Disney World does an excellent job of making its hotels appealing to kids of all ages, but there are a few that stand out as great picks for families traveling with toddlers and preschoolers. The best Disney resorts for toddlers and preschoolers have easy access rooms without stairs, tot-sized play areas, and swimming pools, and fun, easily understood themes.
The following list features the best Disney hotels for toddlers, with suggestions for value, moderate, and deluxe accommodations, so you can find the right hotel to suit your needs and your budget.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
If your toddler adores wildlife, then the deluxe Animal Kingdom Lodge is an ideal pick. This is the only resort on Disney property that allows you to get an up-close look at some of the animals featured at the nearby Animal Kingdom Disney theme park. If you choose a "Savannah View" room, you will be able to see an assortment of animals right from your balcony, including giraffes, ostriches, and antelopes.
There are also several poolside viewing areas, and the Lodge offers free educational activities throughout the day. Amenities include a zero-entry pool with fun but gentle slide, playground, daily crafts and storytelling, childcare center, multiple dining options, and convenient transportation options.
Tip: Don't miss the storytelling events each evening, which concludes in a noisy but fun tour of the resort lobby.
Port Orleans Riverside
The Port Orleans Riverside is a great resort for kids and features an old fashioned swimming hole complete with a water slide.
This resort also has a full sized playground and quiet walking paths if you need a mid-day break. The Port Orleans Riverside offers both fine dining and "food court" style restaurants, so there is something for even the pickiest of appetites. Choose the Port Orleans Riverside if you want high style accommodations at a moderate price, and want convenient boat transportation to Downtown Disney.
Tip: Ask for a room near the pool and main building so you won't have to walk too far to see all this resort has to offer.
All-Star Movies Resort
While any of the All-Star Disney resorts are great for kids, the All-Star Movies is the most likely to be a hit with toddlers. Each hotel building is embellished with a giant, two story character from a Disney movie — if your toddler likes Disney movies and characters, then the All Star Movies Resort is the place to stay. This resort offers two movie themed pools, convenient bus transportation, and is a great choice for families traveling on a budget.
Tip: Ask for a first-floor room or one near an elevator to avoid carrying your toddler up and down the stairs.
Art of Animation Resort
If your toddler loves Disney's The Little Mermaid or Disney-Pixar's Cars animated films, the Art of Animation Resort is a perfect choice. Whether you book a standard room or family suite, your little ones will enjoy the themed spaces and parents will especially appreciate the roomy family suites that sleep up to six and include the convenience of a refrigerator and microwave. The resort offers a fun themed playground, spacious courtyard pool that includes a special area for tiny tots, convenient bus transportation, and a food court.
Tip: Parents be aware that standard rooms lack certain amenities, including a coffee maker.
Traveling with a toddler? Don't forget to check out this great list of the best rides and attractions for preschoolers!
- Edited by Dawn Henthorn