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NJ schools always have a few days off in early Nov which can increase traffic at WDW. Anything that would make me change plans? No but just a FYI. If you want to be close to MK the Wilderness Lodge is great - since you ixnayed GF and Poly. Short boat ride to MK.
I'm partial to the Epcot resorts and that's for location, location, location. I can take a boat or walk to 2 parks and I'll take that over busses anyday. Boardwalk is so fun - we just stayed in Jan. I've done Beach Club too but prefer the BWI.
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We have been to wilderness lodge for decorations but its not our cup of tea.
I could look into boardwalk and maybe ask for a room that is not 5 miles from an elevator haha.
We got married at the boardwalk which was why we stayed there.
Ok another question. Do the resorts offer anything besides pop or water? In a big tea drinker because I can use stevia to sweeten and it helps me with staying under my calories each day. And I haven't drank pop in years.
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We stay at Pop Century if we are not with our Daughter who has DVC. I like that Pop does not share bus service with any other resort, Also like the way the bus waiting area is. The kids love the Large Icons all around the resort, like getting picture taken at Mr. Mrs Potato head. The food court is nice, lots of room for sitting, TV for kids to watch.
Now staying at WL is where we go with Daughter and the boat to MK is nice you can get the Monorail to Epcot from MK. We go to MK most of the trip so staying there works for us.
Poly was great when Pop and I took 2 Grandkids ourselves they were 4 and still in strollers, nice when they fell asleep to not have to take them out of stroller to get in bus. Only bus we rode that year was to AK. Other wise we did Monorail to MK, Epcot and then from Epcot a boat to HS. It worked out great for us.
If you think of the bus rides as part of a Disney ride looking at all the sites then none of the bus rides are bad.
Love the Magic of Disney Thanks Dad for our first 5 trips.
All Disney onsite hotels offer free wifi. It seems adequate for a couple devices per room.
As far as your question about drinks. There are plenty of bottled/packaged beverages like juices, tea, milk, and such. You can get hot coffee, hot chocolate, and hot tea as well. I believe they also have one or two cold tea dispensers at the resorts. If you have a Refillable mug, you can use if for any of the beverages that are dispensed.
OK that's good because when we stayed at the boardwalk course that shows how much technology has advanced in the last few years but do you know six I don't remember any of the hotels offering Wi-Fi or if they did it wasn't free
Just remember, too, that if you have park hoppers & stay at an Epcot resort, you can walk through the International Gateway at Epcot and through the park to get the monorail to the MK. We've stayed at BWI several times, and the worst bus ride was the one to DTD. That took forever. I like the convenience of walking/boating over to Epcot or DHS. And yes, the BWI is huge & can take forever to walk through it, but there are some shortcuts that Mousekeeping showed us that really cut down the walking time. But I would request a room close to the elevator. Happy Planning!
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We are now thinking a split stay. Maybe half at cr or poly and half at BC or maybe AK and another. It's so hard.
But we have decided a crusie first in april. So since there are no planes that arrive before 11am from here thought we'd stay the night at one of the resorts try to fly in early by noon. Then a day before we come back too at a diff resort so we can really make a better decision. I hope! Or maybe just make it even harder to choose.
We prefer BC over BW. I like the pools at BC better. We also spend a lot of time in Epcot so we like to be able to walk there. Next month we are staying at the Poly so we'll have to see if that beats BC. I doubt it will.
If you are going to have a car, you don't really need to worry much about the various modes of transportation. We usually drive to WDW. You can park for free, so we just drive to the parks, unless it's MK. I don't like the wasted time going through the TTC, so we always take the bus there. If I could pick any of the resorts, I would probably go for the Yacht and Beach Club. Stormalong Bay looks like so much fun. My kids would have loved it when they were younger. I also just think that whole area is beautiful. Lots to do and see
I always chose my resort based on what I am willing to pay. I look to see what discounts are available and decide if I think the hotel is worth the price. Our last trip was a split between OKW and SSR. A one bedroom was around $330.00/night and slept 4 adults and a baby comfortably. Having a full kitchen and a washer dryer are big plusses for me. If you have stayed in condos or villas off site, you may appreciate the extra space. I thought bus service from the OKW was excellent and although we usually take a car to the parks, my son was sold on bus transportation this trip.
Also, I may have misunderstood you but I thought you indicated you might allow your nine year old to wander the hotel alone. That is not safe, even in Disney. Lots of places are crowded and disturbed people can be anywhere. I think under 14 need to have an adult with them at all times.
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No not alone I think I had looked like at the poly I'd let her go out on the deck or the porch and if first floor in the grass area. At the CR I was thinking if our 4 yr old got tired her and I could wonder the hotel