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cgmac12
05-09-2007, 08:34 AM
Our family is going for the first time in September. Our current ressies are for 5 rooms at the Poly. We are now having second thoughts on the price and are considering bumping down to a moderate- or even possibly a value. Give me some pros and cons of each category.

The main plus for us at the Poly is the monorail. We are traveling as a party of 14- including one grandma and one 3 year old (she will almost be 4). Let me also say in our party several people are larger people- both height and size wise. For instance- my husband is 6' 3". No one is extremely large size wise, but still several of us are not a size 3 if you KWIM. This was also a factor, since we realize we would have to go down to Full beds from the Queens at the Poly.

Obviously we realize the Poly is much grander than the moderates and the values- our question is- is it worth all the extra money? Is the transportation horrible at the Mods and Values? We will have 2 vehicles that will allow us to drive ourselves as well as using Disney transportation.

If we were to move down- sell me on another resort- which mod would you pick and which value- and why.


Thanks for any input!

Crystal

Alicnwondrln
05-09-2007, 08:39 AM
i like the poly is a very nice resort
recetnly remodeled new rooms
new food at captain cooks
monorail to MK walk TTC to get monorail to epcot walk to GF for food
great beach to watch fireworks from
lobby is stunning
can be very romantic
have you checked out tikimans website

Alicnwondrln
05-09-2007, 08:39 AM
http://tikiman2001.homestead.com/index.html

richard_andmel
05-09-2007, 08:44 AM
What about 5 standard rooms at the Wilderness Lodge? That would keep the queen beds, but save you $114 per room per night over a standard (Garden) view at the Polynesian...

I think the mods are very nice. But you would probably miss the bigger beds with 14 people.

MAGICinMYHEART
05-09-2007, 08:44 AM
The Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge are both deluxe resorts but with smaller room accommodation's (rooms have less sq. footage) yet still have two queen size beds. The Wilderness Lodge is a Magic Kingdom Resort and has boat service to the MK. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is very close to Animal Kingdom. Both are beautiful resorts, I would chose one of these resorts before dropping to a Moderate or Value.

Both resorts have loads of information available for you on their FAQ Threads.

Have a great trip.

traci
05-09-2007, 08:45 AM
Hi Crystal,
We are staying at the Poly for the first time too in September. The newly remodeled rooms look nice. For us though, the transportation can't be beat. The monorail is such a nice convenience. The pool at the Poly is a zero entry - which is great for young kids.

I have heard really good things about the mods and values - I am sure you will get some great advice there.

For us, the location of the monorail resorts is an important feature.

Enjoy your trip and good-luck deciding :yay:

minnie61650
05-09-2007, 09:13 AM
Here are some pros and cons that were posted by another DIS'ner:


FWIW, Here are my opinions on the advantages/disadvantages of each level:

Advantage of Value over Moderates and Deluxes
* Price.
* Food Courts for quick meals.
* Pop Century has its own bus.
* All Stars resorts share busses, but there is usually very little wait on either end.

Disadvantage of Values
* Small rooms.
* Double or King sized beds only.
* Large groups can sometimes be rowdy.
* No pool slide or hot tub.
* external corridors.
* Pizza delivery only.

Advantage of Moderate over Values
* Nicer feature pools with slides and hot tubs.
* Bigger rooms.
* Sit-down restaurants (all but POFQ).
* Real bars in main area plus pool bar, not just pool bar (except POP).
* Nicer food court, it's not just one big room.
* No giant icons.

Disadvantages of Moderates
* Double or King sized beds only.
* Can be spread out and most need an internal bus system.
* External corridors.
* Pizza delivery only.

Advantage of Deluxe over Moderates and Values
* Bigger rooms yet. Many can sleep 5 people.
* Queen or King sized beds.
* Large variety of sit-down restaurants.
* Nicer feature pools, many with zero entry.
* Internal corridors.
* All have sliding glass doors and most have balconies or patios.
* Most have special proximity to parks: monorail/boat to MK, walk/boat to
Epcot/MGM.
* Room service.
* Valet parking.

Disadvantage of Deluxes
* Epcot deluxes do not have snack shops for a quick meal, except the Beach Club Marketplace.
* Price.
* Busses are often shared, especially the Epcot resorts. The ride can take a long time.
* Self parking can be difficult, especially at the monorail hotels.


Have fun at Disney wherever you choose to stay!:wizard:

Princess Stitch
05-09-2007, 09:16 AM
I have never been blessed enough to stay at a resort like the Poly. We always stay at values when we go. I can tell you this : we went last September and stayed at the Pop. You don't share bus transportation there but even if you did, the parks are so empty that time of year that it's never a problem to get on a bus.

The values are fun because of all the theming :) While the adults might enjoy the poly more, I think the children would have a great time at the values.

minnie61650
05-09-2007, 09:21 AM
Transportation:

I personally think that All Star Music has very good transportation:

Disney Transportation times acorrding to Passporter.com


All Star trans---Poly trans.----------GF trans---- Contemporary
MK 20 min---- 10 min (mono)-------3 min mono------20 min(mono)
Epcot 10 min- 20 min(walk and mono)-22min(walk+mono--15 min
MGM 10 min----15 min---------------10min-----------20min
AK 10 min------15min---------------15 min---------------20 min
DTD 15 min----25 min-----------------20 min -------------35 min



All Star trans----AK trans---WL trans--------YC/BC trans
MK 20 min------ 20 min-----8 min(boat) min---20 min
Epcot 10 min-- 15 min-----10 min------10 min--20(walk+mono) min
MGM 10 min----10 min-----15 min------15 min---15(boat)min
AK 10 min-------5min-------15 min----15 min---20 min
DTD 15 min-----15min------25 min-----15 min---15 min

It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary

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All Star Music is my favorite Disney owned hotel.

