Have a Happy “5.2 Million Calorie” New Year!

Huh?  What are you talking about, Bob?  5.2 million calories of what?!  Uh, well, chocolate of course!

Not to be outdone, the holiday exhibit at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts “weighs in” with almost a ton of chocolate and a mountain of calories!

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Made of 1,780 pounds of three kinds of chocolate, this display is a sweet-lover’s delight!  At 5,180,176 calories, it is a dieter’s nightmare!

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My friends, the All in WDW family wishes you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and Day.  Have fun, but, if you celebrate out tonight, please be careful!  Cheers!  See ya’ in 2016!

Deluxe UPSET! Life is a “Beach”!

What a fantastic “tournament”!  You know, unless you’re “Geekin’ on All in WDW Poll Results”, you don’t see some of the things that I do.

Listen to me on the “Geekin’ on WDW” Podcast.  We chat about Deluxe resorts!

For example, are you aware of which resort led this “competition” in total votes received as we entered yesterday’s finale?  The Polynesian, you say?  Uh, no.

As I followed your votes this week, I had the pleasure of wondering if this was going to be the year that Crescent Lake’s Beach Club finally toppled its nemesis.

ME at BC!

After all, it entered the finale with a two-round, 11 vote lead over WDW’s South Pacific paradise.  What a shock!  Why?

You see, in early 2013, Disney’s [then] Polynesian Resort bludgeoned 2nd place Beach Club with a 34 vote, landslide victory.

In 2014, 10 votes separated the two as the Poly retained its All in WDW “title”.

Well, the Beach Club led this year’s “competition” all week long.  Yesterday, the Polynesian Village made a run, even tying it up at one point, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort?  You’ve dethroned the two-time “champ”!  You are the NEW All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort!

Mickey and Minnie love the Beach Club too!

Mickey and Minnie love the Beach Club too!

Great week, fans!  Thanks for all your support and votes.  You’ve selected a new “champ”!  You’ve set a great Top 10.  Fabulous work!

All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite WDW Deluxe Resorts!

  1. Beach Club Resort
  2. Polynesian Village Resort
  3. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  4. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  5. Wilderness Lodge
  6. Beach Club Villas
  7. Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  8. Yacht Club Resort
  9. Contemporary Resort
  10. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Four Fitting and Fabulous Finalists! VOTE for a “Champion”!

Fantastic work, everyone!  You’ve settled on four worthy finalists, indeed.  Today should be a really great day of voting!

A "Grand" sight!

It made its first finale!  What a “Grand” sight!

So, which will it be, then?  Which resort will become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort?  I can’t wait to find out!

You get ONE last vote today, my friends!  Which one would you pick for YOUR family’s next visit?

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!