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    Default Most Relaxing Disney Resort?

    For my "on the go" family, this may seem like an odd question. But i would like to know what everyone thinks is the most relaxing Disney resort. The one where you are content just to soak up the environment, can just hang out, and not feel the need to rush to the parks. I have my ideas, but i would love to hear yours. Thanks!

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    For us, it's definitely Wilderness Lodge. While you do hear the uber-commotion in the lobby from Whispering Canyon, the rest of the resort is incredibly peaceful. While DS is having fun in the pool, DH and I love to just walk around & explore the wonderful views and quiet spaces. That's why we've made it our home resort the past five years - we actually feel we're on vacation!
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    Wilderness Lodge. Can't beat it. After relaxing and exploring the resort, you can walk and explore the grounds.
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    Even though it is in the Moderate category, we found POR to be very quiet despite it's size. All the vegetation and meandering paths made the resort feel very peaceful.
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    We would say the Poly. They have beautiful hawiian music playing throughout the resort. Hammocks, sandy beaches. Even the lobby is relaxing with the waterfalls in the backround
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    Definitely Wilderness Lodge!
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    You can relax at WDW? I enjoyed my stay at AKL-Kidani. Though I didn't really relax a whole lot, it had lots of places to do just that. Sitting out on your balcony and watching animals is great. They also have a library where they have nightly discussions about countries the workers are from. And Kidani is a lot more quiet than Jambo house.
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    laying around in a hammock at the Poly sipping a cocktail was pretty relaxing! Was pretty awesome!
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    The Poly. It has a laid-back charm. GF is my favorite, but the Polynesian is pretty relaxing. Also, AKL. I feel relaxed just sitting in the lobby there, though I have never stayed there.
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    I believe you can make any resort relaxing if you really try. However, that being said, some are definitely quieter than others. Our WDW home for the last 5 visits has been the Wilderness Lodge. And my DW fave quiet place is the dock @ sunrise. She's w/her morning coffee every day.
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    WL for sure. Its a very peaceful, relaxing place to be. Except for Whispering Canyon Cafe, which can get pretty loud.

    I would have once said the Poly because of its tropical vibe, but on our last few trips this place was anything but relaxing and quiet. Often times it was pure chaos. My newly discovered "must try one day" resort is Grand Floridian. I'd never given this resort much thought before, but on our last two trips we spent a bit more time there than in the past and it was the quietest, most relaxing resort we've been to. We left MK one afternoon to get out of the heat. Our first stop was the Poly for a drink, and it was loud and crazy in the lobby. Our second stop was GF for dinner and the difference between this two resorts was like night and day. The Poly had a buzz about it, while the GF was quiet and relaxed.
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    Animal Kingdom lodge gets our vote. The pool is amazing and sitting in the lobby, even though large, is relaxing at the end of the day

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    We've found time to relax at most of the resorts we've stayed at.

    Some of my favorites:
    Polynesian
    Wilderness Lodge
    Grand Floridian
    Animal Kingdom Lodge
    Bay Lake Tower
    Contemporary
    Coronado Springs
    Fort Wilderness

    They all offer different opportunities for relaxation and we enjoy them all.

    Most of the moderates and values do not make my list because one of the most relaxing spots for me is sitting on my balcony. The lack of balconies at those resorts tipped the scales for me. Coronado Springs made the list due to its outdoor lounge along the waterway. Fort Wilderness because of the porch rockers at Pioneer Hall - a favorite spot of ours particularly in our early tent camping trips!
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    AKL - without a doubt! The overall atmosphere is relaxed and far enough away from most parks that you actually feel like you're not at WDW. There's a lot to be said to be able sit on your balcony or the overlook areas on a rocking chair in the shade watching the animals walk by...and let's not foget about the evening fire pit. Completely Awesome!

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    beach club - great pool (and if you go up on the upper deck you can escape the somewhat frantic activity and noise of the pool). Also has a nice little loop to walk in the evening and the ability to catch a relxing boat ride at dusk.
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    My vote is for our home resort Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village. I think this is the only resort we have been about to relax at.
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    We like Fort Wilderness. Beautiful scenery. Laid back vibe.

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    I would guess that it depends on your definition of "relaxing". DH and I find it very relaxing to slump into a few chairs in a bar/lounge with a cocktail or beverage of choice and just do nothing but people watch. Heck, we can do that just about anywhere! We don't need no stinkin' balconies or waterfalls!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WDWCrazyKaren View Post
    I would guess that it depends on your definition of "relaxing". DH and I find it very relaxing to slump into a few chairs in a bar/lounge with a cocktail or beverage of choice and just do nothing but people watch.
    That's kinda what i'm getting at. Plus there must be enough to keep my boys from tugging my chain to go do this or that, away from the resort.

    While i love the Epcot resort area, the problem for me is that it is too convenient. Walking distance to 2 parks, Boardwalk entertainment and mini-golf is great, but it seems there is always something someone wants to do.....now. So i get very little rest there. Also there isn't the "immersive experience" that some other resorts provide. Sorry, but i never once thought i was at a New England beach house.

    I am hoping that on our next trip we can slow down a little and enjoy the resort. Taking walks aroung the grounds, enjoying a drink at the lounge or pool bar, debriefing my fellow vacationers after a day at the parks, and having something to keep my sons occupied so they don't beg to ride Test Track or Rockin Roller Coaster one more time..... now that's what i'm talking about.

    Thanks all.

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    We actually find a stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge to be the most relaxing vacation ANYwhere - not just at Disney! The theme, the feel, the animals, the pools, and the restaurants are a perfect fit for what we like to do to relax...

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