Your favorite resort at Christmastime?

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  1. snoopy5386

    snoopy5386 DIS Veteran

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    We are planning a stay over thanksgiving weekend, own and am booked at AKV but hoping to switch it up at 7 months. What are your favorite or least favorite resorts to stay at during the holiday season. This will be a short weekend trip - goals are to see the decorated resorts, attend MVMCP, do some shopping and visit Universal with our APs.
     
  2. marx

    marx DVC Home: AKV

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    Our favorite resort to stay is the Wilderness Lodge followed by the AK. We love the decorations and resort activities. (We also have enjoyed stays at the BC and BW during the Holidays - which are enhanced by the proximity to World Showcase). Our favorite resorts to visit are the Contemporary and GF, followed by the WL, AK, BC, BW and Poly (in that order). Our least favorites are SS and OKW.
     
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  4. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Another vote for Boulder Creek. It is so pretty around holiday time! Second is GF just love the Gingerbread house and the decorations. The AK we haven't stayed at around the holidays but we did visit and it looked lovely.
     
  5. lockedoutlogic

    lockedoutlogic DIS Veteran

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    1. Wilderness lodge
    2. Grand Floridian
    3. All other pay cash
     
  6. disneynutz

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    Wilderness Lodge and Grand Floridian are our favorites. Boardwalk has become a disappointment, Beach Club is okay, Contemporary, SSR, OKW, not as nice.

    DVC doesn't spend much on decorations.

    :earsboy: Bill

     
  7. BillPA

    BillPA DIS Veteran

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    Any where but Wilderness, bolder creek. If enough people believe this, I might be able to get my reservation there.:tongue:
     
  8. Maistre Gracey

    Maistre Gracey DIS Veteran

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    I'm not sure about the villa building, but the hotel lobby at the Grand Floridian is my favorite.
    Wilderness Lodge lobby is my second.

    Honorable mention:

    Boardwalk
    Beach Club
    Yacht Club (although non DVC)

    MG
     
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  9. marx

    marx DVC Home: AKV

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    The GF and Contemporary have holiday treats that are unique to each resort (i.e. the gingerbread cookies are different recipes)
     
  10. alldiz

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    Funny thing.
    Our 1st family trip to WDW was in May 2006 at WL. We Loved it so much we quickly booked our 2nd trip for December 2006 at WL.

    The Christmas Decorations at WL sealed the deal. I was spellbound........or DVC bound. We bought WLV the next month. Best decision ever!!!

    Funny part is we haven't actually booked WLV at Xmas time and that is the original reason I bought there! I loved the decorations so much and the "feel" of "winter" at the lodge, I decided WLV should be our home. I swear we will book xmas one year at the lodge......and I don't regret my home resort for a second.
    We have stayed at every resort on property DVC except GFV. Aulani and DL are the next adventure for us this summer. 7 months has worked amazing so far for us for variability.

    AKV decorations are amazing as well.......it has the similar feel of the lobby......giant tree...but the fireplace at WL seals the deal.
    Happy planning
    Kerri
     
  11. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    My favorite is VWL, then VGF, BWV, BCV, then either AKV.

    I have not stayed at VWL recently due to construction, but I made my way over to it last December, just to enjoy some quiet time by one of the fireplaces!
     
  12. Splashboat

    Splashboat Always looking for cheap airfare

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    We like AKV over VWL. I would rather see Palm trees and giraffe over pine trees any day. However, inside of both lodges are both beautiful.
     
  13. com_op_2000

    com_op_2000 DVC Member since '93; One Hour from WDW

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    1. AKV - Jambo
    2. WLV
    3. BWV
    You can "Do":
    BWV, BC, YC, Swan and Dolphin all in one afternoon stroll around the lake.
    You can do the monorail tour of resorts in about 2 hours if you do not linger, but at GF they have a band playing in the lobby that is a lot of fun to set and listen too.
    At FWC, they have evening horse/buggy rides that give you a tour of the campsites.
     
  14. jerseyduke

    jerseyduke Home is just where you stay when not at WDW

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    I "always" go in early December. I own at VGF and VWL for that reason, as those are my top two. My favorite place to stay is the Poly, but I do not think it is anything special at Christmas (except the Luau, which has some cool lighting)
     
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  15. tam.daelynn

    tam.daelynn Earning My Ears

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    When is the wilderness lodge expected to be done? What kind of renovations?
     
  16. pmaurer74

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    WL, then VGF and AKV. Poly I vote as the worst, very underwhelming.
     
  17. aleh021

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    I agree. I hope Poly steps it up this year with their holiday decorations. So much potential there

    I liked how they put the tree in 2015 in the center of the lobby, but this past year it was in a corner and looked weird. They have the room for a taller tree though. but we will see! I have high hopes.
     
  18. jerseyduke

    jerseyduke Home is just where you stay when not at WDW

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    Sadly, so true. Next to nothing is done at the Poly. With the clearing out of the water fall, and the new clearing outside behind the GCH, they have two areas two do something. Last year, they had a (small) Christmas tree across from the check in desk.

    Many of the moderates are nicer than the poly in terms of decorations for Christmas
     
  19. Deb & Bill

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    The one that is still available at seven months out. Might only be OKW, SSR and AKV.
     
  20. BrdWalker

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    VGF and BWV favorites

    Poly least favority
     
  21. tgropp

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    Without a doubt for my family, it is Wilderness Lodge hands down. We did our first Christmas vacation at the Lodge in 1994 and this year will be our 8'th family Christmas vacation and our 14'th December visit. It is that nice
     

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