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  1. Kesha
    October 22, 2013

    This seems to be a common theme…was so excited to book the Cars Suite for our Jan ’14 visit. The discounts came out and now we could stay in WL for same price as Cars Suite, even a smidge cheaper. What to do, what to do??? Are the conveniences of WL that much better than having the extra space and kid theme appeal of the AoA cars suite? I seriously can’t make this decision on whether to switch to WL or not. Appreciate any help/reviews. Kids are 5 and 7, first trip for the kids.


  2. Becky
    April 11, 2013

    Thank you so much for offering your experience with both of these hotels. We are currently booked for 7/30-8/8/13 @ AoA Nemo family suite. With the release of the summer discounts, we could not get even the 15% discount on the Nemo room (and not interested in the other themes), so could stay @ Poly, CR, WL, BC, AKL, FW cabin, for the same (or less) money. Tough choice! This will be my family’s 1st and possibly only visit to WDW. I stayed @ PR as a kid (almost 30 yrs ago) and love the idea of the monorail transport. WL theming looks amazing and so does AKL and we like the bunk beds at both. Have concerns about transportation everywhere we would consider (planning NOT to have a rental car, but will bend if we’re miserable). Just when I think I’m getting close to a decision I read something that forces me to pull back and start all over. Gretchen, your comparison between PR & AoA suite has been super helpful. Pushes me towards keeping our nondiscounted suite. My son (9) is in love with the Nemo theme and I’m afraid that if we stayed @ PR and had to wait in long transport lines and swim in a pretty small/crowded pool (even with a slide) that we would have regrets (I do realize that ALL pools at WDW this time of year are likely to be quite crowded though).
    Can’t thank you, Dave, enough for this site. A wealth of info.


    • Dave
      April 11, 2013

      Thanks, Becky!

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  3. Gretchen
    November 20, 2012

    Hi Dave, Since the only two trips we have made onsite have been at the Polynesian and Art of Animation, (Both on your recommendation so give yourself a pat on the back!). I just wanted to add a few observations. My family and I REALLY liked both resorts. However, if this was my FIRST and possibly ONLY trip to Disney, I would choose Art of Animation over the Polynesian. The two bathrooms AND not having to share a bus with another resort are the big winners for us. Even though the Polynesian is excellent for getting to Epcot and Magic Kingdom, it is a long bus ride with at least one other resort to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
    For dining, it is a short walk across the bridge to Pop Century from A of A if you want to try their food court for more options. We noticed that even when we were staying at the Polynesian, we ate mainly at the quick service restaurant , once at Konas, and never went into Ohanas. We were mostly out (like most first time families) and scheduled our meals based on what parks we would be at that day.
    I truly don’t think you could go wrong with either one. They are both unique resorts.


    • Dave
      November 21, 2012

      Thanks, Gretchen!!! And I’m glad the site helped!


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