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jillyjoey
03-23-2006, 09:28 AM
Last time we went we stayed half time off property at a big resort and half time at All-Star Movies - never again will we stay off-site. Anyhow, for our next trip, we plan to book at a mod resort. But, now seriously considering deluxe. We will be going in December so I don't know if pools will really be an issue. Here's the question.
(1) Moderate over value, why?
(2) Deluxe over moderate, why?

tinkerdorabelle
03-23-2006, 10:01 AM
We prefer the moderates, we have stayed at the values also but would never again, its such a big jump up from a value to a moderate. I do love the deluxes also, but honestly you get more bang for the buck with a moderate. We visited all the deluxes and have had dinner, etc., and didn't see that much more except for being on the monorail for the price difference which was phenomenally higher! The moderates also have a resort feel and we really love. Have fun and let us know what you decide. :banana:

kathy carleton
03-23-2006, 10:07 AM
Having stayed at almost every resort on property, I recomend moderate!! Frankly, I am not a big value fan. They are fine, but unless that is the only way I can go to the world, OR plan to do kamikaze parks and water parks, then I do not do values. Keep in mind though, if it is a 1st timer trip, the I do suggest to friends to do the values becuase your 1st couple trips to WDW you are never in your room!!

I am a real fan of POR and CSR. Love both resorts! If you were going in summer and planning to do much at pools- CSR- love their pool and pool/snack bar! grounds are great, and bus service fantastic! I think CSR is a deluxe (except for beds) in Mod clothing.

Also love, love, love POR!! bus service not as great, but the grounds are fabulous!! At that time of year is a perfect time to be there. We always fo AB section- but that is a matter of personal preference.

Don't get me wrong, I love the deluxe resorts... especially Epcot area.. If there is a great rate for Swan/Dolphin.. I might do that!!

Eager to hear what you choose.. enjoy pirate:

jann1033
03-23-2006, 10:23 AM
so far we have only stayed at a value, dvc( vero beach) or fort wilderness ( which is so different than any other resort imo)

this time we are staying at a mod. mainly because my kids want a better ie fancier pool than the values.

only value i have stayed at is pop and i didn't really see anything wrong with it but usually we are not resort hounds and spend most time in the park or out and about wdw. the things i liked about pop and thought were great for families with little kids were the food court (lots to pick from) and i thought the pool was cute and the little goofy surf place very cute. i thought the bus service was very good. we stayed right after it opened but i don't remember much in the way of "landscaping" or places to stroll around and it seemed to be geared towards younger families to me. not that it was ugly, just not gardeny

the reason we are going moderate this time is the fridge and coffee maker mean we can eat breakfast in the room ( will help with grand baby)and i think with a little one we will probably spend more time at the resort so the hot tub and nicer pool will be useful.

truthfully i don't see that much difference in the rooms between any of them, the dvc( which i think is supposed to be on a par with deluxe) was bigger and the furinture was nicer but also only had one bed so not THAT much bigger. and not nearly as nice as i would get in aroom i spent that much for in the real world. it seems most of the added cost is in public spaces so if you use that alot it would be worth it, if you basically just sleep there and have breakfast, not so much.

if they would upgrade the pools there my ideal space would be fw cabins..they are quiet and peaceful but the pools are plain

estnh
03-23-2006, 10:41 AM
Given the skyrocketing cost of the deluxe resorts, we also prefer the moderates. I think there is a big difference between the values and the moderates, but that difference is much less between the moderates and deluxe resorts.

We've stayed at most of the Disney resorts, and, unless there are great special rates, we now usually consider only the moderates for our annual weekly trips.

The exception is when we go to the Food & Wine Festival--we just go for two or three nights, and we only go to Epcot, so it is worth the extra $$ to stay at an Epcot resort.

