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Old 05-02-2013, 07:45 PM   #31
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We have stayed at Poly, CR, AKL

Contemporary is my favorite...it just feels more like an upscale hotel, Poly was nice but the outside of the buidings just did not scream deluxe resort to me, but they could have refurbed them, it has been 8 years since we stayed there.

I also like the calmness I get from the new decor at CR...do not like the brown wallpaper in Poly...just not my taste. AKL was way too dark for me, but loved the main building!

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:56 PM   #32
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We love Poly! Only deluxe we have not stayed at is Yacht! AKl and WL tie for 2nd!
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:02 PM   #33
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We have stayed at GF, YC & BWI.

1. YC
2. BWI
3. GF

The first two are so close it's almost a tie. Not really interested in any others except maybe CR
GF 6/89
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:23 PM   #34
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In order of my preference:
BWI and WL--tied
we are trying GF next
we loved the Poly- view of castle from beach, over all feel of the resort, tiki torches at night, restaurants etc...CR surprised us, monoraiil going though is magical for kids, view of magic kingdom, electric water parade, fireworks. We have never had a bad stay. Love the walk in to Epcot from Epcot resorts!
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:04 PM   #35
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We’ve stayed at the BC, BCV, BWV, Old Key West, & Bay Lake Tower. Our favorite is the Beach Club! We love the décor and the ambiance of the resort, not to mention its close proximity to Epcot and HS!

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #36
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I have two actually:

The Poly and Animal Kingdom Lodge

AKL has the animals, which I could watch all day.

I love the Poly for the Hawaiian feeling.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #37
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While I grew up staying at Poly I haven't stayed there in years so I'm not sure I can be fair about it being my favorite. That being said I have been fortunate to stay at many and my top choice as of late is SSR. The rooms are spacious, the grounds beautiful, the staff was the best I've come across and I loved being so close to DTD for not only shopping but bus transfers. I really enjoy my hotel as part of my vacation and this one was so peaceful and lovely. I felt as though I was really able to escape the park craziness and relax.
Places checked off the hotel list : Poly, Poly CL, SSR, BC, DI, AKL, OKW, GF, WL, CBR, POR, POP
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:40 PM   #38
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The Grand Floridian is our favorite. It is so beautiful and the CMs are wonderful. We have stayed at the Polynesian and at Wilderness Lodge and while we enjoyed them both, it's back to the Grand Floridian this August!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:59 PM   #39
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Different resorts for different reasons...Christmas is WL hands down, if we are going to just hang out at the resort it's BC or AKL, if we plan on doing parks it's CR/BLT.
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We love the Boardwalk and the Poly! Best locations and beautiful resorts with special nuances about both!
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #41
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Here's my order of the places we have stayed:


DH says his favorite is GF and DS says his is AKL, so there's not even consensus here in our household.

I would stay at any of them again. Don't think you can go wrong with Disney Deluxe resorts.

AKL, ASMovies(2), ASMusic(2), ASSports, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Caribbean Beach, Contemporary, Dolphin, French Quarter, Gaylord Palms, Grand Californian, Grand Floridian, Kidani Village, Polynesian, Pop Century(2), Riverside, Wilderness Lodge
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #42
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I think ours is AKL. I think I would really like GF if I gave it a try. The cost to stay there is hard to justify though. We will be staying one night at BWV on our next trip before we head to AKV. We have decided to start renting points to these DVC resorts because it's cheaper and more bang for the buck than booking a hotel room. That being said, I'll wait for GF to open up their DVC and try that out.


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Old 05-04-2013, 08:17 PM   #43
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Wilderness Lodge for theme, atmosphere, food, locale to MK. GF runs a close second. Poly's rooms are nice and the grounds are beautiful, but the resort is in bad need of being cleaned up (which I hear it soon will be). No resort at that price point should have the amount of cobwebs and dirt on the windows.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:23 PM   #44

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It's a toss up for me between the Beach club and the WL. I absolutely love the location of the BC, the pool can't be beat and the decor is wonderful. WL is a close second. best themeing on site.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #45
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Although I love staying on the Boardwalk, I don't like any of the rooms at BC or BW.

I am most at home at Kidani with the Okapis and Sanaa. I like the large balconies the three bathrooms in the 2 BR villas or the 2 bathrooms in the 1BR. I love that the Animal Kingdom Lodge is close by and the African Art on display is mesmerizing. I like the fires in the evening.

I like only having 2 bus stops in the resort and parking under the building is fantastic.

I will be at Kidani two more times this year.
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