• On Jan 8, 2021
    Emily from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning our first trip to Disney with the kids. They will be ages 4, 6 and 7 at the time of the trip. Where do you recommend staying? Convenience is a priority.

    Hi Emily,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    How exciting to plan your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! Your little ones will be such perfect ages! You are definitely planning well - our resort hotel priority is always location, location, location. Although Walt Disney World Bus Transportation is available at all resort hotels, we look for resorts that also have access to other transportation options.

    Given the ages of your children, I would suggest a resort hotel with access to Walt Disney World Monorail Transportation. Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa all have access to the resort monorail. When our girls were the ages of your children, we loved Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel because it has a walking path to Magic Kingdom and, at the time, they adored Chef Mickey's. On our most recent visit, we stayed at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and were thrilled to be able to use the newly opened walking path to Magic Kingdom. Depending on where we stay, we get a room with either a queen bed, sleeper sofa, and pulldown bed OR a room with two queen beds and a daybed. 

    A little over a year ago, we stayed at Disney's BoardWalk Villas and loved being able to walk to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. So, I suggest also taking a look at Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's Beach Club Villas, and Disney's Beach Club Resort since they are also located in the BoardWalk area. Just be sure to check the resort hotel operational updates to know which resort hotels will be open for the time of your visit. 

    If you are looking for a resort hotel with kid-friendly theming, try Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The Family Suites might be perfect for your crew! These suites include some great amenities including a kitchenette and two bathrooms. This resort hotel has access to the Disney Skyliner which will give you access to Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. You could also take the Disney Skyliner to Disney's Riviera Resort and dine at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. The character dining at breakfast here is super cute! If you disembark the Skyliner at EPCOT, you would also have access to Disney's BoardWalk area where there are other dining options.

    Emily, as you plan, know that, currently, you can make advanced dining reservations 60 days in advance and guests need a Disney Park Pass system reservation to enter a theme park. So, pack your super-suits. We are so excited to welcome you back for your next Incredible Disney Day!

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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