DVC Sadie
03-23-2006, 11:07 AM
For us the biggest difference between moderates and deluxe is the convenience of the monorail, pools, room service, restaurants (both CS and TB) and the atmosphere. Although we have never stayed in a value or moderate we have visited different resorts to see the different themes that they offer. Visiting different resorts have been a wonderful way for us to spend a couple of days on vacation and I suggest everyone try it once in awhile.

brentalex
03-23-2006, 11:18 AM
We have stayed in all three category resorts. I prefer the deluxe resorts, because it seems to be just that, a resort. The value resorts seem to me to be too much just like any old motel. We stayed at POR and the grounds were beautiful, HATED the transportation, liked having use of multiple pools, and taking the boat to DTD. But we have stayed at the contemporary and AKL and will be going back to the contemporary in 22 days :banana: These hotels just feel more like a vacation. We enjoy the extra services, more restaurant choices that may not involve travel ( I realize everyone on site really has the same restaurant choices, some may just involve a lot more travel ) and the feeling we get that we are really on vacation. We also have a children issue, our kids are too old to sleep in the same bed so we need a room that has the extra day bed, or had bunk beds. So that somewhat limits us to a deluxe anyway.

LBKMAMA
03-23-2006, 11:26 AM
What is it about section AB of POR that you like? We are going there right after Thanksgiving...primarily because you can have 5 to a room. The CM that I booked with said to ask for Magnolia when we cked in? Any comments on that...I haven't even gotten to look at a map of it yet so I'm not that familiar.

We stayed at CSR last year and it was fabulous and I thought the buses were great. Are the buses slower at POR or is it because of the fact that they stop at two places. Do they stop at POR first in AM or should we expect them to be full in the AM and have to possibly stand? I just want to prepare myself and my DH...if he knows ahead it won't bug him as much.

Thanks for any info on this resort ...

formernyer
03-23-2006, 11:26 AM
I'm definitely in the minority here, but no matter where I'm traveling I prefer to stay in a Value option. Depending on the length of the trip it adds up to hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars in difference for nothing but a place to sleep.

If I was the type person who liked to lounge around at the hotel a lot I'd probably opt for a moderate, but when I'm on vacation the last thing I want to do is hang around a hotel room any more than I need to.

I also need to add that I buy season passes to a local water park which we use 1-2 times a week all summer long; therefore, the pools are no big thrill to me. My kids like to swim, but it isn't something that makes or breaks a hotel for me.

That's just my opinion as a middle-class working person...I'm sure if I was rich I'd probably have a different opinion :rotfl2:

Crazy4Disney43611
03-23-2006, 11:50 AM
In my opinion if you don't have a preference of where you want to stay, then stay at the cheapest on property place you can find. If you never start staying at deluxe resorts you can be content with staying at a Value, but for myself I 1st stayed at a 2 BR Villa at BWV, then 2 BR Villa at OKW and I will be going back to the 2 BR Villa at BWV in Feb. The fact that I have stayed at these resorts...the thought of staying at a Value makes me cringe! I almost talked myself into staying at a moderate but luckily I sold a kidney so I could spend the extra $ for a deluxe. LOL! So if you stayed at a Value and your fine with it, stay with it cause in my experience once you go up you'll never go back down. Sean

Sherri
03-23-2006, 12:05 PM
We stayed at the CBR for our first trip on site and the Boardwalk for the next. We had fun both times and spent a majority of the time at the parks for most of the time so a bed is a bed when your tired at the end of a busy day. I'd be content no matter what. We will be staying at Pop Century for two nights then on to the Wilderness lodge for five nights. I am just as excited about both resorts. I think it makes most sense to stay in the less expensive place IF you are going to be gone most of the time anyway.
Oh I have say we LOVED the CBR main pool better then the BW main pool. We had only gone to each pool one day during each stay and thats my honest opinion on them.

kathy carleton
03-23-2006, 05:03 PM
What is it about section AB of POR that you like? We are going there right after Thanksgiving...primarily because you can have 5 to a room. The CM that I booked with said to ask for Magnolia when we cked in? Any comments on that...I haven't even gotten to look at a map of it yet so I'm not that familiar.

