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Old 05-16-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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resort suggestions?

Heading back to DW in Sept/Oct for an 8 night stay. We'll probably go whenever they have the best deals. Anyway, I'm thinking of trying out Port Orleans Riverside for the first 5 nights then perhaps upgrading for the last 3 nights. If I'm going to spend more money for a "fancier" resort I feel like we should make the most of our time at that resort. Thoughts on which resorts have the best pool/entertainment? So far we've stayed at the Boardwalk, one of the AK ones (cant remember which), Old Key West, All Star Music and most recently, the Saratoga. So obviously, we'd like to try something new. Thanks in advance for any info/opinions. It'll be my wife and I and our 4 year old daughter so it's mostly about her.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:52 PM   #2
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Wilderness Lodge, maybe?

We saw lots of families with kids there who seemed to be having a great time.

The boat to the MK is a lovely and relaxing ride. Bus service was very good, we thought.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:26 PM   #3
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That is actually the one I had in mind. No reason whatsoever except that it looks nice.
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We did a split stay with Pop and AKL when DD was 7. We had a great trip but by the last few days we were caught up in touring and just wanted to see/ride/eat that special thing one more time and didn't take advantage of all the resort had to offer. I think if we do it again we would start at the nicer resort to relax and enjoy it before we go "park crazy"

As to where I've always wanted to try the Poly.

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The Polynesian is gorgeous! Being on the monorail is so convenient and the water taxi to and from the MK is great.
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Another pitch for WL is that it’s typically the least costly Deluxe.

The woods around the lodge are so peaceful, too, but do request a room away from the lobby. Even though the fun stuff of Whispering Canyon Cafe has recently been reduced, the noise level near the lobby will still be fairly high because of all that wood and stone.
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Either of the Port Orleans resorts are nice. I prefer FQ because its so small. As for upgrading the last three nights you might look at Yacht or Beach Club. Like BW its walking distance to Epcot and it has the best pool at WDW.
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I am another fan of WL. One of the best lobbies plus the geyser! You can see the electrical water pageant. We enjoyed the MK boat and the resorts one to CR and FW.
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Yes, my kids loved WL when they were young. One of their favorite memories was swimming in the pool with the ducks. Unexpected magic.
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I would choose a monorail resort (my choice is the Contemporary) or Wilderness Lodge. The reason for both choices is their proximity to the MK. We recently stayed at BRV (the “new” name for the WL DVC villas) for the first time and we really enjoyed the resort. We are hoping to stay there again on a short trip in September. The CR, while costlier, is wonderfully convenient for visits to the MK - an easy walk or monorail ride. Great restaurants and you can easily access the Poly and the GF and their amenities as well. You can’t go wrong with either choice IMHO.
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I am a Poly girl at heart and now after 1 visit my 5 year old is hooked. He loved all the activities especially the Electrical Water Pagent and playing on the sandy beach during the daytime before spending tons of time on the Volcano water slide. What was really nice was being so close to MK and of course the views are incredible. We were happy sitting with him as he played just taking in all the sights. Both pools were recently upgraded and there were games for the kids as well as Hula lessons.

I feel if you are merely spending time at the resort - then choose one with a great pool and activities for the kids. Poly has both. AKL did seem to have the most children activities/day be the 2 portions of the resort. I think 10 bw the 2 areas over the course of 2 days. Enjoy
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