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View Poll Results: AKL, WL, or POR--which is your pick for a moderately priced couple's getaway?
Animal Kingdom Lodge 14 38.89%
Wilderness Lodge 14 38.89%
Port Orleans Riverside 8 22.22%
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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POR or AKL--which would you pick?

My husband and I picked WDW for our kid-free romantic getaway During our past trip, we absolultely loved ending our day with dinner at a signature restaurant like Narcoossees or Flying Fish, then a short visit back to a park for a show/fireworks, after which we would go back to the resort for a soak in the hot tub, followed by drip-drying in a hammock under the stars. This made for an amazing, relaxing end to everyday. We loved Coronado Springs Resort due to the extra large hot tub, which never seemed crowded (Labor Day weekend) and the lovely hammocks.

Unfortunately, CSR will be hosting some car show during Labor Day weekend when we'll be there. Most of their rooms have been booked, and there will be exclusive pool parties. This got me researching other options.

I like the ambiance of POR, but the size of their hot tub seemed like the standard smaller size, which can get crowded quickly. However, we can always hop on a boat and check out the tub at the French Quarter, if it gets to crowded.

My other option, if they offer a room discount, is AKL. Dont all the deluxe hotels have more than one hot tub?

I know its weird to pick our resort based on the availability of hot tubs, but what would you pick? and why? Good, frequent bus/boat transportation is also important to us, as well as comfortable beds.

BTW, we've never stayed at a deluxe before. I picked AKL because it will fit into our budget. Wilderness Lodge is another possibility.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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If you can afford the price of the savanna view rooms, AKL. If not, POR. AKL is good, but the view of the animals is by far the best part. Without the view, POR is better in my opinion!
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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I would not count on room in the POFQ tub. Its tiny!

I don't know about AKL, but WL is a great choice for hot tubbing. There's two and they're quite large, plus the resort is smaller so you have fewer people vying for a spot.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:09 PM   #4
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WL has 2 hot tubs, and a wonderfully romantic ambience. It's also just a short boat ride from MK. It would be my pick.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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DH loves hot tubs and AKL is his favorite. AKL has two hot tubs and a huge pool.

I love the Poly, but there are no hot tubs there...drives DH crazy.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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I would pic POR myself as I think it's a very romantic resort. It's just so pretty and peaceful. It also has the boat to DTD if you want to take advantage of any dining or nightlife there.

AKL doesn't interest me that much and isn't really all that convenient to the parks. For me if I'm going deluxe I want location as my first priority.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:28 PM   #7
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AKL is wonderful and has 2 large hot tubs, nestled in lush foliage. It's a fabulous place for a getaway IMO. There are 3 restaurants (other than QS) -- Jiko is a beautiful signature place -- we've had several good meals there, Boma is a buffet (but IMO better than the typical WDW buffet) and Saana which is looking out on the animals on the savanna.

WL is also beautiful and has a similar "retreat" feel, although it's close to MK. Artist Point is a signature restaurant right at the hotel. WCC is a fun place, too.

I'd prefer a deluxe with a private balcony for an adults-only get away.
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AKL is wonderful and has 2 large hot tubs, nestled in lush foliage. It's a fabulous place for a getaway IMO. There are 3 restaurants (other than QS) -- Jiko is a beautiful signature place -- we've had several good meals there, Boma is a buffet (but IMO better than the typical WDW buffet) and Saana which is looking out on the animals on the savanna.

WL is also beautiful and has a similar "retreat" feel, although it's close to MK. Artist Point is a signature restaurant right at the hotel. WCC is a fun place, too.

I'd prefer a deluxe with a private balcony for an adults-only get away.
I would go with AKL. And for dinner you can choose from Jiko(the only signature) boma or Sanaa. Great choices.

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Old 03-12-2013, 01:45 PM   #9
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The hot tub at POR was just a kiddie pool when we were there. Yuck!!!
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The hot tub at POR was just a kiddie pool when we were there. Yuck!!!
Sadly, this is true. The hot tub at POR is right by the main pool so it's usually packed with little kids. Other than that, POR is a beautiful resort - just alot more spread out than AKL or WL.
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I think AKL definitely has great features for your trip - 2 hot tubs, a relaxing pool area with lots of trees and quiet places to hang out, great restaurants, lots of ambiance and a deluxe feel - great fitness room - hands down I would pick AKL!
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:31 PM   #12
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I can't speak to the hot tubs at WL or AKL, but last year we stayed at POR in September and the hot tub was closed for refurbishment the whole time we were there. It looked small as well, and the pool area was usually pretty crowded. September is value season and it's hot, so it makes sense for them to refurb hot tubs during this time. Keep your eyes peeled for this.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:02 AM   #13
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yikes...polls are even . sounds like deluxe is the way to go for hot tub availability...but POR has the boats to downtown...and AKL is so far from all the parks- what's transportation to and from AKL like?
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POR would be my choice.
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yikes...polls are even . sounds like deluxe is the way to go for hot tub availability...but POR has the boats to downtown...and AKL is so far from all the parks- what's transportation to and from AKL like?
We had good transportation at AKL but that was before the DVC was added. We liked the Transportation at WL. WL or AKL you can't go wrong. AKL has more at the resort TS to dine at & they are all great Choices. WL has Artist Point great TS and you would have boat access to GF & CR. Both have 2 hot tubs.

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