I can well afford to stay at any of Disney's resorts but these are the reasons I stay at All Star Music:
Here are some reasons I choose to stay at All Star Music:


1. I can book a preferred room location.
The way All Star Music is laid out it "seems" smaller than most of the other Disney resorts. Since I stay in preferred room I know I am going to be close to the food court, bus stop, & main pool.

2. I enjoy the theming at the All Stars. All Star Music is also is the quietest of the values. Generally less people stay there and there are more seniors and couples and less young children because children enjoy the themes of the other values more.

3. The bus service at the All Star Music is very good. Since I use an EVC good bus transportation is essential.

4. The entry at the values and Mods are much more Handicap friendly.
I am able to get in and out of my All Star room unassisted. This way my husband can go and play a round of golf and know I can leave my room to relax by the pool if I choose.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/All_Star_Sports_Room_View.gif

All star room

The Deluxe rooms have a narrow hall with the bath on one side and closet on the other. I cannot open the door from the inside unassisted.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/Disney_Polynesian_Resort_ROOM_LR.gif

Poly room

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All Star Music is my favorite resort. It tends to be the quietest of all the values.


All Star Music is undergoing a refurbishment of all of the rooms and is slated to be completed by June 2007.

The Calypso and Jazz buildings are completed and the last I heard they are working on the Broadway Buildings.

Here is a website with photos of the newly refurbished rooms at All Star Music.

Look at the Jazz Inn section with new posted:

http://allearsnet.com/acc/g_asmu.htm




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DH and I enjoy the landscaping and peacefulness of All Star Music.
We enjoy relaxing by the pool (there are plenty of chairs and lounges), and the beautiful lighting at the resort by night.

I have never had the unfortunate experience of running into the any of the large
groups of teens who sometimes stay at the values on school trips.
As long as you can avoid those large groups I do not think Noise will be an issue.

*HINT if you close your bathroom door at night you might not even hear the turbo toilets.
I close my bathroom door and I don't hear them.
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I love The All Star Resorts.

I am 56 years old and travel several times a yearfor pleasure. I often stay at 3and 4 star and sometimes a 5 star hotels and motels.
So the deluxe and mod resorts are just another hotel/motel to me.
Staying at an All Star is like being in the heart of the Magic and that is where I want to be.

All Star Music is my favorite. It is quieter because more couples stay there. I love staying at the Calypso building. It is closer to the pool, food court and bus stop.

Here is a site with a map of All Star Sports and All Star Music.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/allstarmap.htm
Scroll down. All Star Music is at the bottom of the page.
The Calypso buildings at All Star Music are #1 and #10 are nearest to the food court and bus stop.

The Calypso pool at ASMu has Donald Duck.

The buses are wonderful.

Bus rides are quite short from the ALL Stars according to PassPorter.com

All Star Buses-CBR buses---POPbuses--PO buses--- Contemporary
MK 20 min---- 20 min-----25 min------10 min---20 min(mono)
Epcot 10 min-- 15 min-----20 min------10 min---15 min
MGM 10 min----12 min-----15 min------15 min---20min
AK 10 min------20min-------15 min----15 min---20 min
DTD 15 min----20 min------20 min-----15 min---35 min

It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary.

A WORD ABOUT BUS SHARING

To me Bus Sharing at the All Stars is really a non issue.

In the mornings during Park opening hours each All Star usually has a dedicated bus.
During mid day it is usually just our stop and maybe one more on the way to the parks. On the way back sometimes it is all 3 but often Sports and Music share and Movies has it's own bus back. Each of the All Stars usually has it's own dedicated bus back from the MK.
That is a big plus. It seems like the Music bus stop usually has the shortest of the three All Star bus lines.

I guess some people who stay at POP see all 3 All Star names on the return sign of our bus stop when they head to the POP bus stop and think All Stars also has 3 stops on the way to the park.
(Even when we stop at another AS resort to load up it has not taken more than 5 minutes and we are on our way!)

The pools at The All Stars are very kid friendly.

When staying at the All Stars you can use any of the All Star pools.That means 3 main pools ,3 quiet pools and 3 kiddie pools to chose from.

The All Star Movie Fantasia pool has Mickey.

The Calypso pool at ASMU has Donald Duck.

And the Surfs up pool at All Star Sports has giant surf boards.

Here are a few pool photos.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/astar3.jpg

All Star Sports pool.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/allstar-music2_lg.jpg
All Star Music Donald pool.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/asmv20.jpg

All Star Movies Mickey Pool.

I have visited WDW more than a dozen times with the 1st time in Oct. 1971. It was brand new. I've stayed at FW, Disney Inn, a few the of Hotels on hotel Blvd., CBR and the towers at the Contemporary. I got to see the MK from my balcony at the Contemporary and I'm happy I got to experience it once. I just prefer the All Star Resorts.
The theming is pure Disney.

My last 6 visits have been at The All Stars and during the fall of 2005 when we took dd,dsil, and our grandson age 3(at the time) for 8 nights we stayed at the All Stars Music. I thought about AKL and even though we can well afford AKL I just wanted Alex to experience the Disney Magic :wizard: at the All Stars on his first visit.
Where else can one find Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse at the pool?

Have fun at Disney!

LoveMyLAP-BAND
05-09-2007, 09:27 AM
The monorail resorts (and WL) are invaluable as to the location, especially with a grandma and a little one. Those afternoon breaks are a blessing.

