Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 18, 2014
    Lana from ON 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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    I will be travelling alone, for the first time to Disney with my 23 mth old son. I want a hotel that is close to everything. and that is most appealing for a toddler. he loves cartoons characters, cars, trucks, etc. Price is no issue. i need convenienc

    Hi Lana -

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Because Walt Disney World property is so large, there unfortunately isn't one hotel that is close to everything. Regardless of where you stay, you'll need to take a bus to at least one of the parks. Given the age of your son, you'll probably be spending most of your time at the Magic Kingdom. In that case, I'd say that the hotels on the monorail loop (the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian, and the Polynesian) are the most convenient, since you can take the monorail to both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. If you stay at the Contemporary, you can even walk to the Magic Kingdom.

    However, those hotels aren't as appealing to toddlers - they have more "adult" themes. The most appealing hotel for toddlers is probably Disney's Art of Animation, which is themed with Finding Nemo, Cars, the Lion King, and the Little Mermaid. The downside to staying at the Art of Animation is that you'll need to take a bus to all of the parks. We stayed there in 2012 and found the buses to be convenient.

    If I were you, I'd probably stay at the Contemporary, since that's likely to be the easiest for you.

    I hope that helps!
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My name is Jodi from Massachusetts.  I am married with 2 children and work as a writer and consultant. I really look forward to helping parents everywhere plan a vacation within their budget that will truly create lifelong memories. Learn More About Jodi

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