Any “Port” in a Storm? The “Big Easy” Wins!

And, did it ever!  Wow!  Dueling resorts!  Razor-close finish!  Between the two Orleans resorts, almost 75% of your vote?  75%?!  What a day!

Actually, this year, at first, I thought it wasn’t going to be all that close.  French Quarter jumped out to an early, and quite large, lead.

Then, Riverside came roaring back.  From that point on, the “battle” became a spectacle … a metaphorical horse race!

In the end, what it really became was a repeat … of sorts.  How so?

Some of you folks might not remember this, but this “competition” was won by Port Orleans – French Quarter “way” back in 2013.

Yesterday’s rival – its sister down the river – actually dethroned it last year.  Port Orleans – Riverside won your favor in 2014.

Well, if there’s justice in rematches, Walt Disney World’s homage to the Big Easy’s “Old Square” has seen that “wrong” get “righted”.  By the slimmest of margins, French Quarter is the 2015 readers’ choice!

What do I think about the result?  I think you already know.

I still say that Coronado is way too under-appreciated.  But, that’s OK.  It only adds up to more room “at the inn” for the All in WDW family to enjoy!

How about you?  Are you thrilled?  I think so …

“We have stayed at French Quarter twice and Riverside once.  Both are beautiful, and I might even like the Riverside theme better.  However, the size and one bus stop at French Quarter wins it for me.  However, you can’t go wrong with either.”

“I love French Quarter the best.  The size is perfect.  The theme is so relaxed.  The river-view rooms are perfect.”

“We love how small French Quarter is … yet, the amenities are not decreased.  It’s even the first bus stop.  And, it’s an easy walk to Riverside to share in their table service and see Yehaa Bob.  It’s easy to get a boat ride to Downtown Disney.”

Great comments, all!  Great resorts, both halves of the “Port”.  Great competitions, my friends!  Port Orleans – French Quarter is the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort!

You see, my friends?  Even I can appreciate our Moderate “champ”!

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Not a Fan of Values? Then, Here are YOUR Moderates! VOTE!

The whole All in WDW “World” knows that my family is in love with Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

After all, it was the very-first place we ever stayed on property … way back in 1999!  From the beautiful lake it surrounds, its ever-changing Pepper Market food court, and, yes, “our” Laguna Bar, we’ve loved it ever since.

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Coronado is much-maligned for being a convention resort, but, my friends, we never “feel” the crowd.

To us, it’s much more quiet than a lot of places – among both WDW’s Value and Deluxe options.  In fact, why should it “take a hit” for being a convention option?  The Deluxes that afford the same opportunity do not!

Coronado holds a Deluxe-level atmosphere, in our opinion.

Although not on a par with dining options owned by the Polynesians and Animal Kingdoms of the World, the opening of Las Ventanas as a Table Service location kicks their culinary “scene” up a level.  Pepper Market can compete with any Counter Service at any of Disney’s resorts.

La Vida Health Club provides hair and salon services.  They offer an opportunity for a massage.  The club, itself, is adequately stocked with fitness equipment.  And, did I mention the scenic “jogging trail” around the lake?

Finally, their pool area sports some of the most unique theming in WDW … as well as its own bar – Siestas Cantina!

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Again, for us, Coronado holds Deluxe appeal … all at a Moderate price!  It’s a great trade off, in our opinion, and we feel it makes Coronado the most under-appreciated property in Walt Disney World!  Most recently, it’s the only place we’ve stayed!

There.  I made my pitch.  Now, what’s yours?  Don’t just VOTE your choice … explain your passion!  Why should YOUR choice become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort!  You know my pick!

If last week’s Value discussion is any indication, today is going to be a great vote … and a great Disney day!  Enjoy … and, most of all, VOTE!

Disney’s “Super” Star Resorts Survive!

Wow!  What a relief!  I was more than a little bit nervous about adding that Holiday Inn option to yesterday’s poll.  Thankfully, it got less than 13% of your vote!

But, never fear, Disney!  Facebook “blew up” again!  Take note … your All-Stars do still have a place in our hearts!  See?

“I don’t mind the All-Stars at all.  I think they get a bad rap.”

