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latexscooter
02-21-2010, 06:28 PM
In 93 days we'll be on our way to the world for our annual trip. We're booked at POFQ. I'm about to make our final payment for the trip and have started seconded guessing our hotel stay.

We've stayed at POFQ several times and enjoy it immensely. We like the resort size, rooms and theme. When people ask me my favorite moderate I respond POFQ without hesitation. But now I'm starting to think that maybe the reason I like POFQ is because I've stayed there the most. We stayed at POR before and although it is very nice, I wasn't captivated and in love with it. We've never stayed at CSR onlyl because we live in South Texas and I'm concerned we would end up in an area that looks like home. (I love San Antonio but I go to Disney to escape.) So that leaves us with CBR. I've always hesitated because I grew up in South Florida and the beach doesn't hold the awe and adventure because I live within a couple miles of the ocean for so long.

So, is it me? Is it because I recently turned 40 and I've become a fuddy-duddy that doesn't like change or things new and different? Should I go with what works or throw caution to the wind and hop resorts?

(Disclaimer: I'm limited to the moderate level this year because next year we are doing Poly/Cruise so the compromise is moderate only... otherwise we'd be at AKL.)

mrstomrice
02-21-2010, 06:40 PM
Just curious...did you check out the AKL with the 40% off being offered or the $750 gift card? We upgraded to the WL because it was hard to pass compared to the values when offered such a great deal!

LindaR
02-21-2010, 06:51 PM
Its so hard to answer this. POFQ is our favorite mod. We have stayed there more times than any other resort (CBR, POR, Swan, AKL, OKW). I am like you, no CSR for us cause we live in the southwest and that looks like here!

But........we do love to try other resorts! We just base it upon what we plan to do on a trip, our budget, and what appeals to us! So, if you are happy with your choice, then it is the right choice for you! If you ever feel like trying someplace else, give it a try! Doesn't mean you are stuck with your choice forever!

I was excited when we tried AKL several years ago. We HATED the resort and would not go back......but I am glad we tried it.

Do what feels right for you!!!!

latexscooter
02-21-2010, 06:52 PM
Just curious...did you check out the AKL with the 40% off being offered or the $750 gift card? We upgraded to the WL because it was hard to pass compared to the values when offered such a great deal!


I checked this morning and we're still looking at just over a grand more. I could do it but I'd have DH frowning at me a great deal and I'm afraid he'll scrap the Poly for next year which would KILL me.

BfloChick
02-21-2010, 06:53 PM
In 93 days we'll be on our way to the world for our annual trip. We're booked at POFQ. I'm about to make our final payment for the trip and have started seconded guessing our hotel stay.

We've stayed at POFQ several times and enjoy it immensely. We like the resort size, rooms and theme. When people ask me my favorite moderate I respond POFQ without hesitation. But now I'm starting to think that maybe the reason I like POFQ is because I've stayed there the most. We stayed at POR before and although it is very nice, I wasn't captivated and in love with it. We've never stayed at CSR onlyl because we live in South Texas and I'm concerned we would end up in an area that looks like home. (I love San Antonio but I go to Disney to escape.) So that leaves us with CBR. I've always hesitated because I grew up in South Florida and the beach doesn't hold the awe and adventure because I live within a couple miles of the ocean for so long.

So, is it me? Is it because I recently turned 40 and I've become a fuddy-duddy that doesn't like change or things new and different? Should I go with what works or throw caution to the wind and hop resorts?

(Disclaimer: I'm limited to the moderate level this year because next year we are doing Poly/Cruise so the compromise is moderate only... otherwise we'd be at AKL.)

I was wondering the same exact thing. We've stayed at VWL two years running now, and both stays were really awesome. It's hard because I think of staying anywhere else, and I'm afraid I won't like it as well. My parents stayed at the BC this time out and we visited them there; it was gorgeous, but not as much my "style," KWIM?

This is the exact reason I end up ordering the same darned dishes in the restaurants I like. My feeling is that I like what I like, though, so why worry about it? ;)

LindaR
02-21-2010, 06:53 PM
Oh, and I forgot to say that I NEVER do a split-stay. Not for me. Whatever resort we choose, we are there for the duration!

swald91
02-21-2010, 06:56 PM
I think it's tough to leave a resort that you feel comfortable with & yet we have this urge to try a new one b/c we are a bit bored too-narrowing it down we go through the same thing-not here-it's too much like home...or it's not a great theme for me...you could always do a split stay although I have never done one -many people here have & can give you great advice on it!

latexscooter
02-21-2010, 06:57 PM
I was wondering the same exact thing. We've stayed at VWL two years running now, and both stays were really awesome. It's hard because I think of staying anywhere else, and I'm afraid I won't like it as well. My parents stayed at the BC this time out and we visited them there; it was gorgeous, but not as much my "style," KWIM?

