2 girls under 4... Where to stay?

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  1. lolobug

    lolobug DIS Veteran

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    Hi!
    Anyone have any suggestions for 2 girls (16 months and 3) for a resort? We will be at MK and AK the majority of the trip. The little one naps (on the go!) thanks!
     
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  3. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt,vwl,bwv

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    since you kids nap on the go - you can stay anywhere even offsite.

    what are your taste and likes?

    since MK and AK are as far apart as 2 theme parks at WDW can be - can really recommend - maybe Pop, CBR or BW - as this is the center between them.

    Now love both BLT (close to MK) and AKL (close to AK) - they are as far apart as their near parks.

    so would go for something in the middle.
     
  4. 4kids4karen

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    I would recommend a convenient location over theme. One of the resorts with a monorail would be nice (Poly, Contemporary) or ferry.
     
  5. lolobug

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    Why ferry? Is that on the monorail?
     
  6. Marthasor

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    If cost isn't an issue, with girls, I would recommend GF. Gorgeous resort with a new Alice in Wonderland splash area, on the monorail and even princess or Alice in Wonderland/Pooh/Mary Poppins character meals and teas. very girly in my opinion.

    For convenience, CR and Poly are also on the monorail, but less "girl" themed. You can also walk to MK from CR.

    AKL is a lot of fun - the animals and the theming is fantastic. If the girls like animals, this is a great choice and it's very close to AK. Great pools and fun splash area for little ones. Bus to MK and AK.

    If cost is an issue and you don't want to stay deluxe, I would consider the "Royal Rooms" at POR (a moderate resort) - very regal and a lot of fun. Or at the values, an LM room at AoA - super cute! Bus to all parks as well.
     
  7. Sue M

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    The Wilderness Lodge is in the MK resort area and has a ferry to MK. Not on monorail, but it's a great resort. And easy with little ones as everything is under one roof. Easy to go down an elevator to food court for a snack, drink, etc. beautiful resort. No long walks from outer buildings.
     
  8. rcraw45425

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    Another recommendation for WL. It's a manageable resort, easy boat ride to MK and I like the pool for the younger ones. Balcony for mom and dad to enjoy, inside corridors, cool theming, close to Ft Wilderness for petting zoo and campfire with Chip and Dale and all enclosed under one roof.

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  9. spiceycat

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    no - the boats from WL are boats.
    the ferry is the big ship that goes between TTC and Mk.

    there is also boats at BW, YC. BC, D&S - that go to both Epcot and Studios
    that say walking is faster.

    with your 2 parks would go something in the middle.

    MK resorts are great for MK - and the MK monorail resorts are also good for Epcot - monorail.

    but to get to AK it is long bus ride - because they all share - CR/blt, Polyn then GF - the GF is not close to either CR or Polyn - so you can easily be on the bus 20 minutes before it leaves to go to the parks.

    since you are going to have to be on the bus to get to AK - would not spend the money to stay at a more expensive resort.

    now if you say your favorite parks were MK and Epcot - then yes a monorail resort is just what you want.
     
  10. lolobug

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    Thank you all! Another question (maybe silly?) all of the resorts have pools but they are outside, correct? Are they open in January or too cold to use? Thanks!
     
  11. Danibelle

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    I would find it too cold. I tried to swim once in Feb. and said never again. The pools are heated but it can be chilly once you get out.

    As for location, I would stay at any of the monorail resorts, GF, CR, or Poly.
     
  12. mickeynut1

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    Our favorite resort is the Poly, but we have had great stays at every resort we've tried. The monorail resorts are great for going to MK as the GF is just 1 monorail stop away, while the Poly is 2 stops away, and the CR is within walking distance. The WL is also a great resort that is within close proximity to MK and if cost is an issue, is quite a bit cheaper than the monorail resorts. As far as swimming in January, the pools are heated but whether or not it will be warm enough to swim is anybody's guess. We have been twice in December with the first time (2003) being too cold to swim, but the most recent time (2010), we had a few days near 80 degrees where it was great swimming weather, so I would go prepared for either. Good luck and happy planning :wizard:.
     
  13. meredith1

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    With two little ones that young I would absolutely stay on the monorail. You will, most likely, spend more time at MK so, I would recommend Contemporary Resort. If you do have to go back to the hotel for any reason it's a pretty quick walk back from Magic Kingdom and you won't have to wait for a monorail, bus, ect.
     
  14. spiceycat

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    the weather in dec - march is hard to predict.

    some days it might in the 30's other times it can be in the 80's - been there once a few years - when it was those temperatures the same week.

    so make sure you kept up with the weather before and while you are there.

    if it says cold - believe me take your winter clothes as well as your summer ones.
     
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    There is no longer a petting zoo at the Fort but you can take a pony ride at Tri Circle D ranch.
     
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    We've been to Disney with our 2 kids those ages many times, and I'd strongly recommend a resort with ease to get to MK (to get to AK you'll always have to take a bus or car, but for MK there are resorts where you can take the monorail, a boat, or walk -- these are easy ways to get around with strollers). CR, Poly, and GF are on the monorail and you can push your stroller right on and leave the sleeping kids alone to get to MK. If you were to take a bus, you'd need to get your kids out of the stroller, pack it up and fold it, and then carry it and your sleeping kids on the bus. From CR, you can walk to MK in 10 minutes. If cost is an issue, price out the wing section at CR and also a standard room at WL (not on the monorail loop, but you can roll your stroller on the larger boat that goes to MK).
     
  19. lolobug

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    Thank you! Sooo helpful!
     

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