• On Jan 9, 2020
    Jeremy 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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    Staying at the Dolphin in May for my 40th birthday celebration, any tips for staying here with my wife and kids?

    Howdy, Jeremy! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and early happy birthday wishes to you! I can't think of a better place to celebrate than Walt Disney World. Many years ago, I celebrated my 16th birthday at the Walt Disney World Dolphin. I have had a few stays at that resort since then, and my favorite aspects are its location in the Epcot Resort Area, its wonderful pool area, and the Heavenly Beds® in the guest rooms.

    In my opinion, one of the best places to stay in all of Walt Disney World is the Epcot Resort Area. Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's BoardWalk Inn, the Walt Disney World Dolphin, and the Walt Disney World Swan, share a picturesque location on Crescent Lake, and convenient walking paths or watercraft transportation to TWO theme parks - Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. While I enjoy taking the Friendship Boats for a relaxing journey to and from the parks during the day, there is nothing better than being able to walk "home" from Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios after the evening's fireworks. No need to wait in line for transportation - just have your own two feet walk you right back to that Heavenly Bed®!

    During your stay at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, you'll also be in walking distance to a plethora of fabulous dining options at the neighboring resorts, as well as the entertainment and excitement of Disney's Boardwalk. For a signature dining experience in close proximity to your resort and family friendly, I recommend Flying Fish on Disney's Boardwalk. It has always been one of my family's favorites, and has a variety of kid-approved options.

    If I were celebrating my birthday in Walt Disney World this month, I would also see about snagging a reservation at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera at the brand new Disney's Riviera Resort. I had the opportunity recently to have breakfast here, and I can't wait to try dinner at this incredibly beautiful restaurant set atop the resort. I think your family would enjoy taking the Disney Skyliner (the Epcot International Gateway station is a short walk from your resort) to this restaurant for a wonderful celebratory meal.

    Last but not least, be sure to dedicate some time to enjoying the amenities at the Walt Disney World Dolphin. In addition to the themed pool area, there is also an onsite miniature golf course (for an extra fee), and some delicious dining options. I like the Fountain for casual diner-style dishes, and Shula's Steak House if fresh steaks in an upscale, contemporary setting are more your family's style.

    I wish you a very happy birthday, and a magical family vacation, Jeremy!


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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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