View Full Version : For those of you that ABSOLUTELY LOVE one specific resort, do you ever try another?

02-18-2008, 09:35 AM
There are some people that really enjoy one specific resort & always seem to stay there.

I'm wondering if they stay at other resorts to try something new or for comparison reasons or just always stay at their particular favorite?

If you only stay at your favorite, why not try another?

Charleston Princess
02-18-2008, 09:40 AM
I'll weigh in: we have loved every resort we have stayed in, but we try to stay in a new resort everytime we go -- we are definitely the types to try new things as often as possible (except the whole going to Disney World for our vacations :) ).

02-18-2008, 10:08 AM
yes and no. I LOVE the GF, it is my fav. by far but we cnanot always afford it, so we are "forced" to try new things. we stayed at AKL this Christmas and while it was very pretty ad unique, it was jus tnot "for me" and i missed the grand so much. when i went there for dinner, i had tears in ym eyes b/c i missed staying there so badly! I guess i am just comfortable there, and know i will love it. its scary trying somewhere new and risking wasting money on a resort you may not just love ya know?

02-18-2008, 10:11 AM
Our fav is AKL and this will be our third time staying there and our fifth trip to WDW. We usually do split stays so that we can experience more resorts. We have stayed at CBR twice, ASSp, OKW, YC, and this time we will also stay at POR.

02-18-2008, 10:11 AM
We love the GF, too, but due to cost we will probably be staying at POFQ (we're having 2 rooms, so that knocks us out-of-budget with the deluxes).

02-18-2008, 10:20 AM
I'll add my comments too... :)

I LOVE the Polynesian Resort. In my personal opinion, the overall resort experience cannot be beat by ANY other WDW resort. Having said that, I've stayed at a few other resorts and fully enjoyed my experiences, and I have a lot of great things to say about each of those resorts. :sunny:

In the future, we'll probably always consider the Polynesian first, but there will be times when we'll choose a different resort. We wouldn't choose a different resort simply for comparison purposes though. We would choose a different resort if (for example) we were traveling with others who like to stay at a different resort; if we're traveling with family who can't afford or don't want to spend the money on the Polynesian and in that case we'd stay where they stayed; if we decided to go mainly to Epcot then I could see us choosing an Epcot resort (although the Polynesian is just a short walk away from the Epcot monorail :thumbsup2 ); or for any other reason or situation that could come up.

So in a nutshell, the Polynesian is our #1 choice, but we wouldn't hesitate to try other resorts and enjoy what those resorts offer. :sunny:

02-18-2008, 10:24 AM
We have our favorites (Wilderness Lodge and POR) but we normally try other resorts just to say we have..

some where really nice (FW Cabins, Pop Century) and others horrible (CSR was the only one to rate that)..

We tend to have different numbers of people each year we go, so that factors into our resort choices. We tend to not enjoy the deluxe resorts, but that is more us. I think once the kids are older and just my wife and I go, then we will give Contempory and Poly a shot. Until then, we hit the mods and values

02-18-2008, 10:26 AM
We absolutely adore the Poly. Love love love everything about about it...except the price. The choice of resort is SO important to us. Some people just want a bed to sleep on, but for us, we like to kick back and enjoy the theme, appreciate the landscaping, take advantage of the amenities. We know the Poly provides what we're looking for in a vacation, and we know the kids love it, so it's a sure bet. Hard to spend so much money and not know what's in store.

We are tearing ourselves away from the Poly this trip (in April) to try WL, mostly because we don't want to become creatures of habit, and partially because we'd like to not have to pay Poly prices every trip. Then maybe we'll be able to afford to go a little more often.

We have a pretty short list of resorts that we'd like to try someday (don't have a mission to try every resort like some do). We're intrigued by MK view in CR, Savannah view at AKL, location of YC/BC, nurses' rates at Swan, and family suites at ASMu. I hope we can take at least enough trips with our kids to discover those resorts...and maybe squeeze in a few more visits to the Poly in between.

