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roozlilone
01-04-2005, 11:58 AM
Where would you stay? Taking my mother on a last minute trip on February 5. She has never stayed on Disney property. Where should we stay?? I want to make it a trip she will never forget! PLEASE HELP! :guilty:

spiceycat
01-04-2005, 12:00 PM
how much money are you willing to spend?

the Polyn is pretty nice - also very expensive.

I also like Pop Century - it is a value - so for WDW it is inexpensive.

roozlilone
01-04-2005, 12:11 PM
I can't say money is not an object.... but I think I want to do one of the deluxes, just don't know which one? And which one would comfortably fit 3 adults and two children.

micmacmissy
01-04-2005, 12:14 PM
I would vote for a monorail resort for her first trip--I'd say either Grand Floridian or the Poly. The Contemporary is awful and so ugly--I would avoid it!

I've never been there, but everyone raves about the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I also hear lots of raves for the Boardwalk Inn...but from personal experience, I'd go with the Grand Floridian!

WillCAD
01-04-2005, 12:14 PM
Staying anywhere on site will be a memorable experience.

How is your mom's health? Does she have any special needs? Can she walk long distances? If she has any special needs you should consider either a monorail resort or an Epcot resort because of the convenience of monorail and boat transportation.

If budget is an issue, the All-Star resorts and Pop Century are great deals. But transportation from them is strictly by bus, so a rental car makes a lot of sense.

lovmy2girls
01-04-2005, 12:16 PM
If money is not a problem, stay at the Poly or GF. If you want to save a little money and still be at a Deluxe, the WL can hold 4 people and one in a crib.

DisDarling
01-04-2005, 12:19 PM
I would book so though because I had read on the boards that the Disney Resorts are sold out or close because its Super Bowl Weekend in Jacksonville.
D.D.

LeslieL
01-04-2005, 12:25 PM
:cool1: I have never been either! :cool1:

roozlilone
01-04-2005, 12:26 PM
My mom's in great health, thankfully so. I've personally stayed at the AKL, WL, Coronado, CBR, POFQ...never stayed at the GF. Trying to find a relaxing resort, if that makes any sense. My mom has had a tough year and this is a present from me to her so I want it to be very special! My husband and two kids are also coming so we have a space issue. I don't want to be on top of each other, so I need a good size room. I really like the AKL and been leaning towards that...but rooms seem kinda small for 5! I've always wanted to stay at the GF and I think I can still get my AP discount, so what do ya'll think! Are the rooms at GF pretty large? AKL or GF? I don't want to disappoint my MOM! Can you tell I'm stressed! Thanks for the help! :Pinkbounc

nygrl
01-04-2005, 12:30 PM
[QUOTE=micmacmissy]I would vote for a monorail resort for her first trip--I'd say either Grand Floridian or the Poly. The Contemporary is awful and so ugly--I would avoid it!

i have to disagree about the cr . i think it is a great disney expierence and the location is key. We were just there and had one of the best disney trips ever!! :teleport:

DisneyBill
01-04-2005, 12:35 PM
My mom's in great health, thankfully so. I've personally stayed at the AKL, WL, Coronado, CBR, POFQ...never stayed at the GF. Trying to find a relaxing resort, if that makes any sense. My mom has had a tough year and this is a present from me to her so I want it to be very special! My husband and two kids are also coming so we have a space issue. I don't want to be on top of each other, so I need a good size room. I really like the AKL and been leaning towards that...but rooms seem kinda small for 5! I've always wanted to stay at the GF and I think I can still get my AP discount, so what do ya'll think! Are the rooms at GF pretty large? AKL or GF? I don't want to disappoint my MOM! Can you tell I'm stressed! Thanks for the help! :Pinkbounc
The "relaxing resort" part can be had by renting points from a DVC member, see the DVC rent/trade boards, and stay at OKW. A two bedroom there will more than solve the space issue, and absolutely provide the wow factor.

minniesota
01-04-2005, 12:40 PM
I vote for the GF. We just took my mom and dad there in October - their first visit - and they absolutely loved it. The trouble is they didn't want to leave the resort! LOL The location can't be beat for MK access (take the monorail there and the boat launch back), the ambience is so relaxing whether you're on your balcony, sitting by the quiet pool or enjoying the grand piano or orchestra in the gorgeous lobby. The rooms are 440 square feet versus 344 square feet at AKL. The GF rooms have 2 queen beds and a daybed (which you should request) and most rooms have full balconies. If you're goal is to pamper mom and really make an impression, I say go with the Grand!

