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ShellyLynn3630
12-21-2009, 05:46 PM
Oh my gosh, I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a value resort again. We just got back from our very first stay at a moderate, Port Orleans, Riverside and it was wonderful! It was so beautiful. I was assinged at check-in the one building that I did not request at all, which led me to wonder if they even looked at my request, but was able to be switched to a ground floor room in AB, just what I wanted!:thumbsup2 The pool and slide were great and I just loved the atmosphere there. I really felt spoiled staying there after being at values on the two previous trips. It was a sight to see, compared to the All Stars.:laughing:

DisCopper
12-21-2009, 06:01 PM
I don't really like any of the value resorts. I know other people love them (especially POP), but they just don't do it for me. I find them cheesy and always feel like I'm a dressed up Motel 6.

Obviously, I'll take a Deluxe any day, and a moderate after that.

BUT... I'll take a Value any day over staying off property. I just don't enjoy it, no matter how nice the property. I like to "stay inside the magic," and don't want to have to deal with the outside hassles like traffic. I'd rather deal with the inside hassles like the bus system! LOL

ChloroFiend
12-21-2009, 06:27 PM
I totally hear you. While we were dating and engaged, my now-wife and I stayed at POP and ASM a few times each. On our honeymoon, we splurged and went for a CR-MK View room.

There's no way we'll ever be able to go back to the Values.

ppony
12-21-2009, 06:41 PM
I have to wonder if they look at requests. But just because you didn't get it, doesn't mean they did or did not. If what you REALLY wanted was ground floor, that should be what you should have said. Probably would have been easier and my bet is the ore flexible you are, the more likely you'll be to get your request. :goodvibes

Side note: not directed at the OP, just general request observation :)
I rarely make any requests anymore. A: we rarely got them anyway (even though we go in "slow" times) and B: we've been pleasantly surprised w/ what we've been given often. I wouldn't doubt that room assigners just get tired of requests and specifically the ones where people have it down to a room number. I don't know how it works but I wouldn't be surprised if in day after day of doing that job, a few might get...oh, lazy.
In the future, if I were to make any requests, I'd pick the aspects of a room that ere MOST important to me (i.e. ground floor or 3rd floor, near the pool, etc.) and leave it at that. That's going to be MY M.O. anyway.
Good luck to the micro-managers! :rotfl:

PS
Haven't ever stayed at a value, have no desire to. Every time you step a little higher on the resort "ladder" you'll find it hard to go back! :) Most do anyway. Disney knows this! Evil Disney! They upgraded us to a lodge concierge room at the GF once and we've been spoiled and ruined ever since. See the DVC pic below? :rotfl: BEWARE of Disney pixie dust! it's EVIL! :)

ShellyLynn3630
12-21-2009, 07:29 PM
I have to wonder if they look at requests. But just because you didn't get it, doesn't mean they did or did not. If what you REALLY wanted was ground floor, that should be what you should have said. Probably would have been easier and my bet is the ore flexible you are, the more likely you'll be to get your request. :goodvibes

Side note: not directed at the OP, just general request observation :)
I rarely make any requests anymore. A: we rarely got them anyway (even though we go in "slow" times) and B: we've been pleasantly surprised w/ what we've been given often. I wouldn't doubt that room assigners just get tired of requests and specifically the ones where people have it down to a room number. I don't know how it works but I wouldn't be surprised if in day after day of doing that job, a few might get...oh, lazy.
In the future, if I were to make any requests, I'd pick the aspects of a room that ere MOST important to me (i.e. ground floor or 3rd floor, near the pool, etc.) and leave it at that. That's going to be MY M.O. anyway.
Good luck to the micro-managers! :rotfl:

PS
Haven't ever stayed at a value, have no desire to. Every time you step a little higher on the resort "ladder" you'll find it hard to go back! :) Most do anyway. Disney knows this! Evil Disney! They upgraded us to a lodge concierge room at the GF once and we've been spoiled and ruined ever since. See the DVC pic below? :rotfl: BEWARE of Disney pixie dust! it's EVIL! :)

:laughing: You are probably right about stepping up the resort ladder.

Micca
12-21-2009, 07:38 PM
Our only "value" experience at WDW was some years ago at All Stars Sports.
We've never stayed at another value. Many people seem to love Pop though:confused3

Beep
12-21-2009, 07:43 PM
We spent a week at the Boardwalk for our wedding in a 1-bed villa and have been totally spoiled. Now we want DVC!! Evil pixie-dust indeed:lmao:

We also spent a week at POR and absolutely loved it. We looked at Old Key West today and fell in love with that too, although the Caribbean Beach did nothing for us.

Not being snobby here but we have no interest in the value resorts.

Now, where did I put that DVC form...:goodvibes

ShellyLynn3630
12-21-2009, 07:52 PM
I don't think that CBR would do anything for me either, nor POFQ. My husband who I was actually shocked that he had an opinion on, was rather disgusted with the looks of POFQ. The colors of it really threw him off!!

SnowandMittens
12-21-2009, 07:54 PM
Every trip I have to remind myself multiple times what the price difference means between a value and a mod and a mod and a deluxe. Trust me, if segway and la nouba are important to you, the values start looking a lot more attractive.

xomagicofdisneyox
12-21-2009, 07:56 PM
I don't really like any of the value resorts. I know other people love them (especially POP), but they just don't do it for me. I find them cheesy and always feel like I'm a dressed up Motel 6.

