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Old 02-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #31
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We also like to keep trying new resorts. We're trying BC and WLV in June for the first time! Our favorite moderate is POFQ, but can't pick a favorite Deluxe.

Love having choices!

If I were going to buy DVC, I don't know which I'd choose. Sometimes I think OKW...then AKV...then BWI...

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #32
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My "home" is Coronado Springs. I don't *think* I could go to Disney and not stay there!

But I also enjoy trying new resorts, and I would go back to any I've stayed at.
So my choice is to do a split stay--CSR + Poly/AKL with dh, Value + CSR for a solo trip to save a little $.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:22 PM   #33
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We own DVC and our home resort is BLT, but we have been going to Disney for 30+ years and have stayed almost everywhere. My favorite is the BC because of location and the overall atmosphere. We love BLT and being on the monorail and the close proximity to the other hotels. Our favorite mod is POR. Stayed there many times before we bought DVC. Only ones we are not crazy about are the value resorts. It's a family tradition & we love it!!!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:48 PM   #34
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AKL, no doubt. While I can -and do!- stay at other resorts, I love AKL. I love the wood, I love the fire pits, inside and out, I love the decor. I feel like I'm being hugged every time I walk through the doors. And of course, there's the animals. Nothing like seeing giraffes dancing in the moonlight; saw it once, never again, but that was enough.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #35
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We had for about nine trips when we stayed at the Coronado. Don't get me wrong...we still love it and would stay there again in a heartbeat. But our new home is Old Key West. We love the layout, the peacefulness and the theme of the resort. And now that we have found we can rent points and stay cheaper than Coronado, it is our new home.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:59 PM   #36
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Love CBR, I know i am on vacation when i drop in a hammock on the beach with my kindle while the hubby feeds the ducks ( he packs breadcrumbs for them ).
I love the feel of CBR, though lots don't like it, I can't see why.

Being from Marthas Vineyard, the BC, Yacht, et al, dont do it for me. Its like vacationing at fake home.
Stayed at POFQ last Sept, liked the boat transportation and Boatwrights.
Stayed at S&D last Oct, beautiful place but did not have the "Disney Vacation" feel.
Went once to budget All Star Movies, I actually enjoyed that pool and food court but wouldn't stay again.
I would like to try Poly. Any hotel on Disney is probably fine, i am easy to please, i just love to be on vacation.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:05 PM   #37
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Fort wilderness. Been staying there since I was 3 and will be 29 on our next trip. It fits our family's budget since we usually travel with my whole family. Never stayed in a Disney Hotel, only camped at the fort. we looked into staying in a value resort but it still ended up being twice what we pay at the fort. My dream hotel is Wilderness Lodge, but that doesn't seem to be in our budget anytime in our future unless we strike it rich. I remember riding the monorail as a child and I secretly envied all the families that stayed in the grand Floridian and Polynesian when they boarded.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:14 PM   #38
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Interesting nobody has mentioned old key west or saratoga springs. Nobody has mentioned grand floridian yet either. Perhaps they are all over-rated.

Our home resort is boardwalk inn. It is endlessly wonderful.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:27 PM   #39
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We don't really have a home -- we like so many of the resorts we generally do a split-stay because we can't choose just one for even one trip.

But ever since we tried AKL, we haven't taken a trip to WDW without spending at least a few days there. So I guess it's becoming a favorite.

Other than that, we like BC/YC, the GF and the Poly but none of them so much that a trip to WDW is not complete without staying at them.

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:35 PM   #40
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We have stayed at POP the last 5 years and will stay there again this year. We liked the theming and we don't care about amenities because we are in the parks from open to close. Spending the extra for a mod or deluxe would be silly for us to do. We have a pool so we don't swim on vacation. I can't see us staying anywhere else anytime soon.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:31 AM   #41
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Beach Club is our "home". We've stayed at POR, AKL, BLT and in a rental in Windsor Hills but BC is by far our favorite. I think I actually prefer the resort over any of the theme parks.....

We are doing a BC/Poly split in July. I hope we love Poly as much as we do BC. I can't imagine vacationing at WDW without staying a few nights at BC.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:05 AM   #42
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The GF is number one in our hearts, but if the budget says no, we'll stay at the WL. Especially at Christmas, it's just so cozy and right for the holiday time!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:08 AM   #43
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We like trying different resorts and have loved all of the resorts we've stayed at, but our favorite is the Poly .

Country Inn & Suites LBV June 2001 - CBR July 2002 - BC December 2003 - WL CL Oct/Nov 2004 - WL September 2006 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2007 -Poly September 2007 - All Star Vacation Homes March 2008 - AKL/GF SL/WL January 2010 - AKL/GF December 2010 - GF RPC May 2011
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:00 AM   #44
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WDW as a whole is 'home' for me. My favorite place to stay there??? BWV. It's my home resort. Love BLT as well...so own there too.
But, in all reality, I have found something to love about most of the resorts I've stayed at.
I really like the value resorts. I've stayed at Pop many times. And in May, I'll be at Music and then AoA with my dd.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:27 AM   #45
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We're also nomads. We pretend like we keep trying different resorts because we're trying to find "The One," but really I think we just like variety.

As of today, I'd say WL is our top MK-area resort and BWI is our top Epcot resort. YC is next on my list to try, though, and my sister keeps insisting we have to stay at AKL (it's her favorite resort), so everything's subject to change.
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