He’s Going to Disney World: Our Top Orlando Hotel Picks for Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning

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Credit: PRK / PR Photos
Credit: PRK / PR Photos

As tradition goes, the NFL Super Bowl MVP gets a trip to Disney World for all of his hard work put forth during the past season. And since many of us are Giants fans here, we couldn’t help but potentially plot this for weeks: Where would our MVP Champ stay when visiting the amusement park (slash mini world of all things Mickey)? Plus, Eli already has an affinity for travel — he got married at the One & Only Palmilla — so we figured we’d help him plan his Orlando vacay. Check out our favorite Disney hotels for Eli Manning and his family after the jump, and then tell us: Which hotel would you stay at in Disney World?


The view from the balcony of a one-bedroom suite at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Orlando, FL

The view from the balcony of a one-bedroom suite at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Orlando, FL

WHY ELI SHOULD STAY HERE: Easily the most luxurious property within the park’s confines, the Grand Floridian is a great resort for families — including new ones, thanks to its highly-supervised Kids’ Club and 10-minute monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom. (Eli and his wife Abby welcomed their first child Ava back in March 2011). The family can feel free to spread out — standard suites here sleep five — and will have plenty of dining options, although the restaurants on-site are a bit pricey. Bonus: The parents can hit the 24-hour, well-equipped gym together to stay in fighting shape, then head to the renowned spa for a bliss-inducing treatment while enlisting the help of one of the hotel’s babysitters.


The grounds at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge; Orlando, FL

The grounds at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge; Orlando, FL

WHY ELI SHOULD STAY HERE: If Eli and Abby want little baby Ava to see some cool things, the family should look no further than the Animal Kingdom Lodge, where you can spot free-roaming gazelles and giraffes at any given moment. This relatively luxurious resort boasts high style: It was modeled after an East African safari lodge, which makes guests feel closer to the Ivory Coast than Orlando. Plus, the Lodge has every kid-friendly amenity in the book: Babysitting, cribs, and supervised children’s activities, along with extended park hours and other amazing perks.


The pool at Disney Boardwalk Villas; Orlando, FL

The pool at Disney Boardwalk Villas; Orlando, FL

WHY ELI SHOULD STAY HERE: The Mannings can enjoy all the creature comforts of home by staying in one of the Boardwalk’s large villas, including a fully-equipped kitchen and private balcony. Plus, the Boardwalk offers the best of both worlds: It’s a bit of a trip to most of the amusement parks (except for Epcot, which is within walking distance) but also is one of the few Disney resorts to actually offer both fine dining and nightlife on site. Days here can be fun, too: There’s a large pool, and the hotel is set on Crescent Lake, where the family can fish, boat or just take in the scenery.

Now, you tell us: Where would you want to stay at Disney World?

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