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Favorite WDW hotel for teens

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“We are taking my daughter and her friend to WDW to celebrate her 16th birthday. What hotel would teens enjoy the most? I am considering Polynesian, Contemporary and Yacht Club.”

Boutiki sign at the Polynesian Village Resort

Me I’d choose the Polynesian, BUT… – Photo by Cliff Wang

Oh what Fun. A 16th birthday at Walt Disney World. It’s going to be Magic.

As to which hotel would be best for you, lets see, if it were me, I’d choose the Polynesian, but that’s just me.

BUT… I’m probably not the best person to answer this question for you. Yes, I did have a 16 year old daughter at one time, but that was a long time ago. Plus, my daughter is not your daughter.

The point is, I don’t know your teen and her friend. I don’t know what they like. Do they like modern? Do they like island feel? Do they like the nautical feel? Where would they be more comfortable? That’s something I can’t answer.

Yes, I’m copping out, but the pest person to know which hotel would be best for your trip is you. What works best for you and your daughter?

There is not a “teen” hotel at Walt Disney World. The Contemporary, the Polynesian, The Yacht Club, while they are not teen unfriendly, they aren’t necessarily teen friendly either.

It really depends on what your teen likes. The Contemporary is good, because you can walk over to The Magic Kingdom from there. You can see the fireworks at night. The monorail runs right through it. It might be a good choice.

Dad’s Contemporary Resort page

If your daughter and her friend enjoy EPCOT, you might want to choose something in the Boardwalk area, like the Yacht Club although I think the Beach Club is a little more teen friendly.

Dad’s Yacht Club page

The Polynesian is always a good choice if you want a laid back beach, island feel. It’s also a great place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Dad’s Polynesian Village Resort page

The Polynesian and the Yacht/Beach Club have really great pools. The Contemporary is just a few minute walk to the Magic Kingdom. They all have things to consider.

One of the things I stress in my book (shameless plug) is this is not my vacation it’s your vacation. You should choose things that will make you happy. As they say in one of my favorite movies, Pretty Woman, “What’s your dream?”

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The bottom line is It’s not about what I think. It’s about what you, your daughter and her friend would like. It’s about what’s best for your family.


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