I have only stayed at the AKL, but am trying the Polynesian out in January. I loved the AKL. The theme is awesome and is carried out nicely throughout the resort. The savannah rooms are awesome and waking up to the animals outside your balcony everyday is a huge plus if you like animals like me and my daughter do. It is a bit distant from the hub of things, but the transportation was excellent and you don’t share resort buses with any other resort so that’s another plus. The atsmopshere is very romantic, so there is yet another plus for you and your wife. Now, for areguments sake, the Polynesian would be another great pick. It has everything special that the AKL does as in romance and theme, but is on the monorail line and next to the transportation and ticket center making everything travel wise convienant. You have a few more options with dining there too and you can see the MK fireworks from the beach…very romantic with a nice glass of your favorite beverage swinging on a hammock. I know the GF is the best of WDW, but I think you will be better with the Polly or AKL. They are both deluxes and beautiful, but not nearly as expensive. The Contemporary doesn’t even appeal to me, but I know it is a favorite amoung a few of our DC memebers. Have you considered the Wilderness Lodge? It is in the same price range as the AKL, and simply gorgeous. I love that resort too. It’s a short boat ride away from MK and you take busses to the other parks. Their trasportaion wasn’t as good as the AKL’s , but it’s free…no biggie to me. Hope some of this helps. Welcome to DC!
Definately get a Annual Pass. Bdavis is right. You cna save up to 45% on rooms. Have you booked atravel agent or are you doing it yourself? If you haven’t decided, contact Mouseketrips. Their link is on the home page here. They are a Disneyon only travel agency and they will show you how to get the best possible deal. I am using them and they have been nothing but excellent.