02-18-2008, 10:48 AM
We are hooked on POFQ, maybe some day we will try poly.

02-18-2008, 11:11 AM
We love AKL and have stayed there twice, once for 6 nights, once for 7. We have toured almost all the other resorts, but our hearts still belong to the AKL. We are planning a two week stay next year and know that we cannot afford two weeks at AKL. So we are staying for a week at ASMu and a week at AKL. We want to at least try a different resort once in a while. We let DS pick from the mods and vals and he picked ASMu. I don't mind as long as week get to finish out our trip relaxing at the AKL!

02-18-2008, 11:23 AM
We love the Polynesian. We have stayed there so many times before, but we have also stayed at the GF, YC, BC, Contemporary, OKW, & SSR over the past 25 years.

We tried the YC & BC many times, especially when they first opened and I love them, but we really like the monorail being right there too. Contemporary is nice, but lacks that enjoyable theme. OKW villas are gorgeous-with laundry, kitchen and tons of space, but taking a bus the parks everyday is our drawback. Booked SSR in 2006 at the last minute for a convention and it was lovely, but huge. We like to eat a ts breakfast, but there is only cs available. Having the kitchen facilities are not a huge deal for us, except for beer and soda.

This year we decided to go back to the GF. We have not stayed there in probably 10 years. We eat at Citricos and Narcoosees, so why not be that much closer to your room at night. I think it is going to be great, but I am going to miss the Poly.

02-18-2008, 11:31 AM
We have tried every resort except for All Stars and Contmp...not interested in going to those places. We are now forever taken with GF (stayed 3 times) and looks like thats the only place we want to stay. :thumbsup2

Stitch's Greatest Fa
02-18-2008, 12:08 PM
I would love to go Poly everytime but cannot afford so we have tried a different place each time, maybe 2 different ones this year - I told DH that I want to "sleep my way around the world" lolČ

02-18-2008, 12:27 PM

we stayed at POFQ the first trip as an adult and have stayed at the BC ever since. As a kid I have stayed at the GF, POLY, CONT and what used to be the Golf Resort. But this time we could not get in to the BC, we are trying the GF again...my husband has never stayed there and while it is beautiful, I really love the concenience of EPCOT to the BC!!!

02-18-2008, 12:31 PM
on trips of more than 8 nights, we start with 2-3 "try a new resort nights" (yes, that's what we actually refer to them as :) , ending with our absolute favorite: BWV (just in case we don't care for the "try me" resort:rolleyes1 ).

so far: POR, CBR, FWH, YC (concierge), BC, AKL (savannah view), Poly, BWI, GF (tower room), OKW, BCV, SSR, BWV.
still on my list to try: CSR, CR, VWL, & AKV ("visited" all with the exception of CSR, tho we are planning on eatting there in may to check it out). we stayed off-site once (never again, not for us), & we've never stayed at a value.
we like that the theming of each resort is so immersive that it does make for a totally different experience depending upon where you're staying. we would definately recommend trying something "new" as often as feasibly possible, to see which you personally like best :) .

02-18-2008, 12:37 PM
We have stayed at Poly, GF and POP. The monorail convenience was great when our kids were little, now they are older and we can be more adventurous. Our last trip we toured different resorts and decided on YC. While POP was an excellent money saver, being a 5'11" woman, I need a bed larger than a full. We decided on the YC because of the decor, SAB, and esp. the convenience to Epcot and DHS. I can't wait.

02-18-2008, 12:42 PM
In chronological order, we have stayed at POR, WL, YC, and Pop. My heart belongs to YC. I could stay there every trip and be perfectly content....ecstatic, in fact. Location, theme, pool, housekeeping.....this place has it ALL IMHO. However, DH hates that "Been there, done that" feeling and it's his (and the kids') vacation, too, so this year I am forced to expand my horizons. The kids and I will be in FL for 12 days and we are trying POFQ for the first time. When DH joins us for the last 7 days of the trip, we will move to WL. When DH is with us, I have to have a queen size bed, so we have to stay deluxe. We haven't stayed at WL since 2004 and the kids are thrilled to be going back.

