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Old 04-10-2013, 11:48 AM   #31
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Great thread!

SSR 5/5. - love this resort. It is our dvc home resort. Beautiful grounds, love being near DTD, love the theme and peaceful atmosphere. Really nice pools.

PORS - 3/5 - really liked this but rooms a little dark. Prefer having a small kitchen in room.

POFQ - 3/5- again very nice resort, clean, friendly but rooms a little small and dated. Same re kitchen.

Soon to try out AKV kidani so looking forward to that!
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May 2014 Pre trip report - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3236860

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Old 04-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #32
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In order of when we visited (for 1st time...2 resorts we visited twice and have X2). Going to give them a grade out of a possible 100% (A+)....edited to change this.
POR- 80%...not near anything and regular rooms with 5 of us
BWV (X2)- 93%...great location and plenty to do though villas are smaller
CR- 95%...great location and feel with plenty to do, but regular rooms with 5 of us (I think a villa at BLT would be close to 100% for us)
SSR- 81%...not a good location and boring theme and smaller villas (would be nice place to live, but nothing special for vacation)
VWL- 82%...didn't WOW us and takes a good amount of points and too far removed but are villas
HH- 88%...closer to home and nice trip to save $$ on not buying park passes (or flying) and plenty to do with nice villas
OKW (X2)- 84%...nice size villas with great layout and low points to stay but not near anything
VB- 79%...too far from home and too desolate and not much to do but villas and resort are nice
BCV- 96%...great location and theme and best pool with lots around but villas are older though still nice (bigger than BWV and laid out well)
up next AKV...can't wait to see what I grade it (my guess is 90-96%)
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #33
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These are the resorts I have stayed at ranked from best/worst:

Poly and Yacht Club - a tie for my two faves
Beach Club
Pop Century
Port Orleans French Quarter
Caribbean Beach
Port Orleans Riverside
All Star Music
All Star Sports

I won't stay at the All Stars again (prefer Pop) or Caribbean Beach (too large for me). I also will not be staying at the Boardwalk again after staying there twice. I prefer Yacht & Beach Club when staying in the Epcot area.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:19 PM   #34
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This is from the viewpoint of someone using an ECV so transportation plays a large factor.

WL 5/5
AKL 4+/5
CBR 3/5
GF 2/5
POR 1/5
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:36 PM   #35
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Mine is on a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the best.

Poly 10/10 - Loved it. 4, maybe 5 times. Would be nice if it had a hot tub
CR 10/10 - Loved it. My fave restaurant Concourse Steakhouse was there when I stayed there.
Shades of Green 10/10 - Loved it. Huge Rooms
Disney Inn - 10/10 - Loved it. Huge Rooms
Disney Golf Resort. 10/10 - Loved it. Golf courses right outside your door.
CSR 10/10 - Loved it. Had a bunch of family there with us. 4 rooms right next to the pool deck in Ranchos 7B.
Caribbean Beach 10/10 - Loved it, stayed there during the fist few weeks of its opening.
Old Key West 10/10 - Loved it. 3 times. Always stayed at HH area, always had a 2 bedroom.
FW Cabins 10/10 - Loved it. Kids were small and liked sticking them in the bedroom and closing the door.
POP 10/10 - Loved it. Boys only trip with my son.
WL 10/10 - Loved it. 3 times. Love the boat to MK. Watching Wishes from our room.
AKL 10/10 - Loved it. Twice.

Do you see a theme here?

I have enjoyed every resort, every stay no matter what level of resort.

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #36
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Favorite, hands down AKL jambo!!

2nd favorite is Poly, but won't be staying there again. Too much money.

Also loved PO French quarter.

The cabins were cool and I would stay there again but not during summer. Too much of a hassle to get to the pool.

Pop century was great for a value. Kids loved it.

Way way down on the list is PO riverside. I hated it in every way possible. Will never stay there again. The theme is not to our taste and it was dull, quiet and utterly boring.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:13 PM   #37
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Best to worst:

Beach Club

And I would stay at any of the top 7 again in a heart-beat! I would stay at the Beach Club again too, but I would make sure I either had a car, or money to blow on taxis. With CBR, while many people love it, I was not a fan. Way too many bus stops within the resort (7!!!) and a not so great food court.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #38
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We LOVE the Poly so much we did it 4 years in a row!

CBR - never again!!!!

