HELP! We can't decide which deluxe to choose!
The buy four days get three free means that we can stay at a deluxe resort this year for the same cost, actually cheaper, than the moderate. Last our family of 5 stayed at the port orleans riverside and loved it, because of the relaxation factor! We have booked the grand floridian, but now I am thinking we should change to the polynesian. Is the grand floridian fun for children or stuffy. The polynesian just looks more like it has a theme and the children will have fun, but no hot tub. After a long day the hot tub at the riverside was so nice, when it was not to crowded. Any help making this decision will be great! This will probably be our once in a life time chance to upgrade like this. Thank you so much! We have to decide quickly we are going in april and I am sure its going to be booked up soon!
To help with your decision...
After 32 vacations staying on WDW property, here's my humble opinion.
Your deluxe hotel choice should be based on your family's needs and desires. That's the bottom line. Here's a little something brief about each one, starting with the 2 you mentioned you're tossing between:
Grand Floridian: if you or any family members are in to tennis, spa treatments, upscale dining options, and the feeling of high-luxury prettiness, then this is the choice for you. Disney hotels are NEVER snobby - in fact, I feel like they make it a point to not be snobby at the GF. Don't even concern yourself with that. If you have a little girl, she will probably love the feminine nature of the lobby and decor in the rooms. The tennis and spa are truly first rate so if these are important things to you, go for it.
Polynesian: personally, my fave - but this is your vacation, not mine. I grew up watching the Brady Bunch (Hawaii special) and so this retro tiki themed resort presses all the right buttons for me. If you want lush landscape, a feeling like you're truly far away from the hustle and bustle of life, you'll love it here. The dining options are fun. The kids program/camp is the best on property.
A word on the other deluxes:
Yacht/Beach: my second fave - because I'm from Jersey and this turn-of-the-century "when the Jersey shore was proper and clean" theme really feels nice for me. The Yacht is incredibly handsome and a nice setting for any little (or big) boy. The Beach is soft, full of pastels, relaxing. The swimming facilities are unbelieveable so if your family is full of swimmers, you should strongly consider these hotels. The Y&B share great restaurants but better yet, you're in walking distance to the Boardwalk, Swan & Dolpin, therefore increasing your dining options. If you want LOTS of dining choices for your family, then THIS would be the place I would suggest.
Hope this helps!
PS. ANY deluxe resort is incredible in WDW. Animal Kingdom Lodge is like no other hotel in the US. Wilderness Lodge is amazing and fun. The Contemporary is retro fab and couldn't be closer to the Magic Kingdome action. Let me know if you need me to elaborate on these great options.