Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 14, 2008
    Susan from IL Asked

    We would love to go back to WDW - but where to stay? We will have our 5 yr old and 22 month old with us. Last time we stayed at the Caribbean Beach and were overwhelmed by the size. We don't want anything too large . . . any suggestions?

    Port Orleans French Quarter! It may be the small, quaint resort that you are looking for.

    At the Doubloon Lagoon pool, King Triton sits atop his sea serpent, Scales. The slide offers a smooth, gentle slope for young kids which are nearly 5 year old son found thrilling. Lifeguards are nearby and parents can easily keep an eye on the kids. The slide empties in to an depth of 3 ft. 3 in. to 3 ft. 6 in. At the main and kiddie pool, alligators shoot water from their musical instruments. We love the secluded hot tub and kids enjoy the nearby playground.

    Mardi Gras alligators pose with their instruments near the palm tree-lined walkway to the main building. Keep a close eye when walking by in the morning or late evenings as I believe they change positions sometimes. I love strolling the quaint streets which have amusing names such as Beaux Regards Rue D‘ Baga. The street lamps, walkways, gardens and fountains are charming. It’s not unusual to come across ducks and rabbits in your path.  Registration, Guest Services and the store are conveniently located to most of the buildings.

    There is a single bus stop for boarding the buses. The bus station is covered and also provides benches for weary travelers. When we’ve had our own car, the parking lot was very convenient to our building.

    Our family enjoys walking the path that follows along the Sassagoula River to Port Orleans Riverside. The water transportation to Downtown Disney is a relaxing way to travel. French Quarter Landing welcomes you back after your adventure.

    While the rooms only have 2 double beds, they are ample room for a small family. The privacy curtain separating the bedroom area from the vanity sink area is a nice touch.

    Frankly, I’m not real fond of the large masks that decorate the food court. I like the round tables that are conducive to fun, family conversations. Our son enjoyed the nearby children’s coloring area with crayons and fun pages. Try a warm beignet.

    This is a relaxing, compact resort!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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