If you do decide to go with a moderate, I would choose Port Orleans French Quarter because the resort itself is small. You would not have to walk far from your room to the bus stop, pool, etc.

If you decide to go with a value, I would go with Pop Century. It doesn't share a bus and the theming is great. You may want to consider a "preferred room" option at POP so you can be closer to everything.

Have a great time!:woohoo:

beccasmom
05-09-2007, 09:36 AM
The moderates/values have food courts that are nice to have - especially when in a large party of folks who all have different tastes/budgets, etc. We find that food courts are especially great for kids who are picky eaters. :rolleyes1

The monorail hotels are great for getting to the MK and over to Hoop-de-Doo at WL if you have that planned (watercraft). The rooms are generally large, as are the bathrooms. Getting to the other theme parks and DTD is less convenient, although if you have a car, it would be much easier.

Transportation at the moderates/values can be great, awful or somewhere in between and we find that it is generally not great during busy seasons especially. During the afternoons when you may want to take a break at your hotel to nap or sit by the pool, the wait can be longer than you might like. The monorail wait is seldom as long, in my experience. But, again, a car makes that not as much of an issue.

cgmac12
05-09-2007, 09:39 AM
Thanks guys for all your insight and opinions. Keep them coming- this is such a hard decision!

Crystal

Buzz2001
05-09-2007, 09:41 AM
Check out my CSR website for pics and info on CSR.

rie'smom
05-09-2007, 09:44 AM
CSR doesn't share busses and is a super nice resort. Being a mod it does have double beds. My hubby and I shared a double and it was fine.
It also has lush tropical landscaping. If you downgrade, you'll hae lots more money to spend on having fun. At WDW especially, a room is a place to sleep.
I did a quick comparison and just used the dates Sept. 11-Sept 19 :

POP(values) = 99.00
POFQ(mod) = 165.00
Poly(deluxe)= 365.00
I don't know if you've considered the Swan or Dolphin but they are deluxe hotels.
The Swan=199.00 and has queen beds
The Dolphin=199.00 and has doubles.
They are walking distance to Epcot and the Boardwalk is right next door.

lillygator
05-09-2007, 09:49 AM
are you trying to save $$? we've stayed deluxe., mod an value and really it's just a matter of pref....the values are a great deal, so are the mods...even WL or AKL are a great deal compared to the prices of GF, Poly and CR.

Piglets Mommy
05-09-2007, 09:53 AM
We love the Poly! It would be great for your larger group, esp. if you are doing the dining plan, just for the convenience of transportation. It is much easier in a momorail resort to come back for a break mid-day, or hop over to another resort for a meal. That being said, we are trying WL for the first time this Dec. with my in-laws, It's quite a bit of savings, and while not on the monorail, has boat access to MK, FW and contemporary. Plus, the kids are really excited about the bunk beds. We considered doing a moderate, but felt the savings didn't = the lost convenience factor. Good luck in your planning. I'm sure you'll have a great time no matter where you stay!

Willow16
05-09-2007, 09:58 AM
After we booked Pop Century, I kept looking at the moderates to see about upgrading but I just couldn't justify the difference in price for a room that we were just going to sleep in. The transportation was great and we did a lot of park hopping. We would go back to the room in the late afternoon and then head out again for dinner.

Flagondry
05-09-2007, 10:36 AM
OK, two things stick out in your post. You are worried about double beds and you have a grandmother and 1 child as part of the group. So, you have to determine what is most important. How high on you list are queen beds? How do others in your party feel about double beds? Next, how often will your group break during the day? Does grandma have mobility issues? Do you, and the others, mind the idea of leaving the park, going to the car and driving back to your resort? Will you be park hopping?

Based on what you have listed so far I would suggest WL, AKL or a value. IMO the main difference between the value and the mod's are the themes and coffee pots. Not worth the the jump if those things don't matter to you. We could afford to stay anywhere, but chose a value for reasons you listed. It just seems like too much money for a room. I can the value in upgrading for a honeymoon, if you have small kids or if this trip is the one you get a year and you are going for a mix of park and resort. We spend all day in the park, it doesn't appeal to me to spend more money on a room I won't be in much.

jeepgirl30
05-09-2007, 11:55 AM
I'm a small person, 5' with my shoes. I stayed with DD6 at ASMO in Sept. We had an awesome trip but I would not recommend value resorts to your group. I felt like I could not close the door when I was in the bathroom, not enough space!

The themeing is great but the rooms just are not comfortable to me size wise. I've stayed at Coronado and while many say their is not much size difference I never felt cramped in the room at Coronado. It is one of my favorites!

I did stay at GF once and would not spend the money again, just me.

Enjoy your trip!

klj27
05-09-2007, 12:09 PM
I would seriously consider WL if I were you. Good luck!

DreamBeliever
05-09-2007, 12:13 PM
I don't know if I missed it ... but ... what are the dates of your September vacation? If you're looking to save money, there are dates available in August and September for the Free Dining Package if you purchase the Magic Your Way package (tickets & lodging). If you're able to take advantage of the free dining you'll save a tremendous amount of money and can more easily justify the Poly.

As much as I like the Poly, I favor the Wildnerness Lodge. The WL also allows you to stay in the Magic Kingdom area, enjoy a relaxing environment, nice restaurant selection, bunkbeds for the kids and the cost is less than the Poly.

Can you really go wrong with any resort? It's Disney!

minnie61650
05-09-2007, 12:17 PM
I'm a small person, 5' with my shoes. I stayed with DD6 at ASMO in Sept. We had an awesome trip but I would not recommend value resorts to your group. I felt like I could not close the door when I was in the bathroom, not enough space!

