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Old 01-09-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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Congrats on your accomplishments!!

I would do AOA. Once you do deluxe it will be that much harder to do value or moderate. Also at 9 & 7 I think AOA will be exciting and bright and they will love it! I would save the Poly for another trip (although the Poly is my favorite resort )
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:16 AM   #17
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OP, I feel the same way as you. The Values are *much* more geared towards kids, with that in-your-face Disney appeal. We could afford to stay Deluxe, but I'm choosing AoA for our upcoming trip because I know my kids will go bananas over it. (in fact, the suites at AoA cost as much as some deluxes. It would actually be less expensive if we were to stay at AKL). I personally would love to stay at one of the Deluxes, but I'm gritting my teeth and going with what the kids will love best at this point. They're only young once and as they get older, we will try some of the other, less "over the top" resorts.

ODS and I stayed at CBR this past spring and while I loved it and thought it was gorgeous and peaceful, ODS deemed it "boring" and said he liked ASMU way better. He did enjoy the pool slides at CBR, but he still said he would have preferred to go back to ASMU and I know what he meant about it not being so "disney-fied" as ASMU (and the other Values) are.

I'm going to start planning some shorter, kid-free trips for myself and DH so that we can stay at some of the resorts with less kid-appeal.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:30 AM   #18
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Kids usually talk about the pool of any hotel they stay at.

Poly will have a great pool (I'd say Beach/Yacht Club is the hands down best pool as they have more stuff to do), but that late in the year pool time might be minimal. Family suites at AoA will have a LOT of kid appeal if your kids are younger. Great movie themeing. Animals will have the best theme at Animal Kingdom Lodge so that would be a no brainer.


But I think you need to not worry about themeing and worry more about touring style. If you have young kids and will do mainly MK then monorail/Boat resorts (Poly, Grand Floridan, Comtemp, Wilderness Lodge). If older and Epcot/Disney Hollywood Studios will be your main parks then Epcot resorts (yacht/beach club, boardwalk, swan dolphin) If you need lots of resort time then AKL, Poly, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness)

If you want over they top thememing but minimal pool time and basically just somewhere to sleep when you are not at the parks than the Values are your best bet as PoP, Art of Animation and the AllStars are just chockablock over the top for themeing and the Art of Animation Family suites (that run closer to Deluxe pricing then Value pricing) is probably the top of that list for a first timer looking for Disney themeing out the ears, but with probably the best food court of all the values.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:31 AM   #19
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Ok you didnt list if your kids where boys or girls, one of each etc.. but at Art Of Animation the Only regular rooms are in the "Little Mermaid Section" of the hotel. All the other rooms at AoA are Suites. Also at some of the Moderate Resorts there are Princess rooms, Pirate Rooms it all depends on what you are wanting. anywhere you stay at Disney will be great.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #20
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You know I do think AOA has a whole lot of kid appeal. If you want something that feels a little more deluxe - may be look into AKL. If the theme is at all appealing to your kids - it has both a gorgeous deluxe feel with a lot of uniqueness that kids might really enjoy - depending on the kid of course. AKL does offer a whole lot of activities for kids throughout the day and evening - drum playing, bracelet making, marshmallow roasting, night vision goggles etc.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:38 AM   #21
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This is my opinion and what I learned the hard way. Our first trip we stayed at AKL (deluxe) I thought waking up to animals out our balcony on our first disney experience for our daughter would be great. We loved as adults all that the deluxe level had to offer. Interior corridors, everything under one roof, slide, great pool, table service & counter service. Then trip 2 mod POR pretty resort, nice rooms (smaller), nice food court( crowded) but we missed the deluxe's extras.

My problem was my daughter (son on trip2) could have cared less about the ROyal room she was just happy to be at disney. Bottom line lesson learned choose a resort u are happy with. U have to be happy also, well rested to keep up with the kids in disney. For us we let the parks be there magic and the resort for us to relax. If you can afford deluxe and stay once you might not be able to go back.

