Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 21, 2013
    Mary 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.

    We will be visiting WDW for my son's seventh birthday and will also be traveling with our four year old daughter. We are having trouble deciding between the Art of Animation Resort and the Caribbean Resort, what do you think would be best for us?

    Hi Mary,

    I absolutely love the new Art of Animation resort. The themed details are amazing in all the areas. My husband and I stayed in a Cars family suite recently and enjoyed the luxury of two bathrooms and space to stretch out.

    We stayed at Pop Century resort last weekend with our teenage daughter and walked across the Generation Gap bridge connecting the resorts so that she could see all the amazing details of the grounds.

    In the suites, the sofa makes a full-sized bed, and another full-sized bed folds down from the wall, so each of your children could have a separate sleeping space. That's always appealed to our daughters. The separate master bedroom and the kitchenette with a coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator are nice, too.

    If a suite isn't in your plans or your budget, the Little Mermaid section of Art of Animation has standard rooms with one bathroom and two double beds.

    I know other people really enjoy Caribbean Beach, but it has never been one of my favorites because of how sprawling it is. I like the fact that Art of Animation has a single bus station in front of Animation Hall and that the pools, food court and gift shop are an easy walk of less than 5 minutes from any room.

    By the way, make sure you get a free birthday button for your son at guest relations in the theme parks or resort. And make note that you are celebrating his birthday on any of your advanced dining reservations.

    It's fun to have cast members and guests extend their birthday wishes, and sometimes, cast members throw in special birthday surprises.

    I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have other questions. Enjoy your visit and time with your family!

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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