We stayed at CSR last year and it was fabulous and I thought the buses were great. Are the buses slower at POR or is it because of the fact that they stop at two places. Do they stop at POR first in AM or should we expect them to be full in the AM and have to possibly stand? I just want to prepare myself and my DH...if he knows ahead it won't bug him as much.

Thanks for any info on this resort ...

We stayed at POR last year the week of Thanksgiving. A very busy time. We loved AB section, but I do think it is a personal preference- the rooms were cute.. with all of the furniture in keeping with the twih/log theming.. very cute. The location of AB is great in respect to transportation- were in in bldg 14- very convenient to all things. I do think whether you like mansions/AB is a personal thing, although we were thrilled with our location.

The only drawback was the buses- (but keep in mind the busy time we went)- POR & POFQ share buses and they go to FQ 1st. POR is a large resort. On Thanksgiving day we did wait an hour for bus to Epcot. But frankly, I think this is the exception to the rule. The bus situation would not be a deterring factor for me... We park our car when we get to WDW, and are happy to let someone else do the driving!

bellebud
03-23-2006, 07:50 PM
for us, dh refuses to stay at a moderate or value only because they're 'motels' with outside opening doors as opposed to the deluxes with interior hallways and balconies (or at least sliders) to the outside. We spend a lot of time at the resort, and while we'd be just as happy with most of the moderates as far as resort grounds, pools, playgrounds and food courts, dh doesn't want people walking by our room window, and doesn't want to sit with the shades closed. silly, i know! i actually really want to try csr and por, but i can't convince him because of that window.

Dizneydaz
03-23-2006, 08:36 PM
All things being equal, we prefer the moderates-especially POFQ. However, last time we stayed at CBR and liked that too. One thing we never have to consider is transportation as we always have a rental van. I love AKL, especially the pool and views but it is quite a big jump from the moderates. We've stayed at AKL twice and to be honest with you on our last trip we visited on our last day (stayed at CBR) and saw more of the resort than we did when we stayed there-don't know why-we just did.

I like the value of the values, but is it my imagination or are the pools colder? Last time at POP I think the bowling pin pool changed ten degrees overnite-It was January and cold outside and let's just say first day the pool was wonderfully warm, next day-ohh so cold! And the values don't have a spa(jacuzzi).

Luckily my niece worked at Dland (until about a month ago) and we've been able to take advantage of CM discounts on several trips which has made the resort choice easier.

I'm sure you'll have a great time no matter where you stay.

MICKEEP
03-24-2006, 06:10 AM
Never stayed at a value so I can not comment on that but the big difference between moderate and deluxe is the size of the bed (full vs queen) and balconies (balconies only at the deluxes).
We would love to stay at deluxes all the time but if we can't, CSR is a great second choice....beautiful theming, good restaurants and very good bus service plus it has deluxe features that the other moderates do not have like a health club, for example.

keishashadow
03-24-2006, 07:00 AM
Curious, why do you hate staying off-site? Where did you stay?

If you're going to spend your time @ the parks, the Value's cannot be beat. Especially fond of AS Mu's pool. Iconing theming for kids is a treat & transportation is extraordinary.

If you plan on having "down time" @ the resort & spending more than a few hours in the pools, then I would consider the move to Mod or, better yet - the Del offerings.

A split stay might work for you, especially if you just add the dining plan for one of the portions.

One drawback to the Values is that during holiday's & group dates (cheerleaders, sports teams) they can be nerve-wracking. Not sure when in Dec. you're planning on visiting but, the 2nd week was alot busier than I expected last year.

Good luck, enjoy the magic.

jeast
03-24-2006, 07:27 AM
I've only stayed at ASMo. However, we found it difficult to manage with the double beds. DH is 6'3" and I am 5'7". Both large people (not fat, just chubby). We sleep in a king at home. We could manage a queen together, but those doubles are just too small.