The kids asked if we were going to the Cape May character breakfast at BC and I said no. I know me well enough to know that being that close to my beloved YC and not staying there (and not hanging out at SAB!) would make me sad, so we are avoiding that area entirely. I'm hoping that for the 2009 trip (which will be my 45th birthday) I can convince DH to go back to YC.

02-18-2008, 01:04 PM
This is a great question! I was JUST having a...well let's call it a heated discussion...about where to stay this summer.

I am very much a creature of habit. I like things to be organized and familiar. I am comforted and relaxed by routine...My first stay on Disney property was at the Wilderness Lodge.:love: :love: :love:

I am a Wilderness Lodge girl. I love it. I love hearing "Welcome Home" when we drive up. I love the fireplace in the gorgeous cavernous lobby and the little woodland creatures that peek out from all over the place. I love the rooms and the pool and the boat to Magic Kingdom...I LOVE IT. It's where we stay. It's home. It is part of the magic for us.

It was a surprise to me last night when my husband and I were talking about trip this summer and he started talking about staying at another resort...:scared1:


My husband was making the argument that he wants to experience a stay at another resort before we buy DVC next year at Wilderness Lodge Villas. He wants to "broaden his Disney' horizens" if you will...:rolleyes: ;) (We've stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter before...one night at the beginning of our honeymoon b/c we left a day earlier than we had planned...we really liked it. But it's no WL!)

The bigger reason to stay at a different resort though is that my step son is just crazy for animals. Insanely crazy. He would be over the moon to stay at a resort in which Giraffes and Zebras are frolicking hither and yon in his back yard. That would be heaven to him.

So I relented...we will be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge this summer...and to be honest...I'm a little bit excited about it!!

I think that the people who write the Passporter have the best jobs in the world. They have stayed at every resort on property, numerous times. THAT would be a cool way to earn a living!!!

02-18-2008, 01:16 PM
The first time we stayed at a Disney Resort I managed to get a very nice deal on the newly opened Boardwalk Inn. We loved it so much, we're now booking our fourth stay there (well, it's actually at the Villas this time, but that's close enough). We absolutely love the easy access to Epcot and MGM/Hollywood Studios and also the atmosphere of the Boardwalk generally. We've debated trying the Beach and Yacht Club on the other side of the lake, but we keep coming back to the Boardwalk. I have no doubt that we're missing some really cool places, but it kinda feels like our home away from home now.

Also, just my luck to get a great deal on a Deluxe Hotel my first time at bat. Now we're spoiled!

02-18-2008, 01:20 PM
Contemporary fan here!! Have also stayed at the Pop Century, and will be doing so again this year, as well as having enjoyed the POFQ and Riverside. Didn't care for the room at the Riverside but the grounds are stunning. This year we're going to split with the AKL and see how that is. Could it be a new favorite? The CR with a tower room and MK view is kinda hard to beat, but we'll seeeeeee!!!:thumbsup2

02-18-2008, 01:24 PM
Well most of our trips lately are either the swan or dolphin with a govt. discount or the Polynesian, and that is getting less and less since Disney is charging so much for the deluxes lately and we never get a code, discount etc. I guess you can call us resort creatures of habit. I was trying to talk dh into wilderness lodge and he was trying to talk me into GF. We have stayed in other deluxes but that is only because we have been a family of 5 but now the sometimes the ds dont want to come, like in dec. we had 4 so we went with the dolphin etc.

