Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 25, 2010
    Melissa from WV 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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    I am planning a first time trip with 4 kids 5,6,7, and 10 year olds. What is the best place to stay for the children to have fun and enjoy. And how close is it to the parks?

    Hi, Melissa!  Congratulations on this wonderful vacation you have planned...the children are going to really enjoy any resort you choose at WDW.  You just can't go wrong with any of them.  WDW is approximately 40+ square miles with four theme parks, two water parks and many different resorts spread throughout the area.  In fact, when we have our car, it takes us about a half hour to travel from the far end of the property to the other's that big!

    Therefore, you really need to narrow down your choices for the right resort for your traveling party based on where in the "World" you'd like to be, what is your vacation budget and what amenities you would like to enjoy.  To get a great overview, click on Resorts to begin your search.  I've listed a few of my favorites near some of the various areas:

    • Near the Magic Kingdom, I like to stay at The Contemporary since it's only a walk away, and my family of six enjoys the cabins at Fort Wilderness which saves us a little by having a kitchen and enjoying the many free activities right there at the resort.  Access to the MK from Fort Wilderness is by boat.
    • For Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, we like the Boardwalk or the Yacht or Beach Club for it's ease in getting to either of the parks and the great entertainment.
    • The Value Resorts are located near Animal Kingdom, and they can't be beat with whimsical themes and great rates.  Also, we're staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge in a few weeks, and we can't wait to see the animals right outside our room!
    Maybe this has helped steer you in the right direction.  Enjoy the planning's almost as much fun as actually being there.  Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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