Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Sep 28, 2009
    Claudine from NJ 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 are traveling to Walt Disney World for the fist time with our eleven year old daughter. My daughter has a developmental disability. We were just trying to figure where would be the best place for us to stay? She has no physical handicaps.

    Hi there Claudine!

    How wonderful that you are starting to plan a trip for your daughter!  In my opinion, all of the Disney Resorts are great, family-friendly and appropriate for kids with a variety of needs and abilities.  Properties in all three price categories (value, moderate and deluxe) are all well-themed, with many amenities sure to delight your little girl.  If you are interested in convenience, and plan to spend a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom, I would recommend a resort located on the monorail line, which will make getting to and from this park super easy.  I recently returned from a trip to the Polynesian Resort (on the monorail) and my family had a fabulous trip!  The Volcano-themed pool has a zero-entry, and a great slide.  The beach at the Polynesian is a fantastic, low-key spot to enjoy both the Electric Water Pageant and Wishes (the fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom) without having to brave the crowds on Main Street.  This may help your daughter enjoy the show without being overwhelmed.  In addition, by staying at any of the resorts on the monorail line (Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary), you can easily travel to the restaurants at any of them.  Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary is one of the most popular character meals on property, and a great way to start or end your Disney Day.

    If your daughter's disability prevents her from being able to wait in line for prolonged periods, or she has other special needs, you may want to visit Guest Relations at whichever park you go to first to request a Guest Assistance Card.  The Cast Member who assists you may issue a card that will enable you to access attractions via an alternate entrance, which might facilitate a smoother trip.

    Have a wonderful time!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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