Eight Exceptional Establishments! VOTE in the DELUXE Semi-Finals!

Morning, my friends!  How was it?  Did your favorites do well yesterday?

Hey!  Was it much less stressful having the opportunity to choose three resorts per group?  Yes?  Good.  Sadly, we’re not going to be that lucky today.

We’ve certainly compiled a familiar cast of characters into our semi-final round, that’s for sure.  How so?  Well, take a look at 2015’s “Exceptional Eight” in the context of our previous Top 8.  In 2013-14, we chose …

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Replaced by the Grand Floridian, Beach Club Villas, and Yacht Club, only the BoardWalk and Contemporary got “shut out” this year.  Wow!

Oh, no!  Say it ain't so, BoardWalk!

Oh, no!  Say it isn’t so, BoardWalk!

Very interesting … to Mrs. All in WDW and I, at least.  Outside of Coronado Springs, the BoardWalk resorts are actually two of our favorite places to stay on property!

OK.  So, today, fans, we go back to our normal voting “rules”.  Your two semi-final groups are displayed, below.  You get to VOTE for ONE option in each group.  Sorry, folks.  Tough choices today!

The Top 2 finishers in each group will make it into tomorrow’s gala … our BIG, deluxe finale!  So, get after it my friends!  VOTE!

Hey, Folks! Are You Ready to Witness a “Deluxe” Event? Yes? Then, VOTE!

Good Monday, my friends!  Over the last month, we’ve teamed up to “elect” Readers’ Favorites in both the Value AND Moderate resort categories.

Both of those efforts were filled with a lot of emotion, passion, and commentary.  I hope you didn’t miss out!  If so, here’s your chance to jump into the action in an epic fashion.

This morning, I introduce to you twenty of the most premier resort options in all of Orlando.  It’s time to “crown” the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort!

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You have three tasks to accomplish, should you be so kind.  First, and most important, VOTE!  You’ll find four groups of five below.  Today, you can vote for THREE resorts in each group!  Yes, THREE!

We’re always stressed out over the tough choices these polls present.  In Round 1, we’re going to take it easy on ourselves!

The Top 2 finishers in each of these four groups will move forward into tomorrow’s semi-final event.

So, back to your other “jobs” for today.  As I mentioned, the Value and Moderate polls were laden with emotion and passion.  With twenty options in this week’s “tournament”, your comments have to be endless.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments on this post, on Reddit, on Facebook, or on Twitter.  Why should YOUR favorite be the Readers’ favorite?!

Finally, there’s one last task I’d ask you to complete.  A few weeks ago, I had the honor of guesting on Curt and Lindsay Stone’s Geekin’ on WDW Podcast.

We talked All in WDW Readers’ Favorites.  Your favorites.  The show published just this morning!

Please stop by to listen at Geekin’ on WDW.  Give them some love, folks.  They’re good Disney people!

There you have it!  VOTE, comment, and listen!  See ya’ next time!

Different Poll, Same Story, Eh? Plus, a Polynesian Photo Tour!

Well, there you have it, then!  Different “competition”, same result.  We sure do love Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  In spite of all the construction, too!

You have to admit one thing, though.  It sure was close.  The Poly barely edged out the Animal Kingdom Lodge and BoardWalk “consortiums”.  See the final results here.

Of course, this leaves me to wonder how a one-on-one matchup between the Polynesian and the Animal Kingdom resorts or the Poly and the BoardWalk resorts would conclude.  Hmm.  Another day, maybe.

In the meantime, how would you like a quick photo tour of some of the best(?) of Disney’s disassembled Polynesian Village Resort?

We took most of these shots a little over a month ago, so I suspect the crews have made quite a bit of progress since then.  Regardless, here’s a glimpse of what’s under construction.  Enjoy!

So, where do we start?  A glimpse inside … walls, walls, and more walls!

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And, what do you find outside?  More walls!  The walkways are lined with them!

In fact, it’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to walking through a real life-size maze!  I thought I’d never find the beach!

They were appropriately themed, I’ll say that for them.

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Finally, here’s a view of DVC’s construction from the beach …

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And, finally, thanks to the Magic Kingdom ferry, another view from the opposite side …

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WDW Deluxe Resorts Showdown! VOTE!

It has been a really long time since I’ve run a poll, eh?  Busy, busy with all sorts of Food & Wine, etc., I guess.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about running this little “duel” for a very long time.  I just never got around to it!  Well, today’s as good a day as any, I think!

One perennial favorite always seems to rise to the top of the mountain when we run our annual Deluxe Resorts “tournament”.  Yes, it is, the currently being ripped to pieces, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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So, months and months ago, as we concluded our Deluxe finale, I asked this question … ‘One has to wonder what the results might look like if I had presented options called “Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas” and “BoardWalk Inn and Villas”.

With three Animal Kingdom facilities and two BoardWalk options in the Readers’ Top 10, could our beloved Polynesian have weathered the storm of competing loyalties? Hmm.”

So, help me out, here, my friends!  VOTE!  I want to see who will win this showdown!

Of these three choices, which would you choose as your favorite?  Which would you choose as a place you hope and wish to stay?

Resort-Dedicated Fan Web Sites!

You know, I forget that there are so many resort-dedicated fan web sites out in the Disney-verse.  Do you know the ones I mean?

For example, I introduced you to the PortOrleans.org Unofficial Tribute Site a few days ago.  You, most certainly, know about Tikiman’s Unofficial Polynesian Resort Pages.  And, I always forget that there is a fan site completely dedicated to one of my favorite resorts – Buzz2001’s Unofficial Coronado Springs Resort Website!

But, there are tons of others!  The best “master list” I found actually was supplied by a site called DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com.  On their blog, at this link, you can find web sites touting the virtues of:

  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Pop Century
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas
  • Grand Floridian

Do you know of any other resort-focused fan web sites?  If so, please leave me a comment with their “address”.  I would love to check them out!  In the meantime, I had to find this one myself.  And, how appropriate, too!  It is The Unofficial Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Website!

They describe Saratoga Springs as ” … an equestrian-themed, Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Villa Resort.”  It is “… [i]nspired by the late-1800s New York retreat Saratoga Springs” which was “[f]amous for its horse-racing and amazing spas.”

Welcome to the "Springs"!

Welcome to the “Springs”!

Now, back to All in WDW “business”.  Did you think that I had forgotten about yesterday’s trivia question?  No, I haven’t.  When it comes to the five “sections” of the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, they are named:

  • Congress Park
  • The Springs
  • The Paddock
  • The Carousel
  • The Grandstand

When I wrote the question, I was, naturally, thinking about horse-racing.  The Kentucky Derby came to mind.  So, I made up “The Derby” as one of the four responses.  If you guessed that one as the “fake” section, and most of you did, then congratulations!  You out-smarted me again!

Next time, we’ll move down (up?) the river to Disney’s Old Key West Resort for one last trivia challenge.  Until then, please enjoy these shots, courtesy of The Unofficial Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Website.  Hey, pay them a visit!  Learn more about the “Springs”!

A lovely water view!

A lovely water view!

"Saratoga-on-the-Lake"!

“Saratoga-on-the-Lake”!

A View from The Paddock!

A View from The Paddock!

A shot from Downtown Disney.

A shot from Downtown Disney.

We hope you enjoyed your stay!

We hope you enjoyed your stay!