“I was at Sports last week.  Although I prefer Pop, I would stay at Sports again.  [F]or the price point, while still getting Disney transportation and other extras, it’s perfect for some budgets/trips.”

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“Sports is our resort of choice.  It is the one we have booked for all of our [recent] trips. We love it.”

“We love the All-Stars, we have been [to WDW] eight times in the last six years and stayed at All-Stars (all three of them) five of those times.”

“They might not be luxury, but they are nice if you have kids under teens.  They’ll always be good for us as long as the kids still love all the ‘magic’ of Disney!”

“I love the All-Stars!  It’s the only way I can visit WDW every year and stay on property.”

In the end, the sheer number of votes that you cast yesterday is testimony to the passion that you have for Disney’s properties.  The All-Stars earned over 87% of your support, too!  Well done!

And, who was yesterday’s big “winner”?  Well, early on in the voting, one loyal reader noted, “This will be interesting.  [Let’s] see if Movies really deserves the higher price tag than the others.”

Well, it must.  It absolutely dominated its competition!  In fact, Sports and Music, together, couldn’t equal Movies’ vote total.  I’ll re-use the word I started this post with … Wow!

What?! They’re Not Really “All-Stars”?

There was one small thing that shocked me – at least a little bit – about this past Sunday’s vote.  Maybe it surprised you, as well.  Looking at your comments, though, possibly not.

Disney’s All-Star resorts put forth a phenomenally poor showing!  In fact, combined, they earned less than 10% of your votes.  10%!  Combined!

Boy, WDW’s theme-packed trio of Values clearly didn’t live up to their “All Star” monicker, that’s for sure.

Hey!  Where is everybody?!

Hey!  Where IS everybody?!

It got me to thinking.  If you only had these three to choose from, which would it be?  Would it be any one of the three?  Hmmm.  It sounds like we need one more little poll!

“Pop” Goes a “Champion”! The Readers have Spoken!

Good Monday, my friends!  I would be negligent if I didn’t start off the day by thanking all of you.

Your comments during yesterday’s poll were phenomenal!  In fact, Facebook “blew up” with thoughtful “editorials”, “spot-on” critiques, and tons of heart-felt emotion.

If there’s one thing, other than attractions, that Disney fans are passionate about, it’s their favorite resorts.  Do you agree?  And, yesterday?  Well, we only scratched the surface!

POP!

In your own words, let’s see a small sample of what you think about yesterday’s candidates, the competition, as well as the, now, two-time All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Value Resort – Disney’s Pop Century!

“The only value I’ve stayed at was Art of Animation, and we loved it.”

“I don’t love the value resort theming, but we have stayed at POP twice recently.  [We] have had wonderful trips staying at POP.  It’s better than not going at all!”

“[W]hen I see the value hotels, that’s just what I would expect staying on property at WDW.  I love the theming.”

“We liked [POP’s] food court – for the variety of options – and the bus system.  We never had to wait very long.”

“My family will be staying at POP later this year.  My view on it is as long as it [has] got a bed and shower, then I’m good!”

“[S]taying at POP allows us to go more.  This week, this will be our 6th trip … to POP.  Food court is great.  Busses are great.”

POP is our favorite Value, by far.  Although the Quick Service is busy, the choices are so much better.”

Of course, not all your comments were filled with love and admiration.  Here’s your “counterpoint” …

“I literally would rather not go than stay at a Value resort ever again.”

“I can’t believe POP is winning by so much.  I hated that hotel.  It’s entirely too large.  The rooms are very small.  It was my first value and I swore them off forever because of it.”

“I really dislike POP.  Stayed once, and I know people who stayed and didn’t like it either.”

“It was loud.  They had music blaring from a loudspeaker at the pool until 11 PM.  Small hard beds, people randomly smoking everywhere, small rooms, people everywhere.”

“I don’t think I’d want to stay at a Value because I don’t like the loud colors, themes, or crowds.”

Wow!  Like I said … a lot of passion!  When it comes to resorts, we surely do love where we love, it seems.

Take it from me.  Given the chance, our family would pick Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 100 times out of 100.  But, then, that’s a Moderate.  We’ll tackle those next weekend!

Until then, Disney’s Pop Century Resort “reigns” supreme!  It is the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Value Resort!