Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 2, 2010
    Beth from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning on visiting late August or September 2010 with our 4 year old boy. At this point he is not fond of the deep pools. He loves smaller pools, spraygrounds and such. What hotels can you recommend for downtime cooling off fun!?

    Beth:

    I have always found it interesting that my children, when they were young, would sometimes remember their pool time more than any other part of a vacation!

    Here are a few choices in different price ranges:

    Value Hotels: Offer your basic kiddie pools and two or three "geysers" squirting out of the concrete....very basic in my opinion. The exception is Pop Century that sports a series of ground fountains near its giant yo-yo and another spray area "in the round" near the Hippity Dippity pool.

    Moderates: Caribbean Beach Resort offers the best theming, probably of any hotel pool on property, even the Deluxes!  It has an extensive water play station for kids that includes a smaller slide and lots and lots of hoses. The pirate-ship theme shines throughout the pool area and makes it worth the upgrade from a Value, however, the property is vast. So be prepared to walk. Fort Wilderness just installed a similar water play station at their Meadows pool that my 5-year-old played on in November until he was blue!

    Deluxe: Although Beach Club does not offer a spray station like CBR, it has an incredibly large knee-high water area with a sandy bottom and sandy shore, perfect for building sand castles.  Its entire pool complex is probably the best at Disney, but if your son would be happy with a spray station, you might be just as well off at CBR. I tend to give The Contemporary lackluster marks for pool theming, but it does have a lot of fountain gushers--best of all the deluxes--and a long, winding slide.

    The most underappreciated children's water play area is at Kidana Village, Animal Kingdom's Villa resort. With fountains, towers and cannons, your son will be busy for hours!  A safari-view room at this property would be quite an adventure!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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