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Resorts & Accomodations Discuss Favorite WDW Resort in the Vacation Planning forums; Originally Posted by the7thAve Next year I'm going on my Honeymoon to Disney and I chose to book our stay at the Wilderness Lodge. My fiance liked the Polynesian, but ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the7thAve
    Next year I'm going on my Honeymoon to Disney and I chose to book our stay at the Wilderness Lodge. My fiance liked the Polynesian, but I grew up at the beach, so I a beachy-type theme isn't too big of a deal for me. Same with the Port Orleans Resort. I live near New Orleans, so going to Nawlins isn't a big deal either. Then we looked at the GF, but it seemed too stuffy and Victorian, like a Disney nursing home or something.

    I/we picked the WL not only b/c it saved me almost $1000 from the Polynesian, but b/c the Pacific Northwest is as far from home as we could ever get in America, I thought it'd be the best choice for a honeymoon.

    I do have some slight concerns, which maybe yall could help me with. From some reviews I've read online, I'm thinking the WL may be a bit too "kid friendly" for us. I love kids, and I know being around wide-eyed, cracked-out kids is part of the whole Disney deal, but I don't wanna be woken up at 7am by screaming kids running up and down the halls. especially on my honeymoon! so basically, is the WL too loud for a romantic Disney-focused getaway?

    On a side note, this will be my first trip to Disney without my parents (as in, on my own as an adult). we never stayed off property, and always stayed at Fort Wilderness (my folks are big campers). I have great memories of great times had in a Wilderness-y Disney resort, so that may have influenced my decision for the WL.
    About WL, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! This is where I stayed my
    first trip tp The World in '04 (yes, my first trip was at age 14). The lobby can get rowdy during the day, but that's only because of The Whispering Canyon Cafe. Once you get int he hallways, it's very quiet and peaceful. This year we stayed one night at ASMo before checking into the Comtemporary. ASMo was nice, but loud. Probably because we were near the pool and main building. However, I highly recommend WL...it's a veeery nice hotel, but still full of Disney magic!!! it's also veyr relaxing when you get back late from MK and walking from the boat ramp through a jice quiet lobby with a nice CM to say hello.
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    Loved WL!!!!!! It is so beautiful! And you really do not feel as if you are in WDW while at this resort. We did not find it to be loud in the halls at all. Lots of great CM are there
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    We've stayed on and off property. My first few trips, we always stayed off property. Then, one lucky year, we got to stay at the WDW Dolphin. Yeah, I know, not a REAL Disney resort, but a step up from being off property. We loved it! As a high school graduation present in '02, my parents sent me and my best friend to WDW. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Not to shabby! It was a bit of a hike when trying to get from our building (Jamaica) to the lobby, but it was nothing compared to when we stayed at Coronado Springs. That resort was such a pain in the patootie to try to navigate, it wasn't worth staying at IMO. You had to take a golf-carty thingy to get from where we were (casistas) to the pool. I even got lost for about 30 minutes in the Casitas section looking for my room. It was INSANE. Since we're going this November, my dad has been talking about trying to stay at the Poly, or WL. At first I was leaning more towards the Poly, but once I started looking up info on the Lodge, I decided THATS where I wanna stay!! Will let ya'll know where we end up
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    When my family joined DVC a few years ago our home resort was BWV and really could take it or leave it but after spending our first week at the resort realized there may be no better place to spend our points. We've fell in love with the accomodations and have gotten spoiled several times with the Boardwalk Courtyard view that faces SSE and Illuminations fireworks. It may be the accessibility to World Showcase that truly puts BW over the top for us. My family currently doesnt have any little ones so most our time is spent exploring the countries. Its also great to finish off the night with a heated round of miniature golf at Fantasia Gardens while listening to Fantasmic in the background. My 22nd trip
    (not bad considering I turn 27 today and live almost all the way across the country) to WDW begins in a little over 5 days from now and probably not a moment to soon for my family who I've been hounding almost non stop with all the cool secrets I've picked up from this site.
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    I just came back from AKL..1st time. And it is tied with WL as my fave. I loved how fascinating a place it is. and how great it is to see animals right outside my room. CM are very nice and very informative. Would go back again
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    i totally agree about the casitas!!! soooo far! and we tried to get the cart back from the pool but it was getting on the late side so my friend and i hiked back to the room.
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    I have 2 favorites, for 2 very different reasons. I like Pop Century because, IMO, its just as nice as a room at Days Inn, but you get the transportation and the theming of being at Disney World. My family goes during the first few weeks of December when its Value season, and I've always been able to get an AP rate, making it a very affordable 49-69 per night. We're going soon on the Best Rate Plan and I got it for 59/night. At these prices, I just can't justify staying offsite. Its not Disney to my family if we don't stay onsite. That's part of the magic for us.

    The second favorite, is the Wilderness Lodge. We received a 149 postcard rate for a pool view and decided to go for it. For that price, we couldn't turn it down. We enjoyed our week, the pool was fabulous, the room decor was nice as I like mission style furniture, and I really liked Whispering Canyon, and sitting in a rocking chair in the lobby enjoying a hot chocolate in my refillable mug. If I could afford it, I'd book WL every time. Since I can't, I choose Pop Century for the wonderful theming at a low price.

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    Just got back from a very quick weekend trip......I had to take my German exchange student son .......it was a MUST.......So Grandma.....Tim (German son) Ryan (regualr son) and I went to celebrate Ryan's 16th birthday.......
    We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside.........Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah view room is still the favorite resort I have ever stayed at........but we usually stay at Caribbean Beach because we can afford it more....our Animal Kingdom Lodge trip was a lucky cheap special find....but I have to say that POR was beautiful and relaxing......the bus stops were convienient and I must say that it may have snuck past CB as my new favorite moderate!!
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    the savannah view is great, though last time i stayed there we had a pool view(my brother was NOT happy about it) and that was nice...not as authentic feeling but hey we were at AKL so i wasn't about to complain.
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    You are right. There is nothing to complain about no matter where you are staying.
    Just being at WDW is treat enough! I could sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag and as long as I was there it would be fine with me!

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    yes! just being able to stay on site is fantastic! and let me just say that while my brother wasn't thrilled at not having a savannah view he got over it pretty quickly bc he realized how silly he was being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKQJ10
    I used to think it was the Poly for us, but after such a bad experience last time, I guess I'll have to wait for the room removations to evaluate again. For now, though, I have to stick with Wilderness Lodge as our favorite.
    what happened that is the resort my gf and i are looking at. I know that they have done renovations but now i am thinking about maybe another resort. maybe WL everyone seems to have really good experiences there.

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    My favorite is the Wilderness Lodge.....[sigh].....if only I was there now.
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    Wilderness Lodge, Poly, and French Quarter.

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