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I want to take my family (8yr old girl and 4yr old boy) back to WDW and we are looking at the first week in June or possibly the week after Thanksgiving...any thoughts? Also, which resort? My wife, daughter and I stayed at the Poly last time and loved the proximity and pool! This would be my 4 yr old's first time and we were looking possibly at the Wilderness Lodge...suggestions?
Oh what Great ages for a Disney vacation! The week after Thanksgiving is one of the lowest weeks for crowds at Walt Disney World. This would be my pick for sure! You get all of the holiday decorations without any of the Holiday crowds. It's a win win situation! I love the Poly. If you are looking for a Deluxe resort this is one of the best. Personally I am not a fan of the Wilderness Lodge. If I am paying the "deluxe" prices I want to be on the monorail. The location and ease can not be beat! I just returned from Disney with a 4 year old and it was the best trip I have ever had (out of about 17 trips). So no matter what options you end up deciding on you will have a wonderful, magical time!
If I had to pick between the first week of June or the week after Thanksgiving, I would pick the week after Thanksgiving for a couple of reasons. The first week of June is the beginning of the summer seasons, which means more crowds and higher prices at the resorts. Plus Florida can get hot in the summer. By going after Thanksgiving you will be going during the value time, which means less crowds and lower prices. It is also the beginning of all of the Holiday celebrations at the parks. You will be able to see the Osborne Spectacle of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studio, the Candlelight Processional and the Holiday Storytellers at the countries in the World Showcase at Epcot, and can purchase tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Plus it so much fun to see all of the Holiday decorations at the parks and at the resorts. There is nothing like seeing the most magical place decorated for the most magical time of the year. I have not stayed at the Polynesian, but have heard that it is very nice. I have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge (WL) and I love it. I love walking in to the lobby of the WL, it instantly transplants you to a National Park Lodge from the turn of the 20th century. One of the cool options at the lodge is the ability to get a room with bunk beds. Being able to stay in bunk beds creates more adventure for the little ones. Another neat feature of the WL is the ability to take a boat over to the Magic Kingdom. The WL also has one of the most fun non character table service meals in Walt Disney World at Whispering Canyon Café. Don’t let the name miss lead you, there is very little whispering going on here. This is a great place for kids, with “horse races” and other crazy games. One word of warning, if you need ketchup don’t steal it from another table or you could end up in “Ketchup Jail”. It’s all in good fun and everyone will be sure to leave with their bellies full and a smile on their face.
No question about it - I would choose the week after Thanksgiving at the Polynesian. The crowds, weather and holiday decorations are about as close to perfect as you can get. And for a family with young children the resort is all about location-location-location. Being on the Monorail is a big plus since it's a quick ride to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. And having a restaurant on site with a character breakfast is also a great thing! Firework watching from the beach, the Volcano slide, a quick walk to the Grand Floridian for another character dining location, and large standard rooms - the Polynesian has it all. Best of luck with your decision! Sometimes choosing a resort is the hardest part about planning a Disney World vacation. But whatever you ultimately decide, you're in good hands with your Disney Vacation Pixie! :o)
I would choose the week after Thanksgiving, it will be slower then the first week in June and the weather will be beautiful. November is a great time go to, especially with all the Christmas Decorations out and if you time it right you could attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! If you are looking for proximity to the Magic Kingdom, then the Wilderness Lodge is the way to go!. If you are not married to that idea, then the Beach Club would be a good option and has a fantastic pool. The Beach Club also has proximity to two parks (Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot). Another option is the Animal Kingdom Lodge, also has a fantastic pool area and the added bonus of the animals.
Let me start off with what fun ages 8 and 4 are at WDW! Your children will love it! You gave 2 different times you may wat to visit. Your first suggestion of June is a good time. The oppressive temps haven't set in yet and its not deep into hurricane (or rainy season) just yet. June can be tricky as families start to trickle in as kids get off school for summer vacation. The crowds aren't too bad yet but the later you head into June the busier it gets. Now, the week after Thanksgiving is a great time. There is nothing like the holidays at Disney and this is a slower time but all the decor is up to enjoy. There is also Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party offered. As for where to stay. You mentioned Wilderness Lodge. This is a beautiful resort and they offer rooms with bunk beds. My kids (10 & 4) love these! They also have a really nice pool & dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe is a must! Another thought I had was Port Orleans French Quarter. This is a smaller resort with close pool proximity for all buildings. The pool also has an amazing water slide. While they don't have a table service restaurant, its a short walk to their sister resort, Riverside where you will find Boatwrights Dining Hall. Hope this has helped you get a little closer to your decision. Whichever you choose, you're in for a great time!
I would definitely go the week after Thanksgiving. It is really HOT in June..The weather is great in November! As far as resorts go, I would try one you haven't stayed at. You will have the same "over the top" experience as at the Poly, but with a different atmosphere! I want to stay at each resort at least once. Maybe we can accomplish this in my lifetime!
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