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  • On Nov 11, 2010
    Laura from NJ 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 a single mom of two boys ages 8 and 6. They have never been to Disney. They loves sports so I was thinking of staying at the All Star Resort, is it nice? Also are there any specfic "cool" boy things we should see besides the usual parks?


    I think the All-Star Sports Resort would be a perfect backdrop for you and the boys.  The resort is clean, well-themed with a huge pool and offers plenty of buses to the parks.  If it's booked, don't think twice about considering All-Star Movies, my children's favorite value resort.

    As for "cool boy" things, my 6- and 10-year-olds have many favorites off the beaten path:
    • Cool Zone: This Coke-sponsored area in Epcot can be easily missed by guests strictly interested in the headline attractions. But I promise you'll make some wonderful memories letting the boys try all the soft drinks they want from around the world--for free!
    • Innoventions: Another hidden gem at Epcot are the activities that are similar to those you'd find at a children's museum. Although my favorite is Sum of All Thrills, if you're 6-year-old is too short to ride, spend some time next door playing the recycle game with him.
    • Another spot often ignored by guests are the interactive games in the areas at the exits of Spaceship Earth (check out the shuffleboard game) and Mission: SPACE.
    • The Gorilla Trails you'll encounter when you leave the Kilamanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom allow kids up-close looks at the animals. Choose it instead of the short path.
    • The Boneyard near Dinoland in Animal Kingdom is difficult to find. Upon entering the playground, make sure to take the rope bridge back over the large sidewalk below and let the boys dig. Best of all, the "sand" is really made up of small rocks, so no dirty clothes.
    • Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom used to seem like a waste to me, but standing in line can leave pent-up energy. Be the first ones to the island and find one of the hidden paintbrushes for a special treat from nearby cast members!
    Wishing y'all 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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