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Old 06-28-2009, 04:37 PM   #31
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Is a split-stay a possibility? You could spend 4 or 5 nights at a Moderate; then the rest of the trip at AKL or WL?


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Is a split-stay a possibility? You could spend 4 or 5 nights at a Moderate; then the rest of the trip at AKL or WL?


Hi Laura, welcome to my trip report!! We have briefly thought about a split stay, but really rather want to stay put in one place. Especially since it is Katharina's first trip there will be so much that is new and exciting that it would be nice to have one constant place to go back to and feel at home at.
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Now out of all the resorts you have listed, I have only stayed at one of them but I LOVED IT. Marc & I stayed at Wilderness Lodge and we adored it. It is so close to MK and the other deluxe hotels so you have so many dining options. I know you said you thought the room was on the dark side and I thought that would be a problem but it's not depressing or anything. We enjoyed it. It wasn't too dark for us. I loved being able to take the boat to MK, it was so relaxing after a day at the parks. Plus you can request turn down service there and that always makes you feel more special.
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Hi Laura, welcome to my trip report!! We have briefly thought about a split stay, but really rather want to stay put in one place. Especially since it is Katharina's first trip there will be so much that is new and exciting that it would be nice to have one constant place to go back to and feel at home at.
Thanks for the welcome! I subscribed the day you started it, but have been out of town quite a bit lately!

I understand the desire to stay in one place the entire trip.

With it's recent rehab, I think the nicest of the Moderates is Coronado Springs. I stayed there last October -- after the queen beds had been installed but before the room refurbishment. I have a reservation again this October and I can't wait to get back! The resort is large, but the way it's set up, it doesn't feel overwhelming. The TS restaurant, Maya Grill, is usually very good. I'm not a Pepper Market fan, but there sure is lots of variety there! (I just find it too pricey.) I've stayed there when there were conventions going on and it was never a factor -- in fact, the buses were almost empty because the conventioneers are busy working!

I used to love POFQ for it's small size, but I've stopped staying there -- not sure if it just lost it's appeal or if it's just "tired" looking to me now.

The grounds of POR are beautiful, but the resort is large. I think if you stayed in one of the mansions or in a bayou room that was close to the lobby, it would be OK.

Caribbean Beach I don't care for at all, but that's based on a 1997 stay & we haven't been back since!!

I think you know I love AKL, but WL has lots of appeal too. I guess I'd choose WL if I wanted to be closer to the action; AKL if I wanted the peace and serenity I always find there!

I know you and your sister are having fun planning this trip!!
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:59 PM   #35
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Hi Magdalene! I had to laugh at your duvet comment and observation! We have a duvet/comforter on our bed and luckily my DH loves it! Our winter duvet was of course made in Germany and is flannel and just heavenly. I got our summer one at IKEA not too long ago. I miss IKEA in Fuerth!

Ok, back to your story and your hard decisions...hmm..based on what you mentioned and I've read from some people, I think I would vote for the WL. It seems beautiful and different and I think Brookelizabeth loves it too!

I think a split stay would sort of be nice, but didn't think about the issues with booking ADR's. I book our ADR's this Tuesday for our Sept trip and I've been reading up on the subject with nervous anticipation lately. I've read several people complain about their split stays and how they couldn't book all their ADR's at one time since they were given two different reservation numbers and their 90+10 started on a different day - I think you understand what I'm explaining so...I wouldn't do it based on this reason.

Keep us posted on what you decide!

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Old 06-28-2009, 06:20 PM   #36
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From your list, I've only stayed at Coronado. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Before the rehab, the style of the rooms did not appeal to me. The new design felt very fresh and more modern. I didn't find the walk to the main building to be very long at all (I live in the city and do not drive a car, so maybe I'm not your typical person) and the buses were great.

As far as cons, go, I found that I missed being within walking distance of a park (last trip I stayed at Dolphin and walked to EPCOT). And, housekeeping had some issues. The room was tidied, but needed a vacuum and the bathroom floor a really good scrub. I know she sort of cleaned the tub, because when I stepped into it, I got a foot full of cleaning powder!

Those issues aside, I would definitely stay there again.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:59 PM   #37
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Oh boy. I'm going to be no help. I'm a deluxe girl all the way so I'd say AKL or WL. But honestly no matter what you pick will be fantastic! You can't really go wrong!
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:24 PM   #38
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Port Orleans French Quarter:

pros:
everything close together
reviews say it is very quiet
urban atmosphere, unique theming (in a way very “American” to us)
jogging path
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cons:
no quiet pools
shares buses with Riverside
no TS restaurant
Just thought I'd had some comments on POFQ, since it's my favorite. It does share buses with POR, but I've never had any problem with them while I was there. Since POFQ is the first bus stop we always had a seat, and many times the buses didn't even stop at POR.

