Help! Which deluxe to stay at over Christmas?

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  1. MtnRose23

    MtnRose23 Earning My Ears

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    DH just surprised me with a trip to Disney over Christmas (12/25-31). Well, he got as far as booking the airline tix, but then was completely lost when it came to booking the hotel. So, he handed the planning to me. We've stayed at the BC in 2006 and CBR in 2009 and I think we'd prefer to stay at a deluxe over Christmas. Location is extremely important since we are going at the busiest time of year. We've decided to surprise our kids (ages 10 & 12) on Christmas Eve. Initially, I was leaning towards Poly for its theme and location, but I'd prefer two sinks in the vanity and Poly is a bit more pricey than the Epcot resorts. DH like where we stayed before (BC) because it is walking distance to Epcot and DHS. Soooooo....I need some help deciding whether to stay at YC, BC or BWI. I think it'd be fun to try a different hotel. Are there any major differences between these 3? And, for about $400 extra, is it worth it to get a Lagoon/Pool View? Oh yeah, I should also mention that my dad may join us, so I'll getting a room for 5 (he wil be last-minute due to health issues). Thanks for any feedback!
     
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  3. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    I think at this point you may want to call Disney and see what is left. Then make a decision about where you might be able to secure a room at this point.
     
  4. MtnRose23

    MtnRose23 Earning My Ears

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    Surprisingly, all these resorts still have avail (just paying top dollar!)
     
  5. greengeen

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    Five in one room is very, very crowded. Just my 2 cents.
     
  6. lala3291

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    I am having a similar dilemma! We are going to WDW 12/27-1/1. We have our airfare booked and just switched from the Poly to the BWI. We are still torn with where to pick, as there is availability at both still, as well as the GF (another favorite of ours).

    We were thinking the BWI is our best choice due to being able to walk to both Epcot and DHS. The BW itself is so fun at night as well. I know it is going to be super busy, so I am thinking that being walking distance to two parks will be very convenient.

    If you can't tell, I'm still torn!:rotfl: So, I am curious to see what others say on this topic.

    Have a great trip, what a great surprise for your children!

    ETA: We are a family of 5 (me, DH, DD21, DD19, and DD11), and we all are fine in one room. Yes, it can feel pretty crowded at times, but we are not in our room much. We find that it works out just fine...sometimes my DH and one/two of my girls will walk down to the lobby or around the resort when the others are getting ready.
     
  7. DisFam11

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    We have stayed at the YC the last 3 Decembers and loved it. I think you would be happy at any of the 3, but in case you get some warm days I would do BC or YC so the kids can enjoy their pool. We have also stayed at BC and it was great, we just prefer YC. Have a great trip and enjoy planning!
     
  8. baler31

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    If location is an issue I would choose an MK area resort. We find MK to be the most difficult to travel too in super busy times and like the flexibility of transportation at MK resort. If your Father does not join you Wilderness Lodge would be a great choice, lovely Christmas atmosphere. Grand also has lots of Christmas festivities.
     
  9. francie57

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    We have staye at the BC/YC/BW and you won't be disappointed with any of them. We have also stayed at all 3 monorail resorts and for us they weren't our favorites because we love the convenient walk to 2 parks and all the restaurants in the Epcot area. Our fav on the monorail though was GF. CR in the wing felt like any other hotel anywhere, nothing special and the Poly was too dark for us. You won't be disappointed with any of the Epcot resorts.
     
  10. ZehnJahren

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    I would definitely go for an Epcot resort, or the Contemporary. Anything within walking distance of a park. Otherwise, you could face long bus, boat, or monorail lines too often for that to really matter, if you ask me. I'd go for BC just in case there's warm enough weather for SAB. :)
     
  11. mlittig

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    That is a wonderful dilemma to have so, happy planning :tinker:
     
  12. prairiesarah

    prairiesarah Earning My Ears

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    If your kids love to swim, I would go with the YC or BC over BWI just because of the pool.
     