Furthermore, our children will not go to sleep if they are sleeping with us. they can't wind down. So each of us sleeping with a kid didn't work either.

I thoroughly enjoyed the resort and would definitely stay there again if they had two queens. Since the values and the mods have doubles, we've decided to rent points for a better resort. That is the main issue we have with values and mods.

If you don't mind sleeping in doubles, the values are great!

allegracristina
03-24-2006, 08:17 AM
Deluxe all the way! It truly feels like you are in another world with the theming at the deluxes. The restaurant choices in the deluxes are much more our speed. I cannot stand the food court set up in the values and mods. Also the bigger beds, balconies, room service, and better transportation (imo) are well worth it.
We will always do a deluxe stay, even if it means only going once a year.

jillyjoey
03-24-2006, 09:07 AM
[QUOTE=keishashadow]Curious, why do you hate staying off-site? Where did you stay?

We stayed at Summerbay resort for part of our stay in June 2004 as we were visiting SeaWorld the first part of our trip. We personally did not have any problem with the resort (although apparently alot of others have), it was beautiful and amenities were great but there was just something about that Disney magic when we stayed on-site. Actually, my kids (3 & 9) are still requesting that we stay at "the Buzz Light Year Motel" (ASMo) despite offering them other choices.

ihearttink
03-24-2006, 09:27 AM
Deluxe all the way! It truly feels like you are in another world with the theming at the deluxes. The restaurant choices in the deluxes are much more our speed. I cannot stand the food court set up in the values and mods. Also the bigger beds, balconies, room service, and better transportation (imo) are well worth it.
We will always do a deluxe stay, even if it means only going once a year.

I agee with allegracristina. The transportation is so much better. At the moderates there has been times where the buses have been too full so we would have to wait for the next one. Never has happend to us at the deluxes. The balconies are a big thing too us.

If we had never tried the deluxe, we would have been very content in the moderates. As the saying goes, you can't miss what you never had. We have stayed at POR, CS, CB and were happy. However, for us, after staying at the deluxes we can't bring ourselves to go back to the moderates.

minnie61650
03-24-2006, 03:56 PM
Last time we went we stayed half time off property at a big resort and half time at All-Star Movies - never again will we stay off-site. Anyhow, for our next trip, we plan to book at a mod resort. But, now seriously considering deluxe. We will be going in December so I don't know if pools will really be an issue. Here's the question.
(1) Moderate over value, why?
(2) Deluxe over moderate, why?

I choose value !

When I visit Disney I am at the Parks,shopping Dining at disneys fine resturants or just expoloring.

I am 55 years old and travel several times a year. I often stay at 4 star hotels.
So the deluxe resorts do not have anything special for me.
All Star is like being in the heart of the Magic and that is where I want to be.

I have visited WDW more than a dozen times with the 1st time in Oct. 1971. It was brand new. I've stayed at FW, Disney Inn, a few the of Hotels on hotel Blvd., CBR and the towers at the Contemporary. I got to see the MK from my balcony at the Contemporary and I'm happy I got to experience it once. I just prefer the All Star Resorts.
The theaming is pure Disney.
My last 5 visits have been at The All Stars and this fall when we took dd,dsil, and our grandson age 3 for 8 nights we stayed at the All Stars Music. I thought about AKL and even though we can well afford AKL I just wanted Alex to experience the Disney Magic pixiedust: at the All Stars on his first visit.
Where else can one find Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse at the pool?
Have a great time at Disney!
I know we did!

Disney Doll
03-24-2006, 04:40 PM
Definitely a moderate or deluxe. If price is a consideration, then go with the moderates...CSR & POR are our favorites.

If you can swing a deluxe, we love the BC. Love the location, love the pool, love being on the Boardwalk, love the themeing of the BC....love everything about it.

