Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jul 4, 2012
    Diane from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    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 WDW for Feb 2-10/13 with our 5 year old twin daughters (will turn 6 while at WDW); we need help in determining where the best place would be to stay, eat, when can we book character dining & other speiciality attractio

    Hi Diane!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!

    Without a doubt, the best place to stay with a young child is on the Magic Kingdom monorail line.  That is because most young children love the Magic Kingdom the best and families with young children tend to spend a lot of time there.  Being on the monorail line gives you easy access to your hotel for a break, nap, etc. All three (Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian) are Disney Deluxe Resorts.  Another Disney Deluxe Resort that is a favorite of children is the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It is a spectacular resort, but it is kind of remote on Disney property making getting there and back using Disney transportation a little longer than the average Disney hotel.

    Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) are really needed if you want to enjoy one of the Table Service restaurants in either the parks or the resorts.  ADRs can be made up to 180 days in advance online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  Favorite restaurants for children include:
    • Cinderella's Royal Table inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom
    • Princess Storybook Dining in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot
    • Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge
    • Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary
    • Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom
    By the way, since this is your first visit to Walt Disney World, I highly recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It is a great book for first time visitors as it is full of information and tips, but is not overwhelming.  It is also a beautiful book full of color photographs.  Definitely check it out!

    Our responses are limited in length, but I hope this gets you started.  I would be happy to help you plan more.  You can send questions directly to me, or to anyone else on the panel!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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