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Sparrow624
09-20-2012, 10:39 AM
DW and I are considering a resort only stay to "get away from it all" by ourselves for 4-5 nights. My question is, which resort has the most to do without leaving the resort? I was assuming it would be one of the Deluxe Epcot area resorts.

Thoughts?

lanejudy
09-20-2012, 11:05 AM
Might depend on what you like to do. Deluxe resorts will have more choices for restaurants on-site than Moderates. Epcot area resorts will have the Boardwalk nearby. YC/BC have storm-along-bay pool, but other resorts also have both theme pools and quiet pools. MK area resorts have recreation activities including watercraft on the lagoon; also beaches where you can see the water pageant in the evening and fireworks. Moderates have some of the same recreational activities as the Deluxes - POR has horse drawn carriage rides and surry bikes to rent, plus the boat ride to DTD. AKL has the safari right outside. WL has beautiful grounds to walk and a beach. The cabins at FW are quiet and private; several recreation options including a beach and carriage rides and horseback riding. I suggest you think of the things your and your wife want to do to relax at the resort, and then see what matches. Poolside or beach? Recreation or lounging? Sit down service at different restaurants each meal, or grab-and-go to eat next to the pool?

Enjoy your vacation!

Sparrow624
09-20-2012, 11:08 AM
Awesome Advice! Thanks.

ThroughLookingGlass
09-20-2012, 11:32 AM
DW and I are considering a resort only stay to "get away from it all" by ourselves for 4-5 nights. My question is, which resort has the most to do without leaving the resort? I was assuming it would be one of the Deluxe Epcot area resorts.

Thoughts?

Grand Floridian has a spa and parasailing/water skiing. Honestly I believe you'd get terribly bored. Might I suggest a park hopper for at least one day and maybe going to Downtown Disney another? The resorts have restaurants, a pool, and a gift shop but that's kinda it :confused3 I'm all for spending a few hours in the afternoon when the parks are crowded swimming/lounging, but I think it'd get old fast.

Missytara
09-20-2012, 11:43 AM
I did an eight day, all resorts, no parks stay a few years ago and loved it. Never got bored once.

I stayed in a riverview room at POR.

Slept in every morning or hung out by the quiet pool and read. Took a park bus after lunch and transferred to a resort and just wandered around. Went to the lounge for a drink or two, looked at the Christmas decorations, had dinner and then took the bus back to DTD.

Wandered around DTD shopping or grabbed an ice cream at Ghiradelli's. Headed back to POR on the water taxi, hung out at the lounge each evening to see Yeehah-Bob.

It was one of the best solo trips I have ever been on, and I read four books I had been meaning to read for awhile.

spiceycat
09-20-2012, 12:27 PM
epcot resorts are too close to Epcot - could not stay out of the park
same with MK resorts

AKL/AKV, SSR, and OKW

all are far enough away that you won't be tempted to go to the parks. and all have things to do - dvc resorts - akv, ssr, okw - have a community hall - which has lots of stuff to do and make.

all have pool activities. SSR and OKW are close enough to DD - so you can walk, bus or boat to DD.

Gorechick
09-20-2012, 12:29 PM
I vote for WL or POR due to the theming, rooms, amenities, and grounds.

goodferry
09-20-2012, 12:36 PM
I would vote for SSR because there of the pools, the Spa, the great gym and the ability to walk to DTD.

Couchy
09-20-2012, 12:53 PM
I would stay at BC. SAB never gets old. That pool complex is amazing. There are countless choice of restaurants at YC/BC with the Boardwalk a few minute walk away with more choices. Still more choices a mere 5 minute walk to S/D. The Boardwalk provides entertainment at night with games and shows along with surrey bike rentals. You can watch illumination fireworks on the bridge to the Boardwalk :thumbsup2

*Fantasia*
09-20-2012, 01:18 PM
DW and I are considering a resort only stay to "get away from it all" by ourselves for 4-5 nights. My question is, which resort has the most to do without leaving the resort? I was assuming it would be one of the Deluxe Epcot area resorts.