WaterPoloDisney
03-25-2006, 06:36 PM
I have stayed in all three. Now, we have a DVC at Saratoga Springs.

I vote DVC if you are planning on comming back again frequently.

If not, then it depends. How old are your kids? If you have a very young family, then chances are that you will be at the hotel more to "rest," take naps, or just have a break. Similarly, if you are single or traveling with just adults, then chances are you will be spending more time at the hotel for romantic reasons. If that is the case, then I would go moderate or deluxe since these hotels are more "resort-like" and often have many activities for young families and also allow for more rest, relaxation, romantic dining opportunities, and stunning ambience.

However, if you do not have any babies (all over the age of 4 or 5 or so) and this is an all out "family" vacation, then I would vote on a value or a moderate resort since you are going to be at the parks, water parks, and Dowtown Disney pretty much all the time--i.e., only comming back to your room to sleep and occasionally swim.

From what I have found, if your kids are over 6 years, then you will have no choice but to stay at the parks for most of the day. :) Sure, you will want to swim and what not, but you will be doing most of that at the water parks anyway with your kids.

Really, there is very little difference between moderate and deluxe resorts--other than cost. Both will have some sort of similarly themed pool and waterslides, and both will have similarly sized rooms. Furthermore, both will also have access to Disney's transportation system and be allowed for extra magic hours. On that note, there is also very little difference between moderate and value resorts.

I think that most families on a "family vacation" that could afford any of these options will still choose moderate or value resorts simply because of cost/benefit analysis.

Really, the room sizes are all about the same. While the deluxe hotels are surely a little nicer, you need to sit down and actually evaluate how much time you are actually going to spend at the hotel.

If your answer is:

A) "Only to sleep pretty much. We are going to be spending over 95% of our time or more at the parks, water parks, and other areas."--Then I would go with a value.

B) "Not a lot, but I would occasionally like to come back and swim every once and a while and rest a little at the hotel."--Then I would go with a moderate.

C) "I could spend a fair amount of time at the hotel and enjoy what it has to offer--i.e., the health club, the spa, the restaraunts, the romantic ambience, ect."--Then go with a Deluxe.

D) If your answer is similar to this last one but you also think that, "I could also enjoy this type of vacation year after year," then invest in the vacation club.

All in all, your kids are not going to care what resort you stay at. They didn't travel all that way to stay in a hotel room. Really, your 7-year-old will not even know the difference between Coronado Springs, PO, All Star Sports, or even the Grand Floridian. Rather than breaking the bank on a room that you will only sleep in, it might be better to save that money for another vacation. :)


On a personal note, my wife and I did this once. We went on a family vacation and stayed at the Grand Floridian. Needless to say, the only thing we did at the hotel was sleep and swim--though I am sort of a health nut and I used the gym a lot too. Case and point, I could have saved thousands of dollars and stayed at the CSR and had just as nice of a vacation--if not a lot nicer since I think the CSR has a better pool for my kids. If I wasn't such a work-out freak, then I could have stayed at the All Star Sports for even cheaper and had an equally good time.

On another personal note, my father is a multi-millionaire and is taking the grandkids to All Star Music later this summer.

You see what I am getting at? Where you stay has just as little of an impact on the enjoyment of your vacation as it serves as a reflection on the size of your bank account. Don't do what I did and waste thousands of dollars on a hotel room just because you can. On the other hand, if you really think you are going to get something out of that room that will greatly enhance your enjoyment of WDW (i.e., quick access to the monorails and access to really nice restaraunts other than those located in the parks), then spend the dough on the room by all means.


