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Old 02-27-2013, 08:19 AM   #16
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No, we've only ever stayed at Deluxe (Poly, GF, CR and WL). We've never stayed at a Mod or Value. We opted to try a mod for this trip because we found on our last trip, as the kids are getting older, we spent very little time at the resort. However, the price difference btw. FQ and AKL pool view is pretty small and we love the AKL restaurants. Since we are used to being so close to the MK, transportation time was one of my concerns.
We've never stayed at POFQ, but we loved AKL. We are also a deluxe family and love the monorail resorts, but we thought the buses at AKL were fine. The buses only go to AKL and Kidani so there's no sharing with any other resorts. Even with AKL being kind of away from everything, we didn't find the bus transportation to be bad (it took maybe 5 extra minutes getting to the parks from AKL vs other resorts). AKL is quiet and we love Boma and thought Mara was great for CS meals. Our last trip to AKL we had a pool view room and we loved it. I would definitely switch, especially if the price difference is very minimal. Good luck.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:02 AM   #17
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Bus transportation has been excellent for us each time we stayed at AKL with travel times under 20 minutes. I would absolutely choose AKL over POFQ. We have never stayed at POFQ but have visited and although it is lovely, it can't compete with AKL. AKL is an experience and destination unto itself.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:17 AM   #18
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We've stayed at both and between the two, I'd definitely choose AKL. Having stayed in all three categories of resorts over time, we've been staying primarily deluxe for the past nine years (with the exception of POFQ for a couple night last year during Easter week before the discounts kicked in, then we moved to YC.)

Transportation. I know it can change, but when we stayed at POFQ last year, our bus to MK was direct in the mornings, but getting to Epcot in the late afternoon involved something like four or five stops in POR. I don't mind crowds on buses or stops on the way back from the park, but multiple stops before getting to the park makes timing more difficult.

Mod v. Deluxe. We did enjoy POFQ for a mod - I've also stayed at CBR and CSR, and I think POFQ is my favorite mod. We knew what to expect and POFQ absolutely met (and even exceeded) our very realistic expectations. But it's still a mod. After staying deluxe so long, we're used to the deluxe room layout, atmosphere, lobby environment, interior corridors, quiet air conditioning (well, maybe not at CR) and balcony (huge factor for me.) AKL has all of those things. Having stayed at Poly, WL and CR (we have too) and GF, you may feel similarly.

Pools. I know you will spend more time in the parks, but if you plan to use the pool at all, I'd rate AKL pools VERY high (maybe second to SAB at BC/YC.) Great layout and I feel it's far more relaxing at AKL. We love the ability to use both the AKL pool and the Kidani pool.

Dining. We prefer the dining options at AKL. We're not CS fans generally, and we usually avoid food courts. I do have to say that the POFQ food court is one of the most convenient and chaos-free at WDW. And I'm not a huge Mara fan, but it does have lots of indoor seating and selection. But in the end, the TS options at AKL (especially Jiko and Sanaa) are great, and the lounge near Jiko is quite nice.

Rooms. Again, the room layout and the balcony at AKL would be huge selling points for us. We stayed in a pool view room and it was highly convenient - very close to the pool, Mara, lobby (if we walked outside), Jiko, front entrance, etc. And I actually prefer pool view over savannah. Great room! With a pool view room, I didn't think it was much farther from the room to the lobby than when we were in building 2 at POFQ (and that was a great location, too.)

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:37 AM   #19
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No, we've only ever stayed at Deluxe (Poly, GF, CR and WL). We've never stayed at a Mod or Value. We opted to try a mod for this trip because we found on our last trip, as the kids are getting older, we spent very little time at the resort. However, the price difference btw. FQ and AKL pool view is pretty small and we love the AKL restaurants. Since we are used to being so close to the MK, transportation time was one of my concerns.
My mistake. Since you've only stayed at deluxe, you might not enjoy POFQ as much. When you go from value to moderate, there's a huge difference. Even having stayed at AKL, we would still gladly stay at POFQ again, however, my first choice would be AKL. If the price difference is small, I would choose AKL. I wouldn't let transportation keep you from trying it out. That was my biggest concern in trying AKL out, and I was relieved that it was a positive experience.
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