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pumpkinfish
10-09-2008, 01:01 PM
If you were going to WDW for a first time solo trip in Spring, which resort would you choose and why?

DH will not be able to join me since he will be hard-core in the fire academy. I am going for the Flower&Garden fest but don't HAVE to stay in the Epcot area. I did not choose BC because I enjoyed it so much I'd hate to go back without DH. I didn't choose Poly because DH really wants to stay here...I couldn't try it without him.

Thanks for your input!


p.s this is my first poll since joining the disboards!

goofy4tink
10-09-2008, 01:10 PM
BW!!! It's so easy to get to Epcot for all that special stuff for the Flower and Garden festival. We'll be there from April 20!!!

jngwright
10-09-2008, 01:15 PM
I voted for BW for you since your primary reason is F&G. If it was me-I would choose AK for my first solo, since I haven't stayed there (yet!)

Lucky duck to do a solo-it is my fantasy (and everyone thinks I am nuts...)

MdmMim
10-09-2008, 01:37 PM
I'd choose a studio in a DVC resort. BWV or BCV. For a solo, you'd have a kitchenette and a sofa. Very comfortable for a solo! ;)

tiger4me2
10-09-2008, 01:38 PM
I would pick the BWI or the Yacht Club. Even the choice BWI would be my first pick !

pumpkinfish
10-09-2008, 02:29 PM
It's funny that BWI is leading the way since that was one of the last ones I THOUGHT I would pick.
But now I'm thinking that being alone I would want to be near nightlife, correct? (nvm, rhetorical question ;) ).

I have also given serious thought to AKL. I LOVE AK and would just be a hop/skip/jump away. Plus I could gaze at all the animals at night from my room.

Also, I would love to lounge by the pool and YC would allow me to get back to SAB. I could rent a tube and chillax!

I know I would want to do club level again and really take advantage of the offerings.

My question to those that have posted their choice: Why have you not chosen the Grand Floridian or Contemp as much?

JLO
10-09-2008, 02:59 PM
I voted for Contemporary because if I was alone, that's where I would want to be. You have the safety of interior corridors, the monorail right outside your door and lots of restaurants and activities! Just my thoughts... have fun!

goofy4tink
10-09-2008, 03:05 PM
The GF just doesn't appeal to me. I do like the CR though...stayed there and loved it.
I chose BW because it is terrific for a solo woman. There is a ton of nightlife going on...none of that walking around, at night, feeling like you're the only soul alive!! I know...been there, done that. I always feel safe over in the area.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
10-09-2008, 03:39 PM
My vote was for the Contemporary.

DizzDoll
10-09-2008, 03:44 PM
My vote's for the COntemporary as well. Even in the garden wing, the rooms are beautiful, the views are lovely, you can walk to the MK and monorail to Epcot. I'm thinkin' as I'm typin' that the one big drawback for me would be the demise of the Concourse Steakhouse. I really enjoyed that restaurant and although I haven't experienced The Wave personally I'm hearing and reading that it's not the greatest. Still, the CR has a good pool, and easy acces to everything.

madalex
10-09-2008, 03:44 PM
If you are going for the Flower and Garden fest, an Epcot resort is a must-do. I voted for BWI, but only because I have stayed at YC a dozen times and never at BWI. But, both are great resorts.

pumpkinfish
10-09-2008, 04:19 PM
My vote was for the Contemporary.

Well I figured that's where your vote would go ;)

The GF just doesn't appeal to me. I do like the CR though...stayed there and loved it.
I chose BW because it is terrific for a solo woman. There is a ton of nightlife going on...none of that walking around, at night, feeling like you're the only soul alive!! I know...been there, done that. I always feel safe over in the area.

Thanks goofy4tink. I'm certainly taking that into condsideration now. I appreciate you giving your personal experiences :goodvibes .

DebbyLof428
10-09-2008, 05:11 PM
I voted for the Boardwalk because you said you didn't want to stay at BC without hubby. BI is a short walk to Epcot and within walking distance of HS. There is always something going on at the Boardwalk area and different restaurants in case you didn't feel like going to a park for dinner one night.

klofan
10-09-2008, 05:17 PM
I really don't think you can go wrong with any of them honestly, but I voted for the AKL. I think for someone going solo, being in one building with interior hallways would work. I also think a Savannah view would be great because you'd at least have something interesting to look at when the parks are closed.

Pete

kat3668
10-09-2008, 05:18 PM
Well I have to say that my most enjoyable solo trip was CSR. I never felt out of place many singles and conventineers to chat with and great bus service.:goodvibes

jeanylaser
10-09-2008, 05:27 PM
BoardWalk Inn all the way!

DisneyBride'03
10-09-2008, 05:54 PM
It was a toss up for me..BWI and YC...know you just enjoyed BC, we loved YC CL..I dont think you can go wrong in this Epcot Resort area!

