Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 11, 2010
    Renae Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our first trip. I am trying to decide if we need to spend more money to stay at Polynesian for the monorail use and ease of going to and from hotel, OR if the port orleans french quarter would be about as easy and then I could save money.

    Renae:

    I've stayed at both so I understand the angst...So let's break it down:
    • Transportation: You have only bus transportation to the parks from POR but you also have to take buses from the Polynesian to Disney's Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom....AND if you're not staying on the Tahiti side of the Polynesian, even the monorail to Epcot can take 40 minutes. You have to ask yourself if monorail to two parks is worth an upgrade.
    • Restaurants: Hands-down, the Poly beats POFQ for restaurants, but your family can eat there without having to stay there. With the boat from POFQ to Downtown Disney, there's something to be said for variety.
    • Room: I dislike the dark, almost cave-like rooms at the Polynesian that still scream to me the need for a face lift even though they've been through a recent one. The vanities are located inside the bathroom, rather than out like POFQ, so if you're traveling with more than two, getting ready can be inconvenient. I saw no difference in mouse-keeping between the resorts.
    • Amenities: The poly has boat service, but so does POFQ to Downtown Disney. The poly has a great pool, and while POFQ's is small, you can visit its sister resort Riverside's pool or use the money you save to purchase the Water Parks Option on your tickets and visit Blizzard Beach (and that blows ANY pool out of the proverbial water).
    • Views: I have to admit there's nothing like a Magic Kingdom view at The Polynesian. But on my trip last week, there was a palm tree blocking our view of the castle from our balcony! My view of the Sassagoula River at POFQ in September was better and for $300 less...a night. You could use that money and take a Fireworks Cruise one night, dinner at California Grill another...
    Save your money and stay at the French Quarter.

    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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