hotels at disney world?

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 1:05am
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We're thinking of going to Disney World in May. Two years ago we stayed at the Yacht Club which was very nice. We'd like a different hotel this time. Any recommendations? Has anyone stayed at the cabins at Fort Wilderness? We'll be flying down so we won't have a car. I'm thinking of maybe one of the moderate resorts to save money. Or even the value resorts if they are okay. I don't mind a small room, but I don't want a tiny room and nothing special. Thanks.

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 5:37am
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We stayed at the All Star Movie resort. It is one of the cheaper hotels. It was much nicer than I had expected. We are going back next November and I haven't decided if we will stay there or move up to the moderate hotels either. I am looking at the Coronado Springs or one of the New Orleans resorts. I like the New Orleans ones if we wanted to take the kids on a carriage ride around the property. I think I am going to do one of those because we will be spending more time in the room than last time. Anyone stay at any of these hotels?
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Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 4:44pm
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We've stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge both times we've gone to Disney. It is really magical. While farther away from the parks, there are direct buses that are not shared with other resorts, so travel times are really not bad; plus, it's a relaxing place to return to after a long day at the parks. We've also had wonderful meals at Boma and they were able to accommodate DD's multiple allergies. We were also able to find safe stuff for her at the food court there (Mara). If you stay there, try the zebra domes--they're wonderful.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 9:24pm
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We also stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and I can't recommend it enough, although it is not inexpensive. It was simply wonderful. I didn't think it would make a difference to me, but waking up and having the animals right outside your terrace is simply, well, "magical".
We also had a terrific dinner at Boma, and the staff was so helpful with regard to my son's PA. Ceross, when you were there, were the zebra domes safe for PA? I think there was only one dessert my son could eat safely, and it wasn't the zebra domes (but since nuts weren't an ingredient as far as I know, it is possible they could be made safely for PA).
--Debbie

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 10:36pm
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Do all of the rooms have views of the animals outside at Animal Kingdom? I just looked at prices, but can't get a good idea if the Savannah view is the only room w/ the animals.
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Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 10:55pm
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I just checked out the Fort Wilderness Lodge. Anyone know anything about that one. I am going with a 2 and 5 year old. I think Animal Kingdom might be better when they get older because we would be able to take advantage of the group babysitting. Fort Wilderness looks cute because of the farm and pony rides.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 7:09am
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Do you mean Wilderness Lodge (there is Fort Wilderness Campgrounds and there's The Wilderness Lodge). I've stayed at both (love love love Wilderness Lodge), I've stayed in Ft.Wilderness in my parents trailer, but they also have cabins with bedrooms, living area and full kitchen. My kids loved Wilderness Lodge. Great Restaurant there (terrific for kids) Whisperin Canyon cafe, plus it's a short boat ride to Magic Kingdom, and the Contemporary (where you can go to Chef Mickey's for breakfast and dinner)--- That boat ride really makes it nice for young kids-- you can just wheel your stroller on.
I've also stayed at Caribbean Beach and All Star Movies if you have any more questions. I'm staying at Old Key West in 17 days-- we love Disney!!
I just re-read your post. Ft. Wilderness had the pony rides, but that's the campground and you can rent a cabin-- still very nice. Wilderness lodge is a hotel, it doesn't have pony rides but Ft. Wilderness is a short boatride from Wilderness Lodge so you could still participate in the activities there. Does that make sense??
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Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 7:52am
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Quote:Originally posted by JodiBeth:
[b]Do all of the rooms have views of the animals outside at Animal Kingdom? I just looked at prices, but can't get a good idea if the Savannah view is the only room w/ the animals.
[/b]I'm pretty sure it's only the Savannah rooms that have views of the animals. It's amazing how close they are!
If you don't get a Savannah room, there are still viewing areas around the hotel where you can go and watch the animals.
--Debbie

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 8:05am
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DRobbins,
The zebra domes were not nut-safe from what I recall. DD is egg/PA/TNA and allergic to cantaloupe, so she could have grapes for dessert; however, we'd usually take her for a Mickey bar at Mara. DD did not have the zebra domes but I relaxed my restriction on my having may contains on the trip. I do not have food allergies but generally avoid nut containing foods.
As for the rooms with views of animals: only savannah view rooms have views of the animals; however, there are many public viewing areas. We've never splurged for a savannah room; we're not in the room enough to justify the expense. On our trip in May, we had a standard room; it actually overlooked the parking lot but you could not see the lot because of the thick vegetation. It was at the end of the hall (but still pretty close to the lobby) and was, therefore, pretty private; we only had one night where there was noise from cars and that was only brief.

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2007 - 10:29pm
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I was talking about the cabins, not the lodge. I have stayed at the lodge, before kids, and it is beautiful. I was thinking the cabins for the kids. But, I think, we are going to stay at one of the moderate hotels this time. When my youngest is 4, we will splurge on the deluxe hotels that offer the group babysitting.
Any other advice would be great!
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Posted on: Wed, 01/03/2007 - 1:34am
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I know nothing about where to stay in Disney since I have not been since I was 15 years old and now my oldest is 16!
I am watching this thread with interest and would love to know when is the cheapest time to go to Disney from Canada?
We have four children ages 8,10,13 and 16. We would love to take them sometime in the next year since "ALL" their friends have been but they have not.
Getting a place to stay for 6 will not be cheap but money is an issue.
Thanks
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