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  • On Mar 5, 2023
    Danielle from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be visiting Disney World with my 2 year old and my husband, and it's their first time. I want to stay at a deluxe hotel, so that we can be the most comfortable. Which hotel do you recommend that is luxurious but also fun for a toddler?

    Aloha, Danielle, and welcome to planDisney, where our ‘ohana leaves no question behind! I am beyond excited that you’re making the cross-country trek to Walt Disney World Resort with your little one. My son was two when he saw Cinderella Castle for the first time, and that’s a core memory he and I share. And you’re wise to do some research to find the best Disney Resort Collection Hotel because the Theme Parks might be the main attraction, but with a toddler, your Disney home base is equally important. I have a few suggestions for you, so let’s catch a ride on a wave!

    As you may have guessed, my top recommendation for a Deluxe Resort Hotel is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This Hawai’ian-themed resort strikes the perfect balance of whimsy and luxury. Your little one will delight in the tropical décor and have a blast running out some toddler energy on the white-sand beaches and around the Lava Pool. Snag a reservation at ‘Ohana for an on-site character meal where Stitch will keep your toddler in, well, stitches! But one of the main reasons I love this resort is its proximity to Magic Kingdom Park. Not only are the views spectacular, but The Polynesian is also on the monorail line. Imagine your child’s delight riding a train to and from Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT, and being able to get to and from your resort easily will make nap time as easy as an ocean breeze.

    We’ve talked about how much your little surfer will enjoy The Polynesian, but this resort has plenty of perks for parents. You’ll enjoy the luxury of a Deluxe Resort Hotel, including well-appointed rooms and breathtaking views. The lobby, called the Great Ceremonial House, is simply stunning, and you can’t pass up Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto for some adult libations to end your day. I recommend the Spiky Pineapple!

    However, I have one other option I’d like you to consider: an Art of Animation Family Suite. This resort is in the Value category, but hear me out because the family suites are absolutely amazing. A separate primary bedroom might be handy during nap time, and having two full bathrooms is another appealing feature. There’s also a comfy pull-down bed and a convenient kitchenette. These suites feel more like small apartments, and when you have a little one, that extra space would be fantastic.  The theming of these suites and throughout the resort grounds will delight any Disney fan. Your little guy’s eyes will be wide with wonder as he walks under a life-sized Simba. And this resort offers transportation via the Disney Skyliner, another attraction in itself! I know this isn’t the resort category you were considering, but it's worth a look.

    I’m sending loads of pixie dust (and some poi!) that your upcoming visit is all you’re dreaming of, Danielle. Thanks again for stopping by planDisney. Hang ten!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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