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Old 05-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #16
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I would think that if you are talking about ease of getting to and from the parks then the CR would be the winner if you're going to spend more time at MK than the other parks. If you are going to all the parks equally than the 3 monorail resorts are about equal in terms of transportation imo. The kids may like the pool more at POLY or GF. We recently returned from a stay at the POLY and loved it! You can't go wrong at any of the monorail resorts though.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:10 PM   #17
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Another vote for BLT. You can get a 1 bedroom villa and have a kitchen and washer dryer. There is a king bed in the bedroom and kids can sleep in provided pack n play or on pull out sofa bed and pull out chair beds in living area. Two full bathrooms. Walk to MK (perhaps best aspect!), monorail home, easy transfer to Epcot monorail. Quiet. Splash pad and private pool with little slide for your ages of kids. Just LOVE BLT!!!
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:26 AM   #18
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We haven't been in a few years but on our last trip we had a toddler and infant and loved the Poly. Like pps have said, being able to walk to both MK monorail and TTC was great. Loved the zero entry pool, and I think there was a little water play area too. We stayed CL and loved having breakfast in the lounge with a few of MK, also being able to watch fireworks from lounge in their pjs was great. We are staying there again in a few months and can't wait!
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:22 AM   #19
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For kids still in stroller, CR would be my choice because of the walkway to MK.....BUT the 2 parks not on the monorail (HS & AK)......the buses are horrible. Have you tried POFQ? Smaller resort than POR, moderate and the buses are ok. Or you could just do half day at HS & AK so you aren't trying to ride the bus with exhausted kids.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #20
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Thank you everyone for your input! DH and I are leaning towards the Poly because he just fell in love with the decor . If my parents join us we might just book a 2 br at BLT for ease of us all being together.

Now time to pin down dates and see if my parents are joining us or not !
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:16 AM   #21
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Thank you everyone for your input! DH and I are leaning towards the Poly because he just fell in love with the decor . If my parents join us we might just book a 2 br at BLT for ease of us all being together.

Now time to pin down dates and see if my parents are joining us or not !
The Poly is our favorite resort.....we love everything about it, especially the theme/decor. Plus it's great having the beach for watching the fireworks, as well as having a distant view of the castle while swimming . Have fun planning.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #22
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All things being equal I would always choose Poly.

Since this was your first trip you might experience huge sticker shock when you go to look up the cost of one of those monorail resorts, though. If you can afford it, I say go for it.

But if not - here are a couple tips: you can actually book preferred rooms at a lot of the resorts, which would cut down on the difficulty you describe. Port Orleans French Quarter (sister resort to Port Orleans Riverside) is actually quite a bit smaller and more manageable.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:21 AM   #23
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Another Poly vote.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #24
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I would probably pick the CR. I think the rooms are nicer and if you book a room in the tower, everything is an elevator ride away. As others have mentioned the walkway to the MK is a huge plus with strollers. Also if you are considering a non-standard view the CR is cheaper than the Poly.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:52 AM   #25
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Definitely the CR, due to the proximity of MK. I've never had a problem with the buses there, and the elevators are way bigger than the ones at the Poly. They also have a splash pad area that is great for kids. That's where we're staying in October with dd 5, ds 3, and ds 1
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All things being equal I would always choose Poly.

Since this was your first trip you might experience huge sticker shock when you go to look up the cost of one of those monorail resorts, though. If you can afford it, I say go for it.

But if not - here are a couple tips: you can actually book preferred rooms at a lot of the resorts, which would cut down on the difficulty you describe. Port Orleans French Quarter (sister resort to Port Orleans Riverside) is actually quite a bit smaller and more manageable.
I priced it out for this trip we just took but DH didn't want to pay that much $$ if our daughter didn't enjoy it. Since she is in love with it he said do what you want. We are FL residents so when they release those specials we actually save a pretty good chunk of money on the hotels and our tickets are normally super cheap for us and we might just upgrade to AP depending on the costs.

We are also considering renting points for BLT since it would be around $2500 for a week for a 2 bedroom
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #27
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BLT or Contemporary. There is nothing-- NOTHING!-- that compares to walking out the gate of the MK at night, turning left and heading "home." At your kid's ages, you'll be spending most of your time there. If they were older, I feel the same way about the Epcot resorts area. The walk home back through the International Gateway is one of the joys of my trip.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #28
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Polynesian. I like the 0 depth entry.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:17 PM   #29
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Monorail Resorts

I think the best monorail resort is the Contemporary Resort. Nice staff, good food, with a double stroller all you have to do is go up the elevator which doesn't take long. And everything that you need is right there in the hotel. Contemporary is the first stop from Magic Kingdom when your kids get tired. And the transportation center is only two stops away, so all you have to do is transfer to another monorail which isn't that hard. There is also a walkway to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Resort. There is pools with a waterslide. And don't forget Chef Mickey's!!
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #30
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We've stayed at GF and Poly with our 4 children (eight and under) and the Polynesian is by far the better choice for us. We have stayed twice in Rapa Nui which is right by the TTC and makes it so easy to get to MK and Epcot and also has its own parking lot right out front which is soooooo much nicer than the very long walk we had from self parking at the GF to our room when we were driving to the other parks.
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