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disney-super-mom
01-15-2008, 02:10 PM
I'm trying to plan a trip to include my family (DH, me, DS8 and DS5) as well as my MIL and BIL. DH and I have been to WDW once before, but our two little boys, my MIL, and BIL have never been to WDW. I want this to be a special trip for all of us, and I want our resort to feel special as well. We're planning on going sometime in the first two weeks of December.

I've read some reviews from people who felt the moderates are a little motelish, and yet others say they just love the moderate resorts because they're so nice. So, how do the moderates make you feel? Do you get that, "Ahh, this place is so nice. I love this resort and my room, and I'm really glad to be here."........OR........."Hmmmmm, the resort is okay, but my room and the buildings are kind of motelish."?:confused3

Disney Fool
01-15-2008, 02:17 PM
There is NO WAY POR is "motelish". Why? the grounds are lush, well-landscaped, the property is themed. Name a motel where you can rent surry bikes? there isn't much you can do to a hotel room and not make it look like a hotel room. Double beds, nightstand, tv, armoire, and a bathroom. All hotels have these with varying degrees of luxury. POR and CSR have no private balconies; but the buildings and grounds are altogether lovely to stroll through. Several quiet pools, and a main themed-pool.

AppleSister1
01-15-2008, 02:22 PM
Only stayed at CSR but it was ABSOLUTELY not motelish! Definitely a lush, relaxing resort. We all loved it.

Cinderumbrella
01-15-2008, 02:24 PM
Speaking as a self proclaimed Deluxe snob, POR was MUCH nicer than we expected. The grounds were beautiful and the ammenities were nice (Boat to DTD, watercraft rental, bicycle rental, horse drawn carriage rides etc.). My only disappointment was with the double beds in the room (which all mods have) and the short curtains by the AC. But for the price, it was pretty darn nice! :thumbsup2

chickenskin
01-15-2008, 02:30 PM
POR in our opinion is probably the best "bang for your buck" resort on Disney property. That doesn't mean it's better than others or nicer, but for the theming of the grounds, rooms, and main building, great food court, Boatwrights and the free boat to DTD, it's a great deal. We love this resort and have stayed in both AB and the Mansions and really enjoyed both. Nope, not motelish at all, very resortish.

disney-super-mom
01-15-2008, 02:31 PM
Thank you!

I think both resorts look beautiful in pictures, but after reading the "motelish" reports, I got a little worried. Especially because my MIL can be a bit.....picky.;)

I think the people who thought the moderates were "motelish" thought so because of the exterior hallways of the buildings and having no real closets in the rooms. But really, are those things that big of a deal? I hope my MIL doesn't think so.:goodvibes

Cinderumbrella
01-15-2008, 02:35 PM
My IL's tried POR for the first time in 2006. While MIL didn't think it was terrible (since she really liked the price tag) they definitely preferred AKL in 2007 to get back into Deluxe lodgings (queen beds, inside corridors etc.) Is a standard at AKL or WL doable?

disney-super-mom
01-15-2008, 02:50 PM
My IL's tried POR for the first time in 2006. While MIL didn't think it was terrible (since she really liked the price tag) they definitely preferred AKL in 2007 to get back into Deluxe lodgings (queen beds, inside corridors etc.) Is a standard at AKL or WL doable?

Yes, we could do a standard at AKL or WL. I received one of those 40% off room codes.

I figured for 7 nights in a moderate with tax would be approx. $720.

7 nights in AKL or WL, standard, with tax would be approx $1060

So we'd be paying about $49 more per night to stay at AKL or WL. But will it be worth it since it seems so many people spend little time in their rooms? I just don't know.:confused3

Lilolvr
01-15-2008, 02:53 PM
CSR is a very nice resort and no way feels motelish. Check out some of the beautiful pics on the DIS or buzz's website. At night it is stunning!

Best poo, great transportation that is not shared and awesome food options. :thumbsup2

KatMark
01-15-2008, 02:53 PM
The CSR is definitely not "motelish." The landscaping and grounds are part of the primary reason we stay there year after year. My DH and I enjoy walking the whole resort looking at all the lovely landscaping (flowers, shrubs, trees, etc.). The Dig Site Pool is great and the buildings are very attractive.

