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ConstableMickey
05-16-2007, 09:18 PM
For those of you that have stayed at both Port Orleans French Quarter and Saratoga Springs, which of the two did you like better? Our family has stayed at FQ 3 or 4 times over the past couple of years and we were planning on staying there again for our upcoming trip in June. However, with the recent AP rates, we can get a studio at Saratoga Springs for one day more for only $48.00 more for the entire stay. We have really enjoyed FQ in the past and this is a chance to stay somewhere new, but there is still that “what if” :confused: lurking in the back of my mind. What are yall’s opinion.
CJ

I'mNoPrince
05-16-2007, 09:35 PM
Take the SSR .

We have stayed at both and own DVC at SSR love POFQ but take the Delux at SSR for that price anyday.

They just finished their 2nd main pool area and should be done all together around that time frame I think.

Traveliz
05-16-2007, 10:01 PM
I so much prefer Saratoga Springs over Port Orleans.

I would definitely choose SSR.

Liz

Skroops
05-16-2007, 10:14 PM
I'll put my vote in for SSR too. POFQ is nice, but SSR is deluxe and it has a spa! Plus, the kitchenette is really nice. POFQ has two beds, and SSR has one plus the sofa sleeper in the studios. Does that matter to you?
Good luck!

helloirishkitty
05-16-2007, 10:22 PM
SSR and POFQ are both big, so the multiple bus stop thing isn't an issue because it exists at both of them.

Take SSR... if only because it's close to Downtown Disney and the main pool is beautiful. :yay:

alldiz
05-17-2007, 05:33 AM
I love pofq.....I'm going to SSR on Tues:cool1:

I'd pick SSR...studio....microwave....12 cup coffee pot...
Queen bed and pull out sofa....

Biggest reason....try something new....
It will feel like a new disney vacation.....with new nooks and
crannies to explore..
Have fun
Kerri

lovethattink
05-17-2007, 05:47 AM
I just posted this on another thread. I booked SSR because there isn't much difference in price. Both resorts have the boat service to DTD. Both resorts are located around the same proximity. SSR will have the microwave in the studio room, a small balcony, vacuum cleaner, and sink. I think that's the only difference "amenity-wise". SSR is larger than FQ. The theming is totally different. Not sure which has the better theme pool. There is a kiddie splashing area with water jets at SSR. The colors in theming are more subdued at SSR, while they are bright and vibrant at FQ.

My question though, is how does a studio room compare in size to a room at FQ? When I looked at pics at allears, the sofa bed (instead of a bed) at the studio rooms, made it appear smaller. Is it?

MiaSRN62
05-17-2007, 06:05 AM
POFQ is about 315 sq ft
SSR studio is about 355 sq ft.

I vote for SSR as well (it is also much newer so has a fresh, modern look). I think the kitchenette and balcony would make the decision for me. However, if not having 2 real beds will be a problem (and it is for us often), then I'd go with POFQ. As far as DVC studios go, we prefer OKW as it is the only DVC that offers 2 queen beds and not the foldout couch. However, many like the couch because they can fold it up during the day to offer more floor space. My kids are teens and hate sleeping on the foldout for comfort reasons so we stick with OKW when we do a studio.

lovethattink
05-17-2007, 06:25 AM
POFQ is about 315 sq ft
SSR studio is about 355 sq ft.

I vote for SSR as well (it is also much newer so has a fresh, modern look). I think the kitchenette and balcony would make the decision for me. However, if not having 2 real beds will be a problem (and it is for us often), then I'd go with POFQ. As far as DVC studios go, we prefer OKW as it is the only DVC that offers 2 queen beds and not the foldout couch. However, many like the couch because they can fold it up during the day to offer more floor space. My kids are teens and hate sleeping on the foldout for comfort reasons so we stick with OKW when we do a studio.


Oh that's good to know about OKW, I might switch. We stayed at BWV in a studio the year it opened he was in preschool then, now he's a teen. Not sure how he'd like the sofa bed.

nbodyhome
05-17-2007, 06:26 AM
I'd take SSR, or OKW - definitely, over POFQ.

Luv2trav
05-17-2007, 08:50 AM
I've stayed at both as well and I would definately take SSR over POFQ... We love SSR.

CampbellScot
05-17-2007, 08:58 AM
While POFQ holds a very special place in my heart, I'd take SSR if I had the opportunity to do so...especially for so little extra!!! You've done POFQ, try something new!! You won't be sorry!!

but be aware that once you go Deluxe, it's tough to go back!!!;)

good luck!!! Have a great time!!!:thumbsup2

n2mm
05-17-2007, 09:30 AM
I agree, I would always take a delux resort over a moderate, especially considering the prices. Nothing beats the kitchette you get with the studio. A larger frig w/freezer, sink, microwave, toaster, kitchen supplies.

