Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jan 22, 2012
    Kristin from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Stayed at All Star Movie last year, looking to upgrade this year to a moderate resort. Which is the best with a 3 yr old and planning on 2 days staying at resort and swimming? So conflicted between Caribbean and Coronado? Also heard Port Orleans is good!!

    Hi there, Kristin!

    With a three-year-old, I'd unreservedly recommend Port Orleans: French Quarter. This smaller, quiet Resort offers all of the theming and amenities of its "beachy brothers," but without the overwhelming crowds you will sometimes encounter at the others, both of which are convention facilities.

    The Resort offers both a playground (built on rubber flooring overlaid with soft artificial turf) and a pool with a slide. The pool area, adjacent to the playground, boasts a small kiddie pool in addition. And every day, Cast Members come out to lead all of the children in poolside games and contests.

    Again, the French Quarter might not have the excitement of the Dig Site (Coronado Springs Resort) or the water play area (Caribbean Beach Resort), but the smaller size might be beneficial to you, both for ease in watching your little one and for not subjecting your little one to so much at once.

    Finally, the size of the French Quarter means that nothing is far from anything else. This means that a sleepy little one can be carried over a relatively short distance if need be, and there are no long bus rides around the Resort to try a tired Mouseketeer's patience.

    I hope these suggestions help you; please drop me a line and let me know where you decide to stay.

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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