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  • On Mar 23, 2009
    Stephane from QC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning an 8 days trip to WD on July 18th with 5 and 8 years old kids. I am hesitating between Polynesian and the Beach Club. We are planning on going to all 4 theme parks and the 2 water parks and go back to our favorites for the last 2 days.

    I can see why you're torn; those are two great resorts!  Maybe I can help by offering the pros and cons of each and then you can make the decision that best suits your family.

    Probably one of the biggest draws of Disney's Polynesian is its location on the monorail.  It's also beautifully themed and home to a couple of great sit-down restaurants ('Ohana and the Kona cafe).  The beach at the Polynesian also offers a great place to relax and view the Magic Kingdom fireworks.  If your family likes to have space to move around, you should also consider that the rooms at the Polynesian are slightly larger than those at the Beach Club.

    The Beach Club, while not a monorail resort, also has a great location; it is within walking distance of Epcot.  When our family stayed there last year we thoroughly enjoyed the convenience of walking to the World Showcase for dinner each night.  There are also plenty of dining and entertainment options to take advantage of at Disney's Boardwalk, which is also within walking distance.  And for the kids?  The Stormalong Bay pool is a destination in itself.  We spent countless hours poolside during our most recent trip and could have easily spent countless more had our stay been longer.

    In the end, it comes down to your priorities.  If you anticipate spending a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom, then the Polynesian is probably your best choice.  If you think that you'll be more drawn to Epcot (and the resort pool), you might be better off at the Beach Club.  Rest assured though that neither is a bad choice.  Good luck deciding.
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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