Mom And Daughter Inside Disney hotel; in costume; cinderella
  • On May 13, 2015
    Jennifer from NL 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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    Trying to pick a DVC resort which would have activities similar in quality to AKL. I have an 11 and 9 year old and they enjoyed the AKL bead activities.We were going to stay at a resort near Downtown Disney.Would POR or POFQ have more appeal for kids?

    Hi Jennifer!

    My boys absolutely love the bead activities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. I think each Disney resort has it’s own special magic that makes it unique, and with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, the educational activities are pretty spectacular. In my experience, Disney Vacation Club resorts that have a Community Hall seem to have the largest variety of options since they have additional recreational staff and offer games, crafts and other special activities. 

    Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is a popular choice for families, but it is not actually a Disney Vacation Club Resort. It is considered a Moderate level resort. At this time, it does not have a Community Hall. You will however find beautiful themed pools at both Riverside and French Quarter. There are also playgrounds, fishing experiences and movies under the stars at the resort. I think kids enjoy both resorts, but I like the feel of the Ol’ Man Island swimming hole at Riverside.

    If you will booking with Disney Vacation Club Points, and would like to be near Downtown Disney, you should consider Disney’s Old Key West Resort or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Both resorts offer boat service directly to Downtown Disney, and have a Community Hall. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa has not one but two feature pools and is an easy walk over the pedestrian bridge to Downtown Disney. Both Resorts offer bike rentals, fishing opportunities and evening campfire activities. My kids love marshmallow roasting by the fire, and enjoyed their stay at both of these resorts.

    Whichever resort you choose, you are sure to have a magical vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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