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Old 04-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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POFQ vs Contemporary Garden Wing

Hello! Because of the 30% off sale, I just switched our August reservations from the Port Orleans French Quarter to the Contemporary. We are now booked into two Garden Wing/Garden View rooms for a five night stay. It will be my husband, son, daughter-in-law, two granddaughters (8 and 6 years old), and me. Although I love the French Quarter theme, I thought thought the price increase was justified by the Contemporary being so close to the MK, and that it would be nice to have the convenience of being on the monorail. This seems to me to be a huge time saver with two young girls. Do you think I made a good decision? It will be my granddaughters' first visit to Disney World. Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:41 PM   #2
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Yes, you made a good decision. The ability to walk back and forth from the MK if you want to is worth its weight in gold. I've stayed at both and there's no comparison.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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Thank you! We're really looking forward to this trip, and to staying in a hotel so close to the Magic Kingdom.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:28 PM   #4
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depends how much more are you paying?

CR is worth it.

look at the activities list - you should get one when you check in - and may sure before you rush off the parks - there might be something your gk might enjoy doing - since most of these are in the afternoon - might be a good break for everyone.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:30 PM   #5
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You will love the CR and being so close to Magic Kingdom. You definitely made a good choice!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:53 PM   #6
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Although I've never stayed at CR, we love being in the MK resort area. And with CR walking distance to MK and monorail to Epcot will be handy. Rooms are very large too. We've stayed at Poly & WL, and love being so close.
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Aug 2003 WDW Marriott Courtyard, [B]Aug 2005 [/BSeaWorld, Universal, Busch Gardens Hilton Garden Inn, ]Aug 2007 WDW CBR, Jan 2008WDW WL, Aug 2008St. Pete Beach, Universal-HRH, Sea Workd & Aquatica- Hyatt Place & Doubletree, Jan 2009WDW AKL, Aug 2009Key West Sheraton Suites, Cocoa Beach Hampton Inn, & WDW POR/WL, Jan 2010WDW Poly, Jan 2011WDW POR, Aug 2011WDW POR/BC CL, Jan 2012WDW WL, Aug 2012AKL CL, Jan. 2013POFQ Aug. 2013 WDW Pop, GF, YC Jan 2014POR, Aug 2014 Universal Portofino Bay, & WDW GF,

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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We just made the same decision for July! I think the CR garden wing was $75.00 more per night, which I thought was well worth it. We have only one park day before our cruise and wanted to
maximize our MK time. This is our first CR stay, as we usually stay at Poly or CSR.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:07 AM   #8
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With two young children, you will enjoy the CR. The MK is a short 10 minute walk. We stayed there when our children were young. We enjoyed walking to the MK and riding the monorail back.

We tried to take advantage of staying in the MK area by booking ADRs for nearby restaurants. Of course there is Chef Mickey's at the CR. 1900 Park Fair at the GF. We would take the boat to WL for Whispering Canyon and the boat to Fort Wilderness for HDDR.

We loved staying at the CR. I hope you do as well!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #9
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Great choice! Make sure you get a reservation for Chef Mickey's...the foods not great, but the kids will love it!
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:04 AM   #10
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Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. I think I made the right decision, and you all confirmed it!
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