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Old 12-20-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! This is my first post on here, so a BIG HELLO.
Well, we've just booked next Christmas and New Year's Eve in WDW (2012-13) in a villa off site. We really want to book the two crucial nights onsite though - two adults and two kids (11 and 8 by then) - and were wondering what were your experiences of hotels at WDW at Christmas time? My husband really fancies Polynesian, but I wonder if it warrants the cost? I'm thinking we may be better served in Port Orleans or Caribbean resorts ... what do you all think? We don't really want to go for the motel type budget rooms (we stayed in ASM over Easter 2011 - it was adequate but quite a drive to the magic and we'd prefer hotel corridors etc) but are wondering whether to go for moderate or luxury for the two nights - Please help!
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:56 PM   #2
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Meant to add ... do any hotels have a king size bed and a pair of bunk beds?
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Meant to add ... do any hotels have a king size bed and a pair of bunk beds?
No. You can get a queen sized bed and a set of bunk beds at AKL and WL.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for your answer! Just been looking through all the options on the website - torn now between pirate themed rooms at Caribbean and new suites at Animation ... any views? Also, still wondering if it's worth upgrading to lux resorts, or if it's just not worth the money for the time you spend there. Quite fancy Beach club with concierge.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:24 PM   #5
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If it were me, I'd go with the WL. The WL is absolutely gorgeous during Christmas time. The lobby is beautiful with the tree in the center and the huge fireplace surrounded by rocking chairs makes it very homey and cozy . Plus the bunkbeds are fun for kids. On one of our WL stays we had the bunk beds and our boys loved them (they were 9 & 11 at the time). We love the WL any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Good luck deciding and happy planning .
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:12 AM   #6
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If interior corridors matter to you, you have to go deluxe to get them. The moderates have the same exterior, motel-like halls that they have at the values.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:34 AM   #7
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For Delxue I'd do Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge

For Moderate I'd go POFQ or POR

Those just seem to have the best holiday "feel" to me.
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Thanks for your answer! Just been looking through all the options on the website - torn now between pirate themed rooms at Caribbean and new suites at Animation ... any views? Also, still wondering if it's worth upgrading to lux resorts, or if it's just not worth the money for the time you spend there. Quite fancy Beach club with concierge.
If you want a balcony to admire the view, you'll need a deluxe resort. Moderates and values back up to another room, so no balcony.
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If it were me, I'd go with the WL. The WL is absolutely gorgeous during Christmas time. The lobby is beautiful with the tree in the center and the huge fireplace surrounded by rocking chairs makes it very homey and cozy . Plus the bunkbeds are fun for kids. On one of our WL stays we had the bunk beds and our boys loved them (they were 9 & 11 at the time). We love the WL any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Good luck deciding and happy planning .
I second this!! WL is gorgeous at Christmas!
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Ditto the WL suggestion. We stayed there in Sept. in a bunkbed room and it was perfect!
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The Wilderness Lodge is gorgeous at Christmas. I had us booked there for
Dec 21, 2012 but then started thinking about how much easier it would be to
stay at a Monorail Resort with the large crowds so I moved us over to the Polynesian. I know we gave up that woodsy Christmas feel but
have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge in the past and didn't like the long waits for the buses. Maybe it was just out timing but we had the same problem last summer at the Caribbean Beach. One night the driver took over 1 hour ( I am NOT kidding) to drive back from the Magic Kingdom to CBR.


Have never been to Disney during Christmas week but was one year for President's Week which I really didn't think was too bad. Anyone know if the crowd size is about the same?

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The Wilderness Lodge is gorgeous at Christmas. I had us booked there for
Dec 21, 2012 but then started thinking about how much easier it would be to
stay at a Monorail Resort with the large crowds so I moved us over to the Polynesian. I know we gave up that woodsy Christmas feel but
have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge in the past and didn't like the long waits for the buses. Maybe it was just out timing but we had the same problem last summer at the Caribbean Beach. One night the driver took over 1 hour ( I am NOT kidding) to drive back from the Magic Kingdom to CBR.


Have never been to Disney during Christmas week but was one year for President's Week which I really didn't think was too bad. Anyone know if the crowd size is about the same?
Christmas week is the busiest of all weeks at WDW. Often the parks will close to all guests at least once, maybe twice each day because they are packed. Waits for attractions can be 180 minutes or more. President's week is nothing compared to Christmas week.

You really don't want to go Christmas week if you want to go on a lot of attractions. It's more for the shows and decorations. You will spend a lot of time waiting in line.
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