kytiam
01-04-2005, 12:49 PM
We just got back from a stay at the Contemporary. Granted, the decore is not what I'd want in my living room, but it is so fun. Having the monorail come right through the building is so convenient. We stayed in the tower with a Magic kingdom view. Being able to lay in bed and watch the castle change colors all night and watch the fireworks every night was the most amazing and unforgettable part of the whole trip. The rooms are very large and would be quite adequate for your family. I admit that I haven't stayed at the other resorts mentioned, but the Contemporary was WAY COOL!

princess lovers mom
01-04-2005, 12:55 PM
I say look at the BC or YC...nice to walk over to EPCOT or for a stroll in evening on the Boardwalk...nice relaxing beach...

alaskantwinks
01-04-2005, 12:59 PM
:boat: :rockband: :flower1: :flower: *I vote for the Poly, we stayed there in October 2003, they had just redone a lot of the rooms, and changed out the air/ventilation system, (clean air) and we stayed at the hawaii building, which is the concierge level, and got pampered! Every morning we would stroll down to the lounge and have delicious treats like pineapple breads, kona coffees, fruit, etc. and they always had treats for the kids like fresh baked cookies, fruit, pb & j's, m & m's, gummies! The evening meal was so wonderful, usually a couple of hot dishes, and all kinds of snacks, and then the desserts!! They also serve wine and liqueors (not sure of the spelling) like kahlua! Very nice...the staff at the front desk would help with any kind of special reservations for restaurants, shows, etc. We stayed on the 3rd floor, and our balcony overlooked the lagoon, every night we watched spectacular fireworks, and had a great view of the castle and the GF!! What a fairytale trip....actually, we did get the fairytale package so we got 7 nights for the price of 4!! I sure wish they'd have that again...Last but not least, we had 2 queen beds + a daybed, with a little table and chairs, and the balcony, it was very spacious! There was 3 of us adults and 2 kids, and we never felt cramped. You can also see the nightly electric water parade! Its a tropical paradise, the lobby and the whole resort area is fantastic. We did the water mice boats around the lagoon, and layed on the beach, enjoyed the pool (they have a noisier one with a slide and a quiet one) All in all, I'd stay there again in a heartbeat!!

roozlilone
01-04-2005, 04:37 PM
Okay I've narrowed it down to AKL, GF or Boardwalk. Any opinions on these resorts? I've only stayed at the AKL so I don't know much about the GF or Boardwalk. Boardwalk is a little cheaper than GF, is it just as nice? Which resort would a 63 year old woman like the best? :cool1:

Valera
01-04-2005, 05:26 PM
I don't think you can get anymore "relaxing" than the WL. This resort is small and quite and we loved every minute there. Though with 5 people you would definitely want a deluxe room or a villa.

spiceycat
01-04-2005, 05:29 PM
BW can be party central (okay compared to OKW) - I would go with the GF - however if you think most of this trip will be spend at Epcot and Studios then go with BW.

you have stayed at AKL - so you know it - always a plus when you are bring a new person.

Valera
01-04-2005, 05:30 PM
Okay I've narrowed it down to AKL, GF or Boardwalk. Any opinions on these resorts? I've only stayed at the AKL so I don't know much about the GF or Boardwalk. Boardwalk is a little cheaper than GF, is it just as nice? Which resort would a 63 year old woman like the best? :cool1:

The first thing to consider now that you have it narrowed down is does your mom like animals and Africa? This resort is completley centered arround viewing the animals so if she is not into animals then I wouldn't choose this one. Also the only transportation is by bus unless you have a car.

The Boardwalk and GF are both wonderful gorgeous resorts. The location of both is wonderful. The only thing the GF has over the BW is the monorail access. But the BW is within walking or boat distance to Epcot/MGM and the Boardwalk area shopping and entertainment district is fabulous.

Disney_Queen34
01-04-2005, 06:28 PM
I also think that BC or YC would be a nice relaxing resort. Great for the kids but nice and relaxing for adults as well.

minniesota
01-04-2005, 07:17 PM
Having just stayed at both BWI and GF the first week of December, I still vote for the GF. BWI is a great location for Epcot and MGM - and there's all the action of the Boardwalk area. But it feels very busy to me and it was hard to get away from all that energy. The GF has a very calming effect on me - the grounds are so spacious and beautiful. And even though MK is just a monorail stop away, you really feel insulated from all the action. The rooms at GF are slightly larger than BWI (440 sf vs. 422 sf) and I think the views are better. Good luck with your decision!

