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How to Choose a Kid Friendly Resort at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

photo: Disney's Lake Buena Vista Hotel
photo: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Of course, all of the resorts at Disney are kid friendly.  But with so many family friendly resorts at WDW, how do you choose which is right for your family vacation?  Well, here’s a little breakdown to help you decide. Remember, if you buy your park tickets with your rooms, you can get great savings and discounts on meal plans.  Most of them offer some type of character encounter, so check with your resort to see what’s available.

Animal Kingdom Lodge
African Wildlife Preserve
Features story time beside the lobby fireplace and a continuous and fascinating view of the animals on the savannah.

Boardwalk
Epcot Area
Features the Keister Coaster, a 200 foot water slide, and traditional Boardwalk treats reminiscent of Turn of the Century (early 1900s) Atlantic City.

Contemporary
In the Magic Kingdom.
Features Chef Mickey’s fabulous meals; also fireworks at night, all in a high-tech, retrofuturistic setting.

Grand Floridian
A lavish, Victorian seaside resort in the Magic Kingdom area
Features Honeymoon suites, afternoon tea, and many activities for children.

Polynesian
South Pacific theme in the Magic Kingdom area.
Features white sand beaches, tropical lagoons, and a pool with slide and waterfall…also a fabulous weekend Luau.

Swan and Dolphin
Maritime theme in the Epcot area.
Features swan-shaped paddle boats and a small, private beach.

Wilderness Lodge
Celebrates the grand lodges of America’s National Parks. (Magic Kingdom area)
Features totem poles, and erupting geyser, and hot springs whirlpools.

Yacht Club, Beach Club, and Beach Club Villas
Cape Cod ambience in the Epcot area.
Features Stormalong Bay:  a sand-bottomed, three acre pool with water jets, a series of water slides, and a shipwreck!

Disney’s Old Key West
Key West theme in downtown Disney
Features Tiny Tot Tea Parties, Unbirthday Parties, and a homey, village atmosphere.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Historic Saratoga Springs atmosphere in Downtown Disney area.
Features beautiful gardens, restful pathways on which to wander, and a kids only water spray pool.

Caribbean Beach
Tropical Islands in the Epcot area.
Features the Fortress Pool and Parrot Cay Island, and a secluded, sandy beach.

Coronado Springs
Mexico and southwest US theme in the Animal Kingdom area.
Features The Dig Site with its Mayan Temple.

Port Orleans and Riverside French Quarter
Antebellum South and New Orleans French Quarter themes. Located in Downtown Disney.
Features a pool, fishing hole, and playground at Riverside’s Ol’ Man Island, and a sea serpent themed family pool at the French Quarter’s Doubloon Lagoon.

All Star Movies, Music, and Sports
A comic strip theme; located in the Animal Kingdom area.
Features All Stars Jazz and Broadway Music areas.

Pop Century
American pop culture theme. Near Hollywood Studios and Epcot
Celebrates pop history.  Features a stste-of-the-art arcade; a playground and interactive water fountain.

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Rustic woods theme near Magic Kingdom.
Features pony rides, hayrides, a petting farm, and a blacksmith’s shop.  Also a nightly campfire circle complete with roasted marshmallows.

If you’ve stayed at these or any other Disney Resort, including the ones off-site, please share your thoughts in the comments below.  Or join our community forums and write a full-on review!

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