Cinderumbrella
01-15-2008, 02:56 PM
If it were me, I would make the jump to AKL. One of the bigger hassles at POR was the bus service. Too many stops and it shared with POFQ. I loved that AKL had it's own bus and only 1 stop. And as pretty as POR was, it didn't have its own savannah in the middle filled with animals to look at day or night (and there are plenty of places to see the animals so a savannah view really isn't necessary). Plus it was nicer to have the bigger beds (DH is almost 6'4") and I really do prefer a hotel room that opens to a hallway vs. the outside. And AKL is covered, so if it is raining you stay dry the entire time once you get off the bus.

I just reread your original post and see you are going at Christmastime. AKL is BEAUTIFUL at Christmastime. Plus, this really will give the Wow! factor to those who have never been before...

skipperkim
01-15-2008, 02:58 PM
I've stayed at CSR, didn't like it. Not because of the a feeling. I don't care for Southwest style architecture. They have added Rix, which is sure to be a big hit. This way conventioners don't have to go to DTD to party.

I have stayed at POFQ, sister resort to POR, and love it. But if you can swing AKL, I'd go for it.

typhoonlagooner
01-15-2008, 03:07 PM
Nah... they're by no means "motelish"... but I can see why some people would think that, especially with the exterior hallways and buildings. Many people expect hotels to be one main building (Wilderness Lodge for example) and if it's not, it's more of a "motel". Both resorts are stunning in regards to lanscape and exterior design. You'll soon forget your even in a resort, never mind Disney World!

To us (and I know we're a small percentage) the Moderates are just glorified Values though. We were avid Moderate fans until our stay at ASmu this past September. A fridge, TS, and pool slide don't "justify" the $50+/night difference in price to us anymore.

We'd rather go value or pay the extra bucks for standard at the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge, which by the way are amazing during the holiday season! Different strokes for different folks of course though!

Cindie-rella
01-15-2008, 03:44 PM
AKL at those prices?!!! I've stayed at both POR and AKL. POR is very beautiful. The landscaping is wonderful. The quiet pools are great. We love breakfast at Boatwright's. The lounge is a nice place to sit and have a drink and just relax. Boat ride to DTD and bike and boat rentals are a plus. The walks around that resort are wonderful. Quiet and so pretty. However....
AKL is just a great place ! So different than any other resort. We stayed savanna view. Loved it! Staying at AKL at WDW is like having 2 vacations
in 1 !
The food there is sooo different and delicious. The pool is great. The lobby is beautiful! Pictures do not do this resort justice. Best of all is the African wildlife. Young and old really will enjoy this. I mean, where else can you sit on your resort balcony and watch giraffe's and zebra's etc?! There are many viewing area's throughout this resort. Do yourself a favor. At that price try AKL. That's quite a bit cheaper than a moderate would usually cost. It really is a "unique" vacation. The children will love it ! It's a great place to return to after the parks. We're going back and staying at AKV savanna view the end of April and taking our granddaughter for her 1st time. I can't wait!!!!
Good luck in your decision making. ;)

Buzz2001
01-15-2008, 03:44 PM
CSR is not motelish at all!! No shared transportation, just beautifully landscaped, peaceful, quiet and romantic!

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CPer'sMom
01-15-2008, 05:21 PM
Yes, we could do a standard at AKL or WL. I received one of those 40% off room codes.


So we'd be paying about $49 more per night to stay at AKL or WL. But will it be worth it since it seems so many people spend little time in their rooms? I just don't know.:confused3

To me it would definitely be worth it!! Like your MIL I too am quite "picky":laughing: Especially when it comes to Disney resorts. While I'm most probably a 'deluxe snob' I have been known to stay at the moderates ~ but only if absolutely necessary! :rotfl:

Both AKL and WL are wonderful, especially at Christmastime, and for that price difference (and considering your MIL!) I would definitely choose those over a moderate. WL may hit a little "too close to home" since I see you are from Spokane and it's pretty much a PNW theme. We are originally from Seattle and never stayed at WL when visiting then because we wanted something a bit 'different' in resort theming. Now we love to visit there since it feels like *home*.

