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Strongly agree if you have daughters.
We stayed at Old Key West (I have a very generous FIL. I couldn't have paid for that)
It was way more than we needed but it did fit six people very comfortably. Going to the parks 14 hours a day we didn't really have time to explore the place.
You're right, my bad.
Well, depends on the ages of the kids, and depends on the kids themselves.
Good timing, with the new Fantasy Land that just opened. Biggest addition to Magic Kingdom since it opened. Looks pretty awesome. My daughter's looking forward to that, but we'll wait till all you damn northerners are done with your spring break trips. It might be booked, but maybe try to reserve lunch or dinner in Cinderella's castle. But try to get a reservation soon. They'll meet Cinderella and at least 3-4 other princesses, as they come right to your table. It's a little more intimate than waiting in line for an autograph and picture. They might have characters at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasy Land, but regardless, that might be a good option, too. I think you may need reservations there, as well. The pictures/videos I've seen look like a pretty impressive recreation of the ball room in Beauty and the Beast.
Don't listen to people saying to wait until they're older. They may not remember it too well years down the road, but are you taking them to give them an amazing time now, or are you taking them so that you can sit around with them and talk about it in 20 years? The pure wide-eyed-wonderment that you'll see on your kids' faces, even the littlest one, will be priceless.
the after regular hours deal is great for staying on the resort. not many people in the park, you can go on rides continuously, no wait.
This place is amazing!
I can see your point when it comes to little girls, but I have 3 boys. They want to do fun stuff like roller coasters and water parks! They'd be bored stiff at a character lunch or waiting in line for a picture w/ Pinocchio.
We stayed at The Beach Club and it was awesome!
"No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio
Polynesian without a doubt, not too big, on the monorail system.
Here's the pool area:
FWIW, we're taking our 2 girls (ages 4 and 2) to WDW in April and the AAA travel guy suggested we go with Carribean Beach or a family suite at the Art of Animation resort.
I took my daughter to Magic Kingdom @ 5 yrs old. She got her princess outfit and hair done at the Bippity Boppity Boutique inside Cinderella's castle. Then took elevator inside castle to grand dining room for big lunch w/princesses. Mind blower for my daughter -- make sure you do it. And...5 yrs old is about as young as you want to go, anything younger and they just get tired and whine and basically hate the trip. My 7 year old son enjoyed all the parks. Whoever said Epcot is boring is wrong: Flight and the test track ride are maybe the two best of all the parks.
Oh, and we stayed at Saratoga Springs on the property. Bought the full week meal plan (awesome), comes with free bottles of water and snacks everyday along with dinners and lunch. Do that. Also, free busing to different properties is incredibly easy and efficient. Bottom line: stay on the property and spend the $$$ and just do it right.
Last day we bolted for universal and did the Harry Potter castle. Not bad. Lines were deadly long though.
If you go value, my pick is Pop Century. Kind of motel-ish, but very clean in my experience. The best thing is that the bus service is *phenomenal*. We've stayed there twice and the most you'll wait for a bus to any park is 10 minutes--usually closer to five. The sheer volume of people at one resort, plus only one bus stop is great. All Stars comes close, but you'll have to make three stops. Compare this to the shu-smortion that is the busses at Caribbean Beach and you'll know what I mean. You not at the doorstep of MK like at Contemporary or anything, but the fleet of busses at your disposal makes up for it.
Re: the busses at PC, that may be different now that Art of Animation is open... are they one bus line with two stops?
My favorite place to stay is Yacht & Beach... I love getting shitty at Epcot and stumbling back a few hundred yards to the hotel, and the kid loves the pool and the huge water slide. Then we would walk the mile or so to Studios to burn some calories the next day. I'd love to stay at Wilderness Lodge or Polynesian some day. Have fun!
Also, Pro Tip when staying on WDW property:
If you're going in Jun/Jul/Aug, arrive at the parks 10 min prior to opening. Will yourself to do this. You'll be able to do 1/3-1/2 of the big, popular stuff by 11 am, just as everyone in your fam is beginning to be a cranky asshole, and the park is getting busy/roasting hot.
At this point, catch a bus back to the hotel for a nap, pool, and a couple rum & cokes (You remembered to pack a couple of fifths of Sailor Jerry in your suitcase, right? RIGHT?!?). You're sitting back, relaxing, nursing a nice buzz knowing you got a ton of stuff done in the morning while everyone else is stressing in the crush of sweaty humanity that is the MK at 1:30 in the afternoon.
Grab dinner at the hotel food court or at the park when you head back around 4:30. You'll be refreshed, the park attendance volume will be waning, and temperature-wise it will be more "Third Circle of Hell" rather than "Surface of the Sun". Catch the rides you missed in the morning, then grab a nice spot for evening fireworks or electrical parade without the little ones completely melting down from being at the park for 10 hours straight.
Polynesian is an older hotel so its rooms are a lot bigger (we had 2 doubles and a pull out sofa) and is on the monorail.
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