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badblackpug
04-06-2007, 10:19 PM
We have always previously stayed at a mod or value. We would like to upgrade this year (10 nights in November) These are the options within our price range. We are traveling with our kids ages 4 thru 10. Please tell me why you chose or did not choose a particular hotel. Any tips, good or bad experiences would be appreciated.

Houston_Disney_Fan
04-06-2007, 11:39 PM
We've stayed in all the places you mention, plus some. The trip my kids still, 15 years later, have the best memories of was the one in which we stayed at the Poly. And it wasn't even a lagoon view! That would be heaven.

candizfan
04-06-2007, 11:42 PM
Have you thought about renting a Disney Vacation Club room? Or maybe you have done that before?

It might be about the same cost as this and then you would have a kitchenette as well.

FSUDisneyGirl
04-07-2007, 01:47 AM
I voted for the Wilderness Lodge...cause I think it's great there! But...I think the Poly would also be a great choice. I actually just visited it for the first time today, and it's very tropical! If you want to be in the middle of all the action, pick the Poly...if you'd like to be a little more removed from the hustle and bustle (at least in my opinion) I'd pick the Wilderness Lodge.

Disney5Mom
04-07-2007, 06:26 AM
We loved our experience at AKL.Watching the animals from our balcony was even more interesting than we had imagined. There are a lot of interesting activities available to do at the lodge for kids and adults.It is a beautiful resort.

elijahpep
04-07-2007, 06:34 AM
:thumbsup2 I second the post above about renting DVC points especially for a 10 day stay. WOW! You're going to have fun!

You could break it up, BW 5 days and AK 5 days and get the best of both worlds!~

Other than that I voted BWV!~:)

~DW:3dglasses

goodferry
04-07-2007, 08:35 AM
I voted for the Poly, but wanted to qualify that by adding that LV at the Poly is roughly the same price as GV concierge, and I would choose that! You can sit in the lounge and watch Wishes and still have the benefits of the concierge level.

MJMcBride
04-07-2007, 09:05 AM
I'd go AKL myself

libinatorsmom
04-07-2007, 09:52 AM
Dont you just HATE all the choices... WE DO!!! we finally decided on the BC for our stay... BUT... WL is our second choice...

badblackpug
04-07-2007, 01:48 PM
I'm not one for changing resorts in the middle of the stay. Too many kids, too much stuff, too much hassle. I would want one resoert for the entire stay. We will be on DDP, so kitchenette is not really necessary. Ideas?

MagicMe
04-07-2007, 03:26 PM
I love the Poly! It's on the monorail for MK (which is great with little kids) and I found it to be very peaceful at night (hard to believe there were scores of people there).

I think your decision will need to take in to account which parks you will visit the most. If you believe you will spend most of your time at MK then go for Poly (you can monorail over to Epcot too with just a short walk to the TTC). If you look to go to Epcot a lot, BWV may be best (and boat ride up to MGM).

The WL is beautiful but still a boat or bus ride to MK. AKL is also gorgeous but you'll need to use bus transportation or your own vehicle to get around.

Again, think of which park you will be visiting most often and the "stuff" that you will need to transport with the children, then decide.

Disney Spaz
04-07-2007, 04:38 PM
I voted Poly only becasue it is on the monorail and I think with the ages of your children that can be a life saver.

Snow Shoe
04-07-2007, 05:22 PM
If you were to choose a DVC resort you can rent points from a member who's home resort would be either at VWL or BWV. Usually the cost is around $10/pt. For November, 2007, all of the days are Choice Season except for the 11/21-23, and these are Magic Season costing more points per day stay. Using the Choice Season dates I looked at my DVC point calulator and came up with for a 10 day stay at....

VWL Studio-------std view 164

BWV Studio-------std view 138
--preferred view 164

PinkDaisy8844
04-07-2007, 05:30 PM
I have never stayed at a Deluxe before....so I can't speak from personal experience....however I would choose the AKL because I think kids at that age or any age actually would really enjoy seeing the animals, I know I would! :goodvibes

M 'n C
04-07-2007, 05:39 PM
I have never stayed at a Deluxe before....so I can't speak from personal experience....however I would choose the AKL because I think kids at that age or any age actually would really enjoy seeing the animals, I know I would! :goodvibes

I agree with this poster. I"ve never stayed at a Deluxe (BF has and wasn't impressed. He loves the theming of the values vs. the Deluxes) but the idea of looking out my window to see animals would be heaven for me. I am a zoo/animal freak so that would make my trip. I'm sure your kids would think it was cool as well.

badblackpug
04-07-2007, 08:17 PM
If you were to choose a DVC resort you can rent points from a member who's home resort would be either at VWL or BWV. Usually the cost is around $10/pt. For November, 2007, all of the days are Choice Season except for the 11/21-23, and these are Magic Season costing more points per day stay. Using the Choice Season dates I looked at my DVC point calulator and came up with for a 10 day stay at....