The themeing is great but the rooms just are not comfortable to me size wise. I've stayed at Coronado and while many say their is not much size difference I never felt cramped in the room at Coronado. It is one of my favorites!

I did stay at GF once and would not spend the money again, just me.

Enjoy your trip!

FYI

The bathrooms at the mods and the values are the same layout:

There is not much room size difference between a mod and a value.

Here is the layout of a mod.
The bathroom is about the same size as the All Stars but you will have 2 sinks instead of one.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/portorleansriv.gif
POR room lay out

here is the All Star room layout'

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/All_Star_Sports_Room_View.gif
All Star room layout

The mod has 54 square feet more than the value.
That means if both the mod and the value room were 27 feet long than the mod would be 2 feet wider. Just enough room for a double sink instead of a single.

To me that is not a lot of room size difference.

bigmoonmullen
05-09-2007, 12:25 PM
Hi:

I think everyone here is offering you some great advice.

A lot of this depends on what your trips plans are.

Are you planning on staying all day at the park?
Do you plan on spending more time at a specific park?
Does anyone have problems getting around?
Will anyone want to stay back at the resort during any of the days?
How much of the day will you spend in the park?
Will the group need naps?
Are you park hoping or staying at one park for the day?

We have stayed at Pop and BC... This winter we will be staying at WL, group of 10 with four rooms. My preference was POP, to save a lot of money... the group chose WL... Since it's in early December I did not object due to the decorations... but those decorations are costing me a bunch. Basically, we hit the park and spend very little time in the rooms... Thus I'm spending a lot to sleep in a room... We did have quick bus service at Pop.

If some of your group plans on spending quite a bit of time at the resort (reading, people watching, viewing fireworks from the resort) then the Poly or one of the other deluxes around MK might be your answer. I'm not sure I would enjoy sitting around a Value resort all day... maybe 1/2 day around the pool.

Get the group together and try to get a feel on what people want to do.

Have a Great Trip,

Mark

Tara8595
05-09-2007, 02:47 PM
Unless you're spending a good majority of your time at MK, then I'd visit the Poly to get a taste of it, but stay at the Pop. I used to go Deluxes all the way, but I am a value convert. I LOVE Pop Century. The theming, the food court is fantastic. Even with a standard, if you stay in 50s, 60s or 70s (all have some standard rooms), the walks are very convenient. If you have your own transportation, it takes very little time to get anywhere on property.

I've just gotten to a point where it's hard to justify spending all that extra money when Pop is so much fun anyhow and has the food court. I mean, add up the total amount you'd save by staying at Pop and think of all the other things you could use that money for - like a segway tour, or taking the whole crew to Hoop-Dee-Do or a Luau.

Stay at the Pop. Visit the deluxes and take advantage of the restaurants and check out the gift shops - that should feed the need to get a taste of those environments.

eliza61
05-09-2007, 03:02 PM
How many people are going to be in the room? My family consist of 3 boys (dh included in that number :goodvibes ) and all are over 6 ft. Do not under any circumstances drop down to a value with large people. The rooms are way too small. We tried all-stars once and after 2 days moved up to the first deluxe with a room, we didn't care where! We were forever bumping into one another, like a live version of the pinball machine and tripping over the luggage.:rotfl: Plus the bathroom and beds were just way too small.

cgmac12
05-09-2007, 03:46 PM
Ok- I will try and answer all the questions so everyone can get a better idea of our group dynamics. We are going Sept. 15-22. Here is our current room breakdown:
#1: My mom and dad
#2: My sister and brother in law
#3: My Grandmother
#4: My aunt, uncle, their two boys ages 15 and 11
#5: Me, DH, our 3 kids ages 10,8 and 3.

We already know that the 5 kids will pretty much sleep in different rooms on different nights- no biggie. So bumping to a 4 person hotel room is no problem for us- we would just put one of my children on my parents reservation.

Our current itenerary has us hitting a park at opening thru lunch then heading to a water park for a few hours, then hitting another park in the evenings. Most of our group has never been before (only Room #4 has been) so we intend to spend a lot of time in the parks.

We are on the dining plan. We have dinner reservations for Sunday thru Friday nights at: (in no particular order) 50'sPT, Ohana, Kona Cafe, Whispering Canyon, LeCellier & Coral Reef. We basically tried to schedule dinner in the park we inteneded to be in for the afternoon. We planned on doing the dining plan whether free dining was offered or not.

We have free dining for 2 of our rooms and we have to 40% off code for 3 of the rooms (my aunt had the pin code). When free dining came out- we tried to move over to Wilderness Lodge- but there is no availability for our dates.

We have crunched the numbers and if we were to go down to AK it would save us $2100.00 off of our current total. If we go down even further to a Moderate and can get the dining plan free it will save us $3700.00. Even further down to a value and our savings with free dining would be $5200.00!!! That is half the cost of the trip. So this is where we get our dilemma and wonder- is the Polynesian extra space and monorail worth 2100- 5200 dollars?

We really want this trip to be magical for everyone- We are calling this our "Dreams Come True Grand Gathering". But even with that- we also want to be able to afford to come back again as well!

Crystal

ktink
05-09-2007, 03:53 PM
The Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge are both deluxe resorts but with smaller room accommodation's (rooms have less sq. footage) yet still have two queen size beds. The Wilderness Lodge is a Magic Kingdom Resort and has boat service to the MK. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is very close to Animal Kingdom. Both are beautiful resorts, I would chose one of these resorts before dropping to a Moderate or Value.

Both resorts have loads of information available for you on their FAQ Threads.

Have a great trip.

