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choirfarm
02-16-2008, 02:04 PM
Still trying to decide where to stay both the best for comfort and for price. I have a 40 percent off postcard and I still cannot get my dh to decide when we should go. Anyway, there is my hubby and myself, a 13yo boy who is very small for his age, 11 yo who is average height, but taller than my oldest and a 6yo girl…who will be close to 7 if we go in December. I would like to have at least a kitchenette with fridge and microwave, but am thinking a real kitchen might be better. If I go at a value time, then my choices are:
These are rack rate, so I would get 40 percent off of it:

Wilderness Cabin 255
All Star Music 184
POR- 149 (but no kitchen…is that correct? I guess we could just bring a big cooler in the car and buy ice…)
So if we don’t need a kitchen and just bring a cooler, then maybe that adds other choices.

Then I guess there is the possibility of doing some of the hotels that are close to Disney, but offer shuttles. Many are offering free breakfast…


Any pros and cons to each. I keep going back and forth and I just cannot decide… The pools may be a factor. Which would be the most fun for them??

Christine

Aliceacc
02-16-2008, 02:51 PM
We got the 40% code too, and there are 5 of us.

We figured it was a once in a lifetime bargain, and went for the Poly. If that's not what you're thinking, let' simplify things:

With the 40% off, Wilderness Cabin is $153 per night. You could save money on food (but then you're cooking-- do you really want to do that on vacation?)

All Star Suites: $110.40 And you have 2 rooms.

POR: $89.40

I think I would go for POR. You're getting a moderate at less than a Value price. The pool is supposed to be amazing, and your kids are old enough to appreciate it. That is, if your boys will share a bed. ( I teach HS. 13 year old boys can be funny about that. If it's an issue, go back to the All Star Suites.)

edited to add: as to when: Our postcard had the code starting August 10th. That was convenient, since we were planning to leave on Aug 13 anyway. But that way we don't miss school (we're both teachers and wouldn't pull the kids out anyway) and it's after the summer course we both teach. But take a look at the dates.

choirfarm
02-16-2008, 02:58 PM
I think I would go for POR. You're getting a moderate at less than a Value price. The pool is supposed to be amazing, and your kids are old enough to appreciate it. That is, if your boys will share a bed. ( I teach HS. 13 year old boys can be funny about that. If it's an issue, go back to the All Star Suites.)

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They each have their own room and choose to share one with the golden retreiver. Many times the retreiver is up on the top twin bed and the boys are sharing the twin trundle!!!! I do not understand, and I would be squished!! So, no that shouldn't be a problem.
Christine

PS I am a former high school teacher who now homeschools all three, so we can go anytime we want. We homeschool in the summer when it is over 100 here!! We can then take our vacations when others cannot.

Aliceacc
02-16-2008, 03:02 PM
Wow, that opens up a lot of options on both counts. Then I vote for POR-- have you SEEN their pool??

choirfarm
02-16-2008, 03:08 PM
Nope, haven't seen any pictures. I can't get the search feature to work. So it is better than All-Star Music pool?
Christine

latexscooter
02-16-2008, 03:12 PM
We used a 40% off coupon last year on a stay at AKL and it was so great. It was a hotel I was wishy-washy about and wasn't too sure I wanted to stay at. Now it's my far and away favorite.

Let me warn you from past experience, there are limited rooms at each resort you can use these coupons at. So even if there are open rooms at the resort you want, there might not be rooms available at that discounted rate. We ticked through several resorts last year Poly, POFQ, WL, before we got to AKL. Fortunately it ended up being good for us and far and away our best stay at WDW. But you really need to hurry up and make your decision fast because where you stay may not be your decision after all.

Good luck!

choirfarm
02-16-2008, 03:19 PM
But he is trying to schedule our family mission trip to Ethiopia for the summer as well as a trip to Alaska in addition to Disney, and ... I keep trying to tell him we can't do all that by December, but he wants to try.... I also tell him how expensive all those options are. However, we each have 130,000 AA frequent flier miles that could pay for the 5 of us to fly to Alaska (seems like it will cost 50,000 miles each instead of 25,000) So the cost would be lodging and transportation.