Thoughts?
I was thinking more along the Disney cruise! :boat: :) A 4 night cruise to Bahamas and a stop at Castaway! :beach: A real beach where you can actually swim in it! (you're off limit at WDW beach)

KonaKaiTom
09-20-2012, 01:27 PM
And to throw in my two cents and a monkey wrench -- why not FT Wilderness cabins? Altough the bedding is only a fullsize bed and bunkbeds in bedroom and a murphy bed in living room, otherwise the grounds are peaceful and beautiful and you can just sit on your private deck and enjoy the day or walk the grounds, etc.

If you want something more than that bedding, which I imagine most would unless traveling with kids, my personal favorite would be Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Tom

luvmarypoppins
09-20-2012, 01:29 PM
I would probably pick Yacht Club or Beach Club if it fits your budget.

There is plenty to do around the resorts, swimming,hot tub, they have bingo and trivia by the pool too.

You can sit on the porch and people watch in a rocking chair. They have volleyball and ping pong too.

You could rent a surrey bike, go over to the boardwalk, see some of the higher fireworks.

Take in a movie and the campfire at night on the beach.

Have an ice cream at beaches and cream.

Rent a boat etc.

So much to do.

You can also take the buses and go to dtd or the other resorts like Poly and see the Water Pagent, MK fireworks and the Torch Lighting Ceremony and take a monorail tour. Stop in the GF and listen to the music etc.

Best of luck deciding. Enjoy your trip.

Disneyteers
09-20-2012, 01:53 PM
My first choice would be WL because its beautiful. There is also tons of activities such as boat and bike rentals, tours, and a jogging trail to the campgrounds at Fort Wilderness.

My second choice would be SSR because its so close to DTD.

Fantasmiss
09-20-2012, 02:13 PM
Animal Kingdom Lodge with savannah view! :)

FantasiaMagic
09-20-2012, 02:18 PM
I would say one of the epcot resorts. I would stay at bc because they have such a great pool. In this area u have great restaraunts and the boardwalk 5mins away. :)

Piglets Mommy
09-20-2012, 02:27 PM
I would pick BC or YC due to Storm Along Bay and close proximity to the whole Epcot/DHS area for dining and entertainment. As others said though, it would be tough to be so close to Epcot (my favorite park) and not go. I'd also strongly consider POR/POFQ or Saratoga Springs for their recreation options and ease of getting to DTD. Enjoy your trip! I know you will have an amazing time.

Mom2six
09-21-2012, 01:57 AM
We recently stayed at SSR in the treehouse villas. It was so pleasant and fun. I loved taking the boat to DTD and the resort was quite beautiful. You could definitely spend a lot of time in DTD.

However, no matter what resort you stay in, you can still utilize DTD and the Boardwalk. As well, several resorts have fun dining experiences/shows and that could give you the opportunity to explore other resorts, which could be quite entertaining.

I think a resort only vacation sounds like it could be fun and refreshing. I couldn't do it right now because of the kids, but maybe in the future. I love the theming and feel of the Disney World Resort hotels.

Sammie
09-21-2012, 02:03 AM
I would vote for SSR because there of the pools, the Spa, the great gym and the ability to walk to DTD.

Totally agree and add to that BBQ grills, 4 really nice pools, tennis courts, basketball, bikes, and golf. You will have a nice selection of places to eat at Downtown Disney and you can take the boat over to DD and then catch a boat to either OKW or Riverside if want to dine there.

Mamu
09-21-2012, 05:31 AM
I guess there are lots of choices.

1. A monorail resort would be a good choice. There are 3 resorts along the monorail line with lots of restaurant options. Also the monorail stops at the TTC and you can catch a bus to DTD. You will also get to see the nightly fireworks show and the electric water parade without entering the park.

2. Another option would be one of the boardwalk resorts. There are 5 resorts in this area with lots of restaurant options, plus the boardwalk has nightly entertainment.

3. AKL is another option with a savanna view.

Another option would be Bonnett Creek a Timeshare Resort in the Downtown Disney Area. It's a lovely resort.

