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Picking Your Resort Based on Appeal to Kids, Continued

By Dave Shute

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The following hotels, though each in some fundamental way lovely (well…mostly…), and wonderful to look at for adults, have essentially no architectural drama or adventure for children whatsoever.

You could consider them all to be tied for last; within price categories, they are ranked by the kid-appeal of their pools.

12. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside’s (M) two areas are themed to be reminiscent of southern plantation and back bayou buildings, slightly exotic for children not familiar with the region. Its pool is famous, and is often ranked as the second most fun for kids at Walt Disney World. However, recent renovations at the Carribbean Beach pool put it ahead of Port Orleans.

13. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (D) is subtly themed as a seaside resort. The pool that it shares with the Beach Club is the best at Walt Disney World

14. Disney’s Beach Club Resort (D) and Villas (DVC) is subtly themed as a seaside resort. The pool that it shares with the Yacht Club is the best at Walt Disney World

15. Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter (M) has features reminiscent of New Orleans. Guests have access to both their own pool and that at Riverside

16. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (D) is subtly themed as a seaside resort

17. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (D) and Villas (DVC) is subtly themed as a seaside resort

18. Disney’s Old Key West Resort (DVC) is subtly themed as a seaside resort

Saratoga Springs Treehouses19. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort (DVC) is themed to resemble the lakeside accommodations associated with the old watering and horse racing establishments of Saratoga Springs, New York (the hotels, not the stables), whose original designers back in the 1800s were highly influenced by designers of subtle seaside resorts.

The Treehouses at Saratoga Springs have a little more kid appeal, and remarkable inconvenience

20. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (Other) is un-themed, but secretly wishes it were subtly themed as a seaside resort.

swan.pngOn-property, but not Disney, hotels: The Swan (thumbnail) and the Dolphin are visually not appealing, but rather appalling, and should have bags put over their respective signature sculptures.

David Koenig reports in Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World that because of contractual disputes, Disney CEO Michael Eisner had considered forcing these two hotels to be “ugly,” but that Disney president Frank Wells talked him out of it. I’m thinking Frank should have talked some more…

Shades of Green is essentially un-themed, and has no particular kid appeal.

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1 Lisa { 09.26.12 at 11:09 pm }

Thanks for all of this information! I wonder if you think that POR kid-appeal has increased at all with the addition of the themed rooms? Does that make a difference or would you still consider these to be lacking in kid appeal?

2 Dave { 09.27.12 at 6:34 am }

Hi Lisa, those particular rooms now have more appeal for kids who like princesses–great point! But the overall look and feel, as well as all the other rooms, are still not nearly as appealing as some alternatives.

3 Laurie { 11.12.12 at 6:46 pm }

Hello Dave,

I’m planning my first trip to WDW with my husband and I’m using your “No Kid Appeal” list as the “best for couples” list. Of those listed, would you recommend one over another for proximity to the parks? We’re probably looking at the moderate price range.

Thanks Dave!

4 Dave { 11.13.12 at 5:27 am }

Hi Laurie! First I updated your comment to call me Dave not Lisa 🙂

If the thought is to avoid kids…you can’t!

And none of the moderates has any disntinct proximity advantages.

However, among the moderates, for couples I recommend Port Orleans French Quarter. For why, see this and this

5 Kathy { 12.28.12 at 10:55 am }

Great Information!

6 Dave { 12.28.12 at 2:51 pm }

Thanks, Kathy!

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7 kellie { 01.29.15 at 1:00 pm }

Hi there…planning our first trip to Disney ( we live outside US) is daunting to say the least. This site is making me feel marginally better. We plan july 18 for approx 6 nights -and thats about it.. its likely to be our one and only visit. What is best order to do all this in.? Happy for deluxe but good kid appeal is more important. We have four children between 5 and 11- will hotels let us bunk into a 5 bedroom ? many thanks must have patience of a saint

8 Dave { 01.30.15 at 4:48 pm }

Kellie, I’ not precisely sure what you mean by “what is the best order to do all this in”?

Disney will not let you put six into a five person room. See this for options:

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