budget! 

    My first suggestion is Disney's Pop Century Resort. This value resort is divided into sections representing decades from the 1950s through the 1990s and is themed accordingly, with larger than life icons (including Disney characters). Although the rooms are a little on the small side, they were refurbished in 2018, and I love the new look! One of the beds is now a Murphy bed (which folds up to create a table), and it is surprisingly comfortable. But the best part about staying at this resort is it is conveniently located next to a Disney Skyliner station. I think your girls would love zipping over to EPCOT or Disney's Hollywood Studios in a spiffy gondola!

    There are two Port Orleans resorts at Walt Disney World, but Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is my favorite. It sits on the banks of the Sassagoula River and oozes southern hospitality. And, they have Mickey-shaped beignets here...need I say more? Guests can rent bikes, boats, take horse drawn carriage rides, and go cane pole fishing at Ol' Man Island. Plus, you're just a boat ride away from Disney Springs

    Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is one of Walt Disney World's original resort hotels, and I think still one of its best. The reason I like to stay here is...LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Having quick and easy access to the theme parks is super important to most families, and you can't beat staying at a resort on the monorail line. Your kids will also enjoy splashing around in the Lava Pool, which features a water slide housed in a volcano; where else can you swim in paradise and have a view of Cinderella Castle?! The Polynesian Village Beach is also a great viewing spot for the nightly Electrical Water Pageant, a nostalgic favorite of mine.  

    I hope this helps, Kristin! We hope to see ya' again real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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