You would love AKL!! :)

magicaldisney
01-15-2008, 05:22 PM
Best poo, great transportation that is not shared and awesome food options. :thumbsup2

I know poo is a typo but I couldn't help pointing it out :rotfl:

rosiep
01-15-2008, 05:40 PM
There is NO WAY POR is "motelish". Why? the grounds are lush, well-landscaped, the property is themed. Name a motel where you can rent surry bikes? there isn't much you can do to a hotel room and not make it look like a hotel room. Double beds, nightstand, tv, armoire, and a bathroom. All hotels have these with varying degrees of luxury. POR and CSR have no private balconies; but the buildings and grounds are altogether lovely to stroll through. Several quiet pools, and a main themed-pool.

I agree. I love the landscaping of the moderate resorts and it never feels like "just a another motel" from the outside, but inside the rooms themselves do feel somewhat bland to me. I wish the rooms had more Disney themeing. Tinkerbell borders, or Mickey Mouse shaped phones, anything that would help you to remember that you're on Disney property.:wizard:

Stacy_C
01-15-2008, 05:43 PM
I know poo is a typo but I couldn't help pointing it out :rotfl:

It "cracked" me up, too (pun totally intended!) :lmao:

I know -- I'm easily amused.

MickeyNicki
01-15-2008, 05:49 PM
There is NO WAY POR is "motelish". Why? the grounds are lush, well-landscaped, the property is themed. Name a motel where you can rent surry bikes? there isn't much you can do to a hotel room and not make it look like a hotel room. Double beds, nightstand, tv, armoire, and a bathroom. All hotels have these with varying degrees of luxury. POR and CSR have no private balconies; but the buildings and grounds are altogether lovely to stroll through. Several quiet pools, and a main themed-pool.


Yeah what she said! I feel the same way

Buzz2001
01-15-2008, 05:58 PM
Click here for some CSR x-mas pics

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=14470864&postcount=1

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G8r4evr
01-15-2008, 05:59 PM
IMO, there is nothing motelish about the Mods. They are beautiful and a great value for the amenities/location.

The values, however, scream Motel to me.

disney-super-mom
01-15-2008, 07:07 PM
Thanks for all the great replies everyone.

I just got off the phone with WDW reservations and ended up booking at AKL, for the pleasure of my MIL, and for my sanity.;) Actually, it should be very nice during the holidays at AKL. And with the great code I received, AKL ended up being a nice deal for us.

Our room: AKL (standard view), DDP (2 adults, 2 kids), 8 day base tickets, and all taxes: $2,604.28

MIL & BIL room: AKL (standard view), DDP (2 adults), 8 day base tickets, and all taxes: $2,068.06

Cinderumbrella
01-15-2008, 08:04 PM
Congrats and have a great trip! You will love it there!

bookgirl2632
01-16-2008, 08:11 AM
I've stayed at POR and CBR and neither one ever felt "motelish". The theming at both resorts is wonderful. On our nextr trip, we plan to stay at POFQ. We love the moderates. We don't spend a lot of time at our resort, so it doesn't make sense for us to spend much more than moderate prices.

Turtlegirl
01-16-2008, 10:22 AM
While POR and CSR are the 2 best choices for mods., I think you made the right choice in AKL, especially with the 40% off code. You're staying at a deluxe with 2 Queen beds, and a balcony at a price you can't beat! AKL is beautiful and this way you can justify the price difference because of the 40% off AND please your MIL. Yeah!

disney-super-mom
01-16-2008, 10:58 AM
Well, I'll admit, if it was just my family going (DH, me, DS8 and DS5), I would have totally used that 40% off code to book POR or CSR. Both are beautiful resorts (I especially like all the lush landscaping of POR and pretty fountains at CSR) with great pools, and I know my kids would LOVE that slide at CSR.

However, this trip I had to take into consideration what my MIL and BIL wanted, so I figured WHY NOT use that 40% off code and splurge a little.

