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  • On Feb 16, 2010
    Robyn from NE 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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    Going to WDW for first time in April with 2, 4, and 10yr olds. Is the Grand Floridian too fancy for them? Is there a better option for lodging? Is it easy to get on/off the monorail with a stroller? Sooo excited, but hoping we choose the right lodging.

    Hi Robyn!

    First, let me say that every hotel at Walt Disney World is kid friendly, and I believe children will enjoy staying in every hotel on property.  There is also no doubt that the Grand Floridian is a great hotel.  It has wonderful dining for both adults and children.  It is the flagship hotel of the Walt Disney World Resort.  My Aunt thinks there is nowhere else worth staying on property and there are a lot of guests who feel the same way.

    However, I don't love it.  I don't think children love it.  That's mainly because I don't think children understand the theming.  I think children would rather be in the Wilderness Lodge, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Polynesian, or even the Contemporary.  I don't believe children necessarily understand the theming of the Contemporary; I just believe they think it's cool to see the monorail going inside it!  Since I think children put a lot of emphasis on the pool, I would recommend staying in the Polynesian; the volcano pool is fabulous!

    The only exception to my opinion about the Grand Floridian occurs when the Grand Floridian is decorated for the Christmas holidays.  Wow!  Then the resort is spectacular and I think children do very much enjoy staying there.  The life-size gingerbread house is fantastic!

    With regards to getting on and off the monorail with a stroller, nothing could be easier!  You can just push it right on.

    Write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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