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Top Three Disney Resorts For Families

When heading to the Walt Disney World Resort, one of the first decisions we must make is where we want to stay. With over 30 Disney Resorts to choose from, this can be a hard decision to make. Walt Disney World offers three different Resort categories for Guests to choose from when heading to the magic.

Look at a Value Resort, Moderate Resort, or Deluxe Resort as the three Walt Disney World Resort categories that Guests can find at Walt Disney World. Each level is different regarding room size, amenities, pools, and dining. Looking at what is essential to your family can help determine where you want to stay.

To help with your decision-making, we have our top three Resorts that we would recommend for families at Walt Disney World. We hope narrowing these down will help you determine where you might want to stay when you head to the magic.

Cars Art of Animation
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Value: Art of Animation

Our pick for families at the value level resorts is Disney’s Art of Animation. There are many reasons why we think that the Art of Animation is an excellent option for families.

The first reason we feel that Art of Animation is a good choice for families is the suites offered. Art of Animation provides suits with room for up to six adults and two bathrooms. A small kitchenette area provides a lovely dining table along with this extra space. This is an excellent layout for families that want a little extra room.

Another reason that families will love Art of Animation is because of the three well-themed pools. Art of Animation has the Big Blue Pool, which is Nemo themed and has music underwater. There is also a splash area for little ones here as well. Guests can also enjoy the Little Mermaid and Cars-themed pools in the other regions of the Resort. These are well-themed and a lot of fun.

The landscape of Flavors, Art of Animation’s fantastic food court, is another reason families will love their stay here. There are so many options to choose from throughout the day. From chicken nuggets to Mickey waffles, little ones will find their favorites, while adults can find more unique entrees.

Disney Skyliner
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The Disney Skyliner makes Art of Animation a top choice for families. This mode of transportation makes it easy for families to access both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the ability to roll strollers right onto the Skyliner, families can easily make their way to the Parks and home again.

Finally, the fantastic icons throughout the Resort make this a fun, magical Resort for families. Seeing some of our favorite characters found throughout the Resort is so much fun.

Gran Destino Tower
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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Families will love the beauty, dining, and amenities at this beautiful moderate Disney Resort. The excellent swimming pool is one of the biggest draws for families to Disney’s Coronado Springs. The Dig Pool at Coronado Springs includes a unique Jaguar slide, a huge hot tub, a play area, and a fantastic pool grill and bar. Families can enjoy hours of fun at this pool during their vacation.

Families will love the variety of room options throughout the Resort. From the indoor rooms at Gran Destino Tower to the casita and ranchos further out, no matter where families stay, they will love the updated rooms, extra space, and beautiful scenery.

Dig Site Pool Coronado Springs Resort
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Dining at Coronado Springs is plentiful, making it an excellent option for families. Not only is there a large food court with El Mercado, but there are also numerous sit-down dining locations as well. From the casual options of Rix Sports Bar and Three Bridges to the signature option located at the top of Gran Destino Tower Toledos- Tapas, Steak & Seafood, families will find something for everyone to enjoy.

The variety of options at Disney’s Coronado Springs makes it an excellent option for families to enjoy during their Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Entrance
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Deluxe: Disney’s Polynesian Resort

For our deluxe Disney Resort, we will choose Disney’s Polynesian Resort for families. This beautiful tropical Resort has a lot to offer families.

The location is why Disney’s Polynesian Resort is fantastic for families. If Magic Kingdom is going to be a focus of your trip, being at this Resort makes it super easy to get to and from the Magic Kingdom. Guests can take the monorail, boat, or even walk to and from Magic Kingdom. The monorail makes it super easy for those with strollers to roll onto and head to the magic.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is also an excellent place for families because of the ability to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach. If you have little ones that need to be in their pj’s or back at the Resort early, it is nice that you can still enjoy some of the nighttime magic from the Resort. You can also see the evening water pageant on Seven Seas Lagoon.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View 2
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The pools at Disney’s Polynesian Resort are also a big draw for families. The Lava Pool is the feature pool that has a fun slide. Right next door is a big play and splash area that will keep kids busy for hours. There is also a large quiet pool called the Oasis Pool. It is a large, vast pool that is a little deeper for those bigger kids to enjoy.

Finally, don’t forget the ability to get dole whip all day at Pineapple Lanai, located right off the main lobby and near the feature pool. Grab a sweet treat and enjoy the many activities throughout the Resort.

The beautiful Polynesian Resort is a fantastic option for families that want a magical experience.

Choosing which of the fantastic Walt Disney World Resorts you will stay at during your Walt Disney World vacation is a huge decision. There are so many different options. We hope that sharing the pros of these three Disney Resorts for families will help as you make your final decision.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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