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Old 02-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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I'm going crazy

Hello all, I need opinions/advice from all you friendly, awesome people!

I have no idea where I want to stay.



My original plan was to stay the first night at Animal Kingdom Lodge the night of December 7 and then the 8th through the 21st, stay at Fort Wilderness campground in a tent. (the economical choice)

But then I started to think about how much I'm paying for staying in a tent to sleep on an air mattress and share showers/bathrooms. (Yes, I know Fort Wilderness has amazing comfort stations - and I do really love Fort Wilderness). Plus since it is only me going - I know I can set up my tent easily by myself - but its just a lot of gear to set up and take down by myself.

So now I'm tweaking my plans!

I'm planning on keeping my Animal Kingdom Lodge stay. But then I'm hoping (haven't booked it yet) going on a four night Disney Cruise. That means I need somewhere to stay the 12th through the 21st (possibly 22nd).

But I dont know where. And Im driving myself (and likely travel agent) crazy.

In my past Disney experiences& Ive stayed at the Fort Wilderness campground, Wilderness Lodge (when it first opened  and I was 9), Fort Wilderness Cabins (by myself), and did a quick mom/daughter trip during the F&W Festival and stayed at Pop (which is didnt really enjoy&)

I love Wilderness Lodge, especially during Christmas (so that was my original thought). But since Im hoping to do a cruise, I thought it might be nice to theme the hotel with the cruise and try Polynesian or Caribbean Beach. Somewhere tropical-ish even though I'm not a very tropical person. Then I was also considering the Dolphin  but I know its not a true Disney hotel. A

And again, driving myself crazy.

If money wasnt a factor, Id probably definitely try Polynesian, since I've heard so many nice things about it  but money is definitely a factor. And there has been no word on room discounts for December yet. So Im not sure if its worth the splurge/price.

So recap:

1.) Just myself going.
2.) Need somewhere to stay for multiple nights in December.
3.) Since it is just me going, I could probably handle splurging a little, but money is still a factor. (I'd like to be able to go and still buy food and souvenirs!)
4.) I'm going crazy.

Sigh. Maybe I should keep my camping plans. That just means driving... ugh.

Any suggestions? Thoughts? Opinions?

Anything would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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do you have an annual pass?
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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I would stay in a preferred room at AllStar Music.

All Star Music usually has more Adults then the other value hotels because the theme appeals more to adults.

The preferred rooms are in the Calypso or Jazz buildings which are the nearest to the pool, food court and bus stops.

The All Star music resort is laid out so that it looks smaller than other resorts ,at least when you stay in a preferred building since you only see the preferred buildings unless you decide to take a walk to the back of the resort area.

Wherever you decide to stay have lots of fun at WDW!
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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do you have an annual pass?
Not yet - but I'm seriously considering getting one.

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I would stay in a preferred room at AllStar Music.

All Star Music usually has more Adults then the other value hotels because the theme appeals more to adults.

The preferred rooms are in the Calypso or Jazz buildings which are the nearest to the pool, food court and bus stops.

The All Star music resort is laid out so that it looks smaller than other resorts ,at least when you stay in a preferred building since you only see the preferred buildings unless you decide to take a walk to the back of the resort area.

Wherever you decide to stay have lots of fun at WDW!
I'll look into it, thanks for the reply!
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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I am not a camper, but won' t you freeze in a tent in December? We are northerners and find even the daytime temps in Disney in December uncomfortably cold. I like the ASMU idea as I prefer to keep all distal points of my body intact
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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I agree ASMu preferred room is an excellent choice if money is a factor.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:54 PM   #7
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I am not a camper, but won' t you freeze in a tent in December? We are northerners and find even the daytime temps in Disney in December uncomfortably cold. I like the ASMU idea as I prefer to keep all distal points of my body intact
lol... I'm from Michigan, so I'm a northerner tooooooo. So Hi!

I've stayed at Disney twice in December. Once when I was four, at Fort Wilderness in a pop-up camper. I have vague memories of this trip. I remember lots of rain. I also remember (this is back when my parents would just drive all night) we got a flat tire in the middle of the night. My mom still mentions how it was below zero when dad was trying to change the tire. I was in and out of consciousness seeing how I sleep like a baby in cars/vans - especially since I'm an only child spoiled brat so I had the entire back of the van to myself. I guess it was a cold winter/December that year!