This is exactly what we did, well at least the end result. We decided due to extra expenses around the house that we didn't want to fork out the $$$ for Poly. So we went straight from Poly to ASMu and I knew I just wouldn't be happy after having booked Poly. So we went up to a moderate and then I thought for just a little more we could stay at a reasonable deluxe.

That70sGuy
05-09-2007, 04:36 PM
Ok- I will try and answer all the questions so everyone can get a better idea of our group dynamics. We are going Sept. 15-22. Here is our current room breakdown:
#1: My mom and dad
#2: My sister and brother in law
#3: My Grandmother
#4: My aunt, uncle, their two boys ages 15 and 11
#5: Me, DH, our 3 kids ages 10,8 and 3.

I realize that you said that you have several larger folks in your party, but you've got Mom, Dad, Sis, BIL, and Grandmother all sleeping one to a bed in queen size beds. Please don't take this the wrong way, but do they not like each other? ;)

Understandably, people have differing expectations of privacy and personal levels of modesty, but it doesn't look like you're going to be spending a lot of time in the rooms anyway. And with so many rooms, there's bound to be lots of 'visiting' back and forth. Basically the only time everyone will split up will be for sleeping arrangements.

Rather than 'downgrading' resorts, could you consider downgrading from 5 rooms to 4?


Peace (and a happy trip, whatever you decide)
T7G :hippie:

Flagondry
05-09-2007, 04:46 PM
Based on what you've told us, I'd switch to a value as long as the bed situation would be ok. I know I can't share a double, so dh and I will each have a bed at Pop. If the sleeping arrangements will be ok with everyone then I would switch.

My only still raised red flag is that most people are newbies. Is grandma ok without a break, or is she ok with a room break while you hit the waterparks? Has everyone agreed that they don't mind bus rides or using the car? You don't plan to be in the room at all, so if the transportation and sleeping situations are clear I think it makes total sense to save 5000.00. That is why we chose Pop as well. It was not hard for us to pick between a 1700-2200 pkg versus 900.00 for the same exact trip besides hotel.

chocovrdmicears
05-09-2007, 05:16 PM
I LOVE the Poly..we have stayed there the last 3 times..The rooms are enormous..the dining is fantastic, theming is beautiful and the convience of the monorail is amazing.....all that being said, it just was not in our budget to stay there on our upcoming trip is Sept.:sad2: So I did a ton of research and we decided to stay at the Coronado Springs and we are SOOO excited! :rotfl: I have heard nothing but fantastic reviews regarding the transportation (which with our 2 kids (4 & 5) is really important)...The kids play area and the pool look amazing. We are truly looking forward to our 'new' adventure... (check out BUZZ link and info..amazing)

The fact is we are saving over $2,000..this is a fact that just cannot be overlooked! And the way we look at it, yes, a resort choice does factor into the overall feeling of your vacation. However, regardless of where I stay, I will still cry when I walk into the Magic Kingdom and see the castle. My kids will still scream with delight when we plunge down Splash Mountain for the
8th time, I will still get goosebumps when we come up over the horizon on the Kilimijaro Safari and they play that music while I look for elephants and giraffes, my son will still sit wide eyed as we go through Small World for the
12th time, I will still choke up when the Beast turns into the prince at the show in MGM Studios , our steaks will still melt in our mouths when we dine at LeCelier, my dh and i will still cringe when our dd asks to go on Figment for the 5th time and our Chocolate Covered Mouse Ears Ice Cream will still be the best tasting treat in the WORLD....wherever you decide to stay, you will undoubtedly have a most magical gathering. Good Luck!:thumbsup2

eliza61
05-09-2007, 06:22 PM
Our current itenerary has us hitting a park at opening thru lunch then heading to a water park for a few hours, then hitting another park in the evenings. Most of our group has never been before (only Room #4 has been) so we intend to spend a lot of time in the parks.

We have crunched the numbers and if we were to go down to AK it would save us $2100.00 off of our current total. If we go down even further to a Moderate and can get the dining plan free it will save us $3700.00. Even further down to a value and our savings with free dining would be $5200.00!!! That is half the cost of the trip. So this is where we get our dilemma and wonder- is the Polynesian extra space and monorail worth 2100- 5200 dollars?

We really want this trip to be magical for everyone- We are calling this our "Dreams Come True Grand Gathering". But even with that- we also want to be able to afford to come back again as well!

Crystal

Hey Crystal,
This is a hard dilemma. Can you ask some of the other adults in your party how they feel? When we did our family vacation in '06, it was the first time for many in our party so they wanted to splurge as much as humanly possible. :woohoo: We did all the little extras (illluminations cruises, concierge etc) that we could. It was memorable. Resorts are important to us, nothing worse than wishing you were staying so where else. How about the other folks in your party? When we have a jammed packed touring schedule we love to come back and chill on our balcony.

DanenRox
05-09-2007, 06:27 PM
I thought I'd stick my 2 cents in....first, your itinerary is quite ambitious. Theme Park, water Park, then theme park all in one day is busy. Nonetheless, it means you're spending much (if not all) of your day out of your room. So the easy answer is...downgrade...why spend a ton on a room you're not in? On the other hand, is Grandma really going to want to schlep around the parks with you every day? Probably not, so some consideration has to be given to staying at a lovely and peaceful resort with beautiful grounds and lots of amenities. My suggestion:
a happy medium....a happy moderate. Port Orleans Riverside is beautiful, but as previously posted, Port Orleans French Quarter gets great reviews for it's small size with easy assess to food court, buses etc. Oh yes, and two more things before I go...September is HOT. And finally, the monorail access requires lots of up/down ramp walks...walking to a bus is just as convenient. So says me.:3dglasses

richard_andmel
05-09-2007, 07:12 PM
Our current itenerary has us hitting a park at opening thru lunch then heading to a water park for a few hours, then hitting another park in the evenings. Most of our group has never been before (only Room #4 has been) so we intend to spend a lot of time in the parks.