This year we are trying BC!
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:24 PM   #39
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Our rankings:
Grand Floridian
Wilderness Lodge
Coronado Springs
Port Orleans FQ
Sarasota Springs

We have had wonderful vacations at all of them. That being said, we have been spoiled by the deluxe resorts and being on the monorail. But the only one we would not return to is Sarasota. Too spread out, did not like the pool, thought the service was not up to Disney standards and it felt the least "Disney like" of any properties.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:49 PM   #40
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We've stayed both CL and Non CL for 6 of the 8 Deluxes and rank them in the following order based on our personal preferences: (We'll be trying the CR in less than a week)

1) WL
2) GF
3) BC
4) YC
5) AKL
6) BWI

We've also stayed all 4 of the Moderates and rank them in the following order based on our personal preference:

1) POR
3) CSR
4) CBR
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #41
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GF 5/5 We love the gracious atmosphere, beautiful lobby, amazing dining choices, large, comfortable rooms and the feeling of being right in the midst of the magic with the monorail and boat service to MK and great views of the fireworks and the ERP I could write pages on the times GF CMs have gone above and beyond for us whether we were staying RPC TPV CL or in a garden view room at 35% off or not even at the GF, but just dining there. On the subject of dining, whether you're getting QS at Gasparilla's, the character buffet at 1900 Park Fare or signature dining at Narcoosee's, nothing can beat the GF for food. We especially love the lobster salad at Gasparilla's and the scallops at Narcoosee's . For us, the GF is our dream come true. When we were a young couple, we visited WDW and saw he brand new GF. We said,"That's where we'll stay when we bring our child to WDW for the first time." And it was.

AKL 5/5 How can you not love a resort where you can look out from your balcony and see a giraffe? AKL gets theming exactly right with its African lobby and grounds. Just walking around the resort and stopping to sit by the firepit is a great experience. We love Boma and Jiko where we celebrated DH's 50th birthday. If you stay CL, the Sunrise Safari is well worth it.

WL 4/5 We've only stayed here once because our son has an ASD and super sensitivity to loud noises, so the din from theWhispering Canyon Cafe and the boat launch to MK were too much for him. If the noise were not an issue, there's a lot to like about the WL with its amazing landscaping---what other resort has a geyser--and great pool. Rooms are not spectacular, but they are certainly comfortable enough. We didn't dine here, so I can't speak to the dining options.

CSR 3/5 This is the only moderate we've stayed at, so I may be a little spoiled. We liked the grounds and our son loved the feature pool. The rooms were fine. CMs were all very nice. What we didn't like was how spread out everything was and that the theming just made us feel like we were at a Hilton in Phoenix. Also, we found the food court pricey and felt that there was better value at the QS at GF.

Poly 2/5 The first we stayed at the Poly, we loved it. We were in a lagoon view room in Samoa and it was great---total Disney magic. On our second stay, we ran the gamut from surly cast members, bad food, a volcano pool so dirty that we emerged from it covered in dead bugs and a crowded and noisy lobby. The only thing I liked was the monorail.

Our next stop is BCV this summer.
Boardwlk Villas 9/14 F&W MNSSH
Wilderness Lodge/MVMCP 12/13
Beach Club Villas '13
Grand Floridian 00, 01, 09 '11 12
Polynesian 06, 00
Wilderness Lodge 05 Grand Californian 04
Animal Kingdom Lodge 02, 10 Coronado 02, 01
Disney Magic 12, 09, 06, 02, 01
Disney Wonder 05
offsite 83, 89, 91

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Old 04-10-2013, 06:30 PM   #42
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Wow this is great. Some of the responses are suprising. Love reading these.
When i read resort reviews the problem is i dont know where the people have stayed and are comparing them to. This way i can tell what theyve expirienced and then make a better decision on where to stay next.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:39 PM   #43
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My personal preference, from best to, well, not "worst" but least favorite :

1. BWI -- I love the location, the look of the rooms, the CMs, the dining options

2. WL -- Gorgeous resort, immersive theme, lots to do

3. Contemporary -- classic Disney, all under one roof, walk to MK, big rooms

4. GF -- This might be my favorite if we had stayed in the main building, but we stayed in Sugar Loaf & I don't like the whole "out-building" thing. That said, lovely, large rooms, super-friendly CMs, best dining & shopping options.

5. Poly -- Meh. Dark, run-down (obvs the room reno changes this), CMs were so-so at best, had to walk outside to get anywhere, super-crowded pool area.

We stayed at CBR, too, but it was YEARS ago so I don't think it's fair to rate it against our other more recent stays.
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Contemporary – 11/2010
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:42 PM   #44
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Wilderness lodge 4/5
All star movies 3/5
POR 5/5
All star sports 4/5
CBR 2/5
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Poly -5/5, can't say enough good about it- truly perfect in every way! It felt like an authentic tropical paradise, and the location can't be beat.

CBR -3/5, way to spread out for my taste, and transportation was very slow and tedious. Outside entry bugs me considering the price. It's pretty though, and has a nice food court and pool.

ASMo -4/5, for a Value it really exceeded my expectations. Nicely themed and maintained, just a little more cramped rooms and no alternate transportation.
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