Obviously, I'll take a Deluxe any day, and a moderate after that.

BUT... I'll take a Value any day over staying off property. I just don't enjoy it, no matter how nice the property. I like to "stay inside the magic," and don't want to have to deal with the outside hassles like traffic. I'd rather deal with the inside hassles like the bus system! LOL

I second everything DisCopper stated.

I feel the value resorts are cheesy and tacky.
^but with that said, i would choose to stay on property (no matter what resort on disney) over any outside property. It does take away the "magic"

ppony
12-21-2009, 08:03 PM
We spent a week at the Boardwalk for our wedding in a 1-bed villa and have been totally spoiled. Now we want DVC!! Evil pixie-dust indeed:lmao:

My bet is 9 out of 10 don't have any natural resistance to the virus initiated by pixie dust upgrades... and to date, there is no known inoculation other than possibly buying DVC. But it's not a preventative inoculation, only a semi-cure. I personally feel Disney is paying to keep research into boosting pixie dust immunities under wraps. :rolleyes1 :rotfl2:

jmartinez1895
12-21-2009, 08:27 PM
We have stayed at POFQ and loved it, but we also have enjoyed our stay at POP. We travel with small children so for them to enjoy the resort almost as much as the parks makes the value resort worth it for us, but we will be "moving back up" to the mods whenthey are older.

KatMark
12-21-2009, 08:29 PM
Oh my gosh, I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a value resort again. We just got back from our very first stay at a moderate, Port Orleans, Riverside and it was wonderful! It was so beautiful. I was assinged at check-in the one building that I did not request at all, which led me to wonder if they even looked at my request, but was able to be switched to a ground floor room in AB, just what I wanted!:thumbsup2 The pool and slide were great and I just loved the atmosphere there. I really felt spoiled staying there after being at values on the two previous trips. It was a sight to see, compared to the All Stars.:laughing:


Glad you enjoyed your stay at the POR.

OandA
12-21-2009, 08:45 PM
I don't understand people who say things like this but to each their own.

We spent 6 nights at Pop Century and 9 nights at the Polynesian this past summer after getting engaged the first night and each hotel had it's strengths. For example I thought Captain Cooks was absolutely awful as opposed to Everything Pop. And since we like breakfast at our hotel and a late night snack, that was a big buzzkill at the Poly. The pool was nicer at the Poly but it was FULL and unmoveable once you got in. Of course the monorail access, the beach, the room itself and the atmosphere were all big strengths of the Poly but we are definitely going to do Pop again.

lilwhiterabbit
12-21-2009, 08:56 PM
I have close friends who are DVC members, so my very first time at WDW, I stayed at the Beach Club Villas, then Boardwalk and Wilderness Lodge for subsequent trips. That spoiled me right off the bat and staying at Pop last summer for the first time was a big shock! I didn't hate Pop and would stay there again if I had to, but it is definitely difficult to stay at a Value when all you've had are Deluxes prior to that!

BABY_EINSTEIN'S_MOM
12-21-2009, 09:09 PM
I totally hear you. While we were dating and engaged, my now-wife and I stayed at POP and ASM a few times each. On our honeymoon, we splurged and went for a CR-MK View room.

There's no way we'll ever be able to go back to the Values.

Uh-oh...looks like I may be in trouble after my first onsite stay(CR~theme park view)!! Maybe I should start with a value and work my way up instead! LOL

KatMark
12-21-2009, 09:20 PM
Uh-oh...looks like I may be in trouble after my first onsite stay(CR~theme park view)!! Maybe I should start with a value and work my way up instead! LOL

We stayed at the CR and the Poly numerous times before we stayed at the All Star Sports for three nights and really didn't like it at all; we then moved to the Coronado and it has now become home to us (eight stays in our last nine trips). It really comes down to personal preference--a lot of people love the values, as do a lot of people love the moderates and then others who love the deluxes.

lissiesmum
12-21-2009, 09:23 PM
I am afraid of trying a value resort! I have done the opposite of most people. We've stayed only deluxe, but this will be our last year at a deluxe resort and we'll have to downgrade next year to a moderate...I hope it won't be too much of a shock to the system!

sarobison
12-21-2009, 09:35 PM
Every time you step a little higher on the resort "ladder" you'll find it hard to go back! :) Most do anyway. Disney knows this! Evil Disney! They upgraded us to a lodge concierge room at the GF once and we've been spoiled and ruined ever since. See the DVC pic below? :rotfl: BEWARE of Disney pixie dust! it's EVIL! :)


If they upgrade us on our upcoming trip I'll probably buy DVC while I'm down there. We've been looking for awhile but wanted to stay at one of the resorts before committing. So if anybody at Disney is reading... :rolleyes1. Of course if we stay where we're booked (POR-Riverside) we'll be happy too! But...pixiedust: never hurt either!


To the OP (and others who care): I think it just depends what you want out of your "hotel". When we take the kids it's about the pools and the theming. We like the over-the-top themes of the values since the kids have such a good time. When DW and I go we prefer something a little nicer (mods) but sometimes for short trips where the room is just somewhere to sleep and shower we have gone with values. If you plan on spending more time at the resort I definitely think the mods (and deluxe) are the way to go. If it's just a room the "dressed up Motel 6" works fine for us :thumbsup2

turkeymama
12-21-2009, 09:39 PM
OP, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We haven't stayed at POR or POFQ yet, and I'm not sure if we ever will (we live in Louisiana and the resort theming just doesn't make us feel like we're really on vacation, aside from the fact that we would be in a hotel).

