Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Dec 4, 2011
    Veronica from IL 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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    Need help choosing a resort for our Orlando trip. Were going the 2nd week of Januray for 5 days with our 15 month old daughter. My travel agent gave me these options: Animal Kingdom, Saratoga, Polynesian and Grand Floridian?

    Hi Veronica!

    Your travel agent has made some excellent recommendations for you and you can't go wrong with either of them. 

    The Magic Kingdom is always a favorite park at that age and the one we always spent the most time in when my boys were that age (still do). With that in mind, I'd suggest one of the resorts along the monorail line.  That will give you easy access by monorail or boat to the Magic Kingdom.  When mine were that little, we always took them back to the hotel for naps and to give them a break from the parks. If you request a Magic Kingdom view, you should be able to see the fireworks from your room and the Electrical Water Pageant.  That will be nice for you on those nights she's asleep and you want to sneak out of the balcony to see them.

    Of the resorts you mentioned, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian both would offer all of that.  My personal favorite is the Grand Floridian.  It is beautiful!  They offer fine dining and character dining options.  If your daughter loves Princesses, she'll enjoy Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare which is located in the main lobby of the Grand Floridian.  She's also enjoy the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare.  Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh are among the characters that typically make appearances during breakfast.

    You can also grab a bite at Gasparilla Grill and watch the fireworks from outside.  They don't have the music piped in but there is lots of room for your daughter to play and burn off some energy.  If you'd like an adult night out, in-room childcare is available for children ages 6 months to 12 years. This is perfect if you'd like to dine at Victoria and Albert's during your stay.

    The Grand Floridian has it all and I've never heard anyone say they didn't love it. Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison
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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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