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  1. Maurice Hall
    February 15, 2015

    Do the rooms at GF all have microwaves and coffeemakers? Are the coffeemakers Keurig or other type? Do you have to ask for a small refrigerator to keep milk cold for kids?

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  2. Mike
    February 9, 2014

    Hello Dave, back again and thinking things over for this years trip. We are looking for a 2 bedroom on site to stay in October. Want to stay at our home the Grand Floridian but it seems they do not offer 2 bedrooms. Trying to stay away from busses and want to use monorail as much as possible. Any ideas? Thanks

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    • Dave
      February 10, 2014

      Mike–Do you mean a two bedroom villa? I stayed in a dedicated two bedroom at GF in November, so I know they exist 🙂

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  3. Shelley
    January 24, 2014

    Lowest crowds? Which weeks in either Nov. or Dec 2014?

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  4. Shelley
    January 24, 2014

    When to visit WDW? Stay at Floridian and Nov. or Dec. 2014 when is lowest crowds?
    Thank you

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  5. Collier
    May 25, 2013

    Here is my list of the “Top Five Disney World Resorts” based on top-notch immersive Disney style themes, extensive dining options, most convenient locations, and large fun pool complexes:

    1. POLYNESIAN: Extravagant Polynesian theme, lush landscaping with fire-lit tiki torches, white sand beaches, large guest rooms (currently undergoing 2013 refurbishment to make rooms lighter, fresher, and more modern), views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, all guest rooms located in longhouses separated from the main building, pool with Volcano waterslide and separate quiet pool, several dining options with exquisite cuisine with Polynesian flair, Spirit of Aloha dinner show, monorail access, boat transportation to Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian, walking distance to TTC and Grand Floridian

    2. WILDERNESS LODGE: Immersive American wilderness theme, heavily wooded forest landscaping, access to guest rooms and restaurants within the same main building, views of Bay Lake and the woods, pool with waterslide, campfires, several dining options with delicious American-inspired cuisine, boat transportation to Magic Kingdom, Contemporary, and Fort Wilderness

    3. BEACH CLUB: Relaxing fun beach theme, lush seaside landscaping, access to guest rooms and restaurants within the same main building, large guest rooms, views of Crescent Lake, the best and largest pool complex on Disney property – Stormalong Bay – and quiet pool as well, minimal dining options but good American and Seafood options, closest walking distance to Epcot’s International Gateway (approx. 5-8 min.), both boat transportation and walkways to Boardwalk, Yacht Club, Swan, Dolphin, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios

    4. GRAND FLORIDIAN: Opulent turn-of-the-century Victorian theme, lush landscaping, white sand beaches, live music in elegant 5-story lobby, large guest rooms, views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, most guest rooms located in lodges separated from the main building, pool with waterslide and quiet pool, most extensive and exquisite dining options of all Disney resorts, monorail access, boat transportation to Magic Kingdom, walking distance to Polynesian

    5. ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE: Extravagant African safari theme, lush tropical savannah landscaping with nightly campfires, views of savannahs with over 200 exotic animals, access to guest rooms and restaurants within the same main building, extensive dining options with a savory African flair, pool with waterslide and access to Kidani Village pool complex, bus transportation

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    • Dave
      May 25, 2013

      Hi Collier! Based on your criteria, I completely agree with your top 5, though I’d order them a little differently, with the weak dining you note at BC causing me to push it down the list to 4th or 5th. Nice write-up, though!

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  6. Christina
    May 5, 2013

    Hi Dave!

    So I am planning my family’s first ever trip to WDW for this upcoming August! 😀 Initially we were going back and forth between POR and WL and I was all set with WL. But with this new summer discount (30% off deluxes) I took a peek at AKL and OMG! The place looks beautiful! My Kids are 8 & 4 and the pool/playground look awesome for our mid day breaks! Not to mention the animals! And it will actually be saving us $. But of course my main concern is that we will be spending most of our days in the park (especially MK). Would this be a smart move to stay here? We also have a few before park opening ADRS, so I am a little nervous about how significant the “distance” is especially that we won’t have a car and will rely only on WDW transportation. Any advice you could give would be awesome! Thanks!

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    • Dave
      May 5, 2013

      Christina, AKL and WL are comparable in their “WOW.”

      The choice between the two should be price and the relative attraction of the theme to your family. You’ll likely spend about five-ten more minutes per MK trip from AKL. That’s not enough to matter if price and theme appeal are strong…With the resonance of the them to you–and the price break–I’d pick AKL.

      Just to double check, your deal at AKL is almost certainly for a non-savanna view room–which means a view from your room and balcony of parking lots or such (Disney hardly ever puts AKL savanna views on sale). There’s still a million places to view the animals from outside your room–but not inside.

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