Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 17, 2014
    Mandy from MI 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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    Will be traveling April with a 2 1/2 year old, 6  and 9 year old.  Where is the best place to stay? Would like to be fairly close to the Magic Kingdom but would like to stay in a place that has activities and stuff going on for the kids. Thanks

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Mandy ~

    April will be here before you know it and I'm excited to see you're planning ahead!

    ​If you think you're going to spend the most time in the Magic Kingdom, I would stay at the Polynesian Resort. You just can't beat the convenience of being on the Monorail Line. We also felt like the rooms were bigger and that would give you more space for a Pack 'n Play if your 2 1/2 year old plans to sleep in one.

    There is lots of space at the Polynesian Resort for the kids to run around and just be kids. My boys liked the path between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian and being able to run without a lot of people around. They also loved the Volcano Pool but there are quiet pools if that is more your style. On the beach near the main pool, they have movies at night and you can roast marshmallows. They also have a place to get your hair wrapped if you have girls. If your kids are like mine, they may just like digging in the sand. At night, you can see the Electrical Water Pageant and Wishes from the beach.

    At the Polynesian Resort Mikala Canoe Marina, you can rent Sea Raycers and Surrey Bikes which kids love. Moana Mickey's Arcade is popular for kids too. Also at the Polynesian, there is the Never Land Club that provides child care for children 3 to 12 years old.

    We liked the dining selections at the Polynesian. 'Ohana is awesome for breakfast and dinner. For quick serve, Capt. Cook's has a nice selection including the famous Tonga Toast at breakfast and Dole Whips. We enjoyed taking our food outside to eat - we felt like we had our own tropical paradise.

    The Polynesian Resort is also home to Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. If you've never seen it, its a lot of fun for the whole family.

    The Polynesian Resort seems a little more low key and family friendly and gets my vote.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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