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  • On Jan 12, 2010
    Alison from CT Asked

    We are planning a trip in April and can't decide on a resort. My husband wants the Cont. and I want the Poly. Our kids are DD8,DD7,DS4.This is our first on-site trip and my sons first everything.What is the best resort for the ultimate first time trip?

    Hi Alison,

    I don't think you can go wrong with any Disney Deluxe Resort. The Contemporary and the Polynesian are both great resorts.

    I love the Contemporary for its location. Not only is it on the monorail loop, but it is the only resort that allows you to walk to the Magic Kingdom, and the walk takes less than 10 minutes. There is also something "cool" about staying in the tower and seeing the monorail come through every so often. It also is the home of Chef Mickey's, one of the best Disney Character Dining experiences on property; my children absolutely love it. Of course, you don't have to stay at the Contemporary to enjoy Chef Mickey's.

    I also love the Polynesian Resort. The theming is fabulous. It's very romantic and the pool and beach area are fantastic. It's also nice to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach. However, you don't have to be a guest there to enjoy the fireworks from the beach or to enjoy 'Ohana, one of my favorite places to eat.

    I also have to put in a plug for the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. They are located on Crescent Lake between Epcot and the Studios. You can walk to either or take a boat. Disney's Boardwalk is on the other side of the lake.  The pool shared by the resorts, Stormalong Bay, is amazing; it's like a mini-water park. My children love it and could spend an entire vacation there!

    My youngest son absolutely loves the Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you stay there, I recommend getting a room that overlooks the animals. It's a fabulous resort with great restaurants.  I recommend visiting Boma for a meal.

    If you have trouble picking a resort, you can always stay at two of them! While you will have to check-in to both (and check-out), Disney will move your luggage from one resort to the other! Many guests do this to experience more than one resort, or to spend part of the time in a Deluxe or Moderate resort and to spend the rest at a less expensive resort.
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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