Top 5 Disney World Hotels for Kids

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Top 5 Disney World Hotels for Kids

When planning your kid’s first visit (or repeat trips!) to Disney World, consider staying at a hotel they’ll remember for a lifetime! Disney World on-site resort hotels offer a diverse range of themes, pools, restaurants, and entertaining transportation choices, such as the Disney Skyliner. Here are our top picks for Disney World hotels designed for kids, ensuring that the magic begins the moment you step into your room!

Related – Your Guide to the Walt Disney World Resort Transportation Options

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Disney’s Art of Animation

While officially classified as a value property at Disney World, the Art of Animation Resort often garners considerations for moderate status among visitors. This elevated perception stems from its expansive pool and well-appointed themed suites, particularly suitable for larger families. The resort features captivating themes from beloved Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King, ensuring a memorable experience for kids.

The Art of Animation primarily offers family suites, but smaller groups have the option of choosing the popular Little Mermaid-themed standard rooms. It’s worth noting that these standard rooms are located a bit farther from the main buildings. In contrast, the family suites are an excellent choice for those seeking extra space, accommodating up to six guests. Each suite features a bedroom with one queen-size bed, one double-size convertible TableBed, one double-size sleeper sofa, a living room, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette. These affordably priced suites cater to families looking for added comfort. Additionally, guests can select from themes inspired by Disney Cars, The Lion King, or Finding Nemo.

The Art of Animation proudly hosts the largest pool among all Disney World hotels, known as The Big Blue Pool. This zero-entry pool is themed around Finding Nemo, offering ample space for everyone to enjoy. Just like the pools at other Disney World resort hotels, The Big Blue Pool comes with a dedicated splash pad for the little ones.

One standout advantage of staying at the Art of Animation hotel is the inclusion of Skyliner transportation, linking guests directly to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. For visits to Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, bus transportation is also conveniently provided. The Skyliner, a favorite among kids, adds an extra element of excitement, making it a fantastic way to kick off their first day at the theme parks!

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Disney’s All Star Movies

Ranked among our top choices for Disney World hotels for kids, the All-Star Movies Resort stands out for its affordability and captivating theme. This value resort, one of the trio featuring larger-than-life themes, instantly immerses kids in the Disney magic, exemplified by oversized Toy Story figures. The hotel incorporates beloved movies such as Toy Story, Fantasia!, 101 Dalmatians, The Mighty Ducks, and Herbie: The Love Bug, ensuring recognition and excitement for young guests.

The primary themed pools at the resort are the Fantasia Pool, which happens to be the largest on the premises, and the Duck Pond Pool located in the Mighty Ducks area. As a value hotel, these pools do not offer water slides or hot tubs, but they are generously sized to cater to the families staying at the resort. The Fantasia Pool, adorned with a depiction of Mickey in his sorcerer’s outfit, serves as the main pool and boasts its own pool bar where guests can enjoy snacks and drinks.

At the All-Star Movies Resort, the primary mode of transportation is via buses, offering a convenient option for families with kids, particularly those dealing with car seats. We recommend utilizing the bus transportation unless you have rented or brought your own car.


Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The only moderate hotel on our list, the Caribbean Beach Resort Hotel boasts an exceptional pool and the most convenient Skyliner access in Disney World. While its theme doesn’t revolve around Disney films, the tropical paradise ambiance immediately transports you into the vacation spirit upon arrival.

The Caribbean Beach Resort features an incredible pool that children will adore, complete with exhilarating slides and water cannons for a playful experience. Additionally, there’s a spacious hot tub located behind the pool, providing a relaxing spot for adults. A notable feature for parents is the convenience of keeping a watchful eye on their kids from any vantage point alongside the pool.

One of the highlights of choosing the Caribbean Beach Resort Hotel is the seamless access to the Skyliner. Serving as the primary hub for the Skyliner, the station at Caribbean Beach Resort eliminates the need for transfers to another gondola, a convenience not found in every resort. This ensures a direct route to Hollywood Studios or Epcot without any interruptions at additional Skyliner stations.

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Securing a spot on our list of Disney World hotels for kids is Disney’s Beach Club Resort, primarily due to its fantastic three-acre water park, Stormalong Bay, which it shares with the Yacht Club Resort.

Situated at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the renowned Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, conveniently positioned just a few steps from the resort pool. Known for the infamous Kitchen Sink sundae, the soda shop also offers an extensive selection of specialty shakes and sundaes. In addition, they feature a diverse menu of classic American-style food that is sure to delight your kids. However, the ice cream experience is an absolute must-try!

The Beach Club Resort excels in its proximity, being a short walk from Epcot and a boat ride away from Hollywood Studios. Children will delight in the Friendship Boats’ enjoyable rides to the park. While categorized as a deluxe resort, offering top-notch amenities comes with a higher price tag. However, the benefits of these excellent amenities and the convenience of being in close proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios make the expense worthwhile for families with kids.


Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort stands out for its prime location, being the sole hotel within walking distance of Magic Kingdom. Another thrilling option is the monorail, which passes directly through the resort, creating excitement for kids. This modern hotel offers the high-quality amenities one would anticipate from a deluxe Walt Disney World establishment.

The pool at the Contemporary Resort is unparalleled, featuring a Mickey-themed splash pad for younger kids and a spacious pool complemented by a 20-foot glass-encased water slide adorned with vibrant neon Mickeys.

The Contemporary Resort is also renowned for its beloved character dining spot, Chef Mickey’s, offering classic breakfast delights such as the ever-popular Mickey waffles. Additionally, within the restaurant area, guests can admire the impressive 90-foot tall mural created by Disney Legend Mary Blair.

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