Where would a princess stay?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by bertegirl, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. bertegirl

    bertegirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2007
    We have a 4 year old princess and this will be her 1st trip to Walt Disney World. Actually it will be the whole families 1st trip. We are trying to pick a hotel for May 2009. We are not really worried about the money factor. Just want to make sure our little one never forgets the trip!
  2. traci

    traci Doesn't want any Tags

    May 31, 2005
    My vote is for the Grand Floridian!!
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  4. mcbj

    mcbj I want to work at WDW

    Feb 22, 2005
    Our princess will be staying at the GF...in five days. :cool1: Although I have not stayed there yet, we have visited and eaten there on past trips and it seems so elegant. We will also be going to the My Disney Girl Tea Party at the GF, and its just a hop skip and a jump to the MK for her appointment at BBB and lunch at CRT so I thought it would be perfect.
  5. Grumpy3

    Grumpy3 Mouseketeer

    Apr 3, 2006
    Don't want to bust your bubble but I doubt a 4 year old will care where they are staying as long as they are at DW. Also don't think they will remember the hotel as much as the characters, rides, shows, etc.
  6. roxy83

    roxy83 Mouseketeer

    Jul 21, 2005
    In my opinion a 4 year old would choose a value resort over the GF 9 times out of ten. The larger than life statues are the appeal there. However, if I were to suggest a hotel, it would be the Beach Club. She will love the pool there and it's accessible to both DHS and EPCOT.
  7. DonaldDoleWhip

    DonaldDoleWhip DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 2008
    If you really aren't worried about money, then I would (without a doubt) go for Grand Floridian or Polynesian (Magic Kingdom view if possible). Your princess and your entire family will LOVE the short monorail ride to Magic Kingdom, it is truly the most magical way to arrive at the park. Also, being on the monorail connects you to some of the best character meals: Chef Mickey's at Contemporary, 1900 Park Fare at GF (princesses at dinner), and Cinderella's Royal Table in the castle!

    And IMO, I think your daughter would love GF or Poly over any value. As a child (from my first trip when I was 3), I fell in love with these two hotels; we stayed at them every trip from 1995-2002. In fact, I cried every time my mom suggested staying elsewhere until I was 10 because I loved the monorail so much.

    There is nothing more magical than arriving at your hotel via monorail and then walking to your room, where you step out onto a private balcony and see Cinderella Castle across the water. Besides their pure magic, these resorts have fabulous rooms, service, food, and amenities. I think I would choose Grand Floridian over Polynesian, because my sister always felt like a princess while walking around that hotel.
  8. jemgumby

    jemgumby DIS Veteran

    Sep 30, 2007
    DEFINITELY the Grand Floridian! Go for it. You WON'T regret it!!!!
  9. abaldacci

    abaldacci <font color=green>DIS Veteran<br><font color=blue>

    Jul 16, 2002
    I hate to tell you this but she will not remember it at all. My Princess now twenty just told me she does not remember her first trip and she was eight.
    my son 11 now said he only remembers our last trip this time last year. so all the memories I thought I was making :confused3 :headache: :sad2: :sad1: GONE.
  10. lala3291

    lala3291 DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2007
    Go for the Grand Floridian! I have stayed there with my family 3 times, and we loved it!
  11. OllieDannyandMe

    OllieDannyandMe DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2003
    I believe she will remember it, especially if you take video and pictures and watch them together every so often.

    For my first visit, I was 9 years old, and I remember sooo much of that trip. I kept a diary each night, so that might have helped. I have a book on travel tips for children, and it says to let young children keep a video or audio diary of a special trip and make "entries" several times per day (a little tape recorder should do the trick). Also, it's a neat idea to share a disposable camera with children, so they can take their own pictures. You might even want to make it a joint project to build a scrapbook together when you get back home.

    I took my DD when she was 2 years and 2 months. She will soon be 4 and a half, and she still talks about several things from our trip, most notably Piglet up in a tree from the Pooh playground and flying with Dumbo. (And we have never watched our video or looked at the pictures together. I think she would remember more if we had. We must do that soon!)

    We are going again (this time for Christmas), and I chose the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Evie loves animals. When we visited last time, she named all of her favorite animals on the Savannah and got such a kick out of seeing them. She kept saying, "Giraffe, long neck" each time she saw one and let out a little squeal of delight.

    We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge for her first trip, and she loved the bridge and the bubbling fountain in the lobby.

    I agree that most 4 year olds would love the theming of the value hotels. I would put the WL and AKL on my list, too. And the Grand Floridian, Poly, or CR for the true spirit of Disney. If your daughter enjoys tea parties and dressing up like a princess, then the GF would be perfect!

    Hope this helps!
  12. michelleiada

    michelleiada DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2006
    A MK resort with a castle view for sure.:thumbsup2 Although...hmmm... Yacht and Beach Club pool is incredible!!! Ok...here is the plan...GF now, and go back in a year or two and stay at Yacht and Beach Club. ;)
  13. Tink888

    Tink888 Wishing I Was At World Showcase

    Mar 24, 2008
    If money is no object, then for the princess factor I'd choose GF.

    For a four year old girl, she might really enjoy All Star Movies with the huge icons all over the property from her favorite Disney movies. (And the savings alone would almost guarantee her another trip to the most magical place on earth next year ;) )
  14. distherapy

    distherapy DIS Veteran

    Dec 22, 2007
    We stayed at the GF and it was wonderful. It was so nice to watch Wishes from the boat dock and also so convenient for the 1900 Park Fare dinner (Cinderella was right in our hotel!!!) and the monorail was perfect. Our kids were 3 at the time and still talk about it nearly ever day 6 months later. Sure, it won't be the strongest memory decades from now, but special family time like this is always worth it. (and pictures certainly help!)
  15. ProudMommyof2

    ProudMommyof2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 21, 2007
    I would definitely do Poly with MK view. I think GF will not feel as fun for a 4 yo. The Poly is amazing without feeling stuffy. The Pool is more fun as well!
  16. megwilliams

    megwilliams Mouseketeer

    Aug 22, 2008
    My little girl is almost 3, and I know if we were going to have an "all out" princess bash and money were no object, we would definitely book the GF. I'd also book the Princess Tea Party and the big package at BBB. Amelia would love it, but she's a very prissy little girl.

    In fact, I plan on doing something like this when they are turning 5. I just wish Disney had more things geared towards little boys. They have so many fun things to do for little princesses.princess:
  17. DisneyGirlie

    DisneyGirlie DIS Veteran

    Oct 9, 2006
    I agree! I'd go with the Poly over the GF.
  18. DiznEeyore

    DiznEeyore <font color=navy>Donkey-Huggin' DVC Member<br><fon

    May 1, 2000
    Grand Floridian. It's my favorite resort, and of course, I think of myself as a princess. ;)
  19. mom2princessj

    mom2princessj DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2008
    We have a 5 year old princess and it will be her/our first trip in Jan 09 and we chose GF. Poly didn't interest us at all and CR wasn't available. I can't attest from staying there but I think GF just has the feel of a 'royal princess' hotel. Good luck with your decision!
  20. Lollipop's Mom

    Lollipop's Mom <font color=teal>Special trip with your little one

    Feb 26, 2004
    I would choose where the ADULTS want to stay. You can put a 4 yr old in a tent in WDW and they wouldn't care. All they care about are the parks, characters and rides!
  21. autumnpalm

    autumnpalm DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2008
    I would vote for the Grand Floridian, as well.:flower3:

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