This is the exact reason I end up ordering the same darned dishes in the restaurants I like. My feeling is that I like what I like, though, so why worry about it? ;)

I'm glad to know it's not limited to me. I do tend to order the same things as of late. We even moved twice within two years and I ordered the same appliances for the kitchen both times. I switched on the washer/dryer and I've been miserable ever since.

There's something comforting in knowing there are other people out there with your quirks and it's okay. :)

KELLY
02-21-2010, 07:10 PM
POFQ is my favorite but we are trying CBR . I'm already missing POFQ and we still have over 7 months to go. But if we do change resorts it will be for the AKL. WE are booked with FD but if a room only code comes out we are staying at AKL and doing the qsdp instead. We really don't care fo the RDP we seem like we are always needing to be some where.

Belleandtinker
02-21-2010, 07:15 PM
We like our rut. We've stayed at POFQ several times (and going again in April), but last January decided to "change it up" and stayed at CBR. We didn't like it. If we weren't with our extended family, I would have tried to change resorts mid vacation. We definately prefer POFQ as a moderate. We have stayed at Deluxes (love them) and doing a split stay in April with POFQ and AKL. But for the money, POFQ rocks!

heatherlynn444
02-21-2010, 07:21 PM
I see both sides. I have my favorite that feels like "home" and it's SO hard to branch out and try new places. I have gotten to the point though where I know I will be back to my favorite at some point, so it's not like, if I try something new and don't like it as much that I will never be at my favorite again..does that make sense? I am from New Orleans so I understand your CSR concern, I ahve always had the same concern with POFQ! I have never stayed at CBR, but I have stayed at CBR and thought it had a very deluxe feel for a mod, and had a cool pool! good luck with your decision!

amyy
02-21-2010, 07:24 PM
I love, love, love POR and have stayed there 6 or 7 times. We are trying PORFQ in June and I am sure we will love it because we go there every trip. We were just down last week for 2 nights and tried 2 nights at CBR. It was fine and really didn't feel all that different. I am glad to say we tried it, the lake in the middle was nice, the only thing I missed at the food court was the make your own pasta and the oatmeal with fruit (they have oatmeal and I just bought the fruit separate). I thought they had a bigger selction of fresh fruit but fewer desserts but it may have just been picked over. I did miss the boat to DTD but we still got there but it was just by bus. I found it "weird" that the check in building is not in the same building as the food court and shopping. Probably saved my a bit of money because I could not browse while my DBF was taking care of "stuff" at the check in desk. CBR is big so it was a bit of a walk to the food court but not a big deal. The laundry is still by the pool, double sinks, fridge in the room, same Disney resort info on the TV etc


I am sure you will have a wonderful trip and you are still on Disney so the magic is there :)

bnk1120
02-21-2010, 09:15 PM
If you already know you love POFQ then stay there. I have stayed at all the mods except CSR and POFQ is my favorite. I love the theming and the quiet relaxed feel. POR is beautiful too, but I just prefer the smaller size of FQ. CBR was okay , but the theming didn't thrill us and we won't be back there. Next time I stay moderate it will be at POFQ and won't feel bad about not trying something new.

KatMark
02-21-2010, 09:21 PM
We are very happy with our "rut" (we are both in our 50's--me early 50's, DH older :rotfl2: ). I don't find anything wrong with wanting to stay at the same resort over and over again. We've stayed at "our" resort eight of our last nine stays and plan on staying there again on our next visit (although we'll probably do a split stay and spend a couple of nights at the AKL as I've always wanted to stay there). We have come to the conclusion that there is no reason to mess with success and we've had near perfect stays at the CSR and have no desire to change.

mlittig
02-21-2010, 11:12 PM
Your "rut" sounds like a real nice place to be :rotfl2: We love the French Quarter :love: and I would be happy staying there for all my future trips :cloud9:

sharadoc
02-22-2010, 01:33 PM
We always LOVED POFQ before we went with kids. The reasons you state are exactly why we love it. And there's no other resort that have the same features - the size, the theming, the location. All the other mods are much larger and the buildings are further apart.

If they would have family suites at POFQ, we would be there every vacation. Of course, now we're hooked on 1BR villas, and we're going to try a few different ones. Once we find one we like, we'll probably stick with it. I like to know what I'm getting into and what to expect with my vacation.