CPer'sMom
01-16-2008, 11:25 AM
However, this trip I had to take into consideration what my MIL and BIL wanted, so I figured WHY NOT use that 40% off code and splurge a little.

Exactly!! :) I think you made a great choice ~ AKL is beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your planning now.

linda1118
01-16-2008, 12:09 PM
I don't think any of the moderates seem motelish! I think they are all very lovely and well-themed. I think the mods are an excellent value, too.

ducklite
01-16-2008, 12:29 PM
Well, the definition of motel is a hotel with exterior doorways, so yes, the mods are all technically motels.

We did like POR very much--for a motel--but we really missed having a balcony to relax on. The grounds are lovely, but we were unable to shake the "motel" feeling. I will say that we might stay there again some time if it met our needs for that visit.

Nom
01-16-2008, 12:35 PM
Well, the definition of motel is a hotel with exterior doorways, so yes, the mods are all technically motels.

We did like POR very much--for a motel--but we really missed having a balcony to relax on. The grounds are lovely, but we were unable to shake the "motel" feeling.

I stayed at CSR and I have to say that I totally agree with this post. I feel that when you look at WDW sales materials, they are not really clear that anything that is not a deluxe does not have interior hallways. When we arrived at CSR I was stunned that I was paying the rate that I was for a motel. Just my opinion!

The exterior to me was not even that nice, but maybe that is because I am usually a deluxe stayer and I am used to that level of themeing and care. Or maybe that is because the resort is so sprawling (I have never seen POR so I can't speak to that resort).

Personally, it's deluxe or all-star for me. I love the deluxes, but if I am going to stay in motel-like accomidations, I expect to be paying motel pricing- so I would go with all-stars. Moderates just don't seem like a value to me.

I think you made the right decision OP based on your inlaws concerns. Hope you enjoy your trip!

disney-super-mom
01-16-2008, 12:55 PM
I stayed at SSR last January, and I have to say the exterior halls didn't bother me at all, so I'll assume they won't bother me at CSR or POR either.

The only things that bother me slightly when I look at pictures of the rooms at CSR or POR are the short curtains and the lack of an actual closet, but those are just minor cosmetic things that wouldn't sway me from staying there.

One thing CSR has that SSR doesn't.....room service.:thumbsup2
(Well, and a salon to get your hair cut and styled, although I have a tendency to do that BEFORE I go on vacation.):goodvibes

Cinderumbrella
01-16-2008, 12:57 PM
I stayed at SSR last January, and I have to say the exterior halls didn't bother me at all, so I'll assume they won't bother me at CSR or POR either.

The only things the bother me slightly when I look at pictures of the rooms at CSR or POR are the short curtains and the lack of an actual closet, but those are just minor cosmetic things that wouldn't sway me from staying there.

One thing CSR has that SSR doesn't.....room service.:thumbsup2
(well, and a salon to get your hair cut and styled, although I have a tendency to do that BEFORE I go on vacation.):goodvibes

That was what killed it for me too :headache:

Lilolvr
01-16-2008, 01:12 PM
I stayed at SSR last January, and I have to say the exterior halls didn't bother me at all, so I'll assume they won't bother me at CSR or POR either.

The only things that bother me slightly when I look at pictures of the rooms at CSR or POR are the short curtains and the lack of an actual closet, but those are just minor cosmetic things that wouldn't sway me from staying there.

One thing CSR has that SSR doesn't.....room service.:thumbsup2
(Well, and a salon to get your hair cut and styled, although I have a tendency to do that BEFORE I go on vacation.):goodvibesWhat do you mean short curtains? The curtains on the windows go to the floor.

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disney-super-mom
01-16-2008, 01:21 PM
What do you mean short curtains? The curtains on the windows go to the floor.

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Oh crumb! You mean CSR has longer curtains?.....That's great!:thumbsup2 See, doesn't that look so much better than the shorter curtains?! Why didn't they put longer curtains in all the moderates?:confused3

Well, you learn something new everyday on the DisBoards.:cool1:

(I'm not sure where that nice young lady is planning on going in those shoes, but hopefully she's not headed out to tour the parks! - LOL)