• On Jul 6, 2018
    Lori from PA 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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    We are visiting Disney for the very first time with our 7 year old granddaughter in December and staying at AOA Little Mermaid standard. After much research I am questioning my decision. What are your thoughts of POFQ? Sounds wonderful for us older visitor

    Hi Lori,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I understand your resort dilemma and would love to offer a perspective!

    Having stayed at both resorts, I will say that both are fantastic but distinctly different. If you want a more serene experience, I would choose Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter. Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is beautiful! I just returned from a visit to Disney's Port Orleans Riverside and we took several walks over to Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter while we were there. The grounds are gorgeous with lots of trees and bushes. It truly felt relaxing to return to the resort each day. I also love the food options at this resort hotel. And, finally, I must add that my husband and I stayed at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter on our honeymoon so that resort has special memories for me!

    At Disney's Art of Animation resort, the decor is whimsical and large. Like most Walt Disney World resort hotels, Disney's Art of Animation resort is expansive so prepare to walk. The Big Blue Pool is amazing, however. This is definitely a kid-friendly resort hotel. The Little Mermaid rooms are super cute and comfortable. 

    Lori, given your granddaughter's age, I believe she would enjoy either resort. If you have not done so already, check out the recreational activities at the Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter. The main pool is lovely with Mardis Gras themed decor! 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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