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Old 05-23-2013, 08:04 AM   #16
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I was in the same situation as you when I booked my September trip a few weeks ago.

I was planning on staying at the Poly with the 30% RO discount, but when the summer discounts were extended, the Poly discount dropped to 20%.

I checked prices (rack rate) and saw that a garden view room at the BC/YC was about $100. per night cheaper than a standard room at the Poly when applying the discounts listed above.

What you need to be aware of though is that when I tried to book a room at the BC using the extended summer discount RO rate of 30%, only the Pool & Lagoon rooms (and above) were available for the 30% off discount. It did not apply to the garden view rooms. This made a big difference.

Originally I figured that a standard room at the Poly would be $379.81 per night including taxes after the 20% discount, which it was. I had figured that the BC/YC garden view room would be $283.00 per night including taxes after the 30% discount, for a savings of almost $100. per night. But since the 30% off only applied to the more expensive Pool/Lagoon rooms, the total price for one of those rooms at the BC/YC came out to be $343.36 per night including taxes.

So in the end the savings between the Poly and the BC/YC was only about $36.00 per night, not the $100. per night that I had anticipated. That made my decision easy. For the extra $36.00 per night I chose the Poly. If the garden rooms at the BC/YC had been available at the 30% off RO rate, I would have had a hard decision...

Keep that in mind when comparing prices between the two resorts if using the extended summer RO discount.
Oh, I did not know that. Thank you! That changes things for sure. I will check it out right away.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:08 AM   #17
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My husband and I are currently planning a romantic getaway without the kids in September of this year. It is the first time we take a trip without them. (DS6, DS3). It breaks my heart not to bring them but a little Mommy and Daddy time alone will be good for everyone, plus, it is for our 10th anniversary.

We chose to go in September because of low crowds and low prices and MNSSHP. Since we wanted to stay at a deluxe resort for the first time, the prices are at their lowest in Sept.

So here comes the dilemma, we always wanted to stay at the Polynesian. We love the tropical theme and the idea of having breakfast at Kona cafe most mornings. I love the idea of romantic evenings, sitting on the beach, watching the fireworks and the convenience of being on the monorail. I have to say that the Volcano pool is not that attractive to me with its small size and the fact that it always seems packed but hey, I can live with that!

We also looked into staying at the Beach club or Yatch club since we got married in Maine New England and it seemed a fitting theme for our anniversary trip. PLus being close to the boardwalk and Epcot is attractive, as well as having a water park at our doorstep. However it seems less romantic to me and the resort food option are less appealing to me than at the Polynesian. My husband does like working out at the gym and Beach club wins a point for that over the Poly that seems to have none.

It is not only the amenities that pulls us toward whichever resort. I checked prices and Poly is almost $800 more expensive than BC. We got a free dining pin but looked into using the room only discount offer instead. It comes out cheeper for us to use the room only discount since we can get our park hopper tickets using points with "Aeroplan". If we did the free dining we would have to take a 5 day park and room package. The room only discount offers 30% on YC or BC stays and only 20% at the Polynesian.

So the smart thing to do would be to save the money and stay at the BC or YC but my heart seems to ache when I think of not going to the Polynesian.
Any advise on what I should do?
We've stayed at both and while we did like the BC, the Poly is our favorite and that would be my choice without hesitation. We love the tropical atmosphere, the beach for watching the fireworks, having a distant view of the castle while swimming, and walking around at night under the lit tiki torches. With that said, they are both great resorts and I'm sure you'll have a great trip no matter which one you choose, but I think the Poly has a more romantic setting than the BC and would make for a great anniversary trip. Good luck.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:08 AM   #18
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Both of these resorts are the two that I normally stay at. What I do, is half and half, I know most people don't like doing that, but to me it is the best of both worlds because you can walk to Epcot and DHS from The Beach Club (and the pool is awesome) and then you can go to the Polynesian at the end of your trip you can take a boat or monorail to the parks. I love Y&B because of location, but LOVE Poly because of the feel and the fact i've been going there 4x a year for over 6 years.
I have never done a split stay but am worried about finding the switch too much work. We like to arrive and settle in and relax, however it does sound tempting this time around. I will discuss it with my husband.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #19
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I would like to try both and I think you would too. If I were you I would do poly just you two this time. .....and then plan beach club when you has kiddos next time:-)
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:24 AM   #20
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Stayed at both and for just you and dh, I would definitely take the Poly. Hope you have a wonderful time, whichever you choose.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:32 AM   #21
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I would probably choose BC to save $800. Plus you'll be closer to nightlife, and things to do outside of the resort itself. The Poly is great, but at BC you'll have more adult fun.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #22
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We've stayed at both many times. If it were just me and DH, I'd go with either YC or BWI. I think the Epcot resort area is perfect for adults -- it's very romantic strolling around the boardwalk, and very beautiful. Can't beat the walk into Epcot countries -- great meals and drinks. Boardwalk has some venues that stay open later than the parks -- DH and I used to enjoy a few drinks and appetizers at Espn Club later after the parks closed. The pool at YC has an "upper area" that overlooks the pool and activities. It's a quieter area with chairs and a few tables -- very nice for adults. Neither YC nor BWI have a character meal, so they don't have as many kids and families in the main area. If DH and I went without our kids, we'd choose a resort like this.

Poly is very nice indeed -- we love it there too, but we find it very MK magical, which would only remind me of our kids . Might be just me, though...
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:02 AM   #23
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I've stayed at both, and I think you should stay at the Poly. For 2 adults, I think it has a much more romantic feel than the Beach Club.
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One of the most magical moments of our last stay at the Poly, was my morning runs along the pathways between the Poly and the GF. The view of the castle in the early morning light was breathtaking. Perhaps, this would help to ease the lack of on-site gym facilities for your husband. Enjoying a cup of Kona coffee after the run, on the quiet, tropical Poly grounds started every day off perfectly.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #25
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Room only discount is better for two adults (only) in a deluxe.

Personally, I'd go for YC/BC. I really didn't love the Poly with it's spread out atmosphere (when we had a lot of rain....lots of wet walks between buildings) and loved the YC/BC with everything in one building and it's location within walking distance to Epcot and DHS. Plus, I like the lighter breezy decor of the YC/BC to the more muted Polynesian.

Plus I'd love saving $800.

Good luck deciding.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #26
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I vote for the Poly now and that you look into renting DVC points to stay at BCV with the kids on a vacation to be taken another time. This may be the only opportunity to stay at the Poly, so jump on it!

And this is coming from someone who owns at BWV. I love the Epcot resort area but if DVC had villas at the Poly, I would be in line to buy the first day they sold contracts!
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My husband does like working out at the gym and Beach club wins a point for that over the Poly that seems to have none.
It is only a short walk over to the fitness center at the GF.
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It is only a short walk over to the fitness center at the GF.
I thought it was closed for renovations??
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:57 PM   #30
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I thought it was closed for renovations??
Me too. I was sure it would be closed for renovations.
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