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The Best Disney resorts for kids

Best Disney Resorts with kids

Disney is such a dream come true for kids, but some of the Disney resorts are a bit more adult-focused. Finding the right Disney resort for kids is a great way to have fun with the family and get the most value for your vacation. Plus, staying at a Disney resort on the property rather than an off-property resort has some major perks. Let’s go over the perks first!


Here are some perks of staying at  Disney Resorts for Kids in 2023: 

  • Theme park entry: Early entry to theme parks every day
  • Park hours: Extended evening hours at theme parks
  • Dining: Early access to dining reservations, including character meals
  • Transportation: Complimentary transportation between resorts and parks
  • Parking: Free parking at resorts and theme parks
  • Package delivery: Free package delivery from theme parks to your room 

Other perks include: 

  • Early access to Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions
  • Dining reservations at 60 days out
  • Complimentary transportation between resorts and park
  • Early access to Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions
  • Dining reservations at 60 days out
  • Complimentary transportation between resorts and park

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Why choose a Disney resort when traveling with kids?

Disney resorts offer trusted in-room child care services allowing your child to have exceptional care. At the same time, you get a break to enjoy your vacation a bit on your own. There’s no need to drive as EVERY on-property Disney resort offers various transportation options to and from the parks.

You also have the opportunity for merchandise delivery and pick up, allowing you to shop in the parks and avoid dragging your purchases around the resort.


The best Disney resorts for kids

These resorts are family-friendly with plenty of fun things to do with your kids with all of the great perks Disney is known for. With fun and games around every corner, you can make the most of your Disney vacation at these kid-friendly resorts. Snack the real deal when you book your room for meals and kid-friendly snacks on your Disney Vacation.


Fort Wilderness Resort

For the family that loves the great outdoors, this resort is a vacation in itself. From horse-drawn carriage rides to movies under the stars, there are so many amazing things you can do to get out and spend your time outside. Rent a boat or go fishing when the weather is nice. If it gets too hot or starts training, there is still plenty to do inside, like hunting for hidden Mickeys or spending some time in the arcade.


The Fort Wilderness Campground

If your kids love camping, they will love the Campground at Disney world. This is a great way to get the Disney experience on a budget and make the most of your vacation. This pet-friendly option for those with climate-controlled RVs is part of the Fort wilderness resort. It is packed with plenty of fun activities you can enjoy with your family when you are not in the parks.


Wilderness lodge

If camping isn’t your style, the Wilderness Loge allows your family to enjoy all of the fun of the Fort Wilderness resort without the sleeping outside part. Guests a the lodge can enjoy the entire wilderness experience, including over 750 acres of forest and trails.


Art of Animation

Art of Animation Resort is a fantastic family resort that offers family suites (sleep 5-6) designed for the adventure of a lifetime. This themed resort pulls you into all of your favorite childhood animated movies sparking your child’s imagination.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has four room themes inspired by Disney-Pixar films: 
  • The Little Mermaid: Themed standard rooms that fit up to four people
  • Finding Nemo: Themed family suites that fit up to six people
  • Cars: Themed family suites
  • The Lion King: Themed family suites

The pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are themed to four Disney-Pixar films: 

  • The Big Blue Pool: Inspired by Finding Nemo
  • Cozy Cone Pool: Themed to Cars
  • Flippin Fins Pool: Themed to The Little Mermaid 

The pools are heated and are between 3 and 5 feet deep. The Big Blue Pool is the centerpiece of the resort and is located behind the lobby. 

You’ll also have access to Disney’s Skyliner, which is a gondola that takes you to other resorts, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. it’s like a bonus ride!

The Animal Kingdom Lodge

This resort is a dream come true for animal lovers. With over 30 species of African wildlife and a unique dining experience with up-close animal encounters, your kids can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget. Spend some time at the pool with a shallow entry point perfect for young kids and a giant water slide to thrill older ones.

For those 12 and up, you can take a painting class while overlooking the beautiful Savana for inspiration, send the kids to go play with child care, and enjoy a drink while you paint.

Take the whole family down to the evening campfire to roast marshmallows and make a few memories that will last a lifetime for a perfect wind-down to a long summer day.

Here are some other reasons why a kid might like Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: 

  • Quiet retreat: The resort is a good place for a quiet retreat
  • Activities: The resort has lots of activities, including a playroom, pools, and a 24-hour playground
  • Dining: The resort has some of the best dining resort options
  • Animals: The resort has exotic African animals roam around.
  • Starlight Safari! Where guests can use night vision devices to see animals like zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, and antelopes. 
Oh and did I mention, if you stay in a Savannah View room, you get to see animals like zebras and giraffes right out your room window!? Yup!

The resort is built on a 33-acre wildlife preserve with three savannas and over 30 species of wildlife.  

Some of the animals you can see in the savannas include giraffes, zebras, okapi, and more.

The All-Star Movies Resort

This resort is the ultimate movie lovers’ destination. Filled with fun and adventures inside your child’s favorite movies, you can stay at this all-star resort where you can enjoy poolside movies under the stars for an experience your child will never forget.

The Fantasia-Themed Pool will take you back to your childhood.

This budget resort is perfect for families looking for a fun place to stay with activities to enjoy the day you arrive without needing to purchase a ticket to a park for half a day. Swing by the movie theater-themed cafe for dinner and relax by one of the pools and enjoy a family movie night.

Kids may also like this resort because of:

  • Theming: The resort is filled with larger-than-life Disney movie characters like Buzz and Woody
  • Rooms: The rooms are comfortable for a family of four
  • Pools: The resort has two pools and offers pool activities

The resort also has a playground, campfire for toasting marshmallows, and recreation.


Disney’s Pop Century Resort

This kid-friendly resort is a favorite of parents as well. A blast from the past at every turn makes this resort perfect for bonding with your child over classic toys like Play-dough. Hop through the decades and have some fun as a family in this brightly colored upbeat resort made for family fun.

This resort will keep your kids busy at one of 3 huge pools, each themed around a different decade of Disney fun. The flower jets at the 1960s themed Hippy Dippy Pool is loads of fun with a nearby kiddie pool. This pool offers movie screenings on select nights like man of the other Disney resort pools.

Pop Century is connected to Art of Animation by a walkway, so you can bounce back and forth between the resorts.

It also is a part of the Skyliner route!

Once you pick your resortt, let’s get to planning.


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About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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