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  • On Nov 11, 2011
    Melissa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have three girls 9,7, and 4. We are thinking of staying at the Riverside or the cabins at Fort Wilderness. Is Fort Wilderness too big for younger kids? It seems really spead out. Would you have other recommendations?

    Not at all! I think Fort Wilderness is a wonderful resort, and you would find that your children really enjoy it.

    The one thing I would very highly recommend, though, is that you rent a golf cart when staying here. You are correct that the resort is large and spread out, so that golf cart will come in very handy. You can use it to travel from your cabin to the restaurants, shops, playground, pool, and bus stop.

    If you elect not to rent a golf cart, you can certainly still stay at this resort. You will simply need to plan on more walking, or allow a little extra time to use the internal bus system to take you to the places you'd like to go.

    I also have three children so I understand the dilemma of limited options for a family of five. A couple of others you can consider are, as you mentioned, a room at Port Orleans - Riverside with a trundle bed, or a family suite at All-Star Music Resort (and opening in 2012, Disney's new Art of Animation resort)

    You also have villa options, or deluxe resorts - Boardwalk, Beach Club, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary...but these do come with a significantly higher price tag.

    If Fort Wilderness appeals to you, I encourage you to give it a try. It's a great resort and I think you will enjoy it!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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