DisneyJen0504
01-04-2005, 07:55 PM
If you can, stay at a monorail resort such as the Poly or Grand Floridian. Otherwise, I love the moderate resorts such as Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach. They are affordable, beautiful and very Disney! :)

swilphil
01-05-2005, 05:23 AM
I say look at the BC or YC...nice to walk over to EPCOT or for a stroll in evening on the Boardwalk...nice relaxing beach...

I agree about the Epcot area resorts, and I do think Boardwalk Inn is a very nice resort too. It's not as grand as the GF, but it's still very pretty. I know my mom would like shopping or touring Epcot's World Showcase, and it's only a 5 minute walk from the Boardwalk (or a short boat ride).

I also like the Contemporary and they have the largest rooms. The CR is more urban and busy than the other deluxe resorts though.

PrincessCandaceMarie
01-05-2005, 09:20 AM
Heck, go big and book the GF, that's so wonderful, the beauty of the resort, the facility is amazing, the food incredible and the views, breath taking! And you're so close to the MK! Have fun!

roozlilone
01-05-2005, 10:16 AM
Sigh....I've been trying to get a reservation since last night. I was on hold for 45 minutes and finally when they answered they said GF was sold out for Feb 5-8! I made a reservation at the AKL. When I checked online this morning, GF had vacancies, so I'm confused?? Thanks for all the great advice! Now I'm sold on the GF but don't know if I can get a room! :guilty:

Minnie&Nana
01-06-2005, 05:52 PM
By the way, 63 is not that old!! ;)

POFQ is a lovely resort, with the boats to DTD - my friend and I stay there - she is 63, and she loves it..it is a very nice resort! Very relaxing...CBR rooms are nearly the same size as AKL at 340 sq ft..also a very, very relaxing resort!! Feels like you've landed on an island a million miles away!

I loved the GF too, but you'll want to be careful to stay away from the dormer rooms - they do not have a nice full balcony (aprivacy balcony) and the rooms do not seem as large due to the ceilings. Bathrooms are lovely at GF. Large double sink area. Also, automatic turn down service each night.

Poly rooms in Tokelau, Tahiti and Rapa Nui are 452 sq ft. Of course, Poly has the monorail and the water shuttle.
Have you checked out Tikiman's site? http://tikiman2001.homestead.com/index.html

Enjoy wherever you stay!

PS CRO told me that online has different availabilty.

KIRSTIN'S MOMMY
01-06-2005, 07:14 PM
I just saw on another thread that someone was offered OKW 1 bedroom villa for $260/night with an AP rate. Have you tried any of those?

wdwgoofeeee
01-07-2005, 05:42 AM
Keep calling CRO every day. People always cancel reservations so maybe you can still get the GF. Don't give up. CALL!!!!

DisneyMomx7
01-07-2005, 08:21 AM
I vote for GF. It's our favorite resort. It's right on the monorail and it's a beautiful resort. I'm sure your mom would love the lobby with the orchestra playing at night. It's great for kids too with 1900 Park Fare, Gasparilla's and the Pirate Cruise, Wonderland Tea Party and Grand Adventures in Cooking. You also have a very nice view of the fireworks from either the boat dock or the marina. You can get a garden view room and request Sago Cay marina view for a lovely view of the marina and a relaxing, quiet area of the resort.

roozlilone
01-07-2005, 08:22 AM
Keep calling CRO every day. People always cancel reservations so maybe you can still get the GF. Don't give up. CALL!!!!

Thanks! That's exactly what I've been doing everyday! GF still sold out, but I'm going to keep trying! I won't go down without a fight! Thanks for all the great advice! :cool1:

roozlilone
01-07-2005, 08:39 AM
I just called and got a lodge tower room at the AP rate of $340!! Yeah!! I'm so excited! Has anybody stayed in a lodge tower room? Would love some info on it! :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

Del
01-07-2005, 08:50 AM
Don't rule out CR: we love it! It's easy to pick up the monorail or to walk to MK. The rooms are spacious enough for all of you. It's bright and light. Poly is dark. Good luck and have a great trip! Del