Which hotel choice for a 2 year old? Best children's pool?

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Which hotel choice for a 2 year old? Best children's pool?

I am taking my 22 month grandson to WDW April 3-7. While I don't want to go overboard, I want a relaxing (?) trip for him and I, as my DH has to work that week. I may be bringing my 18 year old DD. Since she is graduating this year and I just finished my Masters, and I turn 50 this year I thought of spending more than the usual on rooms. Last time we went we used my DD military discount and stayed at a Villa, but we had the entire family of 9.

There is a discount on rooms that week...So far I'm looking at
Art of Animation
POP
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I haven't stayed at Art of Animation yet, but its on my list of places to try. I like the idea of the suite with two bathrooms. Plus, the theming is so cute! We're big Cars fans in my family, so if I do stay there, it will be in a Cars suite!

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Between Pop and AOA as far as a pool for your grandson goes, Art of Animation hands down.
It's zero depth entry and there's a big splash and play zone!

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Kristen K. wrote:
Between Pop and AOA as far as a pool for your grandson goes, Art of Animation hands down.
It's zero depth entry and there's a big splash and play zone!

I am leaning towards AoA because of the pool. I remember when my DD22 was a toddler that she loved Stormalong Bay at BC. As I want this to be relaxing for me as well as fun for him, I am trying to justify the higher cost. The cost difference after all, is airfare to France! I am waiting for my DD18 to tell me if she is going or not. If she goes I'll probably pick AoA, and justify the cost as a treat for her graduation this year too! Grade Plus, who does not love Cars and Nemo.

Does anyone know if AoA has a dedicated bus line or is it shared with the other Value resorts?

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I stayed at AOA in October and it was really nice for a Value Resort. My only real problem with it was that I was that we had a standard room and it really is quite a hike from the main building to the Little Mermaid section. If I were to stay there again I would want to have a family suite in the Finding Nemo Section. If I was in one of those rooms I would say that yes, the extra cost is totally worth it.

AOA does have a dedicated bus line, it is not shared with any other resort.

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Thanks for the responses!
As I research more I am wondering if anyone has stayed at CBR lately? I think both my grandson and DD18 would love the pirate room as she is a BIG POTC fan! They do have a zero entry pool, and a great looking kids pool.
Any yeahs or neighs out there?

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Port Orleans French Quarter has a great pool. The slide is a huge sea serpent and you slide down its tongue. My kids LOVED it! Its all "Mardi Gras Band Party" themed. It's got those alligators from "Fantasia" playing instruments by the kiddie pool. If you were going more for "value", I'd stick with AOA in the Nemo section. The Nemo themed pool looks amazing.

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Thanks, Poppet. Knowing that I LOVE everything French I have been wanting to go to POFQ. I think that one will wait for just my DH and I, or a girls only trip. POFQ is not part of the discount in April and the AoA is actually more than CBR-because it has less of a discount, and the rooms are only suites at AoA, or at least that is what I see at WDWReservations. I think I have a bad case of Disney fever again. mickey

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