Each category of hotel has its advantages and disadvantages. On a personal note, we adore Pop Century. That is where we stayed on our first trip so it will always be magical to us, plus we really liked the over-the-top theming. We're planning a trip for December 2010, and we may really be leaning toward Pop again. I'm pretty excited, but I'm glad that Disney has all these choices now.

cbg1027
12-22-2009, 01:18 AM
I don't really like any of the value resorts. I know other people love them (especially POP), but they just don't do it for me. I find them cheesy and always feel like I'm a dressed up Motel 6.

Obviously, I'll take a Deluxe any day, and a moderate after that.

BUT... I'll take a Value any day over staying off property. I just don't enjoy it, no matter how nice the property. I like to "stay inside the magic," and don't want to have to deal with the outside hassles like traffic. I'd rather deal with the inside hassles like the bus system! LOL

DisCopper, you summed it perfectly for me! An on site value is better than anything offsite for me. If someone offered me a free stay at at a Value or something like the The Ritz-Carlton, I would take the Disney value resort every time, even though I'm not a fan of the theming.

Harlemgirl720
12-22-2009, 07:27 AM
My first stay at a Disney resort was All Movies. I loved it and we were right next to the pool. :thumbsup2The next stay was at POR. I really loved that one. It was so serene and beautiful. :love:This past August we stayed at AK in a SV. OMG! :cloud9:Loved it so much, we bought in at Kidani.:rotfl:

I don't think you can go wrong at any Disney property.:santa:

VAN
12-22-2009, 07:42 AM
I've stayed at Fort Wilderness in our own camper, at the Dolphin, at POR, ASMu, ASSp and POP. Yes, of course, I would love to stay at a Mod or Deluxe; however, we are a working family and when I look at the price difference for a visit of $300 or more ... I just can't justify the cost. I am one that likes to vacation and, by being thrifty we are able to go on 3-4 vacations a year.

It does come down to what you want in a hotel. At WDW, I want something that is on-site, clean, etc. We spend quite a bit of time at the pool and I find that at the values the pool is all but deserted during the day. The food courts are expansive and geared to handle large groups of people; so there is (generally) minimal hassle or wait. I've stayed at 4 and 5 star hotels before, and as long as things are safe, clean and convenient I'm happy. I don't need a bellman, I don't need a concierge, I don't need a plush/fancy lobby that serves $12 martinis.

Also find more parking at the Values ... we are finding that we are fine with the values; however, have made the decision to spend the extra $$ for a rental car so we don't have to deal with the buses.

So, it all comes down to personal preference and how you view/manage your $$ resources. We could afford the deluxes, but then we wouldn't be able to go on so many trips each year.

Princess Disney Mom
12-22-2009, 07:59 AM
I bounced around form the CR to Pop and back no problems.

One thing that made a big difference for me is for the value trips my choice was stay home or value. So yeah I loved the values.

I do have to agree with all though that the Deluxe and Mod are nicer. But you get what you pay for and I do have great memories at the values. Would like to go back to POP just because of the good memories there.

maxiesmom
12-22-2009, 08:14 AM
I bounced around form the CR to Pop and back no problems.

One thing that made a big difference for me is for the value trips my choice was stay home or value. So yeah I loved the values.

I do have to agree with all though that the Deluxe and Mod are nicer. But you get what you pay for and I do have great memories at the values.

I agree with this. I have stayed at all levels of Disney resorts, and they are all wonderful in their own way. I like the frantic, in your face fun of the Values. I like the peacefullness of the Mods. And I like the convenience of being at the Deluxe resorts.

If I had to choose between 2 stays at a Value or 1 at a Deluxe, you can bet I would choose 2 stays at a Value. And have with no regrets.

You just have to know what is important to your family. If you simply must have a sit down restaurant or spa treatments, then a Value will never make you happy. But if all you are looking for is a place to sleep, then they are awesome, and it would be silly to spend the money for a more expensive resort.

kimsdreamvacation
12-22-2009, 08:23 AM
We just came back last week from Disney,we stayed at Fort Wilderness in tents:scared1::rotfl: and it rained nearly the whole time.While we were there we toured ASMusic to see what the rooms were like and I have to say that for our trip for next Dec. having 4 walls and a heater in the room is all I need to be happy.I definately will enjoy the values as opposed to a tent..even if the Pop Warner kids are there:rolleyes1it will be wonderful to sleep off the ground and dry and only worry about wearing our ponchos while we are in the parks....:lmao:

Louiepipbgeeco
12-22-2009, 10:14 AM
We have stayed at the POP a few times, CBR and POFQ for the mods and AKL for the Deluxe.
I have to agree with some of the OP--they all have something to offer. I do not think any one of them is "better" than the other. Rather, each is unique. I will say that I was happy with all of the resorts.( IMHO any Disney resort is better than none)
I have since bought into DVC and will be staying at the Beach Club in July. This will be a whole new game for me and my family. I know we will LOVE it . But, I think that we will probably still use the other resorts on Cash ressies until we gain more contracts. My DD actually likes the POP a lot.
I was blown away by AKL but then some things I liked better at the other levels...food court being the main one.
In any event, it depends on the group, the time of the vacation, purpose..etc. If I am going for a quick trip and plenty of park time, the value would be perfectly fine with me.

puffkin
12-22-2009, 10:25 AM
I have stayed at pretty much all the resorts except All Star Music, Grand Floridian, Yacht Club and Boardwalk. Our plans, finances and travel party dictate where we stay. Now that we own DVC, I have become much more of a resort snob, but still stay at all categories of resorts.