PlainJane
05-17-2007, 02:13 PM
SSR also has a Gym and a sit-down restaurant. I have never stayed at POFQ, but I have visited and I would pick SSR hands down.

Deb & Bill
05-17-2007, 05:14 PM
The sleeper sofa in a studio is a double sized sleeper sofa. At SSR, the mattress is memory foam so there are no bars that you feel when you sleep.

nts4wdw
05-17-2007, 06:57 PM
I think the concensus here is SSR. A deluxe with so little money difference! I think you should do it! And I know you will, CJ!
CJ's wife ~Lynn

La2kw
05-17-2007, 07:42 PM
For those of you that have stayed at both Port Orleans French Quarter and Saratoga Springs, which of the two did you like better? Our family has stayed at FQ 3 or 4 times over the past couple of years and we were planning on staying there again for our upcoming trip in June. However, with the recent AP rates, we can get a studio at Saratoga Springs for one day more for only $48.00 more for the entire stay. We have really enjoyed FQ in the past and this is a chance to stay somewhere new, but there is still that “what if” :confused: lurking in the back of my mind. What are yall’s opinion.
CJ

Definitely go with SSR. A deluxe or DVC resort is always better than a moderate. More services, amenities, and larger rooms. SSR studios have a queen bed and a sofa bed. The rooms are also bigger. The AP rates are a good deal.

ConstableMickey
05-18-2007, 12:46 AM
Alright, I think I am starting to see a consensus that SSR is the way to go, which is good since our travel agent <yay Deb!! :cheer2: > set us up last night. I only have one question - How comfortable can a middle aged, 6foot, 200+ lbs guy with back problems get on the fold out couch? I am thinking about bringing a air mattres just in case.
CJ

Deb & Bill
05-18-2007, 10:49 AM
... I only have one question - How comfortable can a middle aged, 6foot, 200+ lbs guy with back problems get on the fold out couch? I am thinking about bringing a air mattres just in case.
CJ

The sleeper sofa at SSR is very comfortable. It's memory foam, so it's very supportive.

peemagg
05-19-2007, 07:47 PM
You can get one of those egg crate mattress things if you need one by just calling housekeeping. I slept on the couch when we were there and it wasn't bad, but I would definetly get the egg crate the next time.

WDW LifeLong Fan
05-20-2007, 06:42 AM
POFQ is our favorite moderate, however, for all of the reasons above and more, I vote for SSR. :banana:

WDW LifeLong Fan
05-20-2007, 06:43 AM
Alright, I think I am starting to see a consensus that SSR is the way to go, which is good since our travel agent <yay Deb!! :cheer2: > set us up last night. I only have one question - How comfortable can a middle aged, 6foot, 200+ lbs guy with back problems get on the fold out couch? I am thinking about bringing a air mattres just in case.
CJ

I think he will be more comfortable on the fold out than the air mattress.

hightown
05-20-2007, 06:53 AM
Am in the same dilema...Have POFQ and considering SSR or OKW due to the AP discount. Difference is only about $15 a night!

My main concern with SSR was the fold out couch but appears that it's comfortable and would be nice to have a couch to use when not bedtime.

Another concern is the transportation. Seems like it would take longer to get to everything from SSR. How is it in actual fact?

Thanks!

lovethattink
05-20-2007, 08:17 AM
POFQ and SSR are in the same vacinity. The difference in travel time would be minute.

wdwthreethiels
05-20-2007, 08:22 AM
Am in the same dilema...Have POFQ and considering SSR or OKW due to the AP discount. Difference is only about $15 a night!

My main concern with SSR was the fold out couch but appears that it's comfortable and would be nice to have a couch to use when not bedtime.

Another concern is the transportation. Seems like it would take longer to get to everything from SSR. How is it in actual fact?

Thanks!

just another opinion on the fold-out couch @ SSR, we stayed in a Deluxe Studio this past December with an AP rate of $224, my 17yr DD thought it was the most uncomfortable bed she has ever slept in at WDW, although when you consider we have stated at Swan & Dolphin with "heavenly" beds,
she may be a bit biased. I tested the bed one evening and was not impressed. We thought SSR was beautiful and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and location, next time we would consider a One Bedroom for the comfort factor:thumbsup2
JMHO
Michelle in NY