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    The options available to guests as to where to stay while at WDW are almost endless - from romantic elegance to tropical-themed luxury, to lively, fun resorts based on larger-then-life icons, you are only limited by your budget :$$: and personal preferences.

    So.... where is YOUR favorite place to stay at WDW and why? Do you have any recommendations to other travelers? Share them here!

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    Ace -- I have been to the parks many many many times. grew up going at least once a year (living in Missouri). During all of these visits, my family and I never stayed 'on property'. Now, after 27 years of trips to WDW I have stayed on site. We stayed at the Swan the night before we went on our disney cruise. I have to say, staying on property was fantastic. Being able to walk into Epcot from the hotel was great. I know, the Swan is not the best hotel on site... but it was great for us. I can't wait to start trying the other resorts. Although, now we live in Florida and can easily make day trips to the parks, so hotel rooms become less of a need.

    anyway... that is my story. :->

    I vote for the Swan.

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    The only on-site resort we have stayed at was the All Star Music while on my honeymoon. It was nice not having to drive to the parks, but the cost (~$70 compared to a comparable Days Inn room in Kissimmee ~$25-30) will probably prevent me from staying on-site again. Though I would LOVE to stay at GF sometime (WAY too expensive without winning the lottery first!)
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    I've stayed both on and off-property, and I guess you can't compare the cost savings of one versus the other (also having stayed at the Days Inn many years ago).

    However, if you consder how some (all?) of the resorts are so well-themed that they are actually a part of the "magic" of going to WDW, you can help justify the costs (of course, considering how much a sweatshirt is in WDW, maybe staying off site and saving some $$ is the way to go!) :$$:

    I had always wanted to try and stay at a new resort each time I went, in hopes of being able to one day say that I stayed in every hotel in WDW... (that's why the idea of the DVC never really appealed to me - staying somewhere new was part of the fun).

    Of all the different places I've stayed on site (7 or 8 I think), I have to go with the old favorite - The Contemporary. The location, monorail, restaurants, the old arcade... what can I say? I'm a sentimental guy. :cheesy:

    I think where you stay also has a lot to with the way you like to (or need to) travel. For example, if you have kids that have to go back to the room during the day to nap, etc. staying way off property is tough. If you like to be out from dawn until they kick you out of Pleasure Island , then you don't need to stay somewhere like Animal Kindgom Lodge with a savannah view that you'll never take advantage of.

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    I agree Ace - I grew up thinking the onsite resorts were not worth the extra cash. But staying onsite one time has changed my mind - and I stayed at the Swan. I cannot imagine staying 'on the monorail'... talk about convience. -- I think we are going to try and stay at a different one of the resorts each year now. We live so close and already have APs, so the only expense is food and a bed or two. Also, now that we have a new baby on the way, we will need the nap time room nearby. -- It should be fun.


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    Adam,

    First of all, congrats on your upcoming baby!!!

    Having just had a baby myself (well, not me... although I look like I'm pregnant), I can appreciate the joy of looking forward to taking my daughter down to WDW ("Awwww, Dad... not Disney World AGAIN!!!"

    I wanted to take her a few weeks ago, but she's WAY too young. When we do go, I can see how staying on one of the monorail resorts would be SO convenient for her to go back and take naps, etc.

    When are you due? Do you know what you're having (I know... a baby)
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    Thanks Ace -- We are due one month and two days from today. We are excited. This will be our second. Our first is a girl (Amanda) who is 6 yrs old now. This one we have learned will be a boy. So we will have a complete set now

    I have a feeling the new baby's first trip to the parks (quick day trip) will be when he is still fairly tiny. My daughter won't let us go more than a couple of months without seeing one of the parks. -- neither will her daddy

    Thanks again! We are excited!

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    My favorite WDW Resort would have to be AKL. That is where we stayed when we got married and who doesn't love the smell of BOMA in the lobby!!!

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    Never stayed there... visited to take pictures a few weeks ago.. impressive lobby and savannah...

    The only thing is its location realtive to the other parks.... Is it a little far to "schlep" back and forth to?