Typically we fly in and stay at a resort Fri/Sat night before checking into our DVC villas on Sunday. I typically prefer the moderates for this purpose (POFQ is my favorite). This last trip we had 5 people though so we did 2 rooms at ASMo over 1 room at POR (with a trundle) which worked out to the same cost. I must admit is was really nice having two rooms to spread out in!

I went on a last minute trip with a girlfriend who was a first timer. We were there 4 nights and barely in the room. Got a $49 rate at Pop that we couldn't pass up. It was perfect for the amount of time we were in the room.

ASMo was our first onsite resort ever and it holds a special place in my heart as "starting" the Disney obsession for us. POR was the nicest we could afford the next 2 trips and that is the one resort that truely feels like home to me. We love our DVC and the deluxes (especially the Poly which is my dream resort) but we are happy anywhere on Disney property!

Zippa D Doodah
12-22-2009, 11:16 AM
OP, I'm glad you liked POR. My family has enjoyed stays at POR and POFQ. Regarding the values, I love them all like crazy, but given a choice I'll always choose a moderate -and gladly pay the extra money. I'm staying at a deluxe for the first time on my next trip and wonder if I'll become spoiled at that level. :goodvibes

ppony
12-22-2009, 11:58 AM
I've seen it mentioned too on the DVC forums that for some of us, as we get older and want to slow our vacations down (which I am SO excited about doing...I'm tired of commando touring), we will LOVE spending more and more time at our resorts. I know I will!:thumbsup2 I think the post has been deleted, but somoene had said that they were there for the parks so a value worked well. That is true, for them. But it doesn't mean that those staying at a mod or deluxe aren't there for the parks too. For us, it's the whole package despite, to this date, we have not remotely utilized facilities and activities. Where we stay matters, to others, it doesn't. Or not as much. ;) Each and every way is cool. ;)

pooh4evr
12-22-2009, 01:34 PM
Just got back from a stay th ASMu FS - while the room was perfect for us, plenty of beds, 2 bathrooms, "kitchenette" our own room- I don't know if we'll go back there, the bus service was not great, there was alot of noise from neighboring rooms - the staff was great , room was clean and the pool was OK- I can't quite say why but it just was a weird stay overall actually.

pixarmom
12-22-2009, 02:42 PM
Phew! I'm happy to see all these new posts today. I posted on the Deluxe Girl Goes Value thread about this same topic. We have stayed in all 3 categories of resorts several times each (Poly, BC, WL, CBR, CSR, and All Star Sports). For the past 10 years, with our kids, we've been staying Deluxe. We spend little time in the resort, but the older boys swim at the end of the evening, and we like the convenience of the deluxe resort transportation. But this spring, we're adding 4 nights at All Star Movies to our Clearwater Beach vacation (couldn't stay away!) We're planning other Disney trips in 2010 and 2011 (both DL and WDW) so a value seemed like a perfect way to get a few days in this spring. And our youngest is a huge Toy Story fan, so it seemed like a great idea. Then I saw this thread and was really second-guessing our decision. We're surprising our kids with this for Christmas - so I hope we made the right decision.

DisCopper
12-22-2009, 07:31 PM
I second everything DisCopper stated.

I feel the value resorts are cheesy and tacky.
^but with that said, i would choose to stay on property (no matter what resort on disney) over any outside property. It does take away the "magic"

YAY! After 396 posts, this is the first time I've been officially "seconded!" LOL

3_disprincesses
12-22-2009, 07:43 PM
My 1st 3 visits were mods and the last two were at POP - I will choose POP before mods from now own. Moderates were way too big and I hated the busses there. The rooms at the mods were not that much bigger than what we had at POP. The food court at POP was much better than any of the mods I have stayed at and Everything POP is a great shop. Now my dream vacation would be CR MK View with no kids...but I would rather be with my family at cheesy POP!

Hardy
12-22-2009, 08:38 PM
If it's a choice between staying value and staying home, I'd choose value! I thought Pop was cute, but I don't think I could handle the size of the rooms with the whole family, it was just my DH and I and that was cozy enough! However, I could hear way too much noise from neighboring rooms, I don't like hearing other people's "bathroom" noises :scared1: I also can't picture myself booking at one of the All Stars ever again unless it was some incredible rate or something, walls just as thin, kind of shabby looking, tiny rooms, and so on, and honestly it is worth the money to not bake in the sun when waiting for the bus, I think values really should have some cover. And not to be rude to anyone, but there is a difference in the guests from value to deluxe, overall....not saying everyone at Pop is a belligerent hick and everyone at a deluxe is a college professor, but I know I can't be the only one that has observed such things.
I've really enjoyed moderate and up, I :love: POR, I just find it so pretty and relaxing there. Now we probably will mostly be staying at DVC, which is great, but I would be happy to fill in with a mod if I needed an extra day here or there.

