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Old 04-08-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Rate Your Resorts

What Resorts have you stayed in?
How would you rate them?

im always looking to see feedback on resorts for future trips
, im obsessed!

Resort: Polynesian
Rating: 5/5
My first and only trip to DWorld and it was amazingly relaxing and beautiful staying there. boatride to MK, Beach, Castle across the lagoon, kona cafe(teriyaki steak), tiki torches, what an amazing escape. best place to be after a long day at the parks
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:19 AM   #2
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In order of how I feel about them
Old Key West- number 1 our favorite
Coronado Springs

SSR and BCV- really did not like -probably would never stay again.

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:12 PM   #3
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Our favorites are (in this order):
Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House)
French Quarter

Least Favorites:

Oddly, the ones I thought I'd HATE the most (Pop and AKL) were my very favorites when I finally gave them a chance. Boardwalk was just awful. Also not a fan whatsoever of GF and wouldn't stay there unless it was free.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:46 PM   #4
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Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo)
Wilderness lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge (kidani) next trip, so we will see where it ranks. There was always one thing that stuck out the most at each hotel that was amazing and unforgetable.

Contemporary - Location, location, location! Nothing like being able to walk to and from the Magic Kingdom when the monorail is busy. The new upddated rooms were very nice, clean, and well, "Contemporary", just our taste. My daughter said the room was "so beautiful", not bad considering she was 4 at the time. Chef Mickeys and great quick service dining and gift shops as well as beautiful views. Easily our favorite.

AKL - Lobby is beautiful, especially at Christmas. Animals everywhere, great for my daughter, and very nice unique restaurants. The smell of the hotel was great as well. Pool was great, as well as the slide, pool seemed very big for some reason. Only downside was slower bus transportation but what can you do.

Wilderness Lodge - Great hotel, amazing lobby! Good location without having to pay for monorail hotel access. Best quick service sandwiches i've ever had. I forget the name of the place. Whispering Canyon was good and has a great atmosphere as well.

Polynesian - Very nice hotel as well, Kona Cafe was incredible, very friendly service staff, and great location. Captain Cooks was pretty good as well. Loved the zero entry pool with the ducks swimming right into it with you. The hammock was where I tood my one and only nap at Disneyworld. Can't complain about any of the hotels so far!
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:58 AM   #5
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Wilderness Lodge 8/10
Animal Kingdom Lodge 8/10
Boardwalk 9/10
Yacht Club 9/10
POFQ 8/10
CSR 8/10
PORS 5/10
CBR 1/10
Pop 4/10
AS Sports 3/10
AS Music 5/10
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:45 AM   #6
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Every Resort is a 5/5 for me. I love them all, I do have some dislikes at each resort, some of my dislikes are nitpicky....

Grand Floridian 5/5
Love the elegance, location, dining options, great choices in TS & CS !
Dislike the self parking distances.

Wilderness Lodge 5/5
Love the theming & energy of the resort, love Roaring Forks the QS location
Dislike lack of a second option for a mod priced relaxed table service meal, you are limited to pricey but wonderful Artist Point or loud fun Whispering Canyon.

Beach Club 5/5
Love the pool, theming, and location
Dislike - they have a CS location but it is limited in offering and seating.

BoardWalk 5/5
Love the location, proximity to both DHS & EPCOT
I love the TS options. and I luv CS options such as BW to go, Pizza Window, Bakery etc but not always open. Would like to see a true CS choice like Roaring Forks. I really dislike the clown pool that barfs children

SSR Tree House 5/5
Love the remote forest feeling, love the large decks (can comfortable have a family meal). Love the three bedrooms
Dislike - no sliding doors onto the deck, just the self closing doors very easy to lock yourself out. Dislike the multiple bus transfers no dedicated bus service from Tree houses to parks. A car is a must have. Great CS & TS option at SSR but need to drive to them.

SSR Villas 5/5
Love the theming and the main "house" lobby, the CS choice & the Turf Club. Love the new pool
Dislike - open corridors to the villas and the resort being so spread out

AKL - Kidani 5/5
Love everything, only disklike is the distance to Mara to CS choice, love how the parking is under the building, very convenient. Wish they had a CS choice

AKL - Jumbo 5/5
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:58 AM   #7
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Tough to answer...there are resorts that are our favorites but as of recent years and price increases, out priced themselves and have made them not worth the money, but are still favorites...

We do not like or will stay in values ... And only POFQ is tolerable for a moderate for us...

Deluxes, though we've staged at all but BWI, favorite of many a trip has been WL.... Most returned to resort out of all the rest, and we've done over 45 trips to WDW..
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:19 AM   #8
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Order of most to least enjoyed resort experiences...

Beach Club
Wilderness Lodge
Grand Floridian
Port Orleans
Pop Century
All Star Music
Caribbean Beach
All Star Sports

A lot of it depends on what is going on during the stay (things going well at hotel/parks, neighbors, stress level, expectations).