Then when I did my solo trip in 2011, I stayed in the cabins and the weather was just absolutely beautiful. In the evening it was a tad chilly compared to the day (which was 60s/70s) - but nothing a light sweater or hoodie couldn't fix.

But honestly, I've camped with an ex in March in DC and Pennsylvania. It was chilly (especially at night) - I'm thinking Pennsylvania may have had a few patches of snow on the ground. But a good sleeping bag was all that was really needed.

So if I did camp I'd likely bring a small heater or maybe just a heating pad. But the reason I chose December to tent camp was because I hate heat. Ugh. I'd rather be cold in a tent then too hot. (I've done August in a tent at Disney - it was awful!)

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Definitely going to look into ASMu. Thank you for your reply! Never really considered the All-Star resorts, don't know why. But sounds promising! And money is a factor, but it isn't at the same time. It is just me going, and it is my only trip this year (I'm not counting my trip to DC a couple weeks ago as this year ), so I can splurge a little cause I'll be saving all year. But again, I want to make sure I can still eat food and buy souvenirs for my parents (and possibly friends). Not blow my entire budget on a room I'll likely only be in at night.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #8
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It really wouldn't hurt to look into Swan/Dolphin (I know it's not a "true Disney resort") because I think you can get lots of deals there if your working with a budget. Though weve never stayed at Swan/Dolphin, the EPCOT area is a great place to stay & the boats to EPCOT &DHS are so handy. Maybe check out the Swan/Dolphin board.
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It really wouldn't hurt to look into Swan/Dolphin (I know it's not a "true Disney resort") because I think you can get lots of deals there if your working with a budget. Though weve never stayed at Swan/Dolphin, the EPCOT area is a great place to stay & the boats to EPCOT &DHS are so handy. Maybe check out the Swan/Dolphin board.
Thanks for the tip!
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Hubby and I just stayed at Animal Kingdom- Kidani village in January. It was a very nice resort, but we both agreed that we missed the location convenience of the Dolphin where we stayed last September. I liked the beds at Dolphin better too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:03 AM   #11
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Hubby and I just stayed at Animal Kingdom- Kidani village in January. It was a very nice resort, but we both agreed that we missed the location convenience of the Dolphin where we stayed last September. I liked the beds at Dolphin better too.
I did hear the beds at the Dolphin are great. And I'm all for being close to EPCOT, since it is my favorite park. I think my main hesitation to book the Dolphin is transportation. Yes there are buses to the parks, but no bus from the hotel to the airport - no Magical Express.

But I'll look into a little bit more! Thanks for your reply! I appreciate it!
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The Caribbean Beach would fit in nice with your cruise.. maybe even a pirate room
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The Caribbean Beach would fit in nice with your cruise.. maybe even a pirate room
A pirate room would be fun!
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How about a studio at Boardwalk Villas? For the amount of time you'll be there, it would be nice to have a sofa and kitchenette, plus free laundry in the hall! You can usually get a 30 or 35% discount at the villas during that time, so you won't spend a whole lot. There's so much to do in that whole area that I think it's perfect for a solo traveler.
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How about a studio at Boardwalk Villas? For the amount of time you'll be there, it would be nice to have a sofa and kitchenette, plus free laundry in the hall! You can usually get a 30 or 35% discount at the villas during that time, so you won't spend a whole lot. There's so much to do in that whole area that I think it's perfect for a solo traveler.
I have actually never even been to the boardwalk at Disney. I'm hoping to make it to the area this trip since I'm going longer! I think this will be the longest time I've ever been at Disney!

A villa would be great. I've been spoiled by my parents' time share (Sheraton) in the past. So I imagine it is similar. The free laundry is definitely a plus on longer vacations! I already pack soooo much. Would be great to have more room for souvenirs if I could do laundry.

So thanks for the tip! I'll definitely look into the Boardwalk! I'm trying to go out of my comfort zone a bit on this trip - or at least try new things
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