    Heard nothing but great thingsa about Boma, though.
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    AKL is a little far from MK, but not much further than the ALL Stars or Coronodo to everything else. And with the views, for me at least, it was worth the trade off. We stayed there for 5 nights for our Wedding and before our cruise, I pretty much treated it as a one in a lifetime experience, so didn't mind that it was off the beaten path. I'd stay there again, but only if DVC builds a resort there, it would cost WAY too many points!!!

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    It must have been quite nice staying there for your honeymoon...

    My thoughts on the AKL up to this point (where I now have a baby daughter and will spending more time in the room, I assume), is that unless you were spending a great deal of time in the room to enjoy the views, a savannah room was, to a certain extent, a waste of money (which you would eventually spend in the park anyway), since you were never going to be there to see it. I have always been an "out at the crack of dawn, back late at night" type of traveler to WDW, to be able to get as much in as possible. But, as things change, so will my room choices, I'm sure! (Plus, I'm trying to stay in every WDW on site resort... I still have a few to go)
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    My favorite has been Old Key West - lots of room and we could get meals offsite and bring them in to feed hungry teenagers. It was always a very relaxed atmosphere - the kind the some of us want when on vacation. I think that's why DH loves it so much. Our next fav would be the treehouses but again they're not available anymore

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    I've only stayed on the Disney Campus one time when I was in college. The Dolfin was just being finished but some rooms were open. My parents were staying there as part of a conference in a standard room. My parents invited me to stay with them (and go to newly opened EPCOT) on the weekend so I made the short drive from Gainesville (UF - Go Gators!).
    Apparently before I got there, the previous evening my mom mentioned to the Hotel staff that the elevator shaft was making a lot of noise the previous evening.
    Their response, the put my parents up in the posh central area of the hotel (the triangular part). On each floor there is a concierge and a hospitality suite with complimentary soft drinks and hors o' deurves. The beds were big and comfortable.
    It doesn't end there though. You see, my parents were the "snore something awful" sort. I think one snored first and then the other took it up just to get even. I, being unused to this torture chose to get up out of my bed, and I dragged the comforter and pillow to the bathroom and slept in the tub. What a surprise it was to my dad when he went to the bathroom for a quick... well it was a surprise to be sure. It is still a storytelling favorite for my mom, especially in front of really important people I know.
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    Has anyone stayed in the newly-renovated rooms in the Polynesian? If so, what types of improvements have you noticed?
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    When WDW first opened my family stayed in the Silver Streamers in FW for $50 a night. There was no way our family of 6, including grandparents, could afford 2 rooms at the Poly, or the Contemporary...the only other hotels at the time, at the rate of $200 per night and up. So, thereafter, it was the usual Knight's Inn or whatever when we were fortunate enough to be able to go for more than a day. That was way back when there was only 1 road leading to 1 park....the Magic Kingdom! Two years later, I took my son to the Contemporary for one night and it was heaven! Then, several years ago we discovered 2 things...Florida resident rates and AP rates...both give you the same discount. Our first was the Allstar Music followed by the Sports, Caribbean Beach, the POFrench Quarter, Beach Club, Boardwalk and our favorite...the Yacht Club! We still can't afford the Poly, or the GF *sigh*, but maybe someday. If you buy an AP, even out of state, it can save you a bundle...45% off resort rooms making it well worth the price of one AP!
    Now here's one way we get to enjoy concierge *style* without paying the price, and for us ...it's the best of both worlds. On Thanksgiving we usually get an AP or FL resident rate of $174 per night, add to that room service for brunch...we're not heavy breakfast eaters, so it usually consists of fruit, rolls, danish and coffee...more than enough for us. Then, in the evening when we're tired and want our tea on the balcony before retiring, again we depend on room service! This usually runs about $30 per day for both...totalling up approximately $200 per day, give or take. Concierge runs upward of $500 per day! The best part? I do NOT have to get dressed, brush my hair or put on makeup for the first cup of morning coffee! I just stay in bed and let them serve me! I sure wouldn't want to scare anyone by arriving in the concierge lounge in my jammies! lol Ummmmm, another perk? It never fails...every single year within 2 or 3 days after Thanksgiving there is always a Disney wedding beneath our balcony complete with Mickey and Minnie! This also means that because we leave our balcony doors open at night, we are awaken to the wonderful strains of violin music sometime around 8:30 a.m. Now how can you beat that I ask?

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