-For starters, the room was hard to get to thanks to the labyrinth of hallways and lack of stairwells. It felt like we were trapped when we were in there.
-The set of 4 small elevators in only one location (far from the room) was annoying. We hated standing with the droves of people just to go up to our floor.
-The pool wasn't that fascinating. This resort supposedly has the BEST water park/pool on grounds but I disagree. I enjoy Wilderness Lodge's pool more than this one. Heck, the Polynesian's is small but better too. The kids were not very impressed.
-There was no "magic". Nothing about this hotel had the Disney magic, as far as I could tell. It felt stale, boring, and just wasn't worth the money. It is pretty inside, but without the magic, it is just any other hotel in my eyes.
-The view of a nasty rooftop was weird. I know I didn't pay for a view, but wow. It couldn't have been worse. I wish I had taken a pic but I was too disappointed to. There was trash on the roof and it just looked gross. Paying more to stare at a parking lot view from the Polynesian is a better deal, if you ask me.
-The maids yelling down the hallways at 7am pissed me off. I swear, that is rude!! We know it was the maids because Clayton was sneaking out the door to get some food when he witnessed it. That day was a sleep-in day so I was not happy.
-The night before was loud with hammering. I was taking a relaxing bath to shake off a headache when I started hearing the beating and banging a few doors down. It went on for a long time and it was close to 10pm. Grrr...
-Transportation from YC stinks. We opted for our car most of the time because taking a bus is just plain awful. To get to the Magic Kingdom via the monorail, we would have to walk all the way to the front of EPCOT to catch it. We hated parking at the TTC to get to the MK. This is where we realized why we pay so much to stay in a monorail resort. It is worth it!!
I am sure that there are more bad things to say about the YC but I am going to quit talking about it and get to the good stuff. We quickly packed up all of our belongings and made our way over to the Polynesian around 1:30pm. The front gate guy greeted us with "Aloha!" and we knew we made the right choice right then. There was a hula lesson going on when we walked into the Great Ceremonial House and the smell of tropical flowers smelled so delightful. It was the magic we were looking for. We went straight to our room and found it to be dirty. It was never cleaned. I called the front desk and they moved us next door. It wasn't clean either. Hmmm... We were a little taken aback by that. I called the front desk again and they ended up moving us to a different long house. They also upgraded us to a Magic Kingdom view! Yes!!! Just so you know, that is a HUGE deal. The weekend rack rate on that room is $610 per night and a regular room is $452 nightly. That is a big difference and I would never pay that much just to look at the castle. I made sure to watch Wishes multiple times from the balcony since this type of room will most likely never happen again for us, lol. Oh, and to make matters even better, we were never charged the $497 up-charge fee for switching from YC to the Poly. :)