You're not in a rut - you are doing what you like and what you're comfortable with, and that removes a lot of the stress of vacation planning.

wdwbride2005
02-22-2010, 03:35 PM
I think you're good where you are. CBR is VERY different from POFQ, so I'm not sure that you would love it. When you feel bored, remind yourself that you'll be at the POLY and on the cruise next year!!!:goodvibes

amyy
02-22-2010, 05:06 PM
Could you stay at PORFQ this time but go over and check out CBR? You go eat at the food court, maybe rent a boat or at least walk around the lake. I would think that if you go and are miserable they could switch you to PORFQ if there were rooms.

DisCopper
02-22-2010, 05:14 PM
You said that you're going for your "annual trip," so I guess you're one of us lucky ones who get to visit quite a bit.

I say, try something different. Even if you think the new resort isn't as great as POFQ, it's unlikely to totally ruin your vacation. I used to LOVE Caribbean Beach Resort, but I branched out and found that I like Port Orleans Riverside just as much (if not better). I was also lucky enough to be able to start going to the Deluxe resorts, and loved them even more.

So try something else. At the very least, take some time and go take a look at them while you're there. Maybe you'll see Coronado and decide "this is better than home!" and want to try that out on the next trip.

sjs314
02-22-2010, 05:40 PM
I have never stayed at one place more than twice, there are just too many places to stay at now in WDW and I would love to stay at them all eventually, only thing Disney keeps building new ones before I can get to the old ones .....split stays is not something we ever considered seems like to much trouble.

kaffinito
02-22-2010, 05:40 PM
Only try someplace different if you really want to. If you're lucky enough to find a resort that feels like "home" at WDW then I'd stick with it. :goodvibes

dansyr2514
02-22-2010, 06:22 PM
I think you know if you've made the right decision. I originally booked WL for part of our trip but something just didn't feel right so I cancelled and booked CSR. We'll be doing either BCV or AKV for half of our trip. Now that I changed to CSR for the first part I'm really excited. When I had WL booked I just had a nagging feeling that I wasn't doing the right thing. So I say...go with your gut.

CampbellScot
02-22-2010, 06:38 PM
I was excited when we tried AKL several years ago. We HATED the resort and would not go back......but I am glad we tried it.


This made me laugh! We also tried AKL on our last trip with the kids...I won't say we "hated" it...but we were not happy there and if I had allowed myself, I'd have been mad we hadn't just stayed at our beloved Wilderness Lodge! That is always my worry...that we will try somewhere new with our precious vacation time and we won't like it as much as we like Wilderness Lodge. Or if we do a mod that we won't love it as much as POFQ. I absolutely LOVE that resort.

Which leads me to the question of the OP...you may be in a rut, but if you are happy there, then that's great! I may be a bit biased as I LOATHE change of any kind...that being said, POFQ is not like any other moderate. It's size gives it a unique quality! I visited friends who were at Riverside and I couldn't believe how LONG it took to find their room...and then how LONG it took to get to the bus stop at that resort...and then watch two buses pass by b/c they were full. It seemed an awful lot of time wasted at the resort waiting or walking. But then I think of our vacations as time spent in the parks.

I truly appreciate the compact size and first pick up/drop off of POFQ. I love the theme...I love the boat to DTD.

I always play with the idea of trying new resorts...I'm glad we tried AKL. We are thinking about trying Beach Club this year...but I'm thinking we may end up at Wilderness Lodge anyway. :love:

honeydiane1953
02-22-2010, 09:37 PM
I always stay at CR tower room. In April my DD and DGD and I will stay at WL. With the room discount I would have been crazy to stay at CR again. I am looking forward to going to WL. Trying something different is risky but hey I hope to go again.

Goldenbear6
02-23-2010, 06:38 AM
In 93 days we'll be on our way to the world for our annual trip. We're booked at POFQ. I'm about to make our final payment for the trip and have started seconded guessing our hotel stay.

We've stayed at POFQ several times and enjoy it immensely. We like the resort size, rooms and theme. When people ask me my favorite moderate I respond POFQ without hesitation. But now I'm starting to think that maybe the reason I like POFQ is because I've stayed there the most. We stayed at POR before and although it is very nice, I wasn't captivated and in love with it. We've never stayed at CSR onlyl because we live in South Texas and I'm concerned we would end up in an area that looks like home. (I love San Antonio but I go to Disney to escape.) So that leaves us with CBR. I've always hesitated because I grew up in South Florida and the beach doesn't hold the awe and adventure because I live within a couple miles of the ocean for so long.

