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How old is your daughter, because that could be a big factor?
The Poly or Beach Club is more likely to appeal to kids younger than near-adult. Beach Club because of Stormalong Bay which is more a mini-water park than a mere pool. The Poly because of the exotic atmosphere and closeness via boat and monorail to the MK.
The GF doesn’t seem to draw many families with teenagers. There’s really not much there that would appeal to that age group, generally speaking. We’ve seen mostly couples with very young kids or middle-aged and older adults. It does have a wonderfully imaginative water playground with a Mad Hatter theme that frankly I wish adults could do, it’s so clever.
If your daughter enjoys shopping and is not especially active, she might love the GF, though. Otherwise, I’d say that BC or the Poly are better choices.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
As Disney Vacation Club members, we've been fortunate enough to stay in their part of the deluxe hotels. We loved the Beach Club when we stayed there back in 2000 and it still has my heart. I just love the theming of it and the proximity to Epcot and the Studios. However, we did also really like the Poly when we stayed there a couple of years ago and found that to be really convenient to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Not knowing the age of your DD's is tough but I'd pick the Yacht Club. You get the benefit of SAB but the sereneness (not a word I know) of the YC. My kids have loved WL, GF, YC, BC, and BWI all for different reasons.
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I love the Poly and definitely would highly suggest staying there. The atmosphere is so lush and tropical and unlike any of the other resorts we have stayed at. There are pool games and hula lessons in addition to a great vibe throughout the resort.
That being said I do agree with Dot it really depends on your daughter's age and likes. GF has a lot of nice upscale shopping plus there is the afternoon tearoom. They do have several great fun pool areas and the location cannot be better. They do set up garden games like croquet daily for the guests to use at their leisure.
If being on the monorail is not an issue I would suggest Wilderness Lodge or the Beach Club as well. Both get great reviews.
If your daughter is into animals, I would highly suggest Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is very far from most things and I felt it was extremely dark and the rooms quite small but they had so much for the kids to do. I believe in 2 days there were 10 activities be the 2 parts of the resort. This was in addition to a fun splash area and beautiful pool.
I believe your best option is to involve your daughter in the process and then everyone will be on board for your next Dosney adventure.
Based on the time of year, I would suggest Beach Club for the access to the food and wine festival. At the same time, it may be harder to get a room because of the food and wine festival. If you don't really care for the food and wine festival, I would choose the Poly. I think the look and feel of this resort is amazing. It always reminds me of the Brady Bunch goes to Hawaii episode. I have the poly hotel on my bucket list.
We stayed at the Poly 4 years ago and absolutely loved it! The atmosphere, theming and location can’t be beat. Jumping on and off the monorail to MK and Epcot could not have been easier, the restaurants are fantastic, and the room was gorgeous. We were lucky enough to get a club level room and it was such a treat to have a lovely breakfast every day, and wonderful snacks and desserts in the evening, as well as drinks all day long. You can see the fireworks across the lake every night, and the music is piped right in so you almost feel like you are there. There were movies on the beach, and a fire pit where the kids made s’mores. Sigh.... maybe I’ll win the lottery and go that again some day, lol!
I loved the theme at Poly. I took my nephew, 9 at the time, and he loved it there. He's 12 now and still talks about staying there.
I agree with others about GF. I stayed there and it really is geared more towards couples than families, though, of course, kids are there, but the pool seems lacking in appealing to kids. When I went with a friend, I thought, there would be no way my nephew would enjoy staying based on the pool alone. Narcoossee's recently became a favorite dining spot of his this last trip, though.
I had a bucket list for staying at all the MK resorts. I have done this with the exception of FW. If that is something you're family might enjoy trying to do, and you really do love the MK area, stay at Poly or WL. Both have great themeing.
If your DD is a teenager, consider BC, YC, and BW. The boardwalk offers lots to do and there are some great restaurants to try. It's also close to Epcot and HS.
I didn't like the Poly as well as I'd hoped because of the different buildings. We were there in the summer with daily rainstorms and were caught in them walking from our room building to/from the main building many times. I prefer a resort where everything is in one building. Boardwalk is my favorite. YC/BC are good choices too.
All are great resorts. You can’t go wrong with any of them. My fav is GF, and think the Beach Pool is lots of fun, I go down the slide too! I see families of all ages there. Both my daughters love it too.
Poly is nice too. And has the best transportation option being walking distance to TTC.
I prefer YC over BC because having a balcony is important to me. 50% of BC rooms only have a Juliette balcony. And Poly 2nd floor rooms have no balcony.
The MK resorts have the largest room size.
I must respectfully disagree that the GF does not appeal to children. Our girls LOVE GF and have stayed there several times. Our family enjoys fine dining and afternoon tea and the girls love to shop there, especially at Basin White. The pool may not be as grand as BC but since it is 24 hours one of our best memories was heading down to the pool at 2am and having it all to ourselves.
That being said, I would consider booking where it would coordinate best for your park days and activities. Consider where you will be dining etc. and book where travel will be most convenient. For example, if you are planning MNSSHP and most of your ADRs are at MK, GF, Poly, or Contemporary book on the monorail resorts but if you will dine more in Epcot or BC/YC or BW and you plan a lot of pool time then I would book at BC.