Please help me choose a Deluxe Resort for our Vacation

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by amz3426, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. amz3426

    amz3426 Earning My Ears

    Jul 18, 2013
    I won a trip to Disney World!!! We are so exicted, we just recieved our planning email from Disney and it looks like we get to choose our resort!!! We have to pick a number for the following resorts from 1-8, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, Beach Club Resort, Boardwalk Resort, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club Resort!

    We are going in April and it will be my husband, my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old daughter. A nice pool area is important to us and being close to Magic Kingdom would be a plus since we will have a double stroller!

    thank you for your help!!!
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  3. Smile&Nod

    Smile&Nod Mouseketeer

    May 8, 2009
    With young children i would pick the monorail resorts first - #1 Polynesian, #2 Contemporary and #3 Grand Floridian - after that Wilderness Lodge because you can take a boat to MK ....
  4. jimandami

    jimandami DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2007
    Congratulations!! Since the trip is free and we don't have to worry about money, with your criteria I would probably choose either GF (although for me it seems to stuffy, but most people seem to love it!) or the Poly. They are both on the monorail and close to MK and have very nice pools. The Contemporary, while the theme doesn't really appeal to me, has a nice 5 minute walk to MK so that's definitely a plus. After that, I would probably say Beach Club/Yacht Club or Boardwalk. Even though you are farther from MK, you can walk to both Epcot and the Studios, which is fantastic. BC has the nicest pool on property, IMHO, but might be too big for you with the ages of your girls! I would place Animal Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge last, simply because they don't have the same transportation options as the others. Again, congratulations and have a fantastic time planning your trip!
  5. Princess Katherine

    Princess Katherine The Yeti's Girlfriend

    Jul 22, 2012
    I would choose the most expensive resort to get the most for your money. I would choose the Contemporary. It has really nice rooms with a awesome view anyway you look at it. The pool is so not crowded and the slide is great! I love it!

    If you don't like it, I would also choose the Poly. It's warm and comforting. It's a really crowded in the pools but the view of MK is breathtaking! The rooms are cute too!

    Congratz and have a great trip!

  6. LiveToTravelNicely

    LiveToTravelNicely Getting excited for WDW 2016!

    Jan 26, 2012
    CONGRATS! HOW EXCITING! Given everything you said, I would prioritize the Monorail Resorts first, then Wilderness lodge, then the Epcot resorts, and last Animal Kingdom. With a stroller, I think the monorail and friendship boats are easier than the busses for transportation. Since you want to be near the Magic Kingdom, the three monorail resorts get priority over Wilderness Lodge because they are on the Monorail (that location in itself is invaluable---I've stayed at and away from the Monorail. It is definitely a time saver) Again, since you want to be near MK, Wilderness would get priority for me over Epcot resorts. However, the MK is only a walk through Epcot and monorail from there to MK or you can take the bus. The Epcot resorts also have friendship boat or walking access to Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom Lodge is a really cool theme, but farthest away from Magic Kingdom. For the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, I would look at the pictures and order your priority from there. I will say that the Poly has no bad views (IMHO) due to all the lush landscaping, but there is going to be some construction at the Poly starting soon (see the Poly and Poly construction threads). I've read that the GF also doesn't have bad standard views. Some of the CR standard rooms in the garden wing have views of the parking lot. I point that out because I'm assuming you'll get a standard room since it was a prize (unless the prize specified a nice upgraded room). Have a grea trip!
  7. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    I agree with the others and go for a monorail resort because of the double stroller. The CR would be the easiest one to stay at because you can walk into MK from there. But any of the three resorts would be nice. It mostly depends on which themes you like best. Check out the resorts and see which ones appeal to you.

    I would vote 1,2,3 for Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Poly, in whatever order you prefer. The GF is the most luxurious, the Poly has a great tropical theme, and the CR has ease of access.

    Then I would vote
    4 - WL
    5 - BC
    6 - YC
    7 - BW
    8 - AK
  8. herb102211

    herb102211 DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2011
    Congrats!! That's so awesome!!

    I would choose either the Beach Club, Grand Floridian, Yacht Club or Polynesian. The Beach Club pool, Stormalong Bay, is the best in Disney, IMO. It's a very family friendly resort and you can walk or take the Friendship boats to HS and Epcot (if you have park hoppers you can also take the monorail to MK by cutting through Epcot.) The Grand Floridian would put you closest to MK.

