• On Aug 21, 2011
    Laura from MA 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.

    Hi- I will be traveling to wdw in Nov. with a 7 mo and a 2yo. I am deciding between akl and po riverside. Which hotel do you recommend with two young children? Convience is my first priority. Thank you!

    Hi Laura,

    I think if I were traveling with little ones, I'd prefer the pool at the Animal Kingdom Lodge because of the zero-entry; it makes it so easy for toddlers to be in the pool. There is also a children's wading area.  What else makes this a nice option is that the pool is adjacent to the lobby, making it an easy walk.  In fact, i'd request that you have a room located close to the pool.  

    At Port Orleans Riverside, the resort is quite large (2048 rooms compared to 972 buildings at Animal Kingdom Lodge) so you can have a lengthy walk to get to the main pool that has the kiddie pool (that is up to 36" deep) as well as a wading pool.  There are 5 additional pools, so you do have many options if you'd prefer that. I'm not sure if this matters to you, but there are more bus stops at Port Orleans Riverside. 

    I hope this helps to sort out the details about each resort.  Please let us know if we can help again.

    Wishing you magical memories!

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I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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