Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On Mar 9, 2010
    Jennifer from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our family of 5 (Mom, Dad, grandma, 4 and 17 yr old) is planning a trip to WDW in June 2011, we can't make up our minds on which hotel, trying to pick from WL, TGF or Poly. Which of these would be the best with our age groups. Thanks

    Jennifer:

    All great hotels....

    Keep in mind that if you are planning to all stay in one room, Wilderness Lodge does not have daybeds, so with a party of five, you would have to get two rooms there. Although the theming and its pool complex provide a respite in the summer, it may be out. This leaves Grand Floridian and the Polynesian.

    These two hotels, to me, are at opposite ends of the spectrum for theming: the Polynesian sports a casual, tropical atmosphere, while the Grand Floridian evokes days of upper-class surroundings. Although Grandma may pine for GF, the Poly might better suit your 4-year-old...

    Both offer a daybed and the rooms are similar in square footage. Both have quiet pools and pools with a slide (although the volcano at the Poly probably gives it a leg up). Both have multiple restaurants on site. And both have access to the monorail. But again, the Poly may have the leg up because if you stay in a building like Tahiti, you are closer to the monorail at the TTC which can whisk you away to Epcot as fast as the Magic Kingdom. The views from the Magic Kingdom rooms at both are spectacular.

    After staying at the Polynesian last weekend, I can appreciate its transportation options. But the Grand Floridian's rooms are better appointed. I found my room at the Polynesian to be dark, even with all the lights on, and a bit dated with the dark green tile in the bathroom. But the biggest thing to keep in mind is that the vanity areas at both the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian are inside the bathroom.  With a party of 5, this may not be efficient....I hope that doesn't put you back to square one.

    But if the bathroom isn't a deal-breaker, it simply comes down to casual vs. formal.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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