Oh and, I also would rather stay value onsite than deluxe off-site! there is just no replacing the magic of Disney! :wizard:

momofrrr
12-23-2009, 01:02 AM
I did not think that was anything particularly wroing with the value resort, we stayed at ASMu. It was clean and had a bed. Our issue was with transportation. We where there at Thanksgiving the year we stayed there and it took forever to catch a bus. Not because there were too many people in line but because they never came. We felt very isolated. We are a mod family....

lllGurulll
12-23-2009, 01:19 AM
We have to really budget to get to Disney so I have no interest in spending additional money on what is roughly just a room with a bed. I would love to try a Mod someday but the Values are perfectly fine for us. Plus, I would rather have that money for the parks and such anyway. There is nothing worse than always saying no because you spent too much getting there.

mom2princessj
12-23-2009, 11:08 AM
We stayed deluxe in January at GF for our first visit (we did have 5 people so deluxe was our only option). My husband didn't like it all that much so when we went for Pop Warner just a few weeks ago we needed a place to stay for a few days before meeting up with the team...we chose CR. Loved the MK view but not worth the $$. We then stayed with our team at ASMu. I was surprised by how much it didn't bother me to not stay deluxe. I liked the food court...more options than I had thought there would be. The pool was big and the kids really enjoyed it. I had issues the first night with kids next door (another team) being up until 430a but aside from that our room was extremely clean, anytime we called for towels they were there immediately, we had cute towel animals that my kids enjoyed, and overall the room fit the four of us (my kids are 6 and 4) just fine. We spent very little time in our room so for the value of it, it makes alot of sense. I do want to try a mod next time just to see the difference. We always rent a car and don't use the buses so for us that's not an issue. I love the convenience the monorail has to offer so for that reason I love the deluxes but we didn't go to MK this time but the first night so it wasn't really an issue for transportation from that side.

maxiesmom
12-23-2009, 07:04 PM
And not to be rude to anyone, but there is a difference in the guests from value to deluxe, overall....not saying everyone at Pop is a belligerent hick and everyone at a deluxe is a college professor, but I know I can't be the only one that has observed such things.


:sad2: popcorn::

lllGurulll
12-23-2009, 07:08 PM
:sad2: popcorn::Wow. I sure wish you hadn't bumped that post. Some people just plain have no respect for others. Too much elitism going on these days.

ShellyLynn3630
12-23-2009, 07:59 PM
Ooohhhh, :headache: I don't want this thread to get rude. Ugh. I was just sooooo impressed with POR that I just wanted to share my thoughts on it. :love:

kelbel5355
12-23-2009, 08:42 PM
I stayed at Pop Century and at Coronado Springs. The decorating for the value is a little tacky, but the room wasn't that much different compared to the Moderate Resort.

I'd do it again. Sometimes you have to penny pinch and when you're just using the hotel to sleep in between park visits it's fine. You get the perks for the value.

RustManFan
12-23-2009, 09:49 PM
When I arrived for check-in on November 12th, the cast member at the reservation desk at POR read my room request back to me. They were paving the parking lot next to the building I wanted and had assigned me an adjacent one but were happy to put me in the building I wanted since I didn't mind walking a new extra steps from the next parking area.

I have never stayed at a value and personally have no reason to spend the extra $$$ on a deluxe. POR is our home at WDW now and forever more!!

jgates
12-23-2009, 11:22 PM
I am just one of those people who cannot psychologically pay several hundred dollars for a bed to sleep in at night. We stayed at Beach Club when we won a trip and I thought the rooms were very pretty, however, they were not super big and I knew we would never go back there if we were actually paying out of pocket. Too many other things that money could buy.

However, I just don't have any desire at all to stay at a Value Resort. Before doing that I would go over to the Marriott Village and stay on a pillowtop bed at either Springhill or Fairfield Inn.

We did stay @ POFQ once and I loved the trees, river, serenity, and peacefulness of it. Would go back there in a heartbeat. Also have always loved the Swan & Dolphin (prefer Swan due to size). They have a multitude of great rates to help with costs and you can use all of Disney transporation - as well as great access to 2 parks and a beauty of a pool. It's a blessing not to be able to charge at the parks as that can REALLY get away from you. If I am paying out of pocket I actually have to THINK about what I am spending, LOL.

smcabee
12-24-2009, 12:47 AM
DW and I own DVC but we always stay at a value when we are paying oop. I guess when we get a little older and choose to or need to spend more time at the hotel we may elect to pay oop for a higher tier resort but as some others mentioned we go for the parks, shows and dining so we really only use the hotel to sleep and shower. To each his own however as long as you are happy with where you are then I say stay where you want.

PlainJane
12-24-2009, 02:30 AM
I don't think that CBR would do anything for me either, nor POFQ. My husband who I was actually shocked that he had an opinion on, was rather disgusted with the looks of POFQ. The colors of it really threw him off!!

I've been to the real French Quarter, and I love the architecture, but POFQ is really quite ugly to me. It's kinda tacky looking.

POR is beautiful though.

Back to the original point of the thread. I would rather stay off-site, than at a value. I like staying at Disney hotels mostly for the atmosphere, the values don't transport me somewhere magical like all the other resorts do. It's just a jazzed up motel. For the price, there are much better options IMHO.

Planogirl
12-24-2009, 08:06 AM
I would also prefer to stay offsite than at a value again but in fairness I'm only considering the Allstars when I say that. I didn't care for them at all. I can't comment on Pop even though they look much the same in pictures.

I always drive and I would prefer to have a restaurant on premises and also a few other amenities. We also enjoy seeing what else Florida has to offer so we would go offsite anyway. I guess that if you want to be immersed in Disney the whole time that makes a big difference. We feel no such need.