    Have fun choosing!
  9. amz3426

    amz3426 Earning My Ears

    Jul 18, 2013
    thank you for all your replys! Keep them coming!!! We are going to check out reviews (trip advisor) and pictures tonight!

    I forgot to add according to the email we will have either a suite or villa!!!
  10. Herbie

    Herbie DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 1999
    My vote

    1) Grand Floridian
    2) Poly
    3) Beach Club
    4) Yacht Club
    5) Contemporary
    6) Animal Kingdom
    7) Board Walk
    8) WL ( not a true deluxe imo)

    But seriously.....its free.. I would be happy anywhere!
  11. APiratesLifeForMe2

    APiratesLifeForMe2 DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2013
    YAY! How awesome. I agree with others and choose a monorail resort for easy transportation with little ones. If it were me, I would choose GF first, Poly second and CR third.
  12. Babsy

    Babsy DIS Veteran

    Oct 30, 2001
    Great news!! I would definitely book a monorail resort. If the pool is important than I might be careful of the Poly next year - the pool may be closed. It is rumored to be closing sometime in Jan and may not be reopened in April.

    I would tend to the Contemporary (first choice) or GF (second choice) due to possible construction at the Poly. If neither of those appeal to you the Wilderness Lodge is just a boat ride away and is amazing.

  13. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

    Mar 16, 2012
    How fun! Since they are covering the cost we'd probably go with a monorail resort as well. Our order would be:

    1. Contemporary
    2. Grand Floridian
    3. WL (We LOVE WL, and a suite there would be so cool)
    4. Animal Kingdom (More remote, but beautiful and has Animals)
    4. Poly (Not really our thing, and possible construction issues)
    5. Beach Club (The Epcot area is nice, but better for older kids.)
    6. Yacht Club
    7. Boardwalk

    But it is Disney and they are paying the bill, so you can't go wrong. Enjoy!
  14. pickers1982

    pickers1982 DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2013
    Loved AK but it can take a long time to get anywhere
  15. bek

    bek Mouseketeer

    Jun 12, 2012
    1-Grand Floridian. The Courtyard Pool is zero entry and there's a cute splash/play area that's just right for young kids. Lots of eating options from casual to elegant. Monorail and boats to MK. I never thought I'd like GF but my DIL requested it and I loved it -- very laid-back and elegant at the same time.
    2-Contemporary. If the monorail has problems can walk to MK.
    3-Polynesian -- if the construction is due to be finished before you arrive. Otherwise maybe not.

    Then it's tough. Epcot resorts share buses to the MK. Yes you can boat/walk through Epcot for the monorail but it's lots of travel time.

    Wilderness Lodge has Ft. Wilderness nearby with lots of kid-friendly activities and the boat to MK. A good quick service and a fun kid-oriented table service.

    I personally love the beauty of WL and would pick it above the Epcot resorts for kids your age. But the convenience of Epcot and Hollywood Studios to the Epcot resorts is wonderful. So I'd probably tie WL, BC, YC, BW.

    Animal Kingdom Lodge has the Savannahs.
  16. 1000HappyWishes

    1000HappyWishes I know every mile will be my worth my while.

    Jan 23, 2013
    Contemporary or Poly.
  17. mrsmouse1960

    mrsmouse1960 Earning My Ears

    Sep 24, 2006
    If it was me, I would choose the location in order as follow:
    Contemporary Resort
    Grand Floridian
    Beach Club
    Yacht Club
    Wilderness Lodge
    Animal Kingdom

    When we stayed at Contemporary, that was the deciding factor to join DVC at Bay Lake Tower! In my opinion, with kids your age, Contemporary is the way to go. Very kid friendly, walking distance to Magic Kingdom, you can view the electrical pageant on the water, see the fireworks from the hotel, Chef Mickey dining, etc. You can take the monorail from Contemporary to the Ticket & Transportation Center and ride to Epcot if you get your fill of Magic Kingdom. You can also walk from Epcot to Boardwalk, Beach, and Yacht.

    All of these resorts have their pros and cons, but for the kids, Contemporary gets my vote. If it were just you and your husband, then I would start with the Polynesian and work my way down the list from there. We have stayed at all of them and they are all wonderful.

    Have fun!

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