Keep Poly or change to BC??

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  1. carnival kid

    carnival kid Mouseketeer

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    Looking for advise and opinions.

    We are travelling over from Australia in June/July 2014. We have never been to WDW before and it may be a once in lifetime trip :)

    We have 2 kids who will be 3.5 yrs and 15 months at the time.

    We are doing 5 days AoA, 4 day DCL on dream and currently have 5 days at Polynesian.

    The construction that will be going at the Polynesian doesn't really bother us so I was still happy with the booking.... but the pool being closed is another story.... I feel that with 2 small kids it is probably my deal breaker.

    Thinking of changing over the BC garden view which will work out the same price.

    What would you do?????:confused3
     
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  3. Mousemommy1

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    I would change. Forking out Poly $$ to be in the middle of a construction zone and having the main pool closed would not be the way I want to spend my money. ::yes::

    The pool at BC is pretty awesome too!
     
  4. Theta

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    Yes, change to Beach club. YOu can walk to EPCOT and short boat ride to MGM and of course the pool!
     
  5. catheren

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    with the Poly under construction, do BC
     
  6. toolmanjan

    toolmanjan Never enough Disney

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    Even if there wasn't construction at the Poly I would recommend BC over the poly hands down!
     
  7. mrsp1030

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    For your kids ages, I'd recommend another monorail resort or WL. The pool is awesome at BC but can be very spread out and lack of QS at BC also.
     
  8. mickeynut1

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    I agree. SAB is pretty spread out and can be challenging with little ones and CS is pretty limited (IMO). Also, since the pool is shared with the YC, it can get very crowded at times. I second the WL. Our favorite resort (and pool) is the Poly and although construction wouldn't bother us, the volcano pool being closed would be a deal breaker for us as well. With that said, we also love the WL. It's cheaper than both the Poly and BC, but the resort/atmosphere is beautiful and it has a great pool (IMO). Good luck.
     
  9. monorailsilver

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    I agree! Especially if you are planning more time at the MK.
     
  10. wiigirl

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  11. hedberg1661

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    Totally agree. Switch.
     
  12. heidijanesmith

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    The pool being closed at any resort is a deal breaker for us. I would book another resort and not the Poly. The Poly is our favorite resort, but no pool= no way!

    I have stayed at YC and the shared pool is awesome! It will be crowded in June/July but will be a welcome break from the heat. It's so hot in July! We always take a mid-day break/swim/nap. It's a must for our family. Even in Oct when the heat was not that bad, we take a break every day.

    BC is a nice location as you can walk from the IG of EPCOT easily, especially after Illuminations. There is also a walkway to DS or a nice boat ride.

    We really liked our YC stay, but the buses to DTD, AK and MK are horrible. The EPCOT buses all share a route, it would take 45 min just to make the resort rounds before we would leave for another park. We took a taxi to DTD, BB and TL during our YC stay! If you plan on going to MK a lot, I would book another monorail resort. We found the buses to be much better at the any of the monorail resorts.
     
  13. JAMIESMITH

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    We spent five nights at the Polynesian last fall. I loved the resort: the rooms, Wishes from the beach, being a short walk from the TTC, the luau, everything! With that being said, we only got in the pool once and it just wasn't that special. The monorail access and the view of the fireworks from the beach were worth it for us!
     
  14. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    I agree. The pool at the Beach Club is not very easy on adults with small children. You can't see the whole pool area from any one spot, so you either need to keep the kiddies confined to one section of the pool, or be prepared to do a lot of moving around. Plus to get on the big slide you have to walk away from the pool and cross a public sidewalk. :worried:

    I also agree with the poster who said the buses at the Epcot resorts are terrible. I found that to be the case too! Too many resorts on the loop, and bus rides that seemed to last forever.

    I'd change from the Poly to the Contemporary. The pool there is much nicer for small kids, and then you are still on the monorail, plus within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom.
     
  15. Babsy

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    Sadly, I would switch. I probably would choose a different MK resort, because with small kiddies you will probably spend a lot of time at the MK. The BC is very nice also, however.
     
  16. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    With small children, I would not choose BC because of the large pool area that is chopped up into sections, the lack of good CS, and the poor bus service. Chances are you will spend the majority of your time at MK so being on the monorail is awesome.

    CR would allow you both walking and monorail to MK. The monorail can even accommodate double strollers so that napping children can STAY napping;) The rooms are spacious and choosing the tower will give you a balcony to sit and relax while the children sleep. They do have a nice kids splash area adjacent to the pool but the pool is not zero entry.

    GF would be my top pick for your family if the price is doable. Monorail service is great. There is a boat as well to MK but strollers would have to be folded up. The rooms are laid out very well and the balcony is great for relaxing while the kids sleep. The pools are the tipping point however. The GF has two pools that are zero entry and a lovely Alice in Wonderland themed wet play area for the little ones. The GF also has the most dining choices on the resort property.

    Good luck with your choice:goodvibes
     
  17. carnival kid

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    Thanks everyone for your info and opinions..... seems most people agree with me..... oh dear:sad:

    We will have 3 adults with 2 children so the BC pool being spread out should not be too much of an issue.

    Grace&Carolinesmom - the problem is that the poly guests are all getting shipped to the GF pool during construction so it will be VERY busy.

    Hadn't really considered the contempary.... due to lack of themeing...... does it still feel like a relaxing "resort"??? or just like a hotel??
     
  18. wmoon

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    We stayed at the Poly last year, we have a 5 year old. It was amazing, that said we didn't even look at it for next year with the construction and rumours that the pool will be closed. We have gone for the Yacht Club for next summer.
    I would have been put off the grand Floridian for the very reason you say, the poly guests using the pools will make it crowded.
    It's not a bad decision to have though to pick between the deluxe resorts.
     
  19. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    I am staying at the GF in July. I am not too concerned about the Poly guests coming over to the GF pools because A--There are two large Poly longhouses out of guest inventory because of the DVC project and many guests will just stay at Poly and use the quiet pool only B--I don't think Poly will be running anywhere near full capacity with the remaining inventory because of the refurb. Many guests will and have already started choosing the lower cost alternative in WL making their occupancy rates higher than normal...making that tiny pool seem like human soup! C--The GF is set for a room refurb so chances are at least one building there will have the guest rooms out of inventory as well D--The GF pools are a good size and the addition of the children's wet play area adds even more area for families.

    We have stayed at CR and it was a lovely vacation. Our biggest regret was going with garden wing to save money and by day 3 we really missed having a balcony to relax and chat (with a few drinks) while the kids were sleeping. Yes--it feels more like a hotel than a resort. It is my third choice resort in the MK area because of the lack of a resort feel. The convenience factor is very high however.
     
  20. Mousemommy1

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    Great analysis! :thumbsup2

    We are GF in August, and I think you're probably right here.
     
  21. MinnieLee

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    Figure out where you would be spending most of your time with the little ones. Although Poly is a beautiful resort, no pool is a major factor. Wilderness if a great suggestion. Beautiful resort, great pool and theming, relaxing atmosphere and the Old Faithful geyser in the back. Not on the monorail route but still a short boat ride or bus over to MK.

    We love BC but the pool does get crowded. There is a quiet pool back by the villas which hardly ever has guests in it.. Walk to EPCOT, boat ride to DHS. You also have BW right across the way.
     

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