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Old 06-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #16
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I would go over the details of the resorts with them again. Maybe look on youtube and find a resort tour of each. I'm assuming they have been on the monorail..tell them that the monorail comes right to the resort at the Poly. Show them a video of wishes from the Poly beach. See what they choose. If they choose AoA, then go there and enjoy! If they choose Poly, do the same. You will have a great time either way, but I really would take their opinions into consideration!
Heh - I went through this last year. I showed them both resorts side by side, and the kids were NOT impressed with the Poly at all. It sealed the deal for AoA.

I would let them pick this year. I did the same last year and it turned out to be a wonderful vacation for all of us. I was as happy with them at the AoA as I had been at the Contemporary. Kids don't look at things the way adults do. To them, the deluxe hotels looked boring. This year was my husband's choice He went with the Beach Club. Next year it's my turn and I may want to do the Poly. I'm torn, as I really like the Contemporary a lot.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #17
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I say take several things into account and then make a decision..

Is being close to MK, EP important to you? Do you want to take mid day breaks..

If so go Poly..

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Old 06-30-2013, 06:38 PM   #18
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What about a split stay? You each get what you want.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:39 PM   #19
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I agree completely. Why go value instead of deluxe. If deluxe is an option, why not?

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Simple, DH and boys want to go to AOA.
Remember with the suite you have your own bedroom, not 2 beds next to each other. Make dinner plans one night at the POLY and after watch the fireworks from there. You do not have to stay there to do things like that.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:21 PM   #20
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If Disney is your "addiction" you need to go with a suggestion from your DH and kids. And, as someone said earlier, once you go Deluxe, you can't, you won't, go back. Our first trip together in '08 was at POP. 5 years, and 4 (5th in Oct) trips later, we've stayed at the Epcot resorts - per the DH's request. And it's my addiction we're feeding...
Good luck with the planning. You'll have a magical trip (no matter the location)
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:29 PM   #21
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It's mind-boggling how many posters suggested to OP to completely disregard her husband and CHILDREN'S preference of staying at the Cars suite at AoA and instead stay at Poly. Everyone is suggesting for OP to be selfish and not care what the rest of her family wants. Just wow. As much I LOVE Disney, my family comes first. I go with my family to Disney, I don't go to Disney and bring my family along...

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Old 06-30-2013, 07:33 PM   #22
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Yikes. Well, here's the thing. If you can only afford Poly this one time and may not get another chance to stay at such an amazing resort, than stay there. If you will have the chance to stay at Poly again, why not go for AoA. Its a cool resort with great theming. I just think that Poly is a resort that you may only get to try once or twice in a lifetime, at least for many people these days. Its proximity to MK and amenities can not be beat. It has the biggest rooms on Disney property (another way to convince your DH and children if needed). But, since trips should be a family decision, I would say stick with AoA and definitely do Poly again soon.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:35 PM   #23
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AoA. I stayed there last fall and loved it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:49 PM   #24
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Thank you for all of your input! I know it's important to make them happy! And I am totally for that! That's why I'm gonna bite the bullet and suck it up! I know the poly will be there the next time. It's not my only chance at staying there. We are still a young family so the kids do really get a kick out of the big objects and theming of the values. I am really excited to see the new resort! I guess I just wanted to hear that others have enjoyed it! Ill will just enjoy my annual ohana dinner to get a mini poly fix and then plan on booking the next trip at the poly !! At least I'm at disney with my boys and DH!
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:17 PM   #25
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We absolutely LOVED our stay at AoA in a Cars suite! We were unexpectedly upgraded from the LM room to a Cars Suite. It was myself, DH, DD (5) and my Mother on this past trip and we had a fabulous time at AoA!! Yes, the food court was a little hectic at times, but the resort itself was amazing. We, the adults, loved the resort so much we couldn't get enough of it! We did a split stay with 4 nights there and 3 nights at AKL and we truly enjoyed our time at AoA! The theme is wonderful, the pools are fabulous, and the suites are such a great size with all the accommodations we needed! While I know the Poly is an amazing resort (one I have yet to stay at, but have visited) I enjoyed out time at AoA. Have you thought of doing a split stay or maybe ending the trip with a night or two at Poly?! If you do choose AoA, you will LOVE it, too!
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:34 PM   #26
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It's mind-boggling how many posters suggested to OP to completely disregard her husband and CHILDREN'S preference of staying at the Cars suite at AoA and instead stay at Poly. Everyone is suggesting for OP to be selfish and not care what the rest of her family wants. Just wow. As much I LOVE Disney, my family comes first. I go with my family to Disney, I don't go to Disney and bring my family along...
Well, while I think the cars suite will be way cool and lots of fun, I do have to say that when you're going by what family members THINK they want, when they haven't seen the hotel, it's hard to always take what they say as absolute. I know that with my son, sometimes he's got some tiny obscure thing in his head that turns out to be entirely wrong, but that little thing is what is causing him to want X instead of Y. So if I say "do you want to stay at All Star Sports or Port Orleans, he might (and this could happen with him) think that Sports will make him play football and expect him to be good at it. So he'll choose PO. NOt because of the pool or the grounds or the rooms or anything, but because he doesn't play football, and thinks he'll be made to play it at All Star.