We really want this trip to be magical for everyone- We are calling this our "Dreams Come True Grand Gathering". But even with that- we also want to be able to afford to come back again as well!



OK, first of all this itinerary is going to kill you after a couple of days. I think you could do that maybe two or three days of the trip but anymore than that will be rough on adults and kids. If swimming is important, have a really good look at the pools at each resort you are considering. I think the Polynesian and Animal Kingdom are the two best if you don't consider SAB... The water parks really take it out of you compared to your resort pool and some quiet time in the room. We usually go in September so I have a bit of experience here.

We have a mixed 3 generation group as well. So people getting back to the resort easily when they need to is a must. Transportation in September is pretty smooth as the crowds are lighter.

When you are looking at the savings how many parties is that split between?

And lastly, although I recommended the WL earlier because of it's proximity to the MK the Animal Kingdom Lodge will always be our favorite. It's where we stay 90% of the time. And The Mara is a great "food court" if that plays high in your priorities.

Mel

Princess Stitch
05-09-2007, 08:02 PM
I don't know if anyone mentioned this, but did you consider that they also have the family suites at ASMu? That might work out better for when you need more space. There are two bathrooms and I understand they are much bigger than a regular value room and very nice. You'll get the fun theming, and lots of space! I just know that in my case I have limited funds, I'd rather take two trips then one really big one :) When we went, we were so tired by the time we got back to our room that we didn't care where we were sleeping! lol.. that being said we don't stay at 5 star hotels very much so we're not used to all the plush luxury. IMO Disney is about the atmosphere and the theme parks, and you'll get that at a value.

Also, I'd go for the dining plan if you get a chance. It's an awesome deal and it means that people are free to split up for meals and there's no worring about splitting cheques when you all eat together.

minnie61650
05-09-2007, 08:13 PM
The Family Suites at All Star Music sleep up to 6 plus a child under 3.

Here is some info on the Family Suites:

*** They are 520 square feet.

*** The Family suites are located in the Jazz and Calypso buildings at All Star Music.(these are the closet buildings to the food court and the bus stop.

*** They cost less than a standard room at AKL or WL.

***1-6 adults may stay in a suite for the same set price.
(There is an additional fee of $10 per night for a 3rd or 4th additional adult in a standard value room.)

*** They have a QUEEN size bed (the other values and even the mods do not have a queen bed.

***The fridge is included (if you booked 2 connecting value rooms you would need to pay $10 extra for a night for a fridge if you wanted one.

*** They come with a microwave and coffeepot (If you booked 2 connecting value rooms you would not even be be able to rent a microwave and coffeepot.

***They have 2 TV's (if you book POR or a Deluxe room which sleeps 5 you will have 1 TV)

***They have 2 bathrooms (if you book POR or a Deluxe room which sleeps 5 you will have 1 Bathroom.)



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I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the pull outs at the Family Suites.


The pull outs are not your ordinary pull outs and are quite comfortable.

They were the most confortable pull out/convertable sofas/chairs that I have ever tried.


This is a paragraph taken from the All Star Music Family Suites review of the DIS resorts page:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/resorts/asm.htm

All Star Music Resort Family Suites

Review
by Kevin Klose
DIS Content Editor


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Both the chair and the ottoman open into beds. The chair opens to a twin size bed and the ottoman opens to a “junior” sized bed….about the size of a cot. The bed and the chair are amazing designs. The kids will think they are cool and Disney’s competitors are going to steal this idea. Watch for different versions of this to spring up everywhere.

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The sofa opens into a double bed.

Here is a photo I took of the pullout chair when we stayed at All Star Music September 21.

Notice the seat and back of chair support the foldout bed.
There are no metal bars running under your back area.


I laid down on it and it was very comfortable.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/YGP133F.jpg

In fact I was so happy with the fold outs that Iwanted to buy a pull out sofa and chair for my spare room but they are made exculsively for Disney.:sad2:

Here is a link to a thread about my quest for the pull outs.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1236271&referrerid=&highlight=



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Here is some more info about the Family Suites:


The Family Suites are located in the Calypso and Jazz Inn Buildings.
Calypso Building 1 has 32 suites
Calypso Building 10 has 54 suites
Jazz Inn Building 2 has 52 suites
Jazz Inn Building 9 has 54 suites

The suites are located on all three floors, and are near each other, but none offer connecting suites. There is no price difference between the buildings.

Check here for the 2007 rates:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/disney-rates-2007.htm#VALUE


For comparison, the price of a Family Suite is $9-11 more then 2 Standard Rooms, or $13-15 less the 2 Preferred Rooms, depending on season.

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The new family suites offer an affordable and convenient option for larger families with the amenities of a studio apartment.

Families can be together in the suite while enjoying separate sleeping areas with added privacy. Having two bathrooms will not only save time, but makes getting ready easier for the whole family. Plus, extra amenities like a microwave enable guests to prepare warm snacks and meals. With the extra room, guests can relax and recount the memories of the day before falling off to a goodnight’s sleep.