It is wonderfully quiet, and even the pool area never got too loud. If your looking for some quiet moments near the pool, there are some peaceful nooks around where you can be out of the way. The table service is missed, but it's only a nice walk to POR for their restaurant or a nice boat ride over to DTD.

I absolutely love it there.
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Just thought I'd had some comments on POFQ, since it's my favorite. It does share buses with POR, but I've never had any problem with them while I was there. Since POFQ is the first bus stop we always had a seat, and many times the buses didn't even stop at POR.

It is wonderfully quiet, and even the pool area never got too loud. If your looking for some quiet moments near the pool, there are some peaceful nooks around where you can be out of the way. The table service is missed, but it's only a nice walk to POR for their restaurant or a nice boat ride over to DTD.

I absolutely love it there.
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Out of the resorts you've listed, AKL for a deluxe would be our choice (we plan to stay there next year); we've no desire to stay at the WL--we just don't like the log cabin/woodsy/pine tree theme (and the pool is very small). For a moderate our one and only choice is the Coronado (CSR); we've stayed seven times and were supposed to be there for stay eight in September until we had to cancel; the POFQ would be our second choice if the CSR is not available; we don't care for the CBR at all--the whole theme turns us off--especially the rooms and we don't like the food court at all.
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Hi Magdalene!! I'm signing on board to hear all about you and your sisters trip!!

I'm not a flier at all so anyone who has to get on a plane for 10 hours straight gets two thumbs up from me

I think you have chosen a great time of year, I went this last January and the weather was great, sunshine all the time, and even better the crowds were managable!

I'm like C I'm not going to be of any help mostly because I can't make any decisions myself LOL...I'm very wishy washy at times LOL!!! So I'm just going to sit back and see what you and your sisster decide~
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Thanks to everyone for all your input!

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Now out of all the resorts you have listed, I have only stayed at one of them but I LOVED IT. Marc & I stayed at Wilderness Lodge and we adored it. It is so close to MK and the other deluxe hotels so you have so many dining options. I know you said you thought the room was on the dark side and I thought that would be a problem but it's not depressing or anything. We enjoyed it. It wasn't too dark for us. I loved being able to take the boat to MK, it was so relaxing after a day at the parks. Plus you can request turn down service there and that always makes you feel more special.
Good to hear that someone was feeling the same about the WL rooms and that it was not a problem! Taking a boat really is wonderful. I enjoyed it a lot when we stayed at the Poly!

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Hi Magdalene! I had to laugh at your duvet comment and observation! We have a duvet/comforter on our bed and luckily my DH loves it! Our winter duvet was of course made in Germany and is flannel and just heavenly. I got our summer one at IKEA not too long ago. I miss IKEA in Fuerth!
To be honest, there are always certain things that one does not understand about foreign cultures. The lack of duvets is one thing - as is the English sink which has seperate taps for hot and cold water! This is what I am talking about:



You probably have not yet seen the new IKEA in Fürth? They moved to the other side of the street a few years ago and this is now one of the largest IKEAs I know!

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From your list, I've only stayed at Coronado. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Before the rehab, the style of the rooms did not appeal to me. The new design felt very fresh and more modern. I didn't find the walk to the main building to be very long at all (I live in the city and do not drive a car, so maybe I'm not your typical person) and the buses were great.

As far as cons, go, I found that I missed being within walking distance of a park (last trip I stayed at Dolphin and walked to EPCOT). And, housekeeping had some issues. The room was tidied, but needed a vacuum and the bathroom floor a really good scrub. I know she sort of cleaned the tub, because when I stepped into it, I got a foot full of cleaning powder!

Those issues aside, I would definitely stay there again.
Thank you very much for your comment, it was very helpful. Katharina and I live in a city, too. We actually share a car which mainly sits in its garage. Our main methods of transport are foot, bike and public transport. So I guess we would have a very similar perspective on the walking issue.

Unfortunately those resorts from which you can walk to a park are not really in our price range. But this is one of the things we really enjoy about the layout of DLRP: you can actually easily walk to both parks there from the hotels.

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Oh boy. I'm going to be no help. I'm a deluxe girl all the way so I'd say AKL or WL. But honestly no matter what you pick will be fantastic! You can't really go wrong!
I guess I am bit of a deluxe girl myself...

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Just thought I'd had some comments on POFQ, since it's my favorite. It does share buses with POR, but I've never had any problem with them while I was there. Since POFQ is the first bus stop we always had a seat, and many times the buses didn't even stop at POR.

