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  • On Dec 10, 2008
    Krista from NS Asked

    I am planning a trip with my son who will be 16 months at the time of travel (march 2009). I will be staying at the Disney Pop Century Resort. Can you please tell me if this will be suitable for a child this age? How far will I be from the parks?

    I think you'll be in great shape.  All of the value resorts are approximately 15-25 minutes drive/bus ride to the parks (drive time only - not including waiting, walking, etc.).  Only the Contemporary, Yacht & Beach Club, Swan & Dolphin, and Boardwalk resorts are within walking distance to any of the four parks, and they are usually considerably more expensive choices.

    Themeing at the Pop Century is a bit more oriented toward "Baby Boomers" than toward kids, but it seems that all ages enjoy the colorful themeing and classic icons. 

    In general the Pop Century resort is the most commonly mentioned "best" value resort option by many guidebooks and frequent visitors.  Reasons people mention regarding why they like it include the fact that it is on a lake, themeing/icons, food court, transportation (only one bus stop), fewer large group bookings (bands, football teams, etc.), and it is newest value resort. 

    FYI, I have stayed at all of the value resorts, and in my opinion ALL of them are similar enough that it is hard to justify a very strong preference for one choice over another.  They all provide a good place to sleep, a decent food court, fun themeing, and similar transportation experiences.  They also all give you access to resort guest benefits (Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, Disney Dining Plans, etc.).

    At 16 months, I personally think it is going to be more important that you like the resort, than your son (happy mom = happy son! :-) ), and I'm confident you'll like this value resort.

    Hope that helps a bit. ºoº
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