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Old 08-20-2013, 02:05 PM   #16
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Wow you listed some of the best options so you can't go wrong. Having said that if MK is your favorite go with CR given the Poly will be under construction. If you enjoy EC and the food than BC is your spot.

Also, WL is a great option as well even though that wasn't on your list.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:16 PM   #17
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I would choose the Poly or YC! Enjoy!
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #18
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I would go with WL also. We were there last year and loved it. We went to Poly and CR while we were there, and even looked at the rooms. We liked WL better than either, plus it is a little cheaper. I think it is a romantic resort. It feels sort of secluded, yet it is a very short boat ride away from MK and from there you can take the Monorail to Epcot. Whatever you choose, you'll have a great time!
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:57 PM   #19
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Congrats! DH and I spent our honeymoon at the Beach Club and loved it. It's a perfect location if you go to Epcot and HS a lot. There are also several restaurants between the YC/BC and the Boardwalk.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:17 AM   #20
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Wow. Thanks so much for all of the insight. For those of you recommending AKL for the entire stay, do you remember approximately how long it took you on average to get to the various parks. We do love that resort we were just worried it would really cut into park time, etc.
Unless you want to walk to Epcot or MK, I wouldn't worry about time to get to parks. If you have to take transportation to get somewhere, the length of time of the ride is only part of the equation. How long you wait for the bus/boat/monorail is part of the issue, plus the time it takes for you to get to the transportation stop from your room. Therefore, AKL takes no longer to get anywhere than other resorts, and is often quicker. I've stayed at Kidani and Jambo 4 time so far, and it is no worse than anywhere else. If the bus comes immediately, the ride to MK is 20 minutes. I've had to wait 20 minutes for buses from WL, take a 3 stop boat ride from BW, and walk, take an escalator, then wait for the monorail at CR and GF. Also, AKL doesn't share buses with other resorts. Transportation at AKL isn't an issue, so don't let it impact your decision if this is where you really want to stay.

If you need any specific info on AKL, check out the separate thread, the DVC Resorts thread, or message me. I've been going there since 2008.

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:25 AM   #21
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My sister had her 10 day honeymoon at the Poly and loved it. But, I think you're right about worrying about construction.

My favorite resort is Boardwalk Inn. Great location and I love the rooms.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:41 AM   #22
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Unless you want to walk to Epcot or MK, I wouldn't worry about time to get to parks. If you have to take transportation to get somewhere, the length of time of the ride is only part of the equation. How long you wait for the bus/boat/monorail is part of the issue, plus the time it takes for you to get to the transportation stop from your room. Therefore, AKL takes no longer to get anywhere than other resorts, and is often quicker. I've stayed at Kidani and Jambo 4 time so far, and it is no worse than anywhere else. If the bus comes immediately, the ride to MK is 20 minutes. I've had to wait 20 minutes for buses from WL, take a 3 stop boat ride from BW, and walk, take an escalator, then wait for the monorail at CR and GF. Also, AKL doesn't share buses with other resorts. Transportation at AKL isn't an issue, so don't let it impact your decision if this is where you really want to stay.

If you need any specific info on AKL, check out the separate thread, the DVC Resorts thread, or message me. I've been going there since 2008.

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I totally agree with this. I never understand when people complain about AKL being too far away. The buses are really great! In 2011 we did a split stay at Poly/AKL and I honestly felt like we were waiting *less* at AKL than we were at Poly for the monorail. Maybe it was just bad timing on our part at Poly, but I really felt like the AKL buses were easier/more efficient. Honestly, if the fear of longer transportation times is the only thing keeping you from booking AKL the whole time, I'd say go for it. I don't think you will be disappointed. Congrats!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:39 AM   #23
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Personally I would go with the resort that most appeals to your taste, its really hard to go wrong with any of them. I know @ CR the sinks are a big issue for me. A man obviously designed those! There is NO space to put ANYTHING. Which gets really annoying when you are trying to get ready and doing your hair and makeup. If you like CR then you may want to try renting DVC points and staying at BLT. Also if you like AKL then I would stay there more than one night. You can easily spend one day just looking around the resort. Have you looked into AKL club level? I would think that would be comparable in price to the poly or CR.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:42 AM   #24
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:12 AM   #25
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Well, you sold us on AKL. We extended our reservation there for the whole honeymoon. He had wanted to stay there the whole time but was just trying to make me happy. Thank you so much for the advice and reassurance. We couldn't be more excited!
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Well, you sold us on AKL. We extended our reservation there for the whole honeymoon. He had wanted to stay there the whole time but was just trying to make me happy. Thank you so much for the advice and reassurance. We couldn't be more excited!
Yay!!!! Great choice. Have fun!!!!!
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Well, you sold us on AKL. We extended our reservation there for the whole honeymoon. He had wanted to stay there the whole time but was just trying to make me happy. Thank you so much for the advice and reassurance. We couldn't be more excited!
CONGRATS!! You'll LOVE AKL!! it's a little slice of Disney Heaven! Actually -- A BIG slice!!

It's our families favourite resort -- I always stay club level at Disney, and AKL has the best and most affordable Club Level! it's not much more than a Savahnah view room per night, I'd definitely recommend upgrading to it for your honeymoon if you can swing it -- it would add a whole other dimension to your stay and it's so convenient in the AM to get a quick start on the nice continental breakfast (they have a delicious one! I LOVE the Quinoia with the oatmeal ) --then free beer/wine/cordials later at night, with Appy hour and snacks through the day, desserts to wind down with at night, it's so wonderful, I adore AKL CL!!!

I stayed at AKL CL in Jan 2008 for 8 nights, and Sept 2009 for 12 nights. We've stayed at POLY CL and Beach Club CL too in 2011/ 2012 respectively -- and hands down, my teen son (17) and I pick AKL as our favourite every time!!
My next trip will be in Jan 2015, probably my first time without club level, but that's only because I need the extra space in a 1 BDRM at Kidani. I'll add on deluxe dining to make up for the loss of club level!
If the trip ends up being just DH and I instead of my son, his GF, DH and I --then I might just switch over to AKL CL because it honestly has been my favourite stay out of all of them!!

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