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  • [Question] Favourite WDW Hotel and Why?

    I've been eager to see all the different hotels in the resort. Some are more favoured than others, swankier and more pristine, some more family oriented and true to a theme. What's your choice and why?

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    Re: Favourite WDW Hotel and Why?

    Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge will always win.

    They're the only hotels at WDW that truly transport you to a new place. Every other hotel in the resort just doesn't do that.
    -Bill

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    • #3
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      While I like the deluxe hotels, I just can't see spending 300 to 400 bucks per night on a room. I'm a moderate guy, and as such I really enjoy the Coronado Springs Resort, with its buildings spread out around the beautiful Lago Dorado lake.

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      • #4
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        Beach club is always the choice for me:

        -best location in the entire resort
        -being basically right beside the great attraction of the board walk while staying at (arguably) a superior hotel
        -best resort pool
        -and of course Beaches and Cream

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        • #5
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          I agree with goofy donald 100%! That whole area is unprecedented IMO. Wilderness Lodge comes in second.

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          • #6
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            For swank, I like the Grand Floridian.
            For fun, I like the Art of Animation.
            For theme, I like the Polynesian.
            For general cool hotel, I like Coronado Springs.
            For impressive, I like the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
            For location, I like the Swan & Dolphin.
            For a first time experience, I like the Caribbean Beach.

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            • #7
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              From the following that I have stayed at, my favorite is The Contemporary. I have stayed at in this order:

              The Polynesian
              The Contemporary
              Port Orleans Riverside
              The Beach Club
              Caribbean Beach
              The Grand Floridian
              Coronado Springs
              Pop Century
              BarbaraAnn

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              • #8
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                Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge are my favs, from the ones ive stayed in. My last visit, I split time in those two. I did some exploring, and I think my next visit, will be at the Coronado Springs.

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                • #9
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                  My favorite I have stayed at is the Dixie Landings. Yes, I still call it that. Its theme was beautiful and relaxing. You felt a world away, even though you were right there in Disney World. The rustic look of the food court and Boatwright's Dining Hall were beautiful and convenient. The river running through the middle and the ponds throughout made such wonderful theming.

                  My favorite that I haven't stayed at is the Wilderness Lodge. I love walking through, wandering around and exploring this wonderland. Beautiful architecture and artwork throughout. I LOVE the woodwork. Again, the rustic, foresty atmosphere is relaxing and exciting, all at once.

                  Mind you, I've stayed at
                  Dixie Landings
                  Coronado Springs
                  Carribean Beach
                  Port Orleans
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                  ALL of the Disney hotels I've stayed at were wonderful, and worth the time and money, imho.
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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Mondo Mouse View Post
                    For swank, I like the Grand Floridian.
                    For fun, I like the Art of Animation.
                    For theme, I like the Polynesian.
                    For general cool hotel, I like Coronado Springs.
                    For impressive, I like the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
                    For location, I like the Swan & Dolphin.
                    For a first time experience, I like the Caribbean Beach.
                    You've just convinced me to go 7 times.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Barbaraann View Post
                      From the following that I have stayed at, my favorite is The Contemporary.
                      Originally posted by beckramenoodles View Post
                      ...and why?
                      Why the Contemporary?

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                      • #12
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                        I love the Contemporary for it's location. Magic Kingdom is my favorite of all the WDW parks. When I stayed at the Contemporary, I really enjoyed being on the Monorail line. It was easy getting every where else. The Hotel itself is fun to stay at. I love the hustle and bustle of the hotel. I know people some people like the quieter hotels. I stayed there back before the new DVC addition, but I'd love to stay there again. We had a room in the quieter Garden Wing, and could actually look out the window and see both the castle, and the monorail going by. It was really great. I often walked to Magic Kingdom early in the morning. I remember the night we watched the fireworks from the hotel, and also saw the electrical water pageant from the Contemporary Pier. If I ever scrape up enough money, I'd love to stay there again. I also enjoyed eating breakfast in the hotel before heading to the parks.
                        BarbaraAnn

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                        • #13
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                          Wonderful response, you make a good case for the Contemporary, Barbaraann.

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                          • #14
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                            Some people like the isolation of many of the other hotels, and I can understand that. I liked being in the middle of the action. Yet, you are definitely isolated from the real world.

                            I actually enjoyed all of the hotels that I stayed at, and if you asked my grandson who I often traveled with, he'd probably rave about the Beach Club and their Pool, or Port Orleans where he went Cane Pole Fishing.

                            I did love the two nights when I treated myself to The Grand Floridian. It is a great hotel. Definitely overpriced, but I did feel like I stepped back in time. I love their Lobby, and their grounds. It was a special two days.
                            BarbaraAnn

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                            • #15
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                              Has anyone ever stayed in Fort Wilderness Campground? In a mobile home, in an RV, or in a tent? Are there Disney tents set up, or do they just rent out the camping spot?

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                              • #16
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                                Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
                                Has anyone ever stayed in Fort Wilderness Campground? In a mobile home, in an RV, or in a tent? Are there Disney tents set up, or do they just rent out the camping spot?
                                Rented a cabin a while back with my family--they were really just dressed-up mobile homes lol. But for everything that's not a cabin, they just sell you a pad and you have to set up the tent and everything yourself. If I remember right, each little pad comes with a few plugs and a cable outlet and a grill and that's about it. We just went for the weekend--I would never want to come back from a full day at the parks to that though, I want to relax in a comfy bed and take a long shower!

                                On a different note, does anyone else feel that the Grand Floridian is a bit overrated? I've noticed it on a few people's lists but it's not the clear 'best' hotel on this thread despite it being the flagship resort on property (and the most expensive). I mean, I think it's nice but the theme is a bit bland and besides being on the monorail line I didn't really find anything to rave about it (even the restaurants have gone downhill IMO, besides Victoria & Albert's). I don't know, it seemed underwhelming to me.

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                                • #17
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                                  Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
                                  You've just convinced me to go 7 times.
                                  That's what I'm talkin' about.
                                  Glad I could help
                                  Hahahaha!

                                  In my opinion, as much I enjoy WDW none of it's parks hold a candle to Disneyland. But I do very much enjoy geeking out on the hotels and spending a day or two hotel hopping.

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                                  • #18
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                                    I'd love to stay at the Polynesian. I always loved walking the grounds and getting the little boat across the lagoon. Plus they have dole whip at captain cooks.

                                    Maybe one day if I win the lottery.........

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                                    • #19
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                                      Grand Floridian, as that is where I got my Pluto plush.

                                      My last Disney hotel was Port Orleans (2003), so it always holds a place in my heart
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Favourite WDW Hotel and Why?

                                        I'd have to say Pop Century - for a few reasons.

                                        For one, it is a walk away from Art of Animation, another beautiful resort.

                                        Two, it is most affordable - for the amount of time I'm in the room, Pop is best value.

                                        Three - the theming is fun! And the three times I've stayed there, I've been in the 50's, then 60's, then 70's (without requesting them)...so I can only imagine I'll be in the 80's next!
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