As for the comment about POFQ, I don't agree that the resort looks tacky but does appear kind of fake. I feel the same way about the Grand Floridian ever since we saw the Hotel Del that it was modeled after. Now THAT is an amazing hotel.

roomthreeseventeen
12-24-2009, 08:18 AM
I would also prefer to stay offsite than at a value again but in fairness I'm only considering the Allstars when I say that. I didn't care for them at all. I can't comment on Pop even though they look much the same in pictures.

I always drive and I would prefer to have a restaurant on premises and also a few other amenities. We also enjoy seeing what else Florida has to offer so we would go offsite anyway. I guess that if you want to be immersed in Disney the whole time that makes a big difference. We feel no such need.

As for the comment about POFQ, I don't agree that the resort looks tacky but does appear kind of fake. I feel the same way about the Grand Floridian ever since we saw the Hotel Del that it was modeled after. Now THAT is an amazing hotel.

This is my first post, but just wanted to share the Hotel Del love. :love:

MissBritt
12-24-2009, 09:15 AM
Oh no! Last week was our first experience onsite, and it was POR as well. We LOVED it. But now I have a one-night stay planned for Jan for ASSports. Hope I'm not disappointed! We will probably never be "Deluxe People", and only POR, CSR, ASSports and Pop! appeal to me. But I know it's usually true that you get what you pay for.

MissBritt
12-24-2009, 09:19 AM
Oh and on the requests subject...

we booked our Dec trip in Aug and requested Mansion side verbally. I did online checkin 3 days before and checked "close to transportation" and indicated that we would likely arrive around 930 am. we arrived at 10, and the room was ready in Magnolia Terrace, a building directly in front of the East bus depot. we'll see if we get so luck with our Jan trip to ASSports.

Planogirl
12-24-2009, 05:05 PM
This is my first post, but just wanted to share the Hotel Del love. :love:
Welcome to the DIS!

We were awed by the Hotel Del. The only problem is that the Grand Floridian doesn't look as pretty as it once did.

Tinks1984
12-25-2009, 06:08 PM
I have to say, I'm very upset by Hardy's comments with regards to the 'class' of people staying at the value resorts.

We're a very hard working British family, who yes, have had to save for 18 months to have the luxury of heading to our favourite holiday destination, but I find it highly insulting to have this accusation thrown in our direction that because we're staying at All Star Sports, we're said to be of a lower class background!

We have previously stayed at CBR when myself and my brother were children, but as we now travel as a family of 5 adults, staying at a moderate adds approximately another 2000 (around $3,200) onto our trip, which is a heck of a lot more cash to have to save, before our spending money.

As we're spending around 7000 (around $11,200) to actually go to WDW I think it's only fair to see why we'd choose a value resort.

We'd love to be able to stay in a Mod or Deluxe, but cash will simply not allow for that, well it would, but you could add another year potentially on when we could go there.

To put it simply, we're not lower class, we behave very well as a family and are at WDW through hard work and we'll enjoy ourselves just as much as any other family there, regardless of what hotel we're staying in.

As others have said, if it's a choice between Value, or no trip at all, then it's a Value for me any day. As long as I can see my Mouse, I'm a happy girl!

jamstew
12-25-2009, 08:03 PM
And not to be rude to anyone, but there is a difference in the guests from value to deluxe, overall....not saying everyone at Pop is a belligerent hick and everyone at a deluxe is a college professor, but I know I can't be the only one that has observed such things.

Wow, there are no words to describe just how rude and condescending this is. I've witnessed boorish people and behavior at every category of resort.

jamstew
12-25-2009, 08:07 PM
DW and I own DVC but we always stay at a value when we are paying oop. I guess when we get a little older and choose to or need to spend more time at the hotel we may elect to pay oop for a higher tier resort but as some others mentioned we go for the parks, shows and dining so we really only use the hotel to sleep and shower. To each his own however as long as you are happy with where you are then I say stay where you want.

Same for me -- DVC owner who doesn't mind staying at Pop to avoid the weekend DVC points.

jamstew
12-25-2009, 08:11 PM
I don't think that CBR would do anything for me either, nor POFQ. My husband who I was actually shocked that he had an opinion on, was rather disgusted with the looks of POFQ. The colors of it really threw him off!!

They're Mardi Gras colors.

ppony
12-25-2009, 08:22 PM
They're Mardi Gras colors.

And they are actually pretty soft on person. Not bright at all like traditional mardi gras. But TOTALLY to each their own. :thumbsup2 I just can't get past the blah gray and white exterior to ever stay at the YC. Oh vell, more room for those that love it. ;)

LWatson
12-25-2009, 09:50 PM
We went from staying at Shades of Green to staying at All Star Sports. We wanted to save money this past trip that is why we did it, but learned our lesson. We have 2young boys, so we tried the sports over the movies. The room size compared to SOG (where we would pay just a few dollars more) isnt worth the savings for us. If we go back we are staying at SOG.

kbelle8995
12-26-2009, 08:21 AM
I love Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter. The grounds are lovely and the rooms are quite nice.

Pop is alright they seem to just have families while All Stars seems to have more Teen groups staying there. All Stars needs rehab desparately. The paint was peeling and the tv set didn't work. We called the front desk but were told it wouldn't be fixed until the next day when we were leaving.:sad2: The plants looked overgrown and dishabbled.

maxiesmom
12-26-2009, 08:52 AM
I love Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter. The grounds are lovely and the rooms are quite nice.

Pop is alright they seem to just have families while All Stars seems to have more Teen groups staying there. All Stars needs rehab desparately. The paint was peeling and the tv set didn't work. We called the front desk but were told it wouldn't be fixed until the next day when we were leaving.:sad2: The plants looked overgrown and dishabbled.