Christine

Aliceacc
02-16-2008, 03:32 PM
Nope, haven't seen any pictures. I can't get the search feature to work. So it is better than All-Star Music pool?
Christine

I haven't been to either.

But take a look at the fact sheets here: http://www.allears.net/acc/faq_hot.htm

They come with photo albums; it should help you!

skipperkim
02-16-2008, 04:49 PM
But he is trying to schedule our family mission trip to Ethiopia for the summer as well as a trip to Alaska in addition to Disney, and ... I keep trying to tell him we can't do all that by December, but he wants to try.... I also tell him how expensive all those options are. However, we each have 130,000 AA frequent flier miles that could pay for the 5 of us to fly to Alaska (seems like it will cost 50,000 miles each instead of 25,000) So the cost would be lodging and transportation.

Christine

New plan, he goes to Ethiopa and AK and you and the kids go to WDW. Now your a family of 4. :rotfl:

choirfarm
02-16-2008, 05:06 PM
New plan, he goes to Ethiopa and AK and you and the kids go to WDW. Now your a family of 4. :rotfl:

LOL:rotfl: :rotfl2: Actuallly, we are all excited about Ethiopia...except we just found out that since we are going through Buckner, only our oldest would be able to go, which is a shame because when we went to Honduras on our mission trip last year, my girl (5 then) was the most outgoing and sang all the songs with me and made tons of friends and contacts!! Our other boy will be old enough to go next summer. Anyway, now dh is rethinking that.... I just want to decide and make plans!!!
Christine

Native NYer
02-16-2008, 07:18 PM
The POR rooms in the Alligator Bayou section have trundle beds. But if you really want the kitchenette, go for the All Star Family Suites.

If you went with a resort with no kitchenette, maybe the dining plan would be an option.

I would love to have the flexibilty that you have to plan your trips. A September trip would be great, but I teach kindergarten and wouldn't dream of missing a day the first month of school. The children are still transitioning and they're often quite a few tears shed those first few weeks, both from our new students and parents!


Happy planning!!!

choirfarm
02-17-2008, 06:28 AM
[QUOTE=Native NYer;23245022]I teach kindergarten and wouldn't dream of missing a day the first month of school. The children are still transitioning and they're often quite a few tears shed those first few weeks, both from our newQUOTE]


You have my admiration!!! Both of my boys were still in ps when they were in kindergarten and had the best teacher in the entire world. I was in awe of how she handled those children. My degree is in secondary ed and I cannot imagine trying to handle 20 children and teaching them to stand in line, hold their pencil, tie their shoes, etc... You are right. You cannot go in September!!!

Christine

Native NYer
02-17-2008, 08:07 AM
You have my admiration!!! Both of my boys were still in ps when they were in kindergarten and had the best teacher in the entire world. I was in awe of how she handled those children. My degree is in secondary ed and I cannot imagine trying to handle 20 children and teaching them to stand in line, hold their pencil, tie their shoes, etc... You are right. You cannot go in September!!!

Christine


I'm fortunate enough to work at a wonderful school and have a great assistant teacher! I am trying to plan an October trip for a long weekend.
Definitely use your flexibility to your advantage! Go when no one else is there!

debsays
02-17-2008, 08:24 AM
I think I would go with CSR with a 40% off. Great resort, fitness center, wonderful main pool along with quiet pool areas and the food court is the BEST of all the moderates by far. A great resort for the moderate rates by far! However, enjoy whichever resort you choose. I always say....go with your gut feeling" and you can never go wrong. Enjoy !

choirfarm
02-21-2008, 07:07 AM
I think I would go with CSR with a 40% off. Great resort, fitness center, wonderful main pool along with quiet pool areas and the food court is the BEST of all the moderates by far. A great resort for the moderate rates by far! However, enjoy whichever resort you choose. I always say....go with your gut feeling" and you can never go wrong. Enjoy !

CRS won't fit 5, right??

Christine

Aliceacc
02-21-2008, 07:30 AM
Right.
I think the only moderate is POR.

Native NYer
02-21-2008, 07:37 AM
As PP said, it's POR (Alligator Bayou has the trundle beds), family suite at All Stars, or a Wilderness Cabin. And, of course, most of the deluxe resorts sleep 5. I think WL and AKL only sleep 4.