Hope this helps.

delilah
03-25-2006, 07:17 PM
I have only stayed at value and deluxe, specifically, All-stars sports, GF, and AKL. Now, we belong to DVC, and have stayed at SSR the past three times. I like the values because we are the type who use the room primarily as a place to sleep at the end of a busy day at the parks. The times I have stayed at a deluxe were when I was attending a conference, and it was paid by my employer, and when I got special room rates at AKL. I would definitely stay at AKL again if I got a special rate--we love watching the animals and Boma, and we take time to visit AKL to do just this on our more recent visits. My son loves the GF at Christmas, and riding the monorail, but, once again, these are things that we would make time to do no matter where we were staying. So, alot depends on your vacation style. I cannot say anything about the moderate resorts, as I have never stayed at any of them.

minnie61650
03-25-2006, 09:20 PM
I have stayed in all three. ........

However, if you do not have any babies (all over the age of 4 or 5 or so) and this is an all out "family" vacation, then I would vote on a value or a
I think that most families on a "family vacation" that could afford any of these options will still choose moderate or value resorts simply because of cost/benefit analysis........

Really, the room sizes are all about the same. While the deluxe hotels are surely a little nicer, you need to sit down and actually evaluate how much time you are actually going to spend at the hotel.......


All in all, your kids are not going to care what resort you stay at. They didn't travel all that way to stay in a hotel room. Really, your 7-year-old will not even know the difference between Coronado Springs, PO, All Star Sports, or even the Grand Floridian. Rather than breaking the bank on a room that you will only sleep in, it might be better to save that money for another vacation. :) .........



On another personal note, my father is a multi-millionaire and is taking the grandkids to All Star Music later this summer.

You see what I am getting at? Where you stay has just as little of an impact on the enjoyment of your vacation as it serves as a reflection on the size of your bank account. Don't do what I did and waste thousands of dollars on a hotel room just because you can. On the other hand, if you really think you are going to get something out of that room that will greatly enhance your enjoyment of WDW (i.e., quick access to the monorails and access to really nice restaraunts other than those located in the parks), then spend the dough on the room by all means.


Hope this helps.

ITA

I think your father made a very good resort choice. They are going to have so much there. Where else can you find Donald Duck waiting for you at the pool?
I hope they have a great time there.
We took our grandson (age 3) last October and he still gets the photo book out and asks when we will take him back to the "Donald Duck" hotel :goodvibes

spacekadet
03-25-2006, 09:29 PM
We prefer the moderates, we have stayed at the values also but would never again, its such a big jump up from a value to a moderate. I do love the deluxes also, but honestly you get more bang for the buck with a moderate. We visited all the deluxes and have had dinner, etc., and didn't see that much more except for being on the monorail for the price difference which was phenomenally higher! The moderates also have a resort feel and we really love. Have fun and let us know what you decide. :banana:


I agree 100 %.While I have not stayed at value resorts,I have stayed at AKL,Cont.,Poly,Port Orleans,Carribean,and off site.For the money we liked the Port Orleans Riverside.

DVC Sadie
03-26-2006, 06:21 AM
[QUOTE=minnie61650]ITA

I think your father made a very good resort choice. They are going to have so much there. Where else can you find Donald Duck waiting for you at the pool?


Saratoga Springs Resort has Donald Duck waiting in his very own splash pad by the pool. Just wanted to add this information. :thumbsup2

bicker
03-26-2006, 06:35 AM
We love the deluxe resorts. They provide everything you can want from a Disney resort, and more. We find the theming of the moderates and deluxes to be far superior to the value resorts, regarding the exteriors, the grounds, the rooms, and the staff. Proximity to the parks is such an important factor for us: It's one thing to take a bus or otherwise commute to the parks, when staying at a moderate or value resort, but waking up and walking onto your balcony and looking over the Eiffel Tower is a pretty incredible experience. We also greatly prefer the restaurants at the deluxe resorts.

minnie61650
03-26-2006, 06:52 AM
We love the deluxe resorts. They provide everything you can want from a Disney resort, and more. We find the theming of the moderates and deluxes to be far superior to the value resorts, regarding the exteriors, the grounds, the rooms, and the staff. Proximity to the parks is such an important factor for us: It's one thing to take a bus or otherwise commute to the parks, when staying at a moderate or value resort, but waking up and walking onto your balcony and looking over the Eiffel Tower is a pretty incredible experience. We also greatly prefer the restaurants at the deluxe resorts.