02-18-2008, 01:37 PM
BEACH CLUB LOVERS HERE!!!! we have tried YC amd BWI.BC is closer to Epcot so we stay there mostly...we talk about going to Poly but always stick with the Beach...change is scary!:lmao:

02-18-2008, 01:44 PM
Gosh, we've stayed at a *lot* of the Disney resorts over the last 10 years .... All Star Music, then POFQ, then ASMovies, Poly, Contemporary, WL, AKL, VWL, OKW, CBR, GF, and Beach Club.

We honestly have enjoyed each one, but the one we keep going back to over and over is the Poly. I don't know why, I can't explain it; it just has my heart. It's also my dh and ds' favorite as well.

That being said, we often do a split stay, just to keep things "fresh". For our 15th anniversary, dh and I did a Poly/ VWL split. Last May we did a BC/Poly split, and for our December trip this year we're doing Poly LVC (as a surprise to our ds -- he thinks we're just doing a garden room) and an MK Tower room at the CR (also a surprise for ds).

It's fun to try new places, but there's a lot to be said for returning to an old favorite that you know will give you a great experience. :goodvibes

02-18-2008, 01:53 PM
We have stayed at the WL for our last 5 trips to the world and I try every time to have my DW try a different resort to no avail. She is just very comfortable with the WL and I will admit it is a very nice resort but I really want to try the Poly. My wife's argument is price and having the resort relatively self-contained, that is, our two daughters would really have to work to get too far away from the resort. If it rains she likes the fact that you can stay indoors and not get soaked etc..

We are going back in April and unless I can swing a really exceptional deal at the Poly, we will be back at the WL. Don't get me wrong, I really like it there and I have no complaints but I would like to try the Poly ...one day.



02-18-2008, 02:11 PM
We absolutely loved GF until we tried POFQ. Now we absolutely love POFQ, but we're staying at POP.

I know we'll stay at FQ again in the next few years, but unless we try them all how will we know?? lol

02-18-2008, 02:21 PM
For the longest time we thought we would never try anywhere except GF. Now we love YC as much as the GF, with the Poly a close second.

We'll be at YC for two weeks in July. My girls will be in Twirlmania in February 2009 and the group keeps telling me that they mostly stay at All Stars, POP, or POR. Can I tell you that I'm a little bit nervous about trying something that different. I don't know if we'll just go along with the group (that's what the girls woud like) or go off to one of the deluxes on our own. We'll see but that seems to be a HUGE difference (although it would be a big savings).

02-18-2008, 02:34 PM
I've been to stayed at all the WDW resorts except the campground and AKL. While I enjoy each resort my heart belongs to the Boardwalk. :love: My DH has a difficult time dragging my away from there. I have promised him to mix it up some but it just never seems to happen and he doesn't push it to much as he also has come to love the Boardwalk.

02-18-2008, 02:45 PM
I always say...How go you know you love it the best, If you have never stayed at the rest.

Now that I have stayed in the rest my favorite is Wilderness Lodge followed very closely by the Boardwalk Villas. For 15 years we would only stay at the Polynesian, then we started trying the other resorts and I fell in love with the Lodge. I have even tried going back to the Poly but I just don't feel the same way I use to about it. :confused3

02-18-2008, 02:50 PM
We are in DVC and have a revolving love affair w/SSR, BWV and BCV. I am afraid if we try any more, we will get a fatal case of add-on-itis....still want to try AKL, VWL and Contemporary....and Vero Beach.

02-18-2008, 02:57 PM
13 stays at CBR - I guess that answers that question.

Staying there again in Sept. Originally booked PC and chickened out.

Though I would like to try CS. I guess we'll have to go back to WDW again. ;)

02-18-2008, 03:20 PM
its scary trying somewhere new and risking wasting money on a resort you may not just love ya know?

I couldn't agree more!

Some people just want a bed to sleep on, but for us, we like to kick back and enjoy the theme, appreciate the landscaping, take advantage of the amenities. We know the Poly provides what we're looking for in a vacation, and we know the kids love it, so it's a sure bet. Hard to spend so much money and not know what's in store.

