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View Poll Results: Waldorf-Astoria or Contemporary Resort Tower (Not Bay Lake)?
Waldorf-Astoria 13 28.26%
Contemporary 33 71.74%
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:19 PM   #1
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Talking Waldorf-Astoria or Contemporary Tower? (Poll)

After a little internet surfing and playing with triple-a numbers, we are considering Waldorf-Astoria for our Disney World Vacation along with the Contemporary. Your thoughts and experiences are welcome here.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:51 PM   #2
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I have stayed in both of them and voted CR tower.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:25 AM   #3
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We have stayed at both and prefer the Waldorf. Sure, you lose tons of convenience, but you can book the queen suite for about the cost of CR tower. The pool at the Hilton is amazing and the Waldorf service levels are fantastic.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:41 AM   #4
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The WA rooms are beautifully comfortable. I just couldn't stand how expensive everything was and having to go over to the Hilton for water, pop, snacks, etc. Part of our family's Disney experience includes the sights, sounds and smells of staying on property.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:18 AM   #5
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CR hands down. I am sure the Waldorf is beautiful with fabulous service, but the convenience is a major issue with me. Additionally, you will not be able to purchase the dining plan or take advantage of EMH at the Waldorf.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:58 AM   #6
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Convenience for me as well. If you plan to do a lot of non-Disney things (like more than one day at Universal), you might find the Waldorf better, but losing direct transport, EMH, and everything else that comes with a Disney hotel just wouldn't be worth it for me.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:58 AM   #7
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Are you looking for a fist class hotel or a first class location for a Disney vacation?

There is no question the Waldorf is a (vastly?) superior hotel. Also no question the Contemporary is a better hotel for a Disney vacation. Location. EMH. etc.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:07 AM   #8
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For a general Orlando-area vacation, I'd consider the Waldorf-Astoria, but for a Disney vacation? Contemporary wins hands down.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:39 AM   #9
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When we're visiting WDW we stay in Disney properties. If you are going to golf and visit other parts of Orlando then the WA may be a good choice. I voted CR.

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Depends on what is more important to you. The WA will provide superior service and rooms. The CR has MK proximity. For any other park, the location is really a push---the WA is a little more centrally located, but the CR has better transportation options.
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Are you looking for a fist class hotel or a first class location for a Disney vacation?

There is no question the Waldorf is a (vastly?) superior hotel. Also no question the Contemporary is a better hotel for a Disney vacation. Location. EMH. etc.
I'd really like both, but realize this is not possible at WDW.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:36 PM   #12
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I am certain the Waldorf has superior hotel service. But the Contemporary is the choice for a Disneyworld stay. (I would also recommend the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, or Animal Kingdom Lodge.)

With the Waldorf stay, once you leave a theme park, you are out of the Disney bubble. Staying on property, especially at one of the 3 monorail resorts, the Disney experience continues on after you have left a park. You can monorail around, take small boats to other resorts and visit/eat there, the electrical water pageant comes by around 9 pm, you can see the fireworks at MK from the Contemporary, etc., etc., etc. That's why people like me have learned, after staying off-property, that staying on property gives you the Disney magic until you retire for the night. Priceless.
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Contemporary hands down. Don't stay off site.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #14
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To me it's a no-brainer. The Waldorf.

When I stayed at the Contemporary last October, I found it rundown. Plus all the crumbs on the floor I saw when I entered the room and the big stain on the duvet cover skeeved me out when I first arrived. Way overpriced for the quality.

I do think the Contemporary is one of the most convenient hotels on site. But that was the only plus. If I had to stay onsite, I would choose Yacht Club or Grand Floridian if I wanted something decent and with easy access to all the parks.

The Waldorf is gorgeous. The quality of the food is fantastic. The employees at the hotel are much more attentive. The shuttle bus is nothing like the Disney parks buses. I would choose the Waldorf over the Contemporary without a second thought.
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Everybody here has valid points, we are just going to have to pull the trigger come January.
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