They:

-Sleep up to 6 (plus one child under age 3 in a Pak-n-Play crib)
-Studio amenities and separate sleeping areas giving more privacy than a standard room.
-Queen bed, full-size pullout sofa, convertible ottoman & chair sleepers (4 separate sleepers)
-Private master bedroom and family room have 27” flat CRT TV and high speed internet access.
-Kitchenette with microwave, small refrigerator (4.3 cu. ft) and coffee pot
-Two-full bathrooms
Here is the layout:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/ASMusic_FamSuite_layout.jpg

See this thread for photos:

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1392866

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For more info please see the FAQ thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1072409

Have fun at Disney wherever you choose to stay!:wizard:

Piglets Mommy
05-10-2007, 03:13 AM
However, regardless of where I stay, I will still cry when I walk into the Magic Kingdom and see the castle. My kids will still scream with delight when we plunge down Splash Mountain for the
8th time, I will still get goosebumps when we come up over the horizon on the Kilimijaro Safari and they play that music while I look for elephants and giraffes, my son will still sit wide eyed as we go through Small World for the
12th time, I will still choke up when the Beast turns into the prince at the show in MGM Studios , our steaks will still melt in our mouths when we dine at LeCelier, my dh and i will still cringe when our dd asks to go on Figment for the 5th time and our Chocolate Covered Mouse Ears Ice Cream will still be the best tasting treat in the WORLD....wherever you decide to stay, you will undoubtedly have a most magical gathering. Good Luck!:thumbsup2

Well put! Gotta love all those magical moments....counting down to the next ones!:grouphug:

Kdog
05-10-2007, 05:30 AM
I downgraded from the Poly to POP on my last vacation, and now I am a POP girl. I had always stayed at the Poly and still love that resort, but I couldn't believe how much I liked POP for so much less money. Before the trip, I worried about transportation, crowds, small rooms, etc, but I did not have trouble with any of those concerns. My DH and I went during the Dec. holiday week and we rarely waited more than 10 minutes for a bus (except the Downtown Disney bus--we always waited 30 + min for that bus.) I loved the theming and the food court, and I really loved how much money I saved (we lived it up at the restaurants, etc.) That said, we don't have kids, and being on the monorail might be very important to me when I have little ones that need to come back for naps.

MELSMICE
05-10-2007, 06:14 AM
We recently stayed at both Coronado Springs & POR for the first time. Prior to that we always did deluxe or our DVC. We are huge fans of the Poly - probably our favorite deluxe.

I will admit I was a deluxe snob, until we stayed at the moderates. I thought they were fantastic & if you're looking to save money I would highly recommend them. The food courts/restaurants were great. The shops were large. The recreation was great. Bus service was good. I personally don't have anything negative to say about them.

I guess you'd have to consider whether you can live with the full size bed instead of queens. As far as the size of the resorts, there is walking involved, depending on where you're located, but that doesn't bother our family. We love walking around the resort.

Honestly, if it's a question of money, I'd switch in a heartbeat. If your heart is set on the Poly, however, & the money isn't an issue, then go with the Poly.

Alicnwondrln
05-10-2007, 06:36 AM
We usually stay deluxe but if we dont then we stay at POP

bigmoonmullen
05-10-2007, 06:53 AM
Hi:

Couple additional thoughts for you to consider.

1) If you downgrade to POP you may wish to get one additional room for more space.

2) Have you considered Splitting your stay... Maybe 3 days at POP and 4 days at Poly. You could save quite a bit of money and get the feel of two resorts. It really is pretty simple to switch resorts... check out early... take a cab or the bus (my preference is a cab)... check in early (room may or may not be ready)... If not, head to the park and more than likely it will be ready by the time you come back.

I agree with the one person... 3 different parks on one day will be a challenge and too many days of this will wear you out. The first couple days you probably will not notice it... but by the time you hit day 4 or 5.... whoa!!! I bet the pace slows up:) Hopefully Grandma is a go getter:)

Have a great trip,

Mark

kaysmommie
05-10-2007, 06:54 AM
With all the other things you are seeing and doing I would downgrade. We stay deluxe because we have been to Disney so much and want to hang at the resort. Not that some of the moderates don't look relaxing. I would pick CSR which looks beautiful and the transportation is supposed to be really good and they don't share buses, even the deluxe share buses to some of the parks. If you have to have Queen beds then I would try AKL or WL which are deluxe but are much less $$ than Poly. Both of them are beautiful resorts with Queen beds. I would check them and see which appeals to you the most. If your going to spend lots of time at the resort than stay at the Poly. But if not that I would switch because it's like throwing $$$ away.

blessedby3
05-10-2007, 07:07 AM
We took an extended family vacation in Dec. of 2006. We needed 4 rooms for our group of 13. Since my MIL was going I wanted to be sure to be at a resort that she could relax in. I knew she would not be in the parks all the time with us and I wanted her to be somewhere she felt safe and comfortable. (She has macular degeneration and cant see very well). I especially wanted her to be in a hotel with interior corridors and a big lobby to sit and relax in so she wouldnt have to stay in her room the whole time. (The values dont have a nice relaxing lobby to sit in and in case of a rainy day you would be stuck in your room- if Grandma choose to stay back). We choose the WL and it was a great choice for our family. We got 4 standard rooms that were right above the lobby and they were convienent to the main lobby and gift shop and bus stop. Im wondering why grandma needs a whole room to herself? I would think that would save tons of money if she bunked with someone else. My MIL shared a room with my oldest DD17 and my Sister in Law. Good luck making your decision.

