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  • On Apr 29, 2009
    Cecilia from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, we are taking our 1 DWV w/ our 3yr old boy and 15month baby girl. I was wondering what hotel would be better for the kids. I'm looking at the pop century and port orleans french quater. If you think there is another hotel that is best, please tell.

    Cecilia:

    Thanks for asking the opinion of the Mom's Panel for your first Disney vacation!  I feel so honored!

    With a 3-year-old and another toddler, I think the Value and Moderate resorts are good choices.  The smaller rooms are accommodating, the pools don't have to be over-the-top, and the price allows you to save money you can spend on a few Character Meals!

    My two recommendations in this category, considering the ages of your children, would be Caribbean Beach Resort and All-Star Movies.  Although Port Orleans: French Quarter offers the boat to Downtown Disney, Caribbean Beach Resort features more that may appeal to toddlers and preschoolers, including several playgrounds around the resort along with a newly renovated kiddie pool with a pirate ship water feature, not to mention white sand beaches.  Its standard rooms are Nemo-themed while its preferred rooms sport a pirate theme!

    If you're on a budget, my children still remember their stay at All-Star Movies six years ago!  We stayed in the Toy Story buildings and the three-story tall Buzz Lightyear was quite a photo op!  It may be more interesting to your 3-year-old than, say, a big wheel at Pop Century.....the rooms are the same size at both resorts, so I'd choose it simply based on theming.

    If you're planning on staying at least a day or so at your resort, go for Caribbean Beach Resort.  If you want a resort that you can enjoy as well the kids, French Quarter's boat gives it a leg up....

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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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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