Post # 1
I am taking my daughter to Disney World for the first time this summer. It’s our big blast before she starts HS next school year. I have a pretty decent budget and I want to stay somewhere on the Disney World grounds so I won’t have to worry about transportation. I am driving down to Disney but I prefer to be able to park and ride once I get there. We will be there for 4 nights and 5 days.
Post # 3
So many suggestions! First, if you’re doing 4/5 I’d book a package. Also- allears.net is incredible. As far as accommodations, I’ve stayed at the all star, Coronado springs, beach club, old key west, Saratoga springs, wildnerness lodge. My parents have stayed at all the above and animal kingdom lodge, Polynesian, boardwalk, Caribbean, and port Orleans. We are disney nuts 🙂 no complaints about any! I apologize for lack of paragraphs as I’m on my phone. Saratoga springs is within walkin distance of downtown Disney, old key west & port Orleans are a boat ride away. Boardwalk, beach club and yacht club are all walking distance to epcot, and from there, MGM and MK are easily accessible by boat or monorail.
Post # 4
@sorrycharlie: Thanks for your response. There are so many choices that it’s a little overwhelming. I am trying to narrow things down to 3 choices and then make my final pick from one of those. We are trying to pick from either the moderate or deluxe lodging category which narrowed down the choices by…not much….LOL. I plan to book sometime in May so I have a little time to research.
Post # 5
I love Saratoga Springs and Wilderness Lodge! Have so much fun!!
Post # 6
I’ve only stayed at Pop Century, but I love it. You don’t spend all that much time in the hotel anyways (at least we didn’t) so it made sense to stay at a value resort. But staying at a value resort makes your walk to the shuttle at the end of the say further than all the others.
I just read that you are looking at moderate and deluxe, so I can be of no help there. But I’m sure they are all awesome. Disney just takes care of everything.
Post # 7
I love Disney!! Ive been going to Old Key West since I was a toddler (27yrs old now lol). I really recommend it!! Its soo close to everything and the staff there are fantastic and its just a really great feel.
Definitely stay at one of the main disney resorts though its just so easy to get around through their transportation system. My vote is for Old Key West!! 😀
Have fun planning your trip.
Oh if you get the chance, Sea worlds Aquatica is the best waterpark in the area. Although Disney’s Blizzard beach has been updated since the last time i was there in 08. So it might also be awesome now too. I know Disney does not like to be upstaged on anything! 😀
Post # 8
@MissMellow: Wilderness Lodge made it to my short list. From what I saw online it looks really nice.
@In the media: Since this is my daughter’s first trip, I want to splurge a little bit. Well as much as I can after paying for my portion of this wedding =)
@Cicera: I am going to check out Old Key West for sure. My daughter LOVES water parks so thanks for that suggestion. I may have to add another day so we can do more stuff.
Post # 9
Ahh…love Disney so much! It’s been a couple years since I was there last, and I am already dying to go back!
I’ve stayed twice at the Boardwalk and once at the Beach Club. My family loved being able to walk to Epcot, and the Boardwalk area is lots of fun at night. If you end up doing the meal plan (which I recommend!) the Boardwalk area has lots of great options for foods and snacks.
Post # 10
I’ve only been to Disney once, and we stayed at the Dolphin Resort. It was pretty awesome!
http://www.swandolphin.com/ (I hope it’s not against TOS to post a link for you!)
Post # 11
If you can afford it The Boardwalk. You can walk to both Epcot or Hollywood Studios. For the moderate level I really like Coronado Springs. And for value Pop Century. The only Disney hotel I did not enjoy was Saratoga Springs. It was just too big for my liking.
Post # 12
Coronado Springs is my favorite…I haven’t been there in so many years so it might all be different now, but they have a really great pool (with a water slide!), a lovely little food place that has the most divine pain au chocolat, and overall the grounds are just gorgeous.
The Polynesian is great for convenient travel because the tram thing (oh no it’s been so long since I’ve been to Disney that I don’t even remember what that’s called anymore!) stops right outside it. I don’t really love the Polynesian though because the inside of it feels like a mall…it’s a bunch of shops and restaurants in the lobby, and then the hotel rooms aren’t anything special to be charged so much for them.
Man…now I really want to go to Disney World!
Post # 13
@JamaicaBride: I heart WDW!! I celebrated my 40th along with the Magic Kingdom this year! I have stayed at Ft. Wildnerness, Wilderness Lodge, The Contemporary, Polynesian, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Yacht & Beach, Dixie Landings/French Quarter, Carribean Beach, All Star Sports, All Star Music, Pop Century, etc…. I would have to say that my top 3 are: 1. Polynesian – I love the Hawaain feel. When you arrive they give you a “lay”. It’s an older resort, but I really like being across from the Magic Kingdom. Being able to ride a boat to MK or the monorail to MK and Epcot is a true bonus. 2. Wilderness Lodge – I love the rustic ambiance and it’s a bit more quiet than some of the other resorts. I also like being able to take a boat to the MK. The pools are pretty neat, with a gieser that goes off regularly. 3. Old Key West – It has a great atmosphere. The rooms are extra spacious. You are located in the middle of the magic…not too far of a bus ride to all of the parks.
Here are a few pics from the resorts:
Old Key West
Post # 14
You guys are really helping me big time. Reading the Disney site is nice, but it’s better to get first hand accounts. I am making a list.
Post # 15
The favorites from my few trips to Destination Wedding have been the Beach Club, and Dolphin hotel, along with Pop Century, but like others said, it’s a value resort and probably not what you’re looking for, but completely cool nonetheless! =D
Have so much fun on your trip! I love Disney World. <3
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I can’t help since we stayed at Pop Century, but if we could go back again – I’d go Polynesian. 😀