I love the restaurants at the Deluxe resorts also and I have dined at different ones in the parks and at the resorts.
I may stay value but I enjoy those sit down restaurants every evening.

disneynewbee
03-26-2006, 10:33 AM
I prefer value resorts. Why? One reason. We LOVE to shop!!!! The money we save on the room goes to shopping. I would rather have extra spending money than a nicer room since I'm hardly there. Depends on how you spend your vacations really, if you like to hang around the resort more than maybe a mod or deluxe would be better.

eliza61
03-26-2006, 10:43 AM
I've never done the mods so can't weigh in on those. I've done value and deluxe and I've been a deluxe gal ever since. I've now graduated to a DVC owner but that's another post. I found the values to small and noisey for my taste, I also didn't like having my front door open to the outside. We always go in the summer so resort selection is very important to us. Whenever the parks get to hot or crowded we head back to the resorts and since we're disney vets, we no longer have to do commando disney. We also always have at least 1 table service meal a day when we visit so I like the fact the deluxes and moderates have full service restaurants. I do take advantage of the amenities (like the spa's, etc) and I just really love the themeing (did I spell this correctly :lmao: ) of the deluxes, although I hear the mods have really nice themes also.

disneyfansx5
03-27-2006, 10:27 AM
Wondered if we could get some additional opinions. Great question!

RedRuby
03-27-2006, 11:06 AM
Wondered if we could get some additional opinions. Great question!

For me, it breaks down to convenience -- I personally found (and guess from others' experiences) that the higher up the hotel, the more you're paying a premium for convenience. Some of that is convenience in transportation options (monorail, exclusive buses, etc); some of it is convenience in dining (mods have one table service restaurant, deluxes might have two or more...); some of it is convenience of services within the resort (whatever it might be -- size of rooms, availability of suites, high speed IT connections at CSR and all deluxes, spa services at some deluxes, consierge services, whathaveyou).

We booked 8 nights at a moderate (CSR) specifically because we had a large (9 person) family group with specific needs -- sit down restaurant, exercise facilities, high speed internet (DH had to work while we were there....). We ended up at Pop for one night when my immediate family fell ill and we'd already checked out of CSR. It fit the bill for the night, but we found that we also missed the extra space in the rooms, the larger beds, the quieter surroundings and the fridge. And, we're willing to pay the extra $$ to get the space, beds, quiet/atmosphere and fridge, if we're staying more than a night. Under different circumstances, we might not 'need' the restaurant, exercise room or internet.

I think moderates are our minimum*...and then for us, it's a matter of whether we wish to spend more money for the convenience of location, on-site services, larger rooms, etc.

HTH

* - Yes, we'd stay value for a night or two, if 'needed' but not for long.

VernRDH
03-28-2006, 07:46 AM
We are staying in our first deluxe this December, at the WL. We only take one vacation per year, I work the other 51 weeks of the year. I have decided that in my advancing youth, I am not willing to "settle" on my vacations, just for the sake of going. We usually alternate cruise/WDW. Balcony cabins on the cruise, now deluxe for WDW. We have stayed at CBR (on our honeymoon and loved it) and POFQ this past fall for the weekend (loved it). When we planned this trip, I was willing to stay at CSR as we had heard good things about it. But DH decided to spoil me again and put us up at the WL. Of course that was before our life took a strange turn-now there are FOUR of us going to WDW as we are adopting a 5 yo girl. So now I am hoping we can get those bunk beds at WL. :teeth:

I also think that the time of year you go makes a difference. We prefer to travel in the first two weeks of Dec. when prices are lower and crowds less (usually, although we are going during PopWarner week this year). So since prices are less I can spend more on a resort.

I guess it all depends on what is important to you and your family.

Enjoy your trip!!!