National Grandparents Day was celebrated this past Sunday, but we will continue the celebration throughout the week by giving out tips and recommendations on how to most enjoy your multigenerational family vacation at Walt Disney World.
I know that choosing your resort is a huge part of you vacation planning, specially with a large family with children and grandchildren. That is why I have put together my top five Disney World resorts that offer everything a multigenerational family vacation needs.
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Family Suites – Immerse yourself in the magic of spacious accommodations with room for the entire family to spread out, inspired by some of your favorite animated movies such as “The Lion King,” “Cars” and “Finding Nemo“.
- Endless Water Fun – Take the plunge in the largest resort pool in Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by the Disney•Pixar movie “Finding Nemo”, the pool features state-of-the-art underwater speakers, a first for Disney Resort hotels. And while the young ones play, adults can relax poolside at the Drop Off Pool Bar.
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Fully immersive theme – Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this oasis of tropical palms, lush vegetation and so much more. Discover the signature tropical atmosphere that’s made this Resort a favorite Disney destination since 1971.
- Accessible transportation – The Resort is an easy ride to Magic Kingdom Park, and just one transfer away from Epcot! During a full day of intense park-hopping, a nap is just a monorail ride away. Grandparents (and parents) can rest, recharge and get ready to dive back in the action!
- Supervised Children’s Activity Center – At Lilo’s Playhouse, kids 3 to 12 years of age can enjoy activities inspired by classic tales like “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Pinocchio,” all while grandparent’s and parents explore a few grown-up adventures of their own.
- Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at ‘Ohana – Lilo and Stitch, along with other friends, invite grandparents and their ʻohana to an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors.
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- A theme grown-ups will love – Inspired by historic Saratoga Springs, this Victorian-style Resort hotel is nestled between rolling golf course greens and the shimmering Village Lake. Golfers can take pride in teaching how to master the sport on this world-class course that has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events.
- Spacious rooms for the entire family – Remember those childhood tree houses? The 3-bedroom Treehouse Villas, elevated 10 feet from the ground and surrounded by the lush forest along the Sassagoula River, will bring back memories and become the charming setting for your grandchildren.
- Accessible transportation – The Treehouse Villas water taxi also ferries you to the newly reimagined Disney Springs, brimming with restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley and more!
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House & Kidani Village
- Experience your own African safari adventure – At this Resort, you can delight in over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. Identify each species with a Wildlife Field Guide (available from the Lobby Concierge), and learn more about African animals and ecosystems in fun programs led by Animal Specialists.
- Supervised Children’s Activity Center – At Simba’s Cubhouse, kids 3 to 12 years of age can play games, have dinner and snacks, make crafts, watch Disney movies and make new friends—while grandparents enjoy an evening to themselves.
- Wonderful waterslide – Splash about at Samawati Springs Pool, which offers two whirlpool spas, an exciting waterslide and Uwanja Camp—an animal observation site-themed water playground.
- Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
- A storm and a shipwreck? – Discover a life-size shipwreck, pools, lagoons and more at Stormalong Bay—a 3-acre water wonderland. Climb the mast and zip down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort. Catch currents on an inner tube in the lazy river and unwind in one of three whirlpool spas.
- A Gateway to the World – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts are walking distance to Epcot. After an exciting day at the park, enjoy a short stroll around the boardwalk before calling it a night. In need for some more action? These Resorts are just a convenient boat ride away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Supervised Children’s Activity Center – At the Sandcastle Club, kids 3 to 12 years of age can make crafts, play games, have dinner and snacks, watch Disney movies and make new friends – while grown-ups relax dockside.
- Beach Bash Breakfast – Join Minnie Mouse and some of her friends to start the day at Cape May Café. Create unforgettable memories, get autographs and take charming family photos.
There are multiple amazing resorts to celebrate grandparents. Which one is your favorite Disney Resort?