Which All Star did you stay at? They recently did refurbish the Sports and Music, but not the Movies. When we stayed at both the Sports and Music last year, the rooms and common areas looked great. I'm hoping the guests are not so destructive that they have ruined them already.:scared:

kbelle8995
12-26-2009, 05:34 PM
Which All Star did you stay at? They recently did refurbish the Sports and Music, but not the Movies. When we stayed at both the Sports and Music last year, the rooms and common areas looked great. I'm hoping the guests are not so destructive that they have ruined them already.:scared:

I was there before the rehab. Well it needed it.

SGMCO
12-26-2009, 07:04 PM
So Glad you loved POR--it's our favorite MOD.

We have never stayed at a Value because DH says that
he wants to relax after a long day at the parks and the
it would be Disney overload if we stayed at a Value (with the large
Icons). Looking at pictures of the Values give DH a Headache.

What I'm worried staying at a Deluxe (AKL)
for the 1st time this next trip and I know I'm going to get hooked.
It will be our 25th Anniversary so we are plurging.

But I'm sure we will stay at POR again in the future, I don't think
we would be able to pay Deluxe prices for future trips.

autumnpalm
12-26-2009, 08:17 PM
We have stayed at resorts in all three categories- from the Poly to the POP. And every stay has been wonderful.

We choose our resort based on the type of vacation we want to have. For example, in May we stayed at the Yacht Club and had a more relaxing vacation with lots of time at the pool, enjoying the room and the resort property. We didn't do the dining plan and we had a really flexible schedule.

For our 2011 trip, we are planning on going to the POP and touring the parks more. We will have the Deluxe Dining Plan so we will still get to experience many of the deluxe resorts! For that trip, the resort will be more a place to lay our heads at the end of the night than a real part of the trip.

Personally, the mods are my least favourite category. I would rather go all the way and go deluxe or stay at a value and have a lot of extras. But no matter where on property you put me, I will be a happy camper (unless I literally have to camp at FW.... no thanks!:rotfl2:)

ShellyLynn3630
12-26-2009, 08:28 PM
So Glad you loved POR--it's our favorite MOD.

We have never stayed at a Value because DH says that
he wants to relax after a long day at the parks and the
it would be Disney overload if we stayed at a Value (with the large
Icons). Looking at pictures of the Values give DH a Headache.

What I'm worried staying at a Deluxe (AKL)
for the 1st time this next trip and I know I'm going to get hooked.
It will be our 25th Anniversary so we are plurging.

But I'm sure we will stay at POR again in the future, I don't think
we would be able to pay Deluxe prices for future trips.

Ya, I bet you do get hooked on a deluxe. When we make it that far :laughing:, I might look into renting out DVC points. But what I would love even more is to own DVC points.:idea:

Topscot
12-26-2009, 09:31 PM
We are going to be booking into POR in April 2011. Which buildings are the best for being near breakfast and the bus? Are the AB rooms too rustic? I do like my comfort! :)

Also, we are going to be renting a car for our drive out to Cape Canaveral. Where is the closest place to rent a car?

nurse.darcy
12-27-2009, 07:40 AM
Its always amazing to me how Disney has something for everyone. I have loved all my stays, some more than others. . .

Resorts I have stayed at and my opinions of them. . .

All Star Music - Very first trip to WDW. Loved this hotel and its theming. Didn't use the pool but the food court was great. . .no real transportation issues.

Pop - 2nd trip to WDW and I have stayed here twice. This was a DISmeet and my first all adult trip to Disney. Had a ball, enjoyed the amenities, spent time in the pool and used the food court (in my personal opinion this is the best food court on property).

POR - Mansions section - I have stayed here twice and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this hotel. I truly feel like I have taken a step back in time. Piano Bob is also a lot of fun. Just truly a fun place to stay and so relaxing. Love the pool areas (both the quiet and the main pool). Very lush and relaxing.

POFQ - Just loved my stay here. It was a great trip with lots of fun activities. The hotel and pool were very relaxing, the food court fun, transportation was not an issue.

Boardwalk - I like this hotel but do not love it. Its in a great location however, and that makes a huge difference. The room I had for my first stay was HUGE. . .

Saratoga Springs - While the room was nice and the resort is pretty it is SOOOOOO SPREAD OUT. Probably would not make a concious choice to stay here unless it was the only choice.

And now, my absolute favorite. . .

AKL - I cannot say enough good things about this stay. The hotel brings on a feeling of peace and tranquility. I never felt the need to hustle and bustle about. I enjoyed the pool, the hidden nooks and crannies, the fire place, the animals, my room. I did the least amount of park touring when I stayed here cause I never wanted to leave the hotel. It was wonderful. Transportation was never an issue. The food court had good choices, Jiko was awesome, the lounge was inviting and fun. Just a great place and will always be my first choice.

We will be trying Bay Lake Towers in February so I can give an opinion on that as well. I am not at all interested in CSR, CBR, WL, GF or the Poly. Just not my cup of tea really.

Now, the reasons that I choose to stay at a certain resort has more to do with the type of experience I want than the level of hotel. Outside of Disney I am a resort snob but at Disney it all depends on what I want from my experience. I will stay value again because it is a good place to stay when I want a fun vacation that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. I would choose POR and POFQ any day of the week just because I love the theming. My first love will always be AKL. I just think it is a truly remarkable resort (did I mention I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place). I like to go several times a year and I love being able to have a different type of vacation each time.

