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Old 05-22-2013, 06:10 AM   #31
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Split Stay with Poly or not?

Our fam of 4 (DH, DS 9, DD 11 + myself) are currently booked for a Nemo suite, 9 nights, early August, 1st trip ever. With that many nights, we are strongly considering a split stay w/ Poly. Original plan was to do Poly 1st, then move to AoA. Everyone has advised me to switch & do our Nemo suite 1st, then on to Poly, so now I'm thinking that if we go for the split we'll do it that way, but, now I'm wondering if we should just stay put with our suite and enjoy it for what it is (as we currently have no basis for comparison, so won't miss the amenities at Poly since we've never experienced them). The only thing is that we would actually save a few hundred dollars by splitting with the Poly! So, my questions now are:

(1) Would you advise a split in this situation?
(2) If we do the split, should we definitely do AoA 1st, then Poly?

Thanks so much for your help. I don't think I've ever been so indecisive about anything in my life!
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:11 AM   #32
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I was just wondering if anyone has decorated their door in the family suites? This is something we love to do at the values, and I have heard that the doors in the LM section are metal, but I've had some trouble finding out about the family suite doors since they are inside.

Any info would be appreciated!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:30 AM   #33
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Where do the busses drop off at mk and ak? If its a big walk just want to make sure we know for my mom
We just got back and the MK bus stop was the 'next to last' stop. Pop was last/farthest. We didn't go to Ak so not sure about that. Epcot was far too.

I do have to say this about the bus service... One night at MK close there was a HUGE line at the AoA bus stop. All the way thru the queue and then some! Before you knew it 3 buses for AoA pulled up and they got most of the hoarde of people waiting right on and back to the resort.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:41 PM   #34
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Our fam of 4 (DH, DS 9, DD 11 + myself) are currently booked for a Nemo suite, 9 nights, early August, 1st trip ever. With that many nights, we are strongly considering a split stay w/ Poly. Original plan was to do Poly 1st, then move to AoA. Everyone has advised me to switch & do our Nemo suite 1st, then on to Poly, so now I'm thinking that if we go for the split we'll do it that way, but, now I'm wondering if we should just stay put with our suite and enjoy it for what it is (as we currently have no basis for comparison, so won't miss the amenities at Poly since we've never experienced them). The only thing is that we would actually save a few hundred dollars by splitting with the Poly! So, my questions now are:

(1) Would you advise a split in this situation? We love splits, so sure.
(2) If we do the split, should we definitely do AoA 1st, then Poly? Depends on your reasoning.... Do you want to finish with the most convenient location or the place your kids will like best?

Thanks so much for your help. I don't think I've ever been so indecisive about anything in my life!

I'm a big Poly fan. However, I think there is a good chance your kiddos will like AoA better. Poly first w/split would work out great especially if you plan on visiting Magic Kingdom frequently during those first few days. Make sure you request a recently renovated room at Poly.

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I'm a big Poly fan. However, I think there is a good chance your kiddos will like AoA better. Poly first w/split would work out great especially if you plan on visiting Magic Kingdom frequently during those first few days. Make sure you request a recently renovated room at Poly.

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That was my original plan for the split, although I've always read to go from value to deluxe and not the other way around. My thinking was that we would do MK & EP 1st from Poly, then once we moved to AoA we would do AK, DH, water parks & maybe Epcot again. My thought was that the kids might like AoA better, and that while we were downgrading our resort, our room might actually feel like an upgrade since we were moving to the suite. I was also thinking that we might find AoA & our park schedule from there somewhat relaxing (ok, that might be a stretch). I guess I just need to decide what will bother us less (downgrade in space/kid themed or downgrade in amenities).

Thanks for posting. Glad to know my original plan wasn't completely crazy.
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I was just wondering if anyone has decorated their door in the family suites? This is something we love to do at the values, and I have heard that the doors in the LM section are metal, but I've had some trouble finding out about the family suite doors since they are inside.

Any info would be appreciated!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #37
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Closet/Drawer Space

How much closet and drawer space is in the Cars suites? We have 3 adults and two children and would like to unpack all of our suitcases. HATE living out of a suitcase for a week plus I like to put the dirty clothes back into the suitcases once they are worn.

Just wondering if this is going to be possible or if I need to plan on something else. We are flying so I can't carry extra suitcases.
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I know in the standard room there's 3 drawers in the dresser and one standard closet bar
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #39
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How much closet and drawer space is in the Cars suites? We have 3 adults and two children and would like to unpack all of our suitcases. HATE living out of a suitcase for a week plus I like to put the dirty clothes back into the suitcases once they are worn.

Just wondering if this is going to be possible or if I need to plan on something else. We are flying so I can't carry extra suitcases.
The private bedroom has a roomy closet and there's a hanging bar in the living room, one deep drawer and then three drawers under the TV. Definitely wot be living out of your suitcase. We overpack and had plenty of room, I loved getting settled in.
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That was my original plan for the split, although I've always read to go from value to deluxe and not the other way around. My thinking was that we would do MK & EP 1st from Poly, then once we moved to AoA we would do AK, DH, water parks & maybe Epcot again. My thought was that the kids might like AoA better, and that while we were downgrading our resort, our room might actually feel like an upgrade since we were moving to the suite. I was also thinking that we might find AoA & our park schedule from there somewhat relaxing (ok, that might be a stretch). I guess I just need to decide what will bother us less (downgrade in space/kid themed or downgrade in amenities).