So, is it me? Is it because I recently turned 40 and I've become a fuddy-duddy that doesn't like change or things new and different? Should I go with what works or throw caution to the wind and hop resorts?

(Disclaimer: I'm limited to the moderate level this year because next year we are doing Poly/Cruise so the compromise is moderate only... otherwise we'd be at AKL.)

Sounds like you answered your own question. The POFQ is the best of the moderates. Why stay anywhere else?:thumbsup2

MMrules
02-23-2010, 07:24 AM
:)Well I have the opposite of your dilemma. We are from New England so tropical beaches are thrilling to me!!! We have stayed at CBR 4 times and I love it. I love the tropical island feel and looking at sandy beaches (beats looking at snow;)). I have always wanted to stay at POFQ and almost did last time, but my boys wanted the pirate themed rooms which they absolutely loved pirate:.

I think we all go where we are comfortable when we are choosing our hotels. I will say that my husband and I stayed at the Beach Club prior to children (which has a New England feel) and we were very happy with the hotel even though it was similar to home.

Maybe you could look at some resort photos and go with what is calling to your heart. You want to be happy on vacation, but I understand wanting to try something new also. I always look at POFQ and think it is absolutely beautfiul from the photos, but then I pick CBR because I want the palm trees and tropical feel since I don't live in that environment.

If you know that you have Poly next year which has beaches, palm trees, etc. you may like the CBR in that area of themeing (although it doesn't compare with Poly in many ways, out of the moderates it is more island like). I love the CBR and will go back again, but I do want to try POFQ next time we go just to be different. Good luck choosing!

BLTtinkerbell
02-23-2010, 09:53 AM
I think it is nice to stay at the resort you love. You know you and your family will be happy there. My family always stayed at CR standard view and we were very happy there. One time, my sister invited us to stay w/her at CR in a tower MK view room and it was great! We were glad we tried it. Yes the room was the same, but the VIEW was fantastic. She then convinced us to stay at the Swan and we loved being able to walk to/from Epcot & the Studios, and we enjoyed the boardwalk area. So it is nice to try other resorts & see what you think. That being said, we bought DVC at BLT. We know we love the location, walk to/from MK, the monorail, the restaurants. We do hope to try other DVC resorts too. You did mention that next year, you will try Poly., so I think your plan is fine. Have a great vacation!

Gabes_mommy
02-23-2010, 10:14 AM
OK, I was in the exact same situation last fall. We had stayed at POFQ for several trips in a row and we decided to try CBR.

I found I was more excited than usual about the trip because I was really excited to try something new. We actually loved CBR too. DH and I loved it equally to POFQ and my mom liked POFQ better and my dad liked CBR better so we were split as a group. :laughing:

Now we are trying POR for the first time in a few weeks and I am really excited about that too.

I say try something new - it's fun to see what else is out there. :goodvibes

aubriee
02-24-2010, 03:41 AM
We've stayed at POFQ several times and enjoy it immensely. We like the resort size, rooms and theme. When people ask me my favorite moderate I respond POFQ without hesitation. But now I'm starting to think that maybe the reason I like POFQ is because I've stayed there the most. We stayed at POR before and although it is very nice, I wasn't captivated and in love with it. We've never stayed at CSR onlyl because we live in South Texas and I'm concerned we would end up in an area that looks like home. (I love San Antonio but I go to Disney to escape.) So that leaves us with CBR. I've always hesitated because I grew up in South Florida and the beach doesn't hold the awe and adventure because I live within a couple miles of the ocean for so long.


I too live in Texas, but love the Cabana and Casita sections of CSR. Now if I was placed in the Ranchos I would not be happy, but so far with four stays there I have not been.:rotfl::rotfl: Even though POFQ has always been my favorite resort, I still like to change resorts frequently. I go to WDW 3-5 times a year and have stayed at all level of resorts and enjoyed each one for different reasons. I say switch it up and you might be surprised. I now like CSR as much as I do POFQ. In fact, I like their pool and restaurants more than POFQ and just love their bus service. They have the best bus service of any WDW resort I've ever stayed at. Also CSR was just recently refurbished and now has very comfortable queen size beds. The last time I was there I was thinking that the rooms at both POFQ and PORS could do with a refurb. I love both PO resorts, but the rooms are starting to look a little shabby. Saying all of that, nothing can beat the boats to DTD.

CBR is my least favorite among the moderate resorts. I am staying there in Oct, but just because I haven't stayed there for awhile. Again I like changing resorts for a change of pace.