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Resorts & Accomodations Discuss survey - where have you stayed? in the Vacation Planning forums; they were part of the DIsney Institute - they closed them when they started the new Saratoga Springs resort- I wondered if they were going to re-open them....
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    they were part of the DIsney Institute - they closed them when they started the new Saratoga Springs resort- I wondered if they were going to re-open them.

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    We've stayed at:

    Wilderness Lodge
    Villas at Wilderness Lodge
    Boardwalk Villas

    Our favorite is the Wilderness Lodge Villas....great accommodations and our favorite resort at WDW.
    Granny (Yep, I really am a guy)

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    Let's see...only three trips, but three memorable ones...

    1995 - Dixie Landings. No matter how many "nicer" (if you can compare them to one another) resorts I have or may stay at, this was the first, and the first time will always hold special memories.

    1999 - Caribbean Beach Club. Just rehabed a severly broken ankle, and every one of my requests (ground floor, near the food courts, near the bus stops, etc.) were met, no problems at all. Nice "feel", but DL was still better.

    2003 - Contemporary. I was able to get in here on the special Shades of Green rate, due to the construction there. Man....we were absolutely blown away by this place. Great rooms, great accessibility, just overall a wonderful trip.

    2005 - Pop Century (reservations are already made!)...if it's HALF as nice as all the photo tours I've taken, this place is gonna rock!

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    Boardwalk and Beach Club Villas. This last year we had a 2 bedroom villa at Beach Club and it was awesome.

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    We'll be staying at the Boardwalk Villas in September, afetr renting points from a DVC member. I'm SO excited to stay there, as I've heard nothing but great things about it!!!
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    Ok, when WDW first opened there were only 3 hotels...expensive ones! In October of 1971 we stayed at the *cabins* in FW which were really silver steam trailers ...sorry, I forget what they were really called back then. Then it was a few fairly decent motels again on 192 before staying at the Contemporary in 1974. Then again it was many, many offsite motels on 192 due to the fact that we had 2 kids and couldn't afford those $250 per night prices for the Contemporary or the Poly! Then, we discovered the Allstars and the moderates as the years went by with fabulous Florida resident discounts. So far we've spent many a night at all of the Allstars, which wer love...when money was a little tight and the following resorts at various times of the year.
    POFQ...one of our favs because we like the layout, the pool, theming, and the boat to Riverside and Downtown Disney
    The Yacht Club...probably our most favorite for Thanksgiving...we love the way it's decorated, the rooms are a good size, well laid out, and the balcony is terrific! We also love that every year without fail for the last 4 or 5 years we've always seen a Disney wedding below our balcony either 1 or 2 days after Thanksgiving! How wonderful it is to wake up to the strains of violin music playing beneath your balcony! We usually get a Florida resident rate of about $179, add room service for about $30 per day and have, what, in our opinion is better than concierge...no getting out of bed or getting dressed to face strangers for our morning coffee and Danish! This usually amounts to about $200-$210 per day as we also like to have evening tea on our balcony before retiring for the night.
    We've also stayed at CBR and CS, and Pop Century for 2 weeks last Christmas, which we liked but are not as high up on our list.
    The Boardwalk Garden Suite is absolutely gorgeous ....we stayed there for our vow renewal a few weeks ago, and we'd stay there again for at least a week, in a heartbeat if it weren't so expensive...$669 per night including tax.
    Last edited by ladymarganne; 07-06-2004 at 10:43 PM. Reason: need to add Pop century

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    Adding Boardwalk Villas to my list come Friday... I'll let you know how it was when I return!
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    Fort Wilderness (at least 10x) I love it here. Its like coming home. We take the boat right over to Magic Kingdom, eat at Trails End Buffett (the Best), watch the Water Pagent at night, sing with chip and dale at the campfire and watch a Disney Movie under the stars. There is also a petting zoo, horseback riding, hay rides, boating, fishing...its great.

    Animal Kingdom Lodge (1x) We had a great room with an amazing view...the pool was terrific...the hotel is themed so wonderfully.

