• On Nov 14, 2018
    Mary from TN 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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    We just stayed at Polynesian and it was wonderful but expensive. We are going back January 2020 and our daughter will be 4 and a half. We want another delux resort. Trying to decide between contemporary, animal Kingdom lodge, and beach club. Any tips?

    Hi Mary,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am happy to discuss these deluxe resort hotels with you! 

    Although my family adores Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, it can be beyond our budget at times. When we want to keep those deluxe resort amenities with access to the Resort Monorail, we stay at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Garden Wing rooms are actually just perfect for us - they are typically less expensive than the rooms in the main tower. We request a room on the first floor with a patio. The laundry facilities are also in the Garden Wing, so we use those during our visit. And, we always dine at Chef Mickey's during our stay!

    If booking a room in the Garden Wing, know that the rooms in the 5000 section are generally closer to the main tower while the rooms in the 6000 section are a bit farther but some have views of Bay Lake. With a little one your daughter's age, Disney's Contemporary Resort would be my choice because it also has a walking path to Magic Kingdom. It takes us no more than 10 minutes to walk from the resort to Magic Kingdom. On nights that we leave Magic Kingdom after the fireworks, that pathway is like gold!

    Mary, having said that, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a gorgeous resort with stunning views of the animals. If you do not plan much park time, this resort is an oasis for relaxation. Disney's Beach Club Resort is within walking distance to Epcot and would give you access to the shops, dining and entertainment in the BoardWalk area. Of course, I have to highlight Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach Club Resort. It is amazing!

    Happy choosing!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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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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