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wdwfamilyinIL
04-28-2011, 11:10 AM
To start I just can't think anymore, I was laid off from my job on MOnday and with our trip a month away we want to still go but I was looking at cutting some corners. My husband wants to keep our WDW stay after the cruise, he states that is the only reason he is going on the trip. Right now we have a bay lake view at the CR, with there being 5 of us our resort options are limited. My ta mentioned that we could move to riverside, to be honest we have always avoided this due to the size of the resort and the fact even my 8 year old is as big as my 12 year old. She thinks we could save around 2000, which is major money when you look at my new unemployment, but I don't want to be in misery for 6 nights either. Should I just let be, or should we change? Please all opinions welcomed.

Mom2HandR
04-28-2011, 11:20 AM
If your 8 year old is as big as a 12 year old I don't think they would be comfortable in the trundle at Riverside. It really depends on your child.

And you could get a preferred room at POR closer to the main building/pool and still be cheaper than what you are paying at the Contemporary.
Tough call. :confused:

Missytara
04-28-2011, 11:21 AM
I just realized you are a family of 5.

POR is a wonderful resort and I think you would enjoy it; much less financial stress.

It has wonderful entertainment and the water taxi to DTD is wonderful.

I think after a cruise, you will enjoy this very unique resort and spend a lot of time there.

thepoohguy
04-28-2011, 11:24 AM
My DW and I just got back from CS. They have adjoining rooms. Wouldn't it be cheaper to do two rooms there than CR?

JimmyV
04-28-2011, 11:26 AM
So sorry to hear of your situation. Sending you pixie dust!:tinker:

It's really hard to give advice without being in your exact circumstance. Obviously, I can't know just how much of a difference $2K will make to your family situation without knowing the whole story. But I can't help thinking that the discomfort of being a bit cramped for the 8 hours each night that I was in the hotel room would pale in comparison to the pit in my stomach when the credit card bill arives knowing that I had spent $2k more than I had to without a job to back up the spending. Again, this is purely personal opinion, but to me, "misery" would be financial stress, not bunking with my family in close quarters.

jerseymom473
04-28-2011, 11:28 AM
We are a family of 5 trying POR for the first time. Three years ago I did not even consider it because of the room size and the trundle. Like you, money is much tighter this year, so I decided to try it, (with a few days at AKV the end with 40% off.) I was worried that the small room might be too small for the whole trip.

I feel good about saving the money by not doing deluxe the whole time and feel less stressd about money! POR looks beautiful. $2k is alot and you don't know what the future holds - I would consider it (or at least do a split 3/3). good luck deciding!:)

hambirg
04-28-2011, 11:34 AM
So sorry to hear of your situation. Sending you pixie dust!:tinker:

It's really hard to give advice without being in your exact circumstance. Obviously, I can't know just how much of a difference $2K will make to your family situation without knowing the whole story. But I can't help thinking that the discomfort of being a bit cramped for the 8 hours each night that I was in the hotel room would pale in comparison to the pit in my stomach when the credit card bill arives knowing that I had spent $2k more than I had to without a job to back up the spending. Again, this is purely personal opinion, but to me, "misery" would be financial stress, not bunking with my family in close quarters.

This is how I feel too.

POR is a nice resort. My daughter enjoyed the pool when we stayed at POFQ.

Honestly, the way I look at it is how much time are you going to be spending in the room anyway? Cramped quarters aren't all that fun, but you'll be at WDW. You're going to have a great time regardless!

Personally I would feel a lot better saving that $2000.

sassyredhead
04-28-2011, 12:10 PM
Why not bring an air mattress to POR and skip the trundle for your 8 year old? They are pretty comfy! I would choose to save $2,000 if finances suddenly became tight . . . Good luck with your decision!

Missytara
04-28-2011, 12:12 PM
Why not bring an air mattress to POR and skip the trundle for your 8 year old? They are pretty comfy! I would choose to save $2,000 if finances suddenly became tight . . . Good luck with your decision!

Another excellent idea; you can lean it up against the wall when you leave the room.

hannahdrewmom
04-28-2011, 12:19 PM
Why not look into two rooms at a value or the family suites? I'd have a really hard time being there (personally) thinking of the money and what it could be paying for at home. (All be it I'm a worrier and would be having a hard time with going at all! That is not to say you shouldn't go... just that I'm a nervous nelly!)

Pixie dust to a new and better job right around the corner!

auralia
04-28-2011, 12:19 PM
have you looked into a family suite at all stars or a fort wilderness cabin? both would give you room to cook meals in there by saving $$$$ you could do a big cooked breakfast there by skipping lunch (on a family of 5 thats at least 50$ savings per day and then eat dinners in the room too a couple of nights when you are taking a break... i know cooking isn't want you want to do on vacation but I don't know if i would even go if i'd just lost my job unless i knew something was around the corner or i had at least 8 months emergency fund.

