• On Mar 7, 2009
    Maria 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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    Hi, I read your reply about the resorts. My husband and I travel to Disney quite often. We've stayed at French Quarter, Riverside, and A.K. Lodge. We always end up back at F.Q. Just wondered what you thought was best? We have a 3 yr old and 18 month.


    Thanks so much for coming to the Mom's Panel, and thanks so much for your vote of confidence!

    With your young children, you can get by with smaller rooms and less of the amenities of the Deluxe resorts, in my opinion.  Here's some things that might be of interest to them at some of the resorts:

    • All-Star Movies:  Although the rooms will be smaller and it will have more of a motor-court feel than the French Quarter, my sons still talk about the 30-foot tall buzz lightyear--six years later!  Use the money you save on the room to eat at a Character Breakfast!
    • Caribbean Beach Resort, Pirate Room:  The theming in the room gives you beds in the shape of boats and carpet that looks like planks of wood! The zero-entry pool and toddler pool make it attractive for small children, especially if you're coming during "pool" weather, which in Florida is pretty-much any month except January in my book!
    • Animal Kingdom Lodge, Savannah View:  If they enjoy animals, it would be up their alley!
    • Swan & Dolphin:  Not much theming to the hotel--it's pretty much whimsical pastels--but it's an affordable option that gives you the ability to be at the Boardwalk with boat transportation to Epcot and Disney Studios.  Our family enjoyed the paddle boats and the pool!
    Bottom line: If you know you'll be back in the next few years, I'd try something new!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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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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