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The Best WDW Hotels for Your Little Kids

Looking to travel to WDW with your little ones?  Here’s the run-down on the best WDW hotels for your little kids aged 5 and under to love!

1. Disney’s Beach Club Resort & Villas: This resort might initially strike you as a place for adults to enjoy ultimate relaxation.  But, you’ll realize it’s a kiddie-haven once you check-in.  For kids from ages 3 to 12, Sandcastle Club is a service offered here that gives young children the opportunity to play games, eat, and meet new friends.  Parents – you’ll be charged $15 an hour, with a minimum of two hours of service.  At Stormalong Bay, there’s a sand-bar and very shallow splash area that is perfect for your kids to play in.  Over inside the shipwreck that you can see washed up on the beach, there’s a kiddie pool/slide area, which is fun for even the littlest ones.  When it’s time to get out of the sun for a while, Beaches & Cream is a great spot for lunch… and dessert!  This soda shoppe is home to absolutely delicious ice cream (it’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember).  While the sun’s going down, your kids would love getting to hangout (or run around if they’re at that age) on the beach on Crescent Lake, which always makes for an ideal picture.

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2. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: If your little ones watch classic Disney and Disney/Pixar films such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Finding Nemo their faces will light up when they see the characters they know and love come to life.  They’ll be in awe when they see such gigantic characters like Ariel or Crush.  The colorful theme of these beloved films doesn’t end with the decorations around the resort’s property.  The family suites here are creatively designed and decorated like one of these four movies to make sure every moment of your stay here is visually pleasing for your kids.  Landscape of Flavors, the signature food court at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort that serves breakfast lunch and dinner, has an extremely wide variety of food to please all taste buds – even the pickiest of little tots!

3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Little kids love animals!  What better place for your little boys and girls to see them than on a reserve with beautiful animals right outside your hotel room, and around the resort’s viewing areas?  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to Simba’s Clubhouse.  This similar program like that of the Sandcastle Club in Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a big asset to this resort’s appeal for kids at least 3 years of age.  At the Samawati Springs Pool in Kidani Village, you can find Uwanja Camp.  This is a great spot for kids to have tons of water fun.

4. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: There’s no way a list of the best WDW hotels for kids could not include a resort that comes with monorail access.  Monorail rides for young children make life-long memories, just as they did for me.  The newly opened Club Disney (formerly The Neverland Club) has the same guidelines and ideals as the Sandcastle Club and Simba’s Clubhouse.  But, what separates Club Disney apart is not only the fact that it’s still so new, but that it’s inspired by Disney films Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, and Lady & The Tramp.  The fun of Disney characters continues through breakfast at the legendary WDW restaurant here at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, ‘Ohana.  It’s the perfect destination for a kid-friendly breakfast in terms of the food served and the characters that your kids get to meet here.  Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and Pluto visit each table to sign autographs and take pictures with all guests.  With all of the current renovations taking place at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we can only imagine that this hotel will become even more kid-friendly in terms of the incredible atmosphere always radiating throughout this resort, the pool area, and the views on the beach there, which is a kids’ playground in itself.

Photo by Danny McBride

Photo by Danny McBride

Where in WDW have you stayed with your little ones?  Which resort do you plan on staying in with your kids during your next visit?

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