MickeyNicki
04-28-2011, 01:25 PM
First off, I am sorry about your job

Secondly, if you need to reduce the price you are paying then you need to go to a less expensive resort. You will still be onsite, still at WDW and having a great time but you are saving alot of money.

We have stayed at the POR three times and always enjoyed it

moniqueelaine
04-28-2011, 02:09 PM
We have only stayed at CBR the 2 times that we have been so that is all I know about sizes. To me the money would be the deciding factor. I would much rather squish up then to worry myself sick about the money...But again this is a personal call as far as I can tell.....

Wendy5055
04-28-2011, 02:33 PM
Here is my take, I have stayed in all 3 levels of WDW resorts.

POP Century was fine for me, my mother, father and 7 year old daughter (who is big for her age). However, if you were to stay there I would recommend getting a "Preferred" room if you can. It is definately a great hotel for the price. This resort also has its own bus service designated for POP.

Moderates (stayed at POFQ)...I would definately recommend a moderate for those who don't really want to spend money on the Deluxe accomodations but feel they want a bit more luxe than the values provide. I think the WDW Moderates are a great deal for the price...definately a great middle-ground.

I am not sure how "big" your 12 year old is...but my almost 10 year old daughter is tall for her age group and I don't think she would mind sleeping on a trundle...lengthwise I don't think they are smaller by much and she is dog tired by the time we go to bed she does not do much tossing and turning.:rotfl:

dskib
04-28-2011, 03:07 PM
Why not look into two rooms at a value or the family suites? I'd have a really hard time being there (personally) thinking of the money and what it could be paying for at home. (All be it I'm a worrier and would be having a hard time with going at all! That is not to say you shouldn't go... just that I'm a nervous nelly!)

Pixie dust to a new and better job right around the corner!

That. 2 rooms at any value resort will give you a big savings over a deluxe resort. It's even cheaper that the value suites, which is also a good idea. Your trip is probably paid for at this point, and I don't know what the refund policy is.

Did you get the dining plan? If you got the regular plan, you could always downgrade to the quick service plan. They have some great CS places to eat, and it even saves time.

I don't know your situation, but if I got laid off, I sure wouldn't be spending an extra $2000 if I didn't absolutely need to.

Good luck!
Deb

Tinkerbellie16
04-28-2011, 07:39 PM
You mention that you are worried about switching resorts and not enjoying your vacation but I think it will be a much worse feeling to be out that much money when you could really use it. The moderate resorts are great! I would definitely switch if I could to save the money and look at cheaper dining options as well. You'll still have a great time!

allison443
04-29-2011, 06:43 AM
To start I just can't think anymore, I was laid off from my job on MOnday and with our trip a month away we want to still go but I was looking at cutting some corners. My husband wants to keep our WDW stay after the cruise, he states that is the only reason he is going on the trip. Right now we have a bay lake view at the CR, with there being 5 of us our resort options are limited. My ta mentioned that we could move to riverside, to be honest we have always avoided this due to the size of the resort and the fact even my 8 year old is as big as my 12 year old. She thinks we could save around 2000, which is major money when you look at my new unemployment, but I don't want to be in misery for 6 nights either. Should I just let be, or should we change? Please all opinions welcomed.

Why would you be in misery? Your kids are old enough to understand what's going on with your job....are they really going to complain about sleeping on a trundle bed on their disney vacation following a disney cruise? :confused: Also given their ages, are you going to be spending that much time in the room?
I would switch to Riverside in a heartbeat to save $2000 in your situation.

Good luck! Enjoy your trip whatever you decide, and I hope things work out for you! :)

Linda T.
04-29-2011, 06:47 AM
I am so sorry about your job! This family has been in the same situation and it is tough. I definitley would switch to POR and use the trundle bed. POR is a beautiful resort with a nice pool and a great food court. Also, you would be saving $2,000.