    Coronado Springs (1x) Honeymoon. The resort is beautiful...but very spread out. Our room was very close to the resturants, stores, lobby etc, and we were close to a quiet pool as well, but to go to the big themed pool, it was a very long walk around the lake. The food was great, but I wasn't wild about the automatic tipping at the glorified food court. Oh, also this resort was very quiet...not many kids here...a lot of business people due to the convention center.

    All Star Movies (3x) I was happy with this resort...very affordable, adorable themeing, lots of play areas for kids, and great pools. The food court is ok.

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    Val, you've sytayed at a nice variety of resorts! I thought about doing Fort Wilderness this December for MouseFest, but will try PO:FQ instead partially because of the great deal I got. Looked into ALK, as I've been there before but never stayed. Once I realized I'd hardly be in the room due to the MouseFest schedule, I decided to save it for another trip.
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    We've stayed at:
    The Contemporary - loved the tower room
    Wilderness Lodge and WL Villas - beautiful, where we honeymooned
    Port Orleans: Riverside - Stayed there when it was Dixie Landings and still love it
    Coranado Springs - Very neat
    Vero Beach - Our DVC home
    Old Key West - Our Orlando home
    Beach Club Villas - Great location
    All Star Movies - the price was right!
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    Let's see....

    Up until 2002, I stayed at my Grandma's house in St. Pete and drove back and forth...

    2002 - All Star Sports
    2003 - All Star Movies
    In a week from Friday - Pop Century

    After staying on property, I'll never drive back and forth again. We did prefered rooms at each place and got stuck on the far side of the pools....it was a long walk from the buses after a long day at the parks...I never really stayed long at the room, so as long as the bed is comfy, I don't care where I stay...

    Though for my next trip I may go all out and stay some place nicer.

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    My first trip ever in 1996 we stayed at Ft. Widerness in a cabin.
    In 1999 we stayed at ASMu
    In 2000 stayed at ASMu
    In 2001 stayed at ASMovie
    2003 ASMu
    July 2004 Pop Century and will stay there again in Dec 2004

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    Let's see? There's no way I can remember the dates!

    Caribbean Beach (~5 times)
    Polynesian (twice)
    Yacht Club (twice)
    Grand Floridian (concierge once!)
    Animal Kingdom Lodge (concierge twice!)
    Wilderness Lodge (3 times)
    Port Orleans-FQ (once)
    Coronado Springs (twice)
    Pop Century (once)
    Then we became DVC members!
    Old Key West (3 times)
    Beach Club Villas (3 times)
    Villas at WL (once)
    Boardwalk Villas (~5 times)
    Hilton Head (once)

    I would have to say our favorites were the Wilderness Lodge prior to DVC, and the Boardwalk Villas after DVC!
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    Future Disney Trips:
    Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2013 staying at Beach Club Villas for my birthday and Food & Wine Festival!
    Nov. 2-9, 2013 for WDWRadio Cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy!

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    It's great staying on property.

    I've stayed at the Polynesian 3 times- once in the late 70s, and twice in the mid to late 80s. Beautiful grounds, nice pools, great restaurants.

    I've stayed at the Contemporary once- it was in the mid 80s in one of the wings (would have been cool to stay in the mainframe, but the price was prohibitive).

    Did the Golf Resort (when it was called the Golf Resort) once back in the 80s. Also a nice place, but out of the "loop".

    Most recently stayed at All Star Music a few years ago. Nice pools!

    It would be GREAT!!! if pets were allowed to stay in one of the properties, rather than having to be boarded at the kennel. Ahhh, maybe someday...
    George

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    When the kids were young we stayed at the Beach Club for the day bed and the pool. We loved the convenience to Epcot and MGM.

    As empty nesters we like the Caribbean Beach Resort--the rooms are larger, it is very quiet, and is centrally located.

    We have stayed at the Peabody on International Drive. Never again, although nice, we would MUCH rather be on property, especially for the big bucks they charged.

    Recently we stayed at the All Star Movies. The kids are grown and need their own rooms, so it was much more economical to do it this way. We LOVED it. The food court for breakfast was something we never knew we were missing until we tried it. Can't wait to try Pop now.

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