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aggiegirl1234 11-30-2012 02:10 PM

Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, or the Polynesian?
 
Hello! We're taking a quick trip to Disney World after our cruise. Originally we were only going to stay one night, but I decided I want to stay an additional night so that we don't miss the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom :love:

We have the Grand Floridian booked, but it will be about $300 cheaper to switch to the Wilderness Lodge, and about $200 cheaper to switch to the Polynesian for the two nights. I've haven't stayed at any of the three hotels before. On a side note, I have stayed at the Contemporary and LOVED it, but it's all booked up.

For those who have stayed at any or all of the three hotels, what would you do? Is the GF worth the extra money? Or do you prefer WL or Poly? I know the GF and Poly are on the monorail line, but I also know WL rooms just got refurbed. Are there any other pros/cons to the hotels?

Thanks!

skeeterfoot 11-30-2012 02:12 PM

From my experience the best place to see Wishes is from the beach of POLY. Stay there.

jackemail 11-30-2012 02:16 PM

Can't beat sitting on the beach at Poly for the fireworks!

olive 11-30-2012 02:23 PM

I actually haven't stayed at WL, but have stayed at CR, Poly and GF. The rooms at the CR are my favorite of the three, prefer the dining options at GF and Poly for convenience (because of proximity to TTC - we tend to split our time mostly among MK and Epcot) and general ambiance. We do like watching the fireworks from the beach, and seeing the castle from the pool area. I think the grounds are fabulous, too. My vote is also for the Polynesian, but if you very much want to try the GF, I doubt you will be disappointed! It is a lovely resort. I think it is hard to go wrong with these choices. Enjoy the cruise and Disney stay!

aggiegirl1234 11-30-2012 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by olive (Post 46823458)
I actually haven't stayed at WL, but have stayed at CR, Poly and GF. The rooms at the CR are my favorite of the three, prefer the dining options at GF and Poly for convenience (because of proximity to TTC - we tend to split our time mostly among MK and Epcot) and general ambiance. We do like watching the fireworks from the beach, and seeing the castle from the pool area. I think the grounds are fabulous, too. My vote is also for the Polynesian, but if you very much want to try the GF, I doubt you will be disappointed! It is a lovely resort. I think it is hard to go wrong with these choices. Enjoy the cruise and Disney stay!

Thank you for your response! I didn't know the Poly was so close to the TTC. Can you walk there? Or is it just the first monorail stop?

OKW Lover 11-30-2012 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by aggiegirl1234 (Post 46823566)
Thank you for your response! I didn't know the Poly was so close to the TTC. Can you walk there? Or is it just the first monorail stop?

Its an easy walk from the TTC to the Poly.

Butterflygirl35 11-30-2012 04:23 PM

I voted for Grand Floridian. It is my favorite resort and I love the elegant ambience..

That being said you can't go wrong with any of them. Love them all

catheren 11-30-2012 04:39 PM

We have stayed at all 3 resorts and you really can't go wrong with any of them.

I agree with the above posters, in regards to viewing Wishes from the Poly beach. However, that doesn't mean you have to be staying at the Poly to go down to the beach and view Wishes.

I would suggest the GF if you are planning on using your resort. If not then save your $$ and stay at the WL.

Hard decision but you will love whatever resort you choose. Have a great time!!

wiigirl 11-30-2012 04:45 PM

Poly! :thumbsup2

tiggerguy2000 11-30-2012 05:10 PM

If you feel that a snooty atmosphere suits you best then the GF is the place for you.I have stayed at all 3 and both the Poly and Wilderness Lodge are better picks.Im bias to the Wilderness Lodge because im a DVC owner.Use your savings towards two exclusive meals.

NHKristy76 11-30-2012 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by tiggerguy2000
If you feel that a snooty atmosphere suits you best then the GF is the place for you.I have stayed at all 3 and both the Poly and Wilderness Lodge are better picks.Im bias to the Wilderness Lodge because im a DVC owner.Use your savings towards two exclusive meals.

Gee. Biased much? I'm not a GF fan but I wouldn't describe a resort loved by many to be snooty.

OP... My vote is always for the WL

tigeramy75 11-30-2012 07:14 PM

We are major Poly fans. All four of us absolutely love it there, and I am sure you would too! So easy to get to TTC and the parks, and I think the grounds are so beautiful. I'm also on the fence about our April trip; we are booked at Poly but considering GF. Let us know what you decide and how it works out!

aggiegirl1234 12-01-2012 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by tigeramy75 (Post 46825284)
We are major Poly fans. All four of us absolutely love it there, and I am sure you would too! So easy to get to TTC and the parks, and I think the grounds are so beautiful. I'm also on the fence about our April trip; we are booked at Poly but considering GF. Let us know what you decide and how it works out!

I'll definitely let you know which resort I decide on, that'll probably be Monday once I hear back from DCL Air to confirm my deviation. I am leaning toward Poly because of the fact that it is on the monorail line, and I like that you can walk to TTC, which I think would make the trip to Epcot a little faster.

That being said, I think if WL were on the monorail line, that would probably be my choice. Although, I think both warrant a stay at some point in the future. But I do really like the lobby of WL and the updated rooms and just how majestic the whole place looks. I'm sure I'll love the Poly too. I don't know. It might be a gametime decision!

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Originally Posted by tiggerguy2000 (Post 46824623)
If you feel that a snooty atmosphere suits you best then the GF is the place for you.I have stayed at all 3 and both the Poly and Wilderness Lodge are better picks.Im bias to the Wilderness Lodge because im a DVC owner.Use your savings towards two exclusive meals.

I'm from Dallas. A snooty atmosphere doesn't suit me, but I sure am used to it :rotfl: I think after reading everyone's posts, I'll rule out GF for now. Also, I realized that while the grounds and lobby are very impressive, I don't know that I'm a huge fan of the actual rooms. Maybe I'll wait for a nice refurb. GF must be due for one sometime soon.

Thanks for your responses everyone! Anyone else want to weigh in? I'm still a bit on the fence!

mickeynut1 12-01-2012 02:17 PM

We've stayed at all 3 and while all of them are great resorts, our favorite is the Poly. We love the laid back tropical atmosphere and as others have said, you can't beat watching the fireworks from the beach. Plus being on the monorail is convenient as it's just 2 stops from MK and is within a 5 minute walk to the TTC to catch the Epcot monorail. With that said, you really can't go wrong with any of them as they are all great places to stay :goodvibes.

bowbat 12-01-2012 06:47 PM

Of the three, WL is definitely my favorite. We just got back from a short stay there, and it's just so wonderful. Plus the newly refurbed rooms look great!

That said, we found the bus service to Epcot looooooong. So if convenience to both MK and Epcot is a big factor, Poly wins out. The rooms are starting to show their age, but they're large & comfortable. And being able to take the boat or monorail to MK and walk to TTC is invaluable.

GF would be my last choice. It's really no more convenient than WL and -- personal preference -- I like the atmosphere/theming of WL better.

All three are great resorts, though. Good luck with your choice.


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