VWL Studio-------std view 164

BWV Studio-------std view 138
--preferred view 164

I looked into this, but the reception I got on the DVC boards wasn't all that friendly. A lot of stuff about not being "members" and "members" disliking those who rent out their points and those who use points they rented from others. I think it would be better just to stay at a hotel.

dwaddict
04-07-2007, 08:25 PM
I voted for the POLY! It has always been a favorite of mine since I was a child and first stayed there in the 70's!! Though my kids love AK-so in my house it is a 50-50 split!! Good luck and have a great trip!!!

jesszac610
04-07-2007, 09:27 PM
I voted for BWV because as others have said you could rent DVC points, the pool is awesome (Your kids will LOVE It,) and the location can't be beat. I noticed your ages and you do have some little ones, so MGM by boat and Epcot, (It's actually faster to walk though,) is awesome! Plus, there's always something happening at the BW area. We love it there!!!

Buzz2001
04-08-2007, 07:13 AM
Poly

petrymom
04-08-2007, 12:52 PM
We loved our experience at AKL.Watching the animals from our balcony was even more interesting than we had imagined. There are a lot of interesting activities available to do at the lodge for kids and adults.It is a beautiful resort.

Ditto!!!! Staying in the savanah view room with the bunks was AWeSOME!!!! I had a hard time leaving our balcony every morning. Truly an awesome experience.

MagikMom
04-08-2007, 02:18 PM
As much as I love Boardwalk, I have to say I would do AKL, no question. There is no other experience like it!

dunnhorn
04-08-2007, 09:19 PM
Okay - here are my thoughts.

First off, you have quite a price spread there. The rooms are not in the same ballpark cost-wise. For example, Poly is much more expensive than WL. Does this matter?

Second - how many kids? You say "ranging from 4 to 10" this seems like you'll have at least 3. If you have 3 kids, you need to do a Deluxe because of the day bed, and WL may not have that. In the studios you can only sleep 4. Are you getting 2 beds, or just you and 3 kids?

Third - when in Nov? Early, Mid, Late? Mid and Late you will see the Christmas decorations, and if you like Christmas decorations there is NO place like WL or VWL. Also, in late Nov, you can go to MVMCP - and then it will be helpful to be on the monorail or boat... again leaning towards WL.

So - based on the assumptions of mid-late Nov, and 2 kids, - I would say WL because of (1) lower cost; (2) Christmas Decorations; (3) ease of travel to MK for Christmas Party.

If any of these assumptions are incorrect, I would say it would be a very difficult decision between Poly, AKL and BWV. First - downside to BWV - if you have 3 kids, it won't work with a studio (unless you were solo w/3 kids.) Still, the pullout sofa really only is a DOUBLE, and it is much smaller than the footage that you would have at either Poly or BWV. I absolutely love staying at BW, but the studios are very small with 4 folks.

Between Poly and AKL, you need to ask yourself about cost - I would still expect there would be around a $75 difference per night, even with Savannah. If it doesn't matter, you would be crazy not to do Poly. Save AKL for next time when the 4 year old is older. All in all, the tropical feel is neater, the restaurants are better, the pool is better - and if you want to see the animals, you can always get a breakfast seating at BOMA (our fave b'fast place) and check out the giraffes (and if applicable the Christmas tree) then.

Regarding renting points - there is a Yahoo Group (email group) for folks who are interested in renting out DVC points. Search for it, check it out - you may be surprised at how many people would be interested. Join this group and post your inquiry there. Going rate is anywhere from $9 - $11/point and you can look at The Timeshare Store website to see the point charts for rentals. If you go DVC, you can probably get a studio in OKW (fabulously huge) or Saratoga (love Saratoga.) There is an outside chance you could get in AKV (Animal Kingdom Villas) because they are starting to take reservations for this in Fall 2007.

I won't vote right now because there are too many "contingencies" on my advice... anyway, hope any of this helped. :)

disneydance
04-09-2007, 12:20 AM
we love akl the atmosphere is great and its such a fun lodge

jgallant
04-09-2007, 07:55 AM
How many kids do you have...big factor. We have 4 (ages 6-10) and accomodations are always a special challenge when choosong a resort. 2 rooms at value/mod vs. deluxe accomodations that will accomodate all 6 of us!

Doc CW
04-09-2007, 09:37 AM
Isay AKL b/c its located next to my favorite park AK also b/c nowhere else can you see animals grazing outside your back balcony, besides the rooms are really nice.