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raven0855
05-02-2011, 09:25 PM
We are booked at POP for 4 nights in September. There are two families going. Our family paid for the preferred room but the other didnt. We have linked ressies and requested connecting rooms.

Do you have any thoughts on what will happen if one of us is in a standard and the other preferred?

Will we be put in different buildings?

We are planning on renting one fridge to share as we will both have infants on breast milk so we need a fridge. I dont want us to end up in separate buildings or far from each other.

Should I try to convince them to upgrade??

TIA!!!!

sscassel
05-02-2011, 09:28 PM
I would have then upgrade just for being closer to everythng. So much easier. I always get prefered when it's available. We couldn't get prefered in Dec. at CBR and it was HORRIBLE. Couldn't see a bus stop in site! Far from all.

rlovew
05-03-2011, 06:48 AM
If you have different room categories then you won't have conecting rooms. They could be very far across the resort from you or on the opposite side of the building if they are in a different category- it may also depend on any other requests either family makes.

clanmcculloch
05-03-2011, 07:47 AM
Either they should upgrade or you should downgrade. While CMs will do their best, there's a good chance you'll be in different buildings. If your rooms are even remotely close to each other then your room will be very close to the non-preferred area in which case you're kind of wasting your money on the upgrade anyway. If you can't convince them to upgrade and you don't want to pay yourself to upgrade them then you should downgrade yourself.

TheRustyScupper
05-03-2011, 09:41 AM
We have linked ressies and requested connecting rooms.
. . . oops

Do you have any thoughts on what will happen if one of us is in a standard and the other preferred?
. . . yes
. . . you won't get your request

Will we be put in different buildings?
. . . absolutely

We are planning on renting one fridge to share as we will both have infants on breast milk so we need a fridge.
. . . a lot of walking between buildings just for milk

I dont want us to end up in separate buildings or far from each other.
. . . can't be helped
. . . unless they downgrade you to Standard to meet your request

Should I try to convince them to upgrade??
. . . yup

kaligal
05-03-2011, 09:52 AM
No, you shouldn't try to tell your friends what they should spend their money on.

You can mention that you have decided to stay in a building that costs a little extra. If they say, "Hey, I want to do that, too!" then yippee. If not, leave it be.

If being near them is that important, change your room selection from "preferred" to whatever un-preferred is called (standard?) and request connecting rooms.

Sandi
05-03-2011, 02:42 PM
No, you shouldn't try to tell your friends what they should spend their money on.

You can mention that you have decided to stay in a building that costs a little extra. If they say, "Hey, I want to do that, too!" then yippee. If not, leave it be.

If being near them is that important, change your room selection from "preferred" to whatever un-preferred is called (standard?) and request connecting rooms.

This.

We've stayed at Pop several times in standard rooms. It's just not that far to walk to the bus stops or to the food court, pools or anything else. Pop's set up is nothing like CBR's -- we've stayed there, too, and it is extremely spread out.

jking6
05-03-2011, 03:54 PM
We were told when we called and added this to our upcoming ressies that we HAD to be in the same catagory or it would not be possible. lucky we were all preferred.

codimouse
05-03-2011, 03:59 PM
i have 2 rooms at Pop too for next month. 2 seperate reservations. they are linked but we had to stay in the same category. we chose standard for both. although they cannot guarantee an adjoining room for anyone they will put in the request and try their best when you check in.

mickey&minniealways
05-03-2011, 04:03 PM
Even if you have linked resservation you are not guarenteed connecting rooms. They won't even guarentee your preferred room. Even f they tell you it is guarenteed it is not. Until you get there and check in its a crap shoot. It all depends on how busy they are.

clanmcculloch
05-04-2011, 12:13 PM
I really don't see the problem with discussing upgrading with their friends. If they're close enough to share the cost of a fridge and to want connecting rooms then they should be close enough to at least discuss if their friends will upgrade or they will downgrade. Obviously they can't tell their friends that they have to upgrade, but what's wrong with having an open discussion about the subject? If they can't have a civilized discussion about something like this then should they really be having a big family vacation together.

