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Old 07-02-2011, 01:32 PM   #16
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Many people love the Poly. It is really special to have MK in center view and to walk to the TTC.

I'm more of a fan of the GF. I don't find it stuffy at all. I like the open airy rooms. The pools are a better fit for my kids.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:07 PM   #17
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I like the Contemporary for the Resort Monorail access, walkway to the Magic Kingdom and the biggest rooms among the Deluxe Resorts.

I like the Boardwalk Inn because their Club Level Cast Members are simply the best, theme, atmosphere, plus they have walkways to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:38 PM   #18
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My favorite deluxe is the GF. The resort is flawless in my opinion, and it smells so good in the lobby. The CMs are so friendly and they really do go out of their way to make you feel special. Also I love the GF bath products you get in the room, the body butter is the best. Being on the monorail is also a huge plus as well.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:48 PM   #19
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we have only stayed DVC at BLT, BCV, and BWV

I think my favorite would be GF, but like PP said its expesnive

If the pool is your thing, than BCV hands down plus I like the boat to DHS

BLT is awesome if you utilize the monorail (restaurant choices, etc)

Really you cant go wrong with any deluxe JIMO
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:00 PM   #20
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As a kid, we always stayed at Polynesian and I always thought it was too spread out to be convenient. As an adult, I love the Boardwalk for its nightlife (clubs, restaurants, bars, free entertainment). My first stay with BWI was in 98 and I paid over $200 a night for the tiniest room I've ever had outside of Europe and it was ground floor next to the bus walkway. It was noisy at the worst times of day.

However, we've since stayed only at the Boardwalk villas via renting from a DVC owner. Those are fabulous. Not crazy about the decor or the long walks, but the boardwalk in general is a great place to stay. You can walk to four other resorts in just a few minutes, or go to Epcot every night for a fab dinner.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:23 AM   #21
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I have stayed at Poly, GF, CR, AKL and BWI, and I enjoyed them all. I don't think you can go wrong at a Deluxe resort. I tend to prefer the monorail resorts, just because I love the monorail, and I disliked the looooong hallways at AKL and BWI. But I wouldn't let that deter me from staying there.. I just request a room close to the lobby at those resorts.

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Old 07-04-2011, 09:37 AM   #22
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We love the GF. Every time we've stayed or just dined there, our family has been treated like celebrities, receiving upgrades, champagne, roses, a free ride back to the WL from the GF concierge when we dined at Citrico's and missed the bus, you name it. Apart from the fantastically considerate cast members, including upper management helping us choose a room that would meet the needs of our son who is on the autism spectrum and must avoid noise, the GF's atmosphere is so beautiful and serene, the public areas are spacious and encourage you to use them and the decor's palette is subdued and classic. We love the courtyard pool and the zero entry pool. All the restaurants are great. 1900 Park Fare's character buffet is one of the best. Narcoosee's is a delightful place to dine and we love running out of the restaurant with the other customers to see the water parade and fireworks and then returning for dessert. Citrico's is fabulous and, of course, V&A is rated very highly by Mobil Travel Guide and it received the AAA Five Diamond Award. Even when we've stayed elsewhere, we have usually wound up eating at least one meal at the GF. Honestly, when we don't stay club level, we find Gasparilla's very convenient for breakfast ---and cheaper than the food courts such as the Pepper Market at CSR. The GF Cafe is also excellent for all three meals and reasonably priced. You can't beat the GF's transportation options either. Monorail, boat and bus are all available. We've stayed at the Poly twice (first time fabulous, second time disappointing and a CM was downright nasty), AKL twice, WL once, CSR twice and probably won't be staying at any of the Epcot resorts for reasons that are not a reflection on them, but on our needs as a family, and can say that the GF has always provided us with a magical vacation in every way. I would recommend it anyone,.
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:29 AM   #23
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My favorite deluxe is WL without a doubt. Love the theme and the close proximity to MK. It's also an affordable deluxe option for my family.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:20 PM   #24
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I have stayed at AKL-Kidani, WL, Poly and BC. Hands down BC is my favorite. We were extremely let down by Poly, which I'd wanted to stay at forever and now will never go back to. WL was fabulous but it was several years ago and now I hear it needs some work. Kidani was just ok. Great pool, but a lot of other things were lacking. We're headed back to BC in August and I'm thrilled!
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:35 PM   #25
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We love the GF for its graceful charm, the ease of the monorail, the turn down service with the chocolate on the pillow and the fabulous customer service. They have great restaurants, great pools, and you can watch Wishes from the docks. And honestly, at the time of year we go it isn't much more expensive than a lot of the other resorts (excpet the Poly... which I actually find dark and a bit depressing). It has an elegance but is still laced with Disney magic!

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Old 07-04-2011, 05:37 PM   #26
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Can I throw in my opinion even though I've never stayed? LOL. (My hubby keeps putting me on a budget and doesn't think staying at a Deluxe is a "necessary" part of the vacation.

However, I love the idea of staying at a resort with the monorail. The convenience of it is just wonderful. The Poly and Contemporary are my first choices (The Grand Floridian is just a little to fancy for my liking )

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Old 07-04-2011, 06:06 PM   #27
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We've stayed at the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Grand Floridian and the Polynesian.

I think they are all great resorts and all have wonderful transportation options!

Our number 1 favorite is the Beach Club!

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Old 07-04-2011, 07:56 PM   #28
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I have stayed at BW and poly. I liked them both, but preffered poly. I think our next stay will be poly or gf.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:05 PM   #29
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1. The Grand Floridian. We have never had a bad experience in any of the rooms or "levels' we have stayed at there and they are very helpful. If you want to stay by the MK....I would suggest the GF.

2. Boardwalk. In my opinion, the best hotel in the MGM/Epcot area. Great food and fun options...If you can do concierge, go for it!

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Old 07-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #30
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I've stayed at the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Polynesian, so can only speak from experience of those. My favorite of the four is definitely the Polynesian. There are so many pros to staying at the Poly. The lobby is gorgeous, monorail access, beach, awesome pool, Ohana, I could keep going on. The rooms are pretty standard in my opinion; however, if you have a room with a view of the Magic Kingdom, it's very nice! In March I stayed in an Animal Kingdom Villa and that was pretty amazing as well. We had a 2 bedroom which had 3 bathrooms, kitchenette, living/dining room and three balconies overlooking the Savannah. The only reason I don't suggest AKL as my "favorite" is because of the transportation (bus only). I enjoy the quick monorail access at Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian.

Whichever Deluxe resort you choose, just keep in mind that it's Disney and will most likely surpass your expectations! A little warning though, once you've stayed in a deluxe, you probably won't want to go back to Moderate!

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