However, you cant go wrong with any resort you have on your list! Have stayed at them, except for CR...have had it booked..lol..however, construction still going on there...but that location is awesome too!
What a dilemma:)

suzimar57
10-09-2008, 06:18 PM
contemporary - convenience of walking to MK, monorail to EP - and nothing beats the Castle view from your balcony!!!

CarolA
10-09-2008, 08:10 PM
I voted AK since it's truly a unique place. But only if you get at Savannah View.

Did you consider the Swan/Dolphin?

I am at the Dolphin solo right now.

For half the price Disney wanted for the same weekend I have "heavenly beds" and the same great Epcot location for the Flower Festival!

portocall
10-09-2008, 10:06 PM
I picked the Boardwalk, easy access to EPCOT and DHS plus plenty to do and see...

letthewookiewin
10-09-2008, 10:09 PM
I picked the CR. If it's in the budget you can get a Mk view room and enjoy the fireworks at the MK on your balcony. I don't know what dates you are going for, but I checked yesterday for the dates we are going and they still have MK view on the Atrium Club lvl.

pumpkinfish
10-10-2008, 08:30 AM
Yeah, I've looked into the MK view atrium and they have it available for the dates I am thinking about. In fact, I have a large selection to choose from. Which is why I'm trying to finalize this soon.
I have thought about the S/D but I'm thinking of doing dining plan and I LOVE the ease of ME.

If we were to compare the club level of my top three (BWI, CR, AKL) how do they rate? Any experiences?

TinkOhio
10-10-2008, 08:35 AM
My vote is for the Swan. The location is primo for the garden show, and the relaxed atmosphere would be great for a little pampering. You might be able to find a good deal on the price, too.

Flossbolna
10-10-2008, 08:51 AM
I voted for AKL for the following reasons:

Only indoor corridors, I always felt very safe there!

Good counter service restaurant: as a solo traveler I would imagine that I would spend less meals at table service restaurants. I really liked the Mara and from what I have heard about the other deluxe resorts, it sounds that the counter service options is one of their weak spots.

It is one of the more affordable deluxe resorts, but also has slightly smaller rooms than the other deluxe resorts. It would still be plenty of room for a solo traveller, but if you are used to spread out when you are with your husband, it might be a great opportunity to try it now and also save some travel expenses.

The grounds are supposed to be very beautiful in spring - they were even wonderful in February. So if you like flowers, you might get an extra "festival" at AKL in addition to the official one at Epcot.

Even though it is further from Epcot, we found busses to AK very frequent and it is really easy to hop over there. We even used AK as a transportation hub quite a bit, e.g. for travelling to the World Show Case of Epcot: bus from AKL to AK, then bus to BC (or BW, whatever is the first stop). Might be a bit more time consuming, but saves a lot of walking!!

Whatever you decide: Have a great trip :goodvibes

goofy4tink
10-10-2008, 08:57 AM
I voted AK since it's truly a unique place. But only if you get at Savannah View.

Did you consider the Swan/Dolphin?

I am at the Dolphin solo right now.

For half the price Disney wanted for the same weekend I have "heavenly beds" and the same great Epcot location for the Flower Festival!

Lucky you!!! Can't wait to get to the Dolphin in Dec!! Only drawback, for me, is the lack of DME.

I really think that if someone is most interested in the Flower and Garden Festival, the Epcot resorts are the best way to go.
Now...I am dying to stay at the AKL...either regular or DVC, don't care which. But, at the moment, with all the construction going on, it may not be as good an experience as at a later date.
I love the CR....everything about it. It is so easy to get to,and from, MK. And the monorail to Epcot is very handy.
But it's just so darn easy to walk to Epcot from BW and YC!

ANTSS2001
10-10-2008, 09:22 AM
it is a toss up... on many things...:lmao: My fave resort is CR... and had done so many solo trips there... but those are the solo trips when you really want to leisure and enjoy the comfort of your room... go eat downstairs... grab some pool time... and go back to your room to watch MK at night... so basically it is a nice lounging hotel for me... and great location of you are an MK and Epcot fanatic...

but if we are talking about busy ... plan loaded solo trip I would do BWV hands down.. I was never a BWV fanatic till I tried... walking to EPCOT... learning the boat ride to DHS... and hanging out at Jellyrolls for a night filled music... also... the boat ride to beaches and cream was awesome... after eating all those ice cream you just have to go back for a nap... :goodvibes :lmao:

but then again... if you are driving.... I would choose AKL ... nice and relaxing atmosphere...

good luck and whatever you decide.. you can never go wrong .. you are at the World !!!!

when is your solo trip... I will be at AKV from April 18 to 26 :cloud9: :thumbsup2

disneymyway
10-10-2008, 09:30 AM
I say the Contemporary. The main reason is that there are so many business people there you just don't stand out as much being alone. I have stayed there by myself and felt very comfortable. It's also convenient - walk to MK and monorails to EPCOT.

j&t'sdad
10-10-2008, 09:30 AM
My vote was for the Contemporary.