  13. TigrLvsPooh

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    That is so exciting!!!!! :goodvibes You guys are going to have the best Christmas ever!!!! :thumbsup2 I love the Epcot resorts, you really can't go wrong with any of them. I would look at photos of the room interiors and the grounds of the resorts to see which one appeals to you. The YC definitely has a bit more of a refined, upscale feeling while the BC is more laid back and "beachy". :) Both have access to Stormalong Bay and are super close to Epcot. The BWI is also great. I'd say the pool isn't quite as good as YC/BC but that might not be a major issue since it's December. All three will be decorated beautifully for the holidays. :santa: There are lots of websites with info about WDW holidays. I'd start with these: http://allears.net/tp/holiday.htm and http://www.wdwinfo.com/holidays/christmas_world.htm and of course: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/holidays/

    You can also get a Christmas tree for your room: http://www.ftdfloristsonline.com/di...gory/holidays/christmas_holiday_magic/display

    If you have any questions just PM me and I'm happy to help! :)
     
  14. vatali

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    Speaking of the tree, we still have ours from 2007. It's always a special time to get it out right before our trip down.

    That being said, location is the important thing at the holidays. This is our first year at a deluxe, and we choose CR for that very specific reason.
     
  15. MMS1125

    MMS1125 "You can design and create, and build the most won

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    My resort choices would be different if it was just you 4 vs adding your dad. If by chance he doesn't go I'd def stay at the Wilderness Lodge even though it wasn't one of your choice. If dad goes I'd stay at the Poly. You can't beat the size of the rooms and the ease of the monorail for MK and Epcot with those crowds. If you can't swing that I'd go with YC for the balcony
     
  16. elaw

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    Same here :thumbsup2 ... it is amazing at Christmas time :santa:
     
  17. Swirly girls

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    We just got back from our wonderful vacation, and now I have found out my mom is taking my girls and I to Disney! She's never been there, and after seeing our pictures and video of our vacation, she now wants to go, and take us with! The exciting thing is, we're surprising my daughters and do not plan to tell them until right before we leave.

    My husband may come too, not sure about that yet -- we might want this to be our " girls vacation" and my dad isn't interested in going at all :)

    We already know we will be staying at the Grand Floridian. We also know we want a theme park room. My question is, there seem to be different levels that have theme park view.... I'm a little confused by this. We want a large enough room for the 5 of us, theme park view, a balcony, and my mom would like the " level" that includes that stuff as well as the provided snacks, wine, cheese, ect through out the day.
    It looks like there are a different buildings to this resort... And theme park view in each building, or only certain buildings? We have been on DW.com and it looks like also different floor levels with theme park view? The higher up you stay, the more money it is? Money isn't a huge concern, but we would like to keep it around 5,000 - 6,000 give or take a few hundred for 6 nights. That is about the price I have found on DW.com with our 3 or 4 day Disney tickets. We are not going to add a dining plan (I don't think) and will be booking airfare elsewhere.
    Can I have some help sorting all this out? People who have stayed here in the past please talk to me:) I'm interested in what the cost for just the resort stay was too ( if you don't mind sharing)
    Thank you!
     
  18. elaw

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    You would definitely want RPC (Royal Palm Club) which is the main building. We stayed there last year and it was awesome.
     
  19. J.C.&ALI'SMOM

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    If you like the Epcot area resorts you should consider the Swan/Dolphin resorts. They are in a great location, true deluxe resorts, with great restaurants. They are the closest resorts to DHS and an easy walk or boat ride to Epcot's International Gateway.

    Another plus is the great discounts they offer. Much better rates than the other resorts in the area.

    We stayed at the Dolphin during the last 2 Thanksgiving trips we have made. The resort is decorated really nicely and the air freshener in the lobby area smells delicious during holiday time! I wish I could get it for my home!
     
  20. Swirly girls

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    May I ask what your room was like, how many beds, what was the size, was there a balcony? And, I know this kinda tacky, but may I ask what the price of just the resort stay was?
    Thanks!!
     
  21. charmedlife3517

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    We just stayed at Boardwalk and the staff there is so rude. There were a few cast members that were pleasant but for the most part the staff was rude. I think it was a competition to see who could be the most rude or the least helpful. And we didnt really even have any major problems and didnt ask the front desk for anything other than check-in and check-out. I would hate to see if we needed something out of the ordinary. For that reason alone I would stay at BC or YC.
     

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