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Old 11-05-2012, 10:26 AM   #16
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I think people were including AoA when they said "value" resorts. I agree AoA or ASmovies would be the most Disney with the over the top icons. But as others have said, it depends what speaks "Disney" to you.

I agree also that the CR is the least Disney with Swan & Dolphin a close second.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:33 AM   #17
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I totally agree with everyone else that if you want over the top disney feel the any value is where u want to be. Once the resort starts going up in price the theming last there just it other ways.

For a mod- I would have to say POR royal rooms. A wonderful but a very large resort.

Deluxe it could be any of them. Poly, GF &CR u can see MK from the resorts them selves and the monorail is a plus. With BC/YC, & BW the view of epoct right out your door. It me u can't get a better theme then seeing MK from your window or the lake.

So much to Choose from I am struggling with the same issues myself
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:39 AM   #18
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I was afraid EVERYONE would say AoA when I asked. Good to see different answers. I'm asking for myself, wife, DS-12 and DD-15. We've stayed offsite, POFQ and WL (honeymoon, no kids). We've felt both onsite felt "disney-like" in their own way. You know, Disney service, hidden Mickeys, well thought out imagineering (the tour at WL showcased the details. Amazing!). We are currently booked for a coupla days at Pop then 4 days at CSR. My wife and I think CSR looks beautiful and Pop just looks like a cheap hotel with cool theming. I'm just afraid Pop will be too cheezy and "kiddie" for us adults and CSR may not feel Disney enough for everyone. My wife didn't like DHS because it didn't feel like she was in Disney (I get it. Not as magical now that I have kids. I like it but not near as much as when I was a teen). We had a POR Royal Room booked but I can save money by booking standard at CSR, we probably won't be in the room enough to appreciate the RR and we've already been to POFQ and used POR pool and such. It was nice but we all wanna try something new. I'm just overthinking everything right now hoping all goes well.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:44 AM   #19
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For my family, POR and CSR were both magical and got us in the Disney spirit very easily. Everything from the buses to the dinning hall was exciting.

However, we had a very hard time feeling anything at CBR. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it felt like our Disney vibe was being sucked out of us. There was just no magic or excitement to be found there for us.
Aug 2009 - POR
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:53 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by DanInMN View Post
The Swan/Dolphin feel the least Disney to me. But we have only stayed there once. They are corporate conference hotels. Nothing special about them at all, other than their location near Epcot. I like to avoid anything that reminds me of "corporate life" while on vacation, or any other time!
I agree completely. I stayed at the Swan once and checked out a week ahead of schedule. I was thrilled and relieved to get a last-minute-reserved room at AKL.

BTW, WL is awesome. I hope you have a chance to stay there someday.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:02 PM   #21
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For me, it's definitely the Contemporary. My first visit to WDW was in January 1972 and we stayed at the Contemporary. The resort was really cutting edge in the 1970's!
First Trip: Jan. 1972, Contemporary Resort
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