• On May 10, 2011
    Danielle from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I have a 6 year old and a 2 1/2 year old. We are trying to decide either to stay at the Polynesian or the Contemporary November 2011. Any thoughts or help? This is our first time staing in Disney- we've always stayed off site at Timeshares.

    Hi Danielle,

    The Polynesian or the Contemporary -- mighty tough question!  Let me list some of the pros & cons to help you decide which best meets your needs.

    Poly Pros: Large rooms at 415-476 sq. feet; beautiful grounds that are perfect for kids to play on; easy transportation access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot (no folding up strollers!); lush grounds; beautiful beach to both play on & watch fireworks; zero-entry pool

    Poly Cons: Buildings are separated, so during rain this is a problem; bathrooms can feel small with sinks in the rooms (some rooms have only one sink); some buildings can have a longer walk to get to the main building (food & monorail); even with the remodeled rooms, some parts can have an older feel

    Cont Pros:  Rooms are in one building; easy monorail access to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom; can walk to Magic Kingdom; grand lobby with monorail running through it

    Cont Cons:  Often thought of as the most un-Disney hotel; rooms that overlook Chef Mickey's can be loud; must use elevator to get to rooms in the main building; sinks eat up all the bathroom counter space

    I hope that helps to point out some differences, both good & bad.  I'd encourage you to visit & the links above to explore the photos of the resorts to see which meets your style preferences.  Overall, though, they are both amazing resorts that I wouldn't hesitate to stay in. 
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