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Old 04-05-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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Hi all!
I have been torturing myself over the the decsion of which resort to stay at. Originally, my husband, 2 kids (2&4) and I were going to stay at the Polynesian in May (5/20-5/24). This will be our my first trip since 1985 (1976 for my DH)!
My mother just decided to come with us. Because of the extra person charge of 25, etc - we are now over budget.
To stay within our self imposed budget, we can move to at a moderate resort. I have a few questions

1. Which moderate is best for young children? I read that Port Orleans would be a good choice, but was wondering about CBR (only moderate available with ZHE rate).

2. How good is the tranportation at CBR or PO? We are going to have a car if that makes a difference. Should I just toss my budget and stay at the Poly Is the convenience of being on the monorail worth the extra an $750 even with a car?

3. How easy is it to drive the Theme parks & other hotels (for meals) from one of the moderates?

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Old 04-05-2007, 12:40 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:43 PM   #3
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You should do what you are comfortable doing..

If you can swing it try the poly..great location

We've stayed at all resorts except Animal Kingdom Lodge...

Moderates are good and have been very happy there.... I prefer CBR for a moderate..basically for us its because of theming...

Not sure what your dining schedules are like, but what if you cancelled the car rental? Would that make Poly more affordable?

Good luck w/ whatever you decide
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:46 PM   #4
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Cbr

The CBR is great for kids b/c the theming is great...the pool is fun and there is a lake with activities... Good Luck!
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:50 PM   #5
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I think the room size difference and the monorail are worth the extra money. If you were planning on staying at the Polyn would it be possible to ask your mother to pay the extra $25 per night charge?

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Old 04-05-2007, 01:53 PM   #6
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Just my 2 cents, but why not stay at the Poly as planned and ask Mom to at least chip in for the extra $ it's costing for her to stay???
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:59 PM   #7
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Not sure if you'll be driving down or flying and renting a car. If you'll be renting a car then I would stay at Poly and ditch the rental.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:23 PM   #8
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How did a $25 charge amount to $750? Also from what I read I gathered there would be 5 of you in the room, meaning the only moderate resort you could stay at is POR Riverside, unless you are getting two rooms.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:30 PM   #9
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I saw that you are over ur budget yet you are considering payin 700+ for a rental car?!! skip the rental car and use ME the kids will be more excited about it and esp if you stay at Poly with the extra $ you will save from the car you can use the monorail, buses, and boats. We always get a rental car and decided that with the success of the ME that we will drop the rental car and we afforded to stay at WL which was 300+ a night. Just some advice to think about. I stayed at Poly when I was 13 and loved it and when we moved to POR i was sooo upset!
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:37 PM   #10
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Thanks all for your responses! I really appreciate it!

We are diving, so I can't save with the rental car.
I would feel bad about asking my mom to chip in especially if I can just move to a different resort to stay in budget. We are planning on doing a MYWP with DDP and adding a 5th person adds up (since I have to buy the DDP and tickets for her)
I was just wondering if having a car at a moderate would be just as convenient as staying on a monorail resort.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:48 PM   #11
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Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my original post. The 750 is the difference between staying at the Poly and a moderate for a 4night package w/ DDP. Adding my mom to the Poly package would put me 500 over and staying at a moderate with the same plan w/ my mom would actually put me 250 under.
My 2 year old can be in a crib, I think.
Now, I'm thinking ditch the budget and just stay at Poly.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:57 PM   #12
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Thanks for clarifying. I guess my opinion is stay where you can afford. Staying at a moderate with a rental with not be as conveint as the Poly, but having to constantly worry about money on a vacation isn't a load of fun either.
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:07 PM   #13
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POR is a very nice moderate. We've stayed there before and loved it.

We now stay at the Polynesian which we also love, but if the price was too high for us, we would definitely be happy to stay at POR.

Go with whichever one you can afford.

We had no problems with bus transportation when we stayed at POR. You're missing out on the convenience of the Monorail, true enough, but you'll still have a fabulous time no matter where you stay.
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:33 PM   #14
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Don't forget, your 2 yo won't need tickets or the DDP.

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Old 04-05-2007, 04:16 PM   #15
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After seeing all of that and you not willing to ask your mother to chip in some money you may want to stay at a moderate b/c you will get there and you as well as your kids will want to buy 1 of everything in the gift shops and thats one of the most exciting parts about the trip is going to the gift shops and spending money on goods like that as well as if you go mini golfing or some other fun out of the parks activity.
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