It is wonderfully quiet, and even the pool area never got too loud. If your looking for some quiet moments near the pool, there are some peaceful nooks around where you can be out of the way. The table service is missed, but it's only a nice walk to POR for their restaurant or a nice boat ride over to DTD.

I absolutely love it there.
POFQ really sounds wonderful when you write about it, I know that you find it difficult not to stay there in December! The more we look into it, the more it appeals to us. I am just not so sure about the AC units. I remember when I stayed at Riverside, I found them rather noisy. I really prefer the internal AC system AKL has.

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It's been years since we've stayed, but we found this to be true when we were there, too!
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Out of the resorts you've listed, AKL for a deluxe would be our choice (we plan to stay there next year); we've no desire to stay at the WL--we just don't like the log cabin/woodsy/pine tree theme (and the pool is very small). For a moderate our one and only choice is the Coronado (CSR); we've stayed seven times and were supposed to be there for stay eight in September until we had to cancel; the POFQ would be our second choice if the CSR is not available; we don't care for the CBR at all--the whole theme turns us off--especially the rooms and we don't like the food court at all.
Welcome! I am sorry that you had to cancel your trip! I guess you are right that besides buses, dining, housekeeping and such, it really comes down to which theme you really enjoy!

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Hi Magdalene!! I'm signing on board to hear all about you and your sisters trip!!

I'm not a flier at all so anyone who has to get on a plane for 10 hours straight gets two thumbs up from me

I think you have chosen a great time of year, I went this last January and the weather was great, sunshine all the time, and even better the crowds were managable!

I'm like C I'm not going to be of any help mostly because I can't make any decisions myself LOL...I'm very wishy washy at times LOL!!! So I'm just going to sit back and see what you and your sisster decide~
Hi Jen, welcome to my PTR! I rather don't want to think about those 10 hours on the plane...
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A few more thoughts...

I am so glad that they changed the ADR window to 90 days! Otherwise we would be making ADRs in 25 days - before we would be able to book a package! But it really should only be about a month until 2010 rates come out. I really hope there will be no unpleasant surprise!

On resorts we have boiled our choices down to AKL, POFQ and CSR. We are really leaning towards AKL as this is the one that is most special. Also we really like the food choices there. So unless Disney makes it extremely more expensive in 2010, it looks like we will be staying there - and will be hoping for a nice code to come out in the fall for January!!

We also have started to talk about dining options.

So far Katharina has a list on our wiki with all table service restaurants that she found interesting when reading her passporter - it has 27 restaurants on it! Unless we decide to get the Deluxe Dining Plan, I can't see how we would manage all those! And no, we are not thinking about any dining plan! I really enjoy having a bit of flexibility with regard to my meals, especially since the jet lag confuses my meal times.

My list has California Grill and Flying Fish on it as well as the request for one nice TS or buffet breakfast. Otherwise there are a few places that I have not eaten at that I might be interested in trying: SciFi Dine In, The Wave and Biergarten. Of course there are many places that I would love to return to, but I really want to let Katharina choose where she wants to eat.

Some of our choices will also be determined by the menus. Not so much for what we like, but whether they look like they have something Katharina can eat. She has recently found out that she has a number of food intolerances (fortunately no allergies!) and should avoid dairy, tomatoes, onions, lemons and red wine. I have already studied the DISabilities board and their FAQ. Disney really is extremely accomodating with all dietary needs, so I am sure Katharina will get something to eat, but it would be nice, to actually go somewhere where you can order things off the menu and don't have to hope that the chef will be creative enough to come up with something more interesting than plain meat and potatoes.

We also talked a bit about park touring. We have always been rope drop people and Katharina is even more of an early riser than me. But I have never made it to morning EMH at WDW. We did them on our last trip to DLRP and got to ride Dumbo numerous times! (See picture in first post) So I have been considering them seriously. Also, I heard recently on the WDWToday podcast that while the Unofficial Guide recommends to stay away from them, they do that because they don't trust people to really be there early enough. But that they actually are worth it if you are there for rope drop at 8 am. So it looks like we will try that in January! Of course now I am waiting impatiently for the park hours to be posted for our trip! January should be up at the beginning of October!
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I HATE sinks like that! And most of Disney's are that way.

I kinda figured you would end up at AKL again! It's always a good choice-you know what to expect, you know you love it, and you will be more at ease in introducing your sister to WDW. I bet you'll get a great code too!

That is so funny about her having 27 places she wants to try! I'm that way too-so many options, I guess we just have to keep going back and back, eh?

I think the morning EMH will be well worth it. I want to think I'll do that in December so we can truly get some park time in before the masses appear, but, we'll see....!
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