The best part of Disney is they can accommodate all of us regardless of our needs, wants and budgets. That is the best thing in the world and what makes it so much fun.

jazzielady
12-27-2009, 09:24 AM
Our first trip as a family: stayed at BWI and were upgraded to concierge. Very cool, but did not convince us to stay concierge

Chick trip with my mom 6 months after dad died: she always wanted to stay at GF, so we did. OK, but I wasn't overly impressed. Yes, it was nice, and definitely top of the line of all the resorts. Would not pay to stay there again.

Last 2 trips as a family: stayed at POFQ and will never stay anywhere else. that is our "home". Needless to say, we adore it.

So the evil pixie dust didn't work on us. Guess we just have natural immunity! :rotfl2:

LovesTimone
12-27-2009, 03:09 PM
This year was the first time that I had booked a Value. I will never ever make that mistake again.
I have stayed mostly Deluxe and Moderate's.

I booked for a girls only week at POP. Due to money constraints of some of the girls going. We figured 2 to a room --- no problem---
huge mistake - The room was so small that when I opened the door it hit the bed. I'm not over stepping -it simply hit the bed. Once in the room the lighting and smell was terrible. We were on the very last room (50's 4th floor) facing the Golden years which is over grown and sad looking. I don't know if the room had not been used or maybe work had not been done in this room for some time. It smelled like mold. I have claustrophobia and could not stay in that room.
It was strange that the rest of the resort looked great, while checking in we checked out the food court, shopping, the large Icon's are so fun and pool area. They all looked great so the room issue was a huge shock. It probably was just this room.,but for me I will pay the extra to stay at a moderate.

I was very grateful when they change us to a moderate at no-charge. even though I would have gladly paid to move. The CM's where great

keishashadow
12-27-2009, 05:11 PM
my favorite disney resort is whichever one i'm staying at on any given trip;)

they're all gems in their own right:goodvibes, location...location; everything else is gravy!

AS resorts are exactly what they are billed as, value accomodations:thumbsup2 Some call them cheesy, i prefer iconic for the larger than life theming.

Typically, we visit deluxe/DVC resorts until our points run out:laughing:, then i book whatever category my pocketbook will bear.

A little bit of research goes a long way, why people book a resort without doing any homework (even as to basic amenties such as square footage, restaurants, pools, etc.) & then bad-mouth their own bad choice, is bizarre.:confused3

candykisses
12-27-2009, 07:50 PM
We have stayed at POFQ and loved it, but we also have enjoyed our stay at POP. We travel with small children so for them to enjoy the resort almost as much as the parks makes the value resort worth it for us, but we will be "moving back up" to the mods whenthey are older.

That sounds like our family when our boys were younger. They wanted to stay at the AS Movies,so we did. Now we're back to the POFQ.

We did a surprise trip for Ryan's 16th birthday to attend the Halloween party. He had been saying that he wanted to try Pop Century, so we did. We definitely will not be staying there for our regular length of stay trip.

luvthemouse71
12-27-2009, 08:00 PM
I think it's great that WDW has varing tiers of resorts..there is something for every budget.

Me personally, I prefer the deluxes and now that I have a job that pays well, I find them perfect for my needs. I want a resort where I can relax, I don't spend all day at the parks.. I want a resort where I won't run into large tour groups(ie Pop Warner, BTGs,) of kids. I don't need or want loud cartoon colors in my face 24/7.

I agree with what others have said though..if it were a choice between a Value and not going, then I'd buck up, and stay at the value.

*Seanaci*
12-27-2009, 08:50 PM
We're currently in the EARLY planning stages for a POTENTIAL 2 week trip to WDW in Dec 2011 (what can I say, we have weight loss goals to meet before we go again and putting it on paper will help us achieve those goals). My husband doesn't know it yet, but, I'm thinking we may try a mod for the trip...either CBR or Coronado Springs. :D However, if it turns out to be cheaper to stay at a value, we'll do that.

Redbudlover
12-28-2009, 04:16 PM
I am a DVC owner at BWV, BCV and VWL and have also stayed deluxe and moderate many times. This past Christmas I got a great deal at a value to add on to my stay at BWV... I loved it! I didn't go in expecting deluxe and didn't get it. But I was very surprised to enjoy the landscaping at ASMU and the pool areas. I especially found the food court to be very clean and a wonderful option for a quick breakfast or snack. The rooms were nice, the beds comfy, and everything was just fine. I would certainly choose a DVC villa over a value, but would not hesitate to stay at ASMU again if a great deal came my way.

jamstew
12-28-2009, 05:57 PM
I am a DVC owner at BWV, BCV and VWL and have also stayed deluxe and moderate many times. This past Christmas I got a great deal at a value to add on to my stay at BWV... I loved it! I didn't go in expecting deluxe and didn't get it. But I was very surprised to enjoy the landscaping at ASMU and the pool areas. I especially found the food court to be very clean and a wonderful option for a quick breakfast or snack. The rooms were nice, the beds comfy, and everything was just fine. I would certainly choose a DVC villa over a value, but would not hesitate to stay at ASMU again if a great deal came my way.


Yep, our $50/night rate was a pretty good incentive :goodvibes

Daisylover
12-28-2009, 06:22 PM
I really like Pop Century!!! I've stayed at AKL and GFR I didn't really see why I'd spend more. I guess it's because I don't spend alot of time at the resort.