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Walt Disney World offers a variety of experiences that are aimed at different ages. Each of the Disney resorts is planned with a general audience in mind. However, there are better suited Disney resorts for families, especially with smaller kids. Taking theming, price, location, and other factors into account, here are the best Disney resorts for families with young children.
1. Art of Animation
Art of Animation is Far and Away the best value resort for families with Young Children. The convenience of location is enough comparison to disqualify the All-Star hotels. They are more remote and have fewer transportation options. The Art of Animation resort connects to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studio via the Skyliner. Art of Animation is the best-themed value resort and it has the most family suites. If that doesn’t qualify it to be one of the best Disney resorts for families with young children, how about the famed Big Blue Pool and the top food court Landscapes of Flavor?
2. Caribbean Beach
This moderate resort is also on the Skyliner route which carries guests from select resorts to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Of all of the Moderates, Caribbean Beach has the best location and the best theming for kids. There is a lot of pirate-inspired fun, including a swimming pool designed like a Spanish fortress armed with water cannons. You can even book a room that is pirate themed and perfect for young children. There is a new dining at Caribbean Beach as well, so your family has a good table service option now, instead of just counter service. It was part of a very recent renovation for the hotel.
3. Fort Wilderness
One unique but very solid option in Disney resorts for families with small children is Fort Wilderness. It’s remote without being remote because while it is just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom, it is otherwise surrounded by wilderness. A cabin here will sleep a larger size family and the outdoor grill makes it easy to save money by preparing your own meals. Fort Wilderness also has one of the best-priced buffets and the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, one of America’s longest-running dinner shows. Fort Wilderness also has a cheaper option in the Campsites at Fort Wilderness, where you can hook up your RV, or pitch a tent.
4. Beach Club
Deluxe Resorts offer more luxury and convenience, which is sometimes essential. When considering deluxe Disney resorts for families with young children, there are a few that really hit the mark. One of the best is Beach Club. Beach Club is the sister resort to Yacht Club. Both are connected to each other and share many of the same amenities, but Beach Club is more obviously designed for families. Beach Club even has Disney Vacation Club villas. Another winning factor for Beach Club is Stormalong Bay, the most coveted pool in all of Disney World. even if you don’t regularly take advantage of the resort pools, you should stop by the sand bottom pool that is essentially a small water park. If that isn’t enough, Beach Club is the closest resort to Epcot. It’s only a five-minute walk.
The ultimate in Disney resorts for families with young children is the Contemporary. This hotel has a monorail station inside, which is really cool for kids. It’s also only a five-minute walk to the Magic Kingdom. The COntemporary is home to some of the best dining experiences, including Chef Mickey’s and California Grill, which is surprisingly kid-friendly. The Contemporary offers the most spacious rooms, which are great for allowing the family to spread out a little. Also, the monorail connects to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian, as well as the Transportation and Ticket Center with a connecting line to Epcot.
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