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Old 03-31-2013, 02:40 PM   #16
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Bonnet Creek is one of my family's favorite resorts. Last year we stayed one night at BC prior to checking in to our unit at Boardwalk Villas. My DH actually would have preferred BC to BWV. The only advantage for us to stay on property is the proximity to Epcot and HS when we stay at BWV.

We never take advantage of ME from airport and since we have APs the parking fee is not an issue. Renting a car is always a must for us since we like to come and go on our own schedule and explore the nearby shopping centers and restaurants.

The lazy river is a blast at BC.. and the resort is very nice. We have enjoyed several trips to WDW while staying there in a 2 bedroom.

If you find a good deal at Disney and that is comparable in size to what you currently have then that might be tempting.
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:45 PM   #17
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For the price, I would stick with what you have. We were "onsite" people as well until last December when we took a last minute trip and I had missed out on the Disney discounts. We decided to give the Dolphin a try and it was fantastic! With all of the discounts I found, we were able to stay 3 nights there for the price of 1 night at the Boardwalk. We just got back from a stay at the Ritz Carlton - Orlando and the hotel was gorgeous. Granted, this was not a heavy park touring trip and I would not stay there if we were doing Disney everyday, but Bonnet Creek is a different story - you are just outside Disney property. The only thing my son missed this last trip was going to the parks everyday - that to him is "Disney". Otherwise, he doesn't know the difference between a Disney and non-Disney hotel. We are looking to go over Memorial Day weekend and I just checked the discounted rates. We only stay deluxe when we go to Disney and I just can't justify spending over $400 a night on the room I would want at Disney when we can stay at the Waldorf (in Bonnet Creek!) for $183 per night! We will use their shuttle service and supplement with taxis if need be. I would stick with what you have and plan something really special for your son's birthday - a Pirate cruise, Pirate's League, character meal - it can still be very magical!
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:53 PM   #18
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We have stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs and once at All Star Sports.
If you liked the mods (which have decidedly less in-your-face Disney icons and decor from the values), you will enjoy Bonnet Creek. The pool is huge (and has a much bigger lazy river than even Stormalong Bay) and the grounds are beautiful. If you're using your own car no matter where you stay, I think you're getting a much better resort for you money than switching to a Disney value or mod.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:24 AM   #19
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My DH and I stayed there for our anniversary without the kids last November. I thought it was beautiful and once we saw the pools I felt so guilty we had left the kids at home!

Besides the pools you can see in the pictures, there is a pirate themed zero entry pool that any 6 year old boy would LOVE! Since you'll be there in July, pool time is important There are structures around reminiscent of a Spanish fort, complete with faux cannons.

Does he have a bunk bed at home? That right there would be the highlight for my kids, LOL!
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #20
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We are planning a surprise trip for our DS 6th birthday in July. I currently have a reservation at Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek because I found a really great deal in a king room with bunk bed alcove, even including the resort fees. We have never stayed off site before, and I am now questioning my decision to do so for our son's birthday trip. As much as I try to justify it, I know that Wyndham will not make this trip half as magical for my son as Disney will.

The rate I currently have at Wyndham is cheaper than the current (no discount) Disney value rate. We will be getting APs this year, so parking at parks is not an issue.

What would you do? Would you switch to Disney resort to ensure a magical vacation and pay more, or stick with the Wyndham Grand (not the timeshare)?

Thanks in advance everyone.
We have stayed at Bonnet Creek a few times before and will be doing so again in 12 days, 23-28 April. The resort is great, lots to do, nad like you with your AP's, we ALWAY drive to the parks. Even most times onsite at SoG.

Are you saying in the timeshare resort, or the new hotel resort? Both are on the same land parcel.
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