Check out Beach club they have a great pool a little cheaper than the poly and you are close to 2 parks. When you do narrow it down the dis has threads for each resort with lots of info
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:05 PM   #22
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Hi Everyone!

After many years of being a student and mommy...I'm finally rewarding my kids with a MUCH deserved vacation to Disney!! I didn't get to go when I was small enough to enjoy the "magic" of it all, and since we've been on a tiiiight budget for many years, my own kids haven't been able to have a REALLY special vacation..until now!

Well, I say now, but I'm actually planning to go at the end of 2013. Probably November-December.

Anyhow, I was looking online and came across a site that says the Polynesian is the best resort for "kid appeal." My kids will be 7 and 9 years old when we go, and I'm more concerned with them loving the surroundings than I am with how large the room is, etc. The same site suggested that Art of Animation is the 2nd best (if you can't afford the Polynesian, they say).

Well, I CAN afford the Polynesian, but after looking at pictures online....it looks to me as if the Art of Animation rooms are much more appealing to kids! Granted, I only saw pics online, but the decor in the Art of Animation rooms is very child-like while the decor in the Polynesian seems grown up. Does anyone have an opinion on this? From what I saw, the Art of Animation rooms have cartoon character bedding, carpets, shower curtains, etc. while the Polynesian does not.

I would love it if the Polynesian (or any other resort that is larger/nicer) had the same cartoonish/kid feel in the rooms as what I've seen in the value rooms. However, that's not what I've seen from the pictures so I'm having a hard time justifying the expense of the "nicer" room since this is all for the kids. Thoughts?
hi op,

well done on completing your studies.
I've just had a read through other replies,no definitive answer as such.

I agree values are more "full on Disney", and more geared towards children- however I like them too!
as a pp said,I think it depends on how long you'll be in the room/at the resort,and if you're bothered about location.

values were the first resorts we stayed at,and I'm very glad they were.
whatever you decide,you will all have a fabulous time.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:40 PM   #23
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Go with Poly! You and your kids will not be disappointed! The location, the pool, the amenities, the restaurants, and the atmosphere is amazing!!!

AoA may seem more kid friendly decoration wise - but Poly would be perfect for your family!

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:15 PM   #24
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On a first trip you probably will not spend a lot of time at the resort. That being said, I would pay for the value before the Deluxe. It would give you more spending money while you are there. My kids loved ASMu and wanted to go back there on this trip. I think we will end going back to a value after our once in a life time trip is done.

(my kids are 5, 8, 9 and 16 and all of them loved the Value resort)
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:29 PM   #25
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I say start value bc once u go deluxe there's no going back and then ur disappointed with the amenities of less than deluxe. Jmo
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:32 PM   #26
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Absolutely everyone has their own favorite resort. personally, I don't love the Poly, but that's me. When we started going we stayed Value, moved our way up to Mod then rented DVC and ended up buying DVC.

POP is still my favorite value and I'd stay again if I had to. I haven't been to AOA, but it does look really fun and the speakers in the pool thing sounds cool.

POFQ is still my favorite MOD and DH and I are actually doing a 2 night stay there in 2014.

I don't love the Deluxe resorts for the money they cost they aren't that much more than the mods. They give you location - that's for sure.

Look @ all the resorts and see what you think will appeal to your kids most. Might be able to save $ and do more character dining which they will LOVE!
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:00 PM   #27
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I think that you and your kids will find the value resorts to be absolutely magical. Many people here will try to "upsell" you to a Deluxe, but you really don't need to spend twice as much on a resort to have a wonderful vacation.
I completely agree.

The Value's are not only cheap, but they provide you with VALUABLE memories. Walking past all the life size statues and objects at each of the value resorts leaves you with great pictures and a fun experience.

If you are choosing between the Poly and AoA for a kid-centered trip, its a no-brainer for Art of Animation. AoA is the definition of a kid friendly resort. Your kids will LOVE the lifesize characters in each section. And the suites are very spacious and provide great privacy for the parents!