Thanks for posting. Glad to know my original plan wasn't completely crazy.
We're doing an AoA/ Poly trip Friday! We love AoA but there's so many more amenities at the deluxe resorts. I would recommend doing AoA first but if your family is looking forward to it and it works with your schedule, do it! We stayed at the Cars suites in September and adored the theming. The poly is by far our favorite (a vacation in itself) but I won't want to rush my trip since we're staying at AoA in the beginning!
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How much closet and drawer space is in the Cars suites? We have 3 adults and two children and would like to unpack all of our suitcases. HATE living out of a suitcase for a week plus I like to put the dirty clothes back into the suitcases once they are worn.

Just wondering if this is going to be possible or if I need to plan on something else. We are flying so I can't carry extra suitcases.
In a cars suite there is a stand alone wardrobe that is open with a bar across and a drawer on the bottom for hanging stuff and a I think a 3 drawer dresser in the main living area. In the master there is a bar for hanging and a 3 drawer dresser. There is ample counter space in the master bathroom for toiletries and a few shelves in the kitchenette for food. I thought there was more than enough room for all of our stuff for 4 adults and 2 kids!!!
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:49 AM   #42
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Vey excited about our AOA stay in November. My family thinks we are staying in a LM room but I upgraded us to the Nemo suite! I am not going to tell them until we get there! My kids love arcades and we usually dont let them blow alot of money in them, but when they saw the pictures of the arcade at AOA they asked if they could go and we said yes of course! Does anyone know if the games take tokens or can you swipe your Key to the World and it is charged to your room?
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Our fam of 4 (DH, DS 9, DD 11 + myself) are currently booked for a Nemo suite, 9 nights, early August, 1st trip ever. With that many nights, we are strongly considering a split stay w/ Poly. Original plan was to do Poly 1st, then move to AoA. Everyone has advised me to switch & do our Nemo suite 1st, then on to Poly, so now I'm thinking that if we go for the split we'll do it that way, but, now I'm wondering if we should just stay put with our suite and enjoy it for what it is (as we currently have no basis for comparison, so won't miss the amenities at Poly since we've never experienced them). The only thing is that we would actually save a few hundred dollars by splitting with the Poly! So, my questions now are:

(1) Would you advise a split in this situation?
(2) If we do the split, should we definitely do AoA 1st, then Poly?

Thanks so much for your help. I don't think I've ever been so indecisive about anything in my life!
Hi! I originally considered doing a split too. I think I would probably go from AOA to Poly because going from value to deluxe, and because of the convenience of hopping on the monorail. In the beginning you won't know the convenience, but once you have it I think it would be difficult to not have it. However, if you chose to only do one this time I would do AOA because of the ages of your kids. I'm sure they will love AOA, but next time you come back they will obviously be older and it may not be as exciting for them. Although I am 27 and can't wait!

If you don't mind me asking you, how is it cheaper for you to split your trip at the Poly? We have never stayed there and would definitely be interested!
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Hi! I originally considered doing a split too. I think I would probably go from AOA to Poly because going from value to deluxe, and because of the convenience of hopping on the monorail. In the beginning you won't know the convenience, but once you have it I think it would be difficult to not have it. However, if you chose to only do one this time I would do AOA because of the ages of your kids. I'm sure they will love AOA, but next time you come back they will obviously be older and it may not be as exciting for them. Although I am 27 and can't wait!

If you don't mind me asking you, how is it cheaper for you to split your trip at the Poly? We have never stayed there and would definitely be interested!
Thanks for chiming in on my decision. Definitely helps me to hear thoughts from others.

Poly is actually cheaper during our dates because of the summer discount (30%) vs NO discount on the Nemo family suite at that time. Also, it has to do with the way the pricing season works at the values compared to the deluxes. That's the other reason I was thinking of doing AoA after Poly-we would be taking advantage of a cheaper season @ AoA if we wait until August 4th to go there. Over the weekend we'll be at WDW, it would cost us $400/night to stay in the suite while it would cost about $300/night at Poly. While there are just 4 of us, our kids need to sleep in separate beds, and separate spaces altogether if possible which is why the suite really appeals to us. We could get a 15% discount if we switched to a Cars or LK suite, but my kids love Nemo,
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Thanks for chiming in on my decision. Definitely helps me to hear thoughts from others.

Poly is actually cheaper during our dates because of the summer discount (30%) vs NO discount on the Nemo family suite at that time. Also, it has to do with the way the pricing season works at the values compared to the deluxes. That's the other reason I was thinking of doing AoA after Poly-we would be taking advantage of a cheaper season @ AoA if we wait until August 4th to go there. Over the weekend we'll be at WDW, it would cost us $400/night to stay in the suite while it would cost about $300/night at Poly. While there are just 4 of us, our kids need to sleep in separate beds, and separate spaces altogether if possible which is why the suite really appeals to us. We could get a 15% discount if we switched to a Cars or LK suite, but my kids love Nemo,
Another thing to consider is which days will you be visiting MK and Epcot. Poly is much more convenient on days you'll be visiting those parks but AoA is more convenient to AK and HS (Poly shares buses and AoA doesn't).
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