Anyone of the four would be a good choice.

moray26
09-21-2012, 05:43 AM
I guess there are lots of choices.

1. A monorail resort would be a good choice. There are 3 resorts along the monorail line with lots of restaurant options. Also the monorail stops at the TTC and you can catch a bus to DTD.

Just to clarify, there is no bus to Downtown Disney from TTC. You would need to catch a DTD bus at one of the resorts.

Sparrow624
09-21-2012, 06:57 AM
All of these suggestions are great. We are actually trying to intentionally avoid a MK area resort if we do this. We love the MK and visit it probably 5 to 6 times on a 6 or 7 night stay. We would be WAY to inclined to spend the money and go just seeing it so close.

Radiorox
09-21-2012, 07:22 AM
POR. Gorgeous hotel! It has several pools, rental of water crafts and a boat that takes you to DTD.

In the evenings, the main bar even has a fun show with a piano player.

Loveee it there!!

susieq76
09-24-2012, 09:31 AM
We are doing the same thing for a few nights in January. We originally booked AKLV but have just changed to Old Key West. We just loved OKW so much when we went in Sept- the atmosphere was so laid back and we loved the little bar by the pool, the sauna and the hot tub :) Oh- and the boat to DTD is awesome :)

pas130
09-24-2012, 12:04 PM
WL or AKL, and I'd do CL, so you can hit the lounge and break up your days. We did 3 nights at AKL, and had plenty WL has the walk or boat to FW, lots to do :goodvibes

alex9179
09-24-2012, 12:17 PM
If I were doing this, I'd pick AKL. They have a lot of resort specific activities.

Sunrise or Wanyama Safari

Wine tastings at Jiko

Kitchen tours

Animal feedings and enrichment activities

Cultural presentations

Story-telling in the evening.

As well as general animal watching while you sip a beverage of your choice or lounging by the pool, and a fitness center with spa services.

Barbydoll8
09-24-2012, 12:28 PM
Did this a year ago Christmas. I called it the great hotel tour.
Stayed at AKL (My DVC home). So much to see and do at both Kidani and Jambo. It's out of the way and food options are good.

Took a buss to GF and stayed a while. Took the monirail to Poly, CR and then a buss to DTD. Went to the Boardwalk from there.

Could have taken a boat to POR too. Love Piano Bob. :goodvibes

So much at each place. Just riding the water taxi's around is fun. Have fun!

goteamSy
09-24-2012, 12:31 PM
I would also say Beach Club/Yacht Club. They have amazing restaurants, are SUPER close to Boardwalk and all that it has to offer, and have hands down the best pool complexes on Disney property.

TandLMommy28
09-24-2012, 01:03 PM
POR! We just stayed for 8 days and seriously hated leaving to head to the parks. We want to go back and just stay at the resort. :)

pixarmom
09-24-2012, 02:18 PM
For non-parks stays, we've stayed at BC, BWI, Dolphin and AKL. No monorail resorts because we can't be that close to MK and not go to the parks! That's a bit of a problem in the Epcot area (Epcot is my favorite park) but it's not as hard for the kids as seeing MK right there.

So YC/BC is our first choice for a non-parks trip for reasons others have already mentioned - pool, activities, etc. - and the fact that you are within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants around Crescent Lake.

If seeing a park in your backyard is too difficult, then I'd go with AKL. I love having access to both the AKL pool and the Kidani pool (which are both great and highly entertaining.) And the dining options are wonderful - particularly Jiko and Sanaa. For us, the problem with AKL is that it's isolated and not part of a larger resort area. So it's perfect for us when we have a non-parks stay for one night or split with a stay at another resort.

Dizzytime
09-24-2012, 07:09 PM
DW and I are considering a resort only stay to "get away from it all" by ourselves for 4-5 nights. My question is, which resort has the most to do without leaving the resort? I was assuming it would be one of the Deluxe Epcot area resorts.

Thoughts?

I gotta say that I've read this post many times and have been reluctant to reply because I always have the same reaction: Why go to DW resort for a 'get-away' and maybe (hopefully?) one that you wouldn't leave?