Really???

johde
10-10-2008, 09:36 AM
I am going to second looking into the villa section of whatever resort you want. Having gone solo and stayed at OKW, BWV, and AKV, I really enjoyed having a couch when I stayed at BWV and AKV over OKW. I really enjoy them all though.

miko
10-10-2008, 09:37 AM
YC or BW (I dont care for BW). Great location and access to multiple restaurants/night stuff. Quick access to Epcot and HS.

DisneyBride'03
10-10-2008, 09:44 AM
I voted for AKL for the following reasons:

Only indoor corridors, I always felt very safe there!

Good counter service restaurant: as a solo traveler I would imagine that I would spend less meals at table service restaurants. I really liked the Mara and from what I have heard about the other deluxe resorts, it sounds that the counter service options is one of their weak spots.

It is one of the more affordable deluxe resorts, but also has slightly smaller rooms than the other deluxe resorts. It would still be plenty of room for a solo traveller, but if you are used to spread out when you are with your husband, it might be a great opportunity to try it now and also save some travel expenses.

The grounds are supposed to be very beautiful in spring - they were even wonderful in February. So if you like flowers, you might get an extra "festival" at AKL in addition to the official one at Epcot.

Even though it is further from Epcot, we found busses to AK very frequent and it is really easy to hop over there. We even used AK as a transportation hub quite a bit, e.g. for travelling to the World Show Case of Epcot: bus from AKL to AK, then bus to BC (or BW, whatever is the first stop). Might be a bit more time consuming, but saves a lot of walking!!

Whatever you decide: Have a great trip :goodvibes

These comments wish I was there now:)

tzeitel
10-10-2008, 12:11 PM
I love the Boardwalk and I actually stayed there a couple of nights by myself. It was so nice to have 2 parks so close and then to have so much to see and do at the Boardwalk. :wizard:

Disney Princess Jenn
10-10-2008, 12:36 PM
I chose the Contemporary because I was picking where *I* would want to stay. I've always wanted to stay there and the only 2 parks I'd be interested in going to alone would be MK and Epcot so the monorail would be convenient. Plus, like a poster above me said, the interior building would seem "safer" to me if I were there alone.

GSLand
10-11-2008, 08:29 AM
We loved the Beach Club location! It was nice to be able to walk to Epcot and to take the little boat to DS.

kimis
10-11-2008, 08:51 AM
I voted for "other". What about Port Orleans Riverside? We love it there.
Congratulations on the your dh being in the fire academy. My son is a firefighter/paramedic. I remember his academy days.

fla4fun
10-11-2008, 09:28 AM
I would pick a resort for a solo trip the same way I would for any other Disney trip. Pick the theme that appeals most to you, pick the resort with amenities that will make your trip "magical" to you, pick a resort based on whether you want the convenience of walking to your favorite park, or if you prefer to use transportation. I've stayed at nearly every resort solo, and enjoyed them all, at different times for different reasons.

If I'm going to spend more time at Epcot, like for F&W or F&G, I will typically choose an Epcot resort. I like them all, so I usually just go with whichever gives me the best rate.

If I'm planning any late night, hard ticket parties in MK, I will usually choose WL, VWL, or CR. I like the convenience of walking back to CR at the end of a late party, and I enjoy the boat transport to MK from WL/VWL.

If you are planning a lot of late nights, it is more secure to be in a self contained building, rather than walking between separate buildings. However, I've never felt unsafe walking around a Disney resort at night, and when you are coming back from the parks late, you are seldom alone (as all those people who have been packed like sardines on the buses can attest to). Just use common sense and take the same precautions you would any where else.

inaminute
10-11-2008, 09:33 AM
If money were not an issue, I would choose Yacht or Beach Club.

The pool is amazing and it's close to Epcot--which is where I end up eating most meals. The Boardwalk is just across the lake, too.

CarolA
10-11-2008, 12:09 PM
Lucky you!!! Can't wait to get to the Dolphin in Dec!! Only drawback, for me, is the lack of DME.

I really think that if someone is most interested in the Flower and Garden Festival, the Epcot resorts are the best way to go.
Now...I am dying to stay at the AKL...either regular or DVC, don't care which. But, at the moment, with all the construction going on, it may not be as good an experience as at a later date.
I love the CR....everything about it. It is so easy to get to,and from, MK. And the monorail to Epcot is very handy.
But it's just so darn easy to walk to Epcot from BW and YC!

Yeah but for $150 a night savings I can get myself too and from the airport and live without the dining plan. Even if I ate whatever I wanted it would be cheaper LOL!

ClareH37
10-15-2008, 01:06 PM
I've picked Yacht Club :)

I'm going there for my first ever solo trip next May - I'd originally thought (and booked) the GF as I love it there, but then thought out somewhere different so booked AKL, but finally (well for now anyway lol) changed to the Yacht Club. I like being able to walk to my favourite park, Epcot, and being by myself if I'm chilling at the resort and get a little bored, I can just stroll into Epcot - nice and simple :)

I also like the BWI, but in my case, I love chilling on the balcony and the balconies at YC are all one size as opposed to being a little hit or miss at the BWI.