Would go back to each of them again except for All Star Sports but for now keep returning to Beach Club.

Trying Animal Kingdom Lodge for a couple of nights this summer and excited to see what we think of staying there.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:25 AM   #9
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From best to worst (for my family):

Wilderness Lodge
POP Century
All Star Movies
All Star Sports
All Star Music
Caribbean Beach Resort

We are staying at Yacht Club in 9 days, so we will see where that one ranks!
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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Here are mine:
1.Poly-5/5 easy access to transportation lots of dining choices and huge rooms

2.Grand Floridian-4.5/5 Parking is a problem.

3.Wilderness Lodge-4/5 good proximity to dining and MK beautiful grounds
3.AKL Kidani-4/5 big rooms, nice pool, easy to see animals even if you are not staying in a savannah room, but far from things

4.Beach Club-4 great location I love being able to walk directly to WS in epcot, LOTS of excellent dining choices walking distance, it costs a bit more than AKL and WL both of which I preferred, Wouldn't mind staying again in the area for longer next time.

5.Art of Animation Ariel room 3.5/4 beautifully themed, great food court, good pools excellent value, but it is a bit crowded, can be a bit of a walk to the main building, far from parks, double beds. Would definitely stay again if doing a budget trip.

6. POP 3/5 - clean rooms, we had a view of the lake, didn't enjoy the crowds and found the layout confusing, (didn't have trouble at AoA for some reason ) food court was only so-so. would pick AoA over Pop but would consider staying here if there was no room at AoA

7. POFQ 2/5 - Ok theming, didn't love this resort not super convenient to get to. When we stayed here it had double beds, in our opinion why spend more for a moderate when it is not much better than a value. The only big pluses are the pool slide (which at POFQ is not great) and towels at the pool. We did not enjoy the food at the food court at all, the beignets were awful, cardboard with powdered sugar. Would not stay here again, or any moderate when the value really is almost as good.

We always rent a car and have done deluxe dining a few time. Last time we went we rented points and if possible will continue to do so in the future so it does limit our choices a bit and makes a last minute trip a bit harder to plan

Honestly I could probably be happy at any of the resorts at WDW they all have their pluses and your vacation is what you make it.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:12 AM   #11
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Beach Club
Beach Club Villas
Bay Lake Tower
Old Key West
Boardwalk Villas
Art of Animation
Pop Century

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:49 AM   #12
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GF CL 10/10
Poly CL 9/10
Por 7/10 ( can be quite a hike to food court)
CR 8/10 ( loved location & rooms rest of resort reminds me of airport)
Asmu 8/10 ( our fave value)
Asmo 7/10
Pop 7/10
BC CL 4/10 ( bad experience here)
SSR 7/10
CBR 3/10 ( just didn't care for layout very inconvenient & our pirate room very worn)
AKL 6/10 ( beautiful but very confusing layout & while I know there are animals here we enjoyed seeing them we didn't enjoy smelling them, lol)

ASMU/POR Dec 16-22, 2012 & POFQ Sept 8-15, 2013
ASMo 2003/2005, ASMu 2009,Pop 2006/2013, SSR 2008, Poly CL 2010/2011/2013, GF CL 2012, AKL 2011, CR 2011, BC CL 2012, POR 2005/2012, CBR 2011, DCL Fantasy 2012, Hilton DTD 2011(2x) Best Western DTD 2010/2012
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:57 AM   #13
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We have had great stays and have loved all of the resorts we've stayed at and wouldn't hesitate to stay at any of them again, but if I had to rank them in order of my favorites:

WL/AKL (love both equally)

CR will soon be in the mix as we are staying there for the first time in December .

Country Inn & Suites LBV June 2001 - CBR July 2002 - BC December 2003 - WL CL Oct/Nov 2004 - WL September 2006 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2007 -Poly September 2007 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2008 - AKL/GF SL/WL January 2010 - AKL/GF December 2010 - GF RPC May 2011
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:56 AM   #14
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Wow this was a great question. Here is my list

BC - 4.5/5 - the only downvote I have for this place is price
POR - 4/5 - this is my go-to resort, love it, just wish it was closer to the parks
POFQ - 3.5/5
CBR - 2/5 (I really disliked my stay here)

I very much want to get to Poly, WL and CR. Those will be my next spots to hit.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:05 AM   #15
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BC - 5/5 - Location and SAB
CBR - 4.5/5 - Love this place! It's our "home" resort. Relaxed feel is our escape from the craziness of the parks. Awesome CMs, mousekeeping and bus service.
POR - 4/5 - Very nice resort. Like the boat to DTD and Yeeha Bob.
ASSports - 3.5/5 - Clean, compact, fun theming and an awesome price.
POFQ - 3/5 - Not fans of the theme nor food court.

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