I love BC, but paying the price of those resorts is because of all DW has to offer. Not just the theme parks, but all the other things like restaurants, WS, shows and music and fireworks, ...but for the cost, if I was looking for a resort-only stay I'd be looking at a lot of other places cheaper. For example. we're in CA so going to Hawaii is Cheaper than DW. East coast? well, I don't know, but I know they have a lot of resorts. Maybe even Caribbean? ...I can't really tell you what's cheaper, but if I was going to DW resort in hopes of not having to or wanting to leave it, ...well, I wouldn't.

I am not trying to be critical, Sparrow624. In a lot of ways I feel that I've missed your point entirely so please forgive me if I have.

JMHO, and hope you have a great time whatever you decide.:goodvibes

DoryDorito
09-24-2012, 07:29 PM
I did an eight day, all resorts, no parks stay a few years ago and loved it. Never got bored once.

I stayed in a riverview room at POR.

Slept in every morning or hung out by the quiet pool and read. Took a park bus after lunch and transferred to a resort and just wandered around. Went to the lounge for a drink or two, looked at the Christmas decorations, had dinner and then took the bus back to DTD.

Wandered around DTD shopping or grabbed an ice cream at Ghiradelli's. Headed back to POR on the water taxi, hung out at the lounge each evening to see Yeehah-Bob.

It was one of the best solo trips I have ever been on, and I read four books I had been meaning to read for awhile.

This sounds heavenly! You just described my dream! Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Sparrow624
09-24-2012, 11:52 PM
I gotta say that I've read this post many times and have been reluctant to reply because I always have the same reaction: Why go to DW resort for a 'get-away' and maybe (hopefully?) one that you wouldn't leave?

I love BC, but paying the price of those resorts is because of all DW has to offer. Not just the theme parks, but all the other things like restaurants, WS, shows and music and fireworks, ...but for the cost, if I was looking for a resort-only stay I'd be looking at a lot of other places cheaper. For example. we're in CA so going to Hawaii is Cheaper than DW. East coast? well, I don't know, but I know they have a lot of resorts. Maybe even Caribbean? ...I can't really tell you what's cheaper, but if I was going to DW resort in hopes of not having to or wanting to leave it, ...well, I wouldn't.

I am not trying to be critical, Sparrow624. In a lot of ways I feel that I've missed your point entirely so please forgive me if I have.

JMHO, and hope you have a great time whatever you decide.:goodvibes

Not a problem at all. In fact, we could easily go to the beach or the mountains here in NC...but we can do that any weekend, so to us, it really isn't much of a "getaway." Not really big "beach" people other than one trip a year with family. We truly enjoy the Disney hotels and dining experience. I know it seems odd, but last time we were at Disney, we probably spent 3 of our 8 nights wandering the Grand Floridian and Poly grounds (taught us that we will never buy 8 day park hoppers again)...Everyone likes different things and we, for some reason, enjoy trying out the different Disney hotels and seeing what other areas have to offer.

Now, we would most likely heavily explore downtown disney, try the miniature golf courses, maybe play some golf, take a fireworks cruise, etc. things we have not done at Disney because we spend so much time in the parks.

janiejake
09-25-2012, 12:59 AM
Would depend on the budget. For a moderate, LOVE POR. Mansion side, with very relaxed, beautifully landscaped settings. Perfect for romantic strolls with your honey. And the walkways extend into the Bayou area, through all of that lush, shady greenery. Romantic at night, as well, with horse-drawn carriage rides available for hire. Ride the boat down to DTD...always lots to do/see/shop/enjoy/eat there.
On the other hand, there is lots to do at all of the resorts gathered around the waterway at EPCOT. Stroll the boardwalk, take in the entertainment. Pop into JellyRolls. Share a burger/shake at Beaches n Cream. Many places for good sit-down dinners. And, if you DO have any old tickets with days left over, you're only a stroll away from the IG and yummy TS Restaurants in WS.
Oh heck. Romance is wherever you make it at Disney. Just being together at the Happiest Place on Earth is darned romantic, IMHO. Enjoy.