Shmily1
04-29-2011, 06:57 AM
I would definitely pick POR. We've stayed there several times and absolutely love it! There is so much to do, it is such a relaxing place, and the ride to DTD is wonderful!! It is DH's favorite resort. With you having all boys, I think they would love the pool and they might want to go fishing while there. If you do stay there, you would have more money for other things;)

bouncycat
04-29-2011, 01:51 PM
And with you having all boys, I'd second the cabin. You have bunkbeds and a double bed in the bedroom, and a double pull down murphy bed in the living room, so that gives you a tad bit of privacy. Still one bathroom, but also a full kitchen, and if you're driving, you can park your car right outside the cabin!! The boys will like being in the woods, and I just LOVE it there. That's our resort of choice, except for next month when there's 8 of us going, so we're staying in the Treehouses!

wdwfamilyinIL
04-29-2011, 03:32 PM
Well we ended up switching to POR, according to my ta we got the next to the last room for our dates, so it looks like a lot of people like it. The more I thought of it, I could use the 2000 so many other places, and the bottom line even if its in a tent I would rather be at disney. We have a pin for the dining plan so we will eat free, if we went with a value we lost that pin so we stayed with the mod. We checked two rooms at a mod, but that was almost the 2000 we were saving. I will have to check on the air mattress idea, that could really work. I need this time to get away, I have used my last paycheck/vacation pay out to pay up all by bills through June so hopefully something will happen...Never ever thought when I went to nursing school this would happen:confused3. I have applied two places on wed, so I am hoping since its only been two days that monday I might...just might get a phone call. I used to always say I was 2 paychecks away from living on the street as a joke, now I can't even say that...thanks for all the advice.

creativeamanda
04-29-2011, 03:37 PM
I think you made the right idea. My children all fight for the trundle at POR (ages 8, 10, 12). I wish you the best with finding a new job.

OThopeful35
04-29-2011, 03:57 PM
Well we ended up switching to POR, according to my ta we got the next to the last room for our dates, so it looks like a lot of people like it. The more I thought of it, I could use the 2000 so many other places, and the bottom line even if its in a tent I would rather be at disney. We have a pin for the dining plan so we will eat free, if we went with a value we lost that pin so we stayed with the mod. We checked two rooms at a mod, but that was almost the 2000 we were saving. I will have to check on the air mattress idea, that could really work. I need this time to get away, I have used my last paycheck/vacation pay out to pay up all by bills through June so hopefully something will happen...Never ever thought when I went to nursing school this would happen:confused3. I have applied two places on wed, so I am hoping since its only been two days that monday I might...just might get a phone call. I used to always say I was 2 paychecks away from living on the street as a joke, now I can't even say that...thanks for all the advice.

I am glad that you chose to go with POR, we loved it there last year. Sending pixie dust:wizard: for a great, new, fabulous, job!

Mamalisa58
04-29-2011, 09:01 PM
I would switch to POR & get a twin sized Aerobed. As you can see from my signature I have been out of work for close to 2 years. Enjoy your vacation with your family, you never know when you will get the opportunity again.[/SIZE]

ARAITHEL
04-29-2011, 09:12 PM
you will be happy at POR. We stayed there with 5 people last September, it was fine. My DDR, 10 stayed on the trundle. She's tall for her age and she was happy, there on the floor. You made a great choice. Call mousekeeping and try to get put in cabin 14 or 18, they are the closest to the main building.

SplashMo
04-30-2011, 12:29 AM
POR is awesome!

Very nice choice. I live taking the boat to DTD and getting a hot fudge sunday from Ghiradelli.

And I have checked it out (Thanks to tips on the DIS) and it is the cheapest 5 person in a room resort...

TRICKY_TINK
04-30-2011, 08:07 AM
I am one that would have no fun at all there if I know what a burden it was going to be when we got home. I would move to cheaper resort. If your DH says CR is why he's going, then my guess is 2k may not mean as much to your family as it would others, in that case I would go have fun and heres some pixie dust:wizard: for an awesome job waiting for you when you get back!

LSchrow
04-30-2011, 08:39 AM
Another excellent idea; you can lean it up against the wall when you leave the room.

fyi, some brand inflate and deflate in seconds so no need to even do that (we love the real aerobeds for that reason - they're also incredibly comfortable)

sunshineNJ
04-30-2011, 09:29 AM
We also have aerobeds at home. My kids say there more comfortable then there regular beds. Good luck in the job search!!

robinb
04-30-2011, 01:38 PM
My DD and her friend took tuns sleeping on the trundle at POR last year when they were both 10. It's plenty big for your average 12-year old or big 7-year old. I think your 12 & 7 year old will fight over it too! Kudos to your TA for the suggestion :).

lmillercrew
04-30-2011, 07:41 PM
You'll enjoy POR. It's a beautiful resort and the rooms are plenty big. I doubt that you'll be spending too much time in the room anyway, I'd be happy just to have a clean place to lay my head down at night. Sorry to hear about the job loss. We went through that last year when my DH, an attorney, lost his job. You're right when you said, you never thought that when you went to school that you would be in this position. Stay strong and have faith. It'll work itself out somehow. We had a pre-paid trip to Hawaii last summer and went with the notion that if we had to eat pb&j the whole trip, we would. We just needed the time away. You'll enjoy it.