A simple statement like "It's come to my attention that the only way we have a chance of our rooms being together is for both of us to be booked in the same room category. Here's the difference. <show a map> Do you want for me to change to a standard room or would you be interested in changing to a preferred room?" is civil and friendly and non-confrontational. What's wrong with this?

kaligal
05-04-2011, 12:44 PM
I really don't see the problem with discussing upgrading with their friends. If they're close enough to share the cost of a fridge and to want connecting rooms then they should be close enough to at least discuss if their friends will upgrade or they will downgrade. Obviously they can't tell their friends that they have to upgrade, but what's wrong with having an open discussion about the subject? If they can't have a civilized discussion about something like this then should they really be having a big family vacation together.

A simple statement like "It's come to my attention that the only way we have a chance of our rooms being together is for both of us to be booked in the same room category. Here's the difference. <show a map> Do you want for me to change to a standard room or would you be interested in changing to a preferred room?" is civil and friendly and non-confrontational. What's wrong with this?It is considered rude to put people in a position where they have to say, "I can't afford that."

The theory behind it is that people might be embarrassed having to admit that they can't afford something you can afford. Or they might spend money they don't have in order to avoid saying that (and don't think people don't!)

So, you aren't ever supposed to put people in the position of having to do that, as it 1. makes them uncomfortable and 2. is mean.

I'm not suggesting that you are mean!! Or the OP!! That is how we explain it to kids. Once you know, it would be mean to put someone in that position.

Also, it is never any of our business how other people are spending their money. Unless you are fundraising (where it gets touchy), you are not supposed to "try to convince" your friends to spend money on whatever it is you've decided you'd like them to spend it on.

clanmcculloch
05-04-2011, 02:48 PM
The person can easily respond that they prefer standard. Many people do and it has nothing to do with the price. I don't see it as necessarily trying to convince the person or even necessarily discussing money (seriously; lots of people say no to preferred with no thought of money).

I agree that it would be wrong to try to push your travel party to do things your way but stating the options and letting the person decide I just don't see as rude or making them uncomfortable. I would expect somebody travelling with me to respect me enough to bring options to my attention rather than make the decision for me. I guess it's a difference in personality types. Anybody I would consider travelling with would need to be as straightforward as I am or else I couldn't be travelling with them without great frustration in so many areas of the trip.

If the discussion has happened in the past then absolutely it would be wrong to bring it up again since the other group has already made an informed decision for themselves and OP should just downgrade. If they haven't actually had a conversation about room categories then I do think it would be best to show a map of the resort and explain the difference between preferred and standard and just let the other group decide which they'd prefer without any pressure.

raven0855
05-04-2011, 03:10 PM
Thanks everyone who posted. Im not sure where some of the post were coming from and felt them to put me off a bit which is sad because I was asking for help not to be flamed.

We talked to my sister who had basically put me in charge of planning. We ha originally requested 60s but I got worried with the new free dining we would never get it. I told her and age agreed to upgrade. We wanted to be in those buildings so we paid for it.

It really wasn't a big deal I just didn't know if there would be possible pixie dust if we left things the way they were. It's booked now and we are all set

Thanks for all the advice.

kaligal
05-04-2011, 03:35 PM
The person can easily respond that they prefer standard. Many people do and it has nothing to do with the price. I don't see it as necessarily trying to convince the person or even necessarily discussing money (seriously; lots of people say no to preferred with no thought of money).

I agree that it would be wrong to try to push your travel party to do things your way but stating the options and letting the person decide I just don't see as rude or making them uncomfortable. I would expect somebody travelling with me to respect me enough to bring options to my attention rather than make the decision for me. I guess it's a difference in personality types. Anybody I would consider travelling with would need to be as straightforward as I am or else I couldn't be travelling with them without great frustration in so many areas of the trip.

If the discussion has happened in the past then absolutely it would be wrong to bring it up again since the other group has already made an informed decision for themselves and OP should just downgrade. If they haven't actually had a conversation about room categories then I do think it would be best to show a map of the resort and explain the difference between preferred and standard and just let the other group decide which they'd prefer without any pressure.You asked why and I explained the reasons.

I'm not your mother and this is a free country. You are, of course, free to behave in any manner you choose! :)

Baltazar
05-04-2011, 03:39 PM
Just an FYI - Preferred rooms at Pop can get a bit noisy if they face a pool.

If it were me, I would downgrade, there is a slim chance you may be near each other but if you're at opposite ends, it could be a 15-20 minute trip for milk.

Also the fridges at Pop are only 1.5 cubic feet so not a lot of room for milk.
Downgrade to regular and get another fridge.

lisaisanurse
06-04-2011, 07:01 AM
All this to share a fridge? What if one group wants ton sleep in? :confused3