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Old 05-05-2012, 05:54 PM   #16
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I was about to write how I'm planning to stay at AoA and think it looks amazing, more than any of the more subtly themed hotels would be for my 3 year old. However, I have a 3 year old. I won't mind if the look of the resort is still a "value" because my son will think Nemo really might be lurking around the corner. And then there's Cars, LK and LM too! Kids don't care if things are made of higher quality materials, just that they recognize their "friends" all over the resort. I imagine plenty of adults feel that way too. And you can hear Nemo and Dorry underwater in the pool!

I looked at your blog bio. If I were still your age and childless and could comfortably afford it, I'd probably stay at the Poly. I imagine it will be more romantic and if children are on the horizon, your days of spoiling yourself in romance might be limited. :-) I guess it just depends on what kind of trip you want.

Of course this is just my humble supposition as I have never been to WDW, just Disneyland.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:52 PM   #17
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As a family of five, the Poly was our choice for our visit five years ago since we "probably wouldn't make the trip again so we might as well splurge". Needless to say, we got hooked and are heading back there for our third stay at the Poly this summer.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:32 AM   #18
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We are huge poly fans here. We're in the process of planning a month long stay there, in one of their suites. Can't wait! Super excited!!

Have a great trip!
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:57 AM   #19
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In the same boat - Poly vs AOA suite

I've got two nights prior to cruise, visiting MK one day. thought monorail would be real convenient for this trip and since its only two nights worth trying.
But I was not sure if it was worth the cost of two nights at Poly since we arrive late on Firday, Saturday at MK, very little time at resort.
I've never stayed at a monorail resort nor a value. We love the villas if doing Disney a full week for the space.
I have the AOA Nemo suite booked because that is what my 8yo saw and wanted. My 11yo is all about having her own space, my 8yo loves the themed pools. So where you stay really depends on what your family likes. A villa is too much for a two night stay so I think the AOA suite is a good alternative. My AOA suite is $400-$500 less than Poly. I figure I could try it for two nights and that is a big saving for a room I will not be in that much.
Good luck planning!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:07 PM   #20
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I have only stayed at deluxe resorts and the Polynesian is my favorite. We live it and try to get there once a year. It is worth it for us, I don't think you will be disapointed

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by 1Jackpot View Post
We are huge poly fans here. We're in the process of planning a month long stay there, in one of their suites. Can't wait! Super excited!!

Have a great trip!
That sounds fantastic! We also love the Poly and are looking forward to a 3 night CL stay following our Eastern this summer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #22
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We stayed at both on our vacation. AOA for 2 nights and Poly for 6, if budget isn't a big deal I vote for POLY!

AOA was very cute, and we loved our room. It was nice to have the separate spaces and the table bed wasn't a big deal is we were all up at the same time. I imagine you'd be in the LM section? They are a fair walk from the main building. We didn't like the food court set up, but that shouldn't be a big deal for adults since you can go to your preferred bay without an escort, lol. The bounty platter was terrible! It was all cold, and hard and the potato casserole thing was disgusting...and I can eat anything!

The Poly was an entirely different experience and the kids loved it more, as well. The transportation options were wonderful. The vibe at the resort is so much calmer. Food was good. I had read over and over that it's like a vacation within a vacation, and that was very true for us. I'm a big gardener, so the plantings really transported me. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could afford it! One of our favorite things was having a cocktail on the balcony before bed, while the kids were asleep in the room - ahhhhhhh.
The kids could never stay up for the fireworks, so we missed that perk. Don't regret what we spent, at ALL.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:09 PM   #23
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I am staying at the Poly for the first time in November. We love the Deluxe Resorts and have never stayed at any of the Values. $2000 is a lot of money, I tend to compare where I am staying on a per night basis rather than the overall cost. I think if you plan to relax and spend down time at your resort then Yes it will be worth it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:54 PM   #24
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We are going through the same thing! We are looking to go in November and trying to decide if the extra is worth it. We stayed at Beach CLub in August and loved it! We are looking into Poly for a change this time.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:01 PM   #25
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Been to Poly, Cr, AKL...no way no how would I spend 2k more for ANY resort! I would put that money to something else...perhaps a down payment on a future Disney cruise or another trip to the World...

In fact, I booked a Nemo suite at AoA last week...if they were within $200 I would probably stay at CR, just prefer their room style better and I like the convenience of walking to MK. Love love love the walk in shower at AoA! Hate bathtub showers...also love that the resort rooms at AoA opens from an interior hall...less chance of pollen and bugs getting in

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:24 AM   #26
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Hi! I totally had this question too Most people thought I was insane trying to compare the two. We ended up going split stay with 4 nights at each, LK suite at AoA. I think my daughter (3) will love, love, love all the theming at AoA and the space to spread out is nice (about 80 sq ft more than Poly) as are the extra bathroom and table. I love Disney and theming but thought that it might be a bit much for me for 8 nights so we're going to do Poly (or maybe Bay Lake - we're bringing my parents) for the other half. I always wanted to stay at Poly and it definitely has its advantages as well. Just a thought Good luck!
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by cannonboys View Post
You described my paradise, I mean the Poly!! It is the best feeling in the world...getting your coffee in the morning, seeing the castle and watching the monorails go around the resort. All the while, you are listening to Hawaiian music and being greeted with, "Aloha."
For me, the best mornings on property are at the Poly for all those same reasons.
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