I completely agree. DD & I are big Poly people. DH wants to try the GF so I agreed just to get him to agree to the trip! I'm excited for it and feel lucky to be able to stay there but I know I'll miss the Poly. I almost feel like I'm cheating on it! :rotfl:

We stayed at the WL one year because the Poly was just too expensive for Peak Season. We loved it and would stay again in a heartbeat but I personally just feel "home" at the Poly!

02-18-2008, 03:28 PM
we like that the theming of each resort is so immersive that it does make for a totally different experience depending upon where you're staying. we would definately recommend trying something "new" as often as feasibly possible, to see which you personally like best :) .
This is what we like - that if you stay at a different resort you feel like you are on a different vacation.

I have my favorite also - the Poly - but I do enjoy going other places. We own at OKW & love going there. Tried CSR & POR this past April & really enjoyed those. Have also stayed at VWL, BC, YC, BWI & The Swan. Enjoyed them all (Swan was my least favorite)

I had just wondered if anyone only always stayed at the same place & can't seem to draw themselves away from it.

02-18-2008, 03:31 PM
We stayed at the All Stars for a few years out of necessity (newly married and starting careers). We stayed at Coronado Springs once (because my job paid for it...:banana: ) and weren't impressed. We grew tired of the All Stars for many reasons and then moved to POR-FQ which we absolutely LOVE! Now that we are DVC members, it's off to new resorts. We're creatures of habit so generally when we find a good place, we return there.

02-18-2008, 03:51 PM
Yes! There may be a better one!!!!

02-18-2008, 04:38 PM
We love AKL. WE have tried all those listed below in my siggy. BW is right up there with AKL. I do want to try CR some day:thumbsup2

02-18-2008, 04:38 PM
"its scary trying somewhere new and risking wasting money on a resort you may not just love ya know?"

But that's how you found the resort you love! :rotfl:

Live a little! :goodvibes:

Native NYer
02-19-2008, 06:43 AM
We love the Poly and are very very loyal. Even when I make my (frequent) trips to Las Vegas, I always stay at the MGM Grand. Once I find a resort/hotel that I really love, I tend to stick with it.

However, I am open to trying new things. Our bounceback didn't take effect until 8/10, but booked a flight that was leaving on 8/9. We decided this would be a great time to try a new resort, but just for one night. We figured trying a resort for one night meant, in the event we were unhappy with the resort and missed the Poly, we'd be able to move to our favorite resort the next day! After lots of research, we've opted to try the CR for our first night. We will probably do the same thing for the next trip, trying out the GF, then BC and BW. I really would love to try AKL, but it's distance from everything makes me a lil nervous. Eventually I'd like to try POFQ and POR, but am a little hesitant. I'm wondering if it will be hard to move from deluxe resorts to moderates. I haven't even considered the values yet!

02-19-2008, 07:01 AM
I've tried the Cont and FW. But were nice but I just prefer CSR. It has everything I like in a resort for the price.

02-19-2008, 09:29 AM
I'm wondering if it will be hard to move from deluxe resorts to moderates. I haven't even considered the values yet!
I thought it would be tough also. Last year we tried CSR & POR & loved both. They were just as nice as the deluxes.

02-19-2008, 09:41 AM
We are interested in staying at all of the resorts (except for AS and Pop). Even though we may become attached to a resort theme (AKL) or a location (BWI) we will keep trying all of them

02-19-2008, 09:58 AM
We have stayed at 3 different Disney Resorts and the Shades of Green. We have always enjoyed our stay at each. I have to say though that we loved the Conceirge Lagoon View at the Polynesian the best. Haven't been back to the Poly since because we'd want to stay CLV again and the cost now is WAY to much. (We had a great military discount then.)
You can tell from my sig that we love Disney and go back to our faves over and over.

02-19-2008, 11:16 AM
But of course we tried other resorts. I can't rightly say it was a waste of money staying at different places.We have always had a great time, but we definatly have our favorite, which we will be returning to this next time.