WendyisDarling
05-10-2007, 07:26 AM
I have read the whole thread. I love the Poly, but is seems that justifying the $ is really hard for you to do. (I totally see that reasoning.) It is beautiful and transportation is great.
I think your schedule is pretty ambitious. Our first trip we had that same idea. After a couple of days, everyone was miserable (well, as miserable as one can be at Disney ;) ) and grouchy. We were just so tired and keeping everyone racing around at the same pace...the more relaxed trip was more enjoyable. That is our family.
LY we did a split stay: Poly and AKL. DH and my kids preferred AKL! I thought it was great, too. MIL joined us while there. MUCH better for her, IMO. She kept up, but also got tired and needed a break. I think if our kids were younger, they would have needed that cat nap or quick swim, also. MIL was able to stay back and enjoy the resort. There is so much slower paced activity and so much to see there. I didn't feel bad at all about leaving her for a while. I know she didn't mind, either.
AKL really has that wow factor as soon as you enter.
Transportation was way better than I expected. No shared buses and didn't have to wait long for one to come along. (Actually, aside from MK, we got from point A to point B quicker at AKL than when at Poly).
Plus, the Q vs double bed factor. I need a good night's rest when there and having a Q is better for me. If you can get a room with bunk beds for the kids, if they are anything like mine, they will love it. My boys were so tired of sharing a bed at Poly that having their own was a huge plus.
But, your family will have a great time no matter what you choose. Don't stress too much (easier said than done). You will be with your family and you will be at Disney -- doesn't get better than that.:goodvibes

cgmac12
05-10-2007, 07:49 AM
The fact is we are saving over $2,000..this is a fact that just cannot be overlooked! And the way we look at it, yes, a resort choice does factor into the overall feeling of your vacation. However, regardless of where I stay, I will still cry when I walk into the Magic Kingdom and see the castle. My kids will still scream with delight when we plunge down Splash Mountain for the
8th time, I will still get goosebumps when we come up over the horizon on the Kilimijaro Safari and they play that music while I look for elephants and giraffes, my son will still sit wide eyed as we go through Small World for the
12th time, I will still choke up when the Beast turns into the prince at the show in MGM Studios , our steaks will still melt in our mouths when we dine at LeCelier, my dh and i will still cringe when our dd asks to go on Figment for the 5th time and our Chocolate Covered Mouse Ears Ice Cream will still be the best tasting treat in the WORLD....wherever you decide to stay, you will undoubtedly have a most magical gathering. Good Luck!:thumbsup2

Thank you so much for this- you had me tearing up as I tried to read it over the phone to my Mom. I appreciate everyone's responses. The final decision has been to stay at the Poly but go down to 4 rooms. This will save us around 2500. Our family really wants this to be a magical memorable once in a lifetime event. I think that the monorail is going to be invaluable with my 3 year old and my grandmother.

Now- after this trip we will have to be a value or mod family! For everyone worried about the pace we have set for ourselves- this is the pace that my aunt's family keeps every trip they have made. Our family is very busy. Now of course- if we get there and find out it is too much- the schedule can be adjusted for each person as needed. I have a feeling that my sister and BIL and my grandma will all kind of do their own thing alot! We have actually scheduled in resort time and some free time as well!

Thanks again guys for all your input- I just LOVE this place :disrocks: !!!

Crystal

guelde96
05-10-2007, 07:51 AM
We spend very little time in the resorts when at Disney. Let's face it you are going to Disney for the first time. there is so much to see. I would much rather lengthen my stay then go deluxe. I have only been to Disney 2 times with a third coming in September. Every time we go we up the length of our stay. I just never get tired of being in WDW.

My kids are 8, 7, & 3. Last trip we did take our youngest back to the room to nap. We stayed at All Star Movies. The kids chose the hotel. We loved it. The transportation was great. However, we will be renting a stroller our next stay form Disney. Hauling strollers on any of the transportation is not fun.

We have been to deluxes for meals. We love to see all the different resorts. Our upcoming trip is for 17 people. The majority of our meals are planned for resorts. We will be staying at POP. I feel the kids have more freedom to be kids.

My husband and I usually share a bed with the kids to give us more room. We are use to a king size bed. We also put one of our children in with my parents for the trip to accomodate 4 to a room.

I really feel the values with kids are so much fun. I would try a deluxe. My kids do not even want to go to a moderate. They love all the icons.

Sorry I rambled. I hope this helps you.
:dance3:

Me:laundy: DH:rolleyes1 DS8:wizard: DD7princess: DS3pirate:

2004 Off site (NEVER AGAIN):sad2:
2006 All Star Movies (loved it!):rotfl:
2007 Pop Century (free dining!!!) Can't Wait.popcorn::

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WendyisDarling
05-10-2007, 08:29 AM
The final decision has been to stay at the Poly but go down to 4 rooms.
. Our family is very busy. Now of course- if we get there and find out it is too much- the schedule can be adjusted for each person as needed. I have a feeling that my sister and BIL and my grandma will all kind of do their own thing alot! We have actually scheduled in resort time and some free time as well!
Crystal
:banana: Doesn't it feel great to just make the final plan, regardless of what it is and no longer have to worry about it. At least for me, I always feel a relief. (I worry so much about things being perfect).
It seems that you do have a perfect trip lined up.
As far as the pace, you know your family better than anyone here. :)
Everyone will love the Poly. Have a great trip.

bigmoonmullen
05-10-2007, 10:11 AM
Congratulations on reaching your final decision… sometimes you go back and forth… do this or that… stay here or there… BUT when you get there that WDW Magic kicks in. Whether it’s your first trip or the umpteen trip, when you see the castle for the first time on that given trip you feel the goose bumps/chills everywhere!!! That’s when you realize that everything has worked out, as it usually does for the best, and your family will have that “Magical” experience that everyone will cherish for a lifetime.

Enjoy the Magic,

Mark

klj27
05-10-2007, 11:12 AM
I think you made a fabulous decision!!!!