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.

Laguna Alive

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!

“Moderate” Battle Ends with Slim Victory and New Champion!

Who amongst you remembers last year’s Moderate “competition”?

Actually held at the very end of December 2012, I ran that poll a bit differently than the one you, so phenomenally, supported yesterday.  In the end, that “tournament” of voting came down to only two finalists.

It was a “civil war” between the Disney Port Orleans “sister” resorts won by the “French” half of, what obviously is, our favorite Moderate complex.  In late 2012, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter dominated by accumulating 60% of your support.

Yesterday, while racking up a whopping 133 total votes, amidst a back-n-forth, three-way battle with my poor, under-appreciated Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and with a minuscule one-vote victory, you unseated WDW’s ode to New Orleans.

Yes, by the slimmest of margins, you appointed Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside as the NEW All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort!

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Originally named Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort, and opened on February 2, 1992, Riverside is themed to look like the Old Antebellum (during the time before the American Civil War) South.  With over 2,000 rooms, there’s plenty of space for all of us!

Congratulations, Riverside.  You are our first NEW champion of 2014!

Oh, and not to forget … here’s the All in WDW Readers’ Top 5 Moderate Resorts!

  1. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  2. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  4. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  5. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Moderate “Magic”! – What’s your pick?

Well, we know one thing for sure.  We won’t be choosing an All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 today!  We’ll have to settle for a Top 5, I’m afraid.  After all, there are only five Moderate resorts, you know.

Yes, that’s right!  A few weeks ago, we refreshed our choices in Deluxe resorts.  We named our Top 10.  Remember that?  And, we “re-elected” Disney’s Polynesian Resort to the “office” of All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort.

Today, we hit the Moderates.

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This one’s going to be easy, folks.  With only five options, this contest is going to be a “one ‘n done”.  One day of voting … one winner!

Vote for your ultimate favorite WDW Moderate!  Tell your friends!  Pass the word!  Which of these great spots will become the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort?

Pick Your Resort – The Results!

The voters have spoken!  The All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort is Port Orleans – French Quarter!

By defeating its sister resort – Riverside – by a tally of 36 to 24, French Quarter, as promised, will become one of Mrs. All in WDW and my destinations in 2013.  Bank on it!  By the way, since I’ve never stayed there, this pic is courtesy of Disney’s web site.

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Meanwhile, since I turned this finale into a “double-coronation”, I’m pleased to announce that a 38 to 25 victory wins Disney’s Art of Animation Resort the honor of being the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Value Resort.  Now, this shot – of AoA’s lobby – I did take myself.

AoA Lobby

It’s been a bittersweet weekend.  I’m pleased that we crowned two more “favorites”.  I’m elated that we added two more countries – Mexico and Denmark – to The World of All in WDW … in just the last two days!  In fact, someone from Italy stopped by to represent a week or so ago as well.  It’s exciting!  Overall, this endeavor has been, and remains, a blast.

However, I can’t help but feel like I’ve let some of All in WDW’s fans down a little.  Oh, I know I haven’t done that personally, but take a look at the vote totals.  Each category finished with about 60 votes.  We had been closing our polls with vote totals in the 150s or higher.  To the 60 or so of you who voted, I extend my sincere and warmest gratitude, but the reason I feel blue is because I feel like 100 or so of our friends didn’t get to participate.

This is the first poll we’ve run without posting a link or announcement on Touring Plans’ Lines chat.  That fact clearly impacted poll participation.  I hope the other 100 or more of our friends re-discover us.  In the meantime, if you haven’t done so already, bookmark All in WDW into your favorites, follow me on Twitter (@Rasoutlaw), “Like” All in WDW’s Facebook Page, or sign up to follow the site by e-mail (see the right margin).

The polls WILL continue, and we will crown more Favorites, everyone.  I promise!  I hope you’re here to participate!

Thanks for your support!  -Bob