Some will complain to you on here about AoA being a big resort with long bus rides. It is NOT as bad as some will make it out to be: from the lobby there is a maximum 5 minute walk for a family with kids of your ages to the farthest (Little Mermaid) section. And the buses are about 20 minutes to AK and MK, about 10 minutes at MOST to EPCOT/DHS. Lines are not terrible either.

Have fun and enjoy your stay, no matter where you end up staying!
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #28
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You need to come strong if it's your first Disney trip for the kids. Roll Contemporary room with a Bay Lake view in the A frame like a boss. You can do value or something else every subsequent trip.

You want easy access to the MK an being able to freaking WALK to your room after Wishes is the greatest thing ever. We'd stay there every time if we could afford it with young kids.
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You need to come strong if it's your first Disney trip for the kids. Roll Contemporary room with a Bay Lake view in the A frame like a boss. You can do value or something else every subsequent trip.

You want easy access to the MK an being able to freaking WALK to your room after Wishes is the greatest thing ever. We'd stay there every time if we could afford it with young kids.
I just checked to see how much a Bay Lake room would cost after reading your post. Now, I checked just a basic room ...so not like a boss at all.

But I found a room for a week to be about $1100 by renting DVC points. Is that not reasonable?

I need to find the threads here where people talk about MONEY!
I found a package deal on the Disney official website that says a room at Art of Animation for a week, tickets for the entire week to the parks for the whole family, and a dining plan that includes 3 sit down meals, etc.....for about $2100.

That sounds like an AWESOME deal to me. At the same time, I don't want to be blowing money that's not necessary to spend. I guess if I found a $2100 package through Disney official then there are probably much cheaper ways to do things by bypassing Disney official.

This is exhausting! Plus, really hard to consider since I have no idea where things are in proximity, etc. I know there are maps, but reading a map and applying it to reality is like reading a foreign language to me!

Thanks to EVERYONE for your replies!!
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I just checked to see how much a Bay Lake room would cost after reading your post. Now, I checked just a basic room ...so not like a boss at all.

But I found a room for a week to be about $1100 by renting DVC points. Is that not reasonable?

I need to find the threads here where people talk about MONEY!
I found a package deal on the Disney official website that says a room at Art of Animation for a week, tickets for the entire week to the parks for the whole family, and a dining plan that includes 3 sit down meals, etc.....for about $2100.

That sounds like an AWESOME deal to me. At the same time, I don't want to be blowing money that's not necessary to spend. I guess if I found a $2100 package through Disney official then there are probably much cheaper ways to do things by bypassing Disney official.

This is exhausting! Plus, really hard to consider since I have no idea where things are in proximity, etc. I know there are maps, but reading a map and applying it to reality is like reading a foreign language to me!

Thanks to EVERYONE for your replies!!
okay look at the tickets because they automatically sell you tickets for travel days and you may not need that many days, expecially if you want to do a resort day

Dining plans vary. Three sit down meals a day will really cut into your park time and it's a lot of food. If it's a combination of sit downs and quick service meals that's a really good deal if you do AoA the food court is considered quick service + if both your kids are under 10 they are disney kids and the dinning plan pays off if you think you'll want to do charecter meals as they are very expensive but cheap on the dining plan. If you do breakfast at the resort then snack or qs in the parks then a table service at night you will be well fed. There are a lot of charecter breakfasts as well and those can add up with dining plan. There are some meals that can use two of your dining credits but not sure how many of those you'll do with the kids. (signature resturants and dining shows usually. The first may not appeal to the munchkins but Hoop de Doo review is usually a big hit with the kids so it's worth using more credits)

Yes it can be done cheaper outside of disney but it's the dining plan that will be your best indicator. Go to allears.net and look at some of the menus for charecter dining and table service resturants. It may be cheaper to do an disney dining package vacation.

Personally I never do the packages because the dining plan won't work for my vacation style and I get off cheaper looking for room only rates and then buying tickets and meals OOP. But with young kids you're going to have to crunch the numbers.
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