I've learned to be cautious and ask a billion questions, to see if can I spot the bit of twisted info or skewed thinking that's behind a decision.

Hubby and children are going off of an advertisement and off of pictures on the website. That makes it hard to know what they would TRULY want and what they will ultimately end up loving.


For me, I'd do the split stay option.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:14 AM   #27
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It's mind-boggling how many posters suggested to OP to completely disregard her husband and CHILDREN'S preference of staying at the Cars suite at AoA and instead stay at Poly. Everyone is suggesting for OP to be selfish and not care what the rest of her family wants. Just wow. As much I LOVE Disney, my family comes first. I go with my family to Disney, I don't go to Disney and bring my family along...
Well, aren't you just a big ray of sunshine...

FWIW, my daughter hated AsMu last year. She wanted to know where the pool slide was, why there were no benches to sit on while waiting for the bus, why our room had no ceiling fan. Next trip, she has requested BC. And she is 8.

That said, I would suck it up and suffer through. If you would rather stay at the Poly, you are probably going to be disappointed with AoA, in my opinion. As long as you go into the trip knowing it, I think you will have a much better time

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Well, aren't you just a big ray of sunshine...

FWIW, my daughter hated AsMu last year. She wanted to know where the pool slide was, why there were no benches to sit on while waiting for the bus, why our room had no ceiling fan. Next trip, she has requested BC. And she is 8.

That said, I would suck it up and suffer through. If you would rather stay at the Poly, you are probably going to be disappointed with AoA, in my opinion. As long as you go into the trip knowing it, I think you will have a much better time
Your 8yr old is in Disney and complaining about benches at the bus stop and ceiling fans? Most kids her age haven't even been to Disney!

OP, we are staying in SSR a week and then initially YC for 3 days. My 11yr old daughter saw one commercial for AoA and begged too. We gave up YC and SAB for a Cars Suite. She is so excited and my 3yr old who doesn't know about the trip yet will love it even more. I see it like this. They are only young once and Poly will always be there. There may be a time your kids don't want an icon-themed hotel like AoA. Get excited with them and enjoy this trip and let them know what a fun hotel THEY picked. It will be magical for them and you will appreciate the 2 bathrooms, separate room and mini kitchen.

Also, I have stayed at Poly. Location is nice, rooms are big but pool is crowded and the ambience that might appeal to you will be boring to the boys. It is something for you to look forward to

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Old 07-01-2013, 02:06 AM   #29
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So I had decided that this upcoming trip we would stay at the Poly. DH had agreed everyone was excited! Then Disney channel showed a commercial about AoA. When he saw the car suites he had me pull up some info about AoA and he was sucked in along with our two boys. Now they are sold and I would hate to disappoint them. ( My DH is so great when it comes to my Disney obsession he agrees to a yearly trip buys my Disney type stuff anytime he sees anything I might like ect) I feel since I always pick the resort and details ect I can throw him a bone. the only thing is I had my heart set on the Poly . Tell Me AoA is going to be awesome! Tell me Im going to be happy with my choice?!?!?
I do understand...my favorite Disney trip so far has been our stay at the Poly. Almost tried CR this time around or AKL...BUT, the kids' obsession with pirates won out (and they don't even know we're going yet). I upgraded us last year to BC instead of a pirate room at CBR so DS6 was still talking about wanting to stay in a pirate room. I figure they will soon be too old to want a pirate room and we'll need/want more space too, so CBR it is this year and the next time we go, back to deluxe! :-)

It helped that we were able to add 2 more nights to the original reservation for the same price since we changed from deluxe to moderate...in the long run, that's what's making me stick to the CBR. :-)
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:31 AM   #30
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Like a previous poster said try to do a split stay if you are staying long enough. I had the same thing happen to me and I ended up doing a split stay. We enjoyed our stay at both resorts. AoA is fun! The kids enjoyed it so much.
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