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NancyIL
01-07-2001, 11:27 AM
I've been hanging out on the Resort Board too long! When people start asking opinions about suites that cost $720 a night in January - I know I'm out of my league!

glo
01-07-2001, 11:41 AM
I know what you mean! And then they want to know why we don't promote those places. Maybe because we can't afford them or have better things to spend our money on! :D

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BethR
01-07-2001, 04:34 PM
...I tend not to venture too far from "home." It's scary out there! :D

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chells
01-07-2001, 06:42 PM
I don't think we're paying $700 for 12 nights - used priceline for the first time for this next trip (Feb.)

glo
01-07-2001, 06:50 PM
I love Priceline and swear by it! I got a good rate at the Dolphin for July and Dec of next year from the resort. But it all started for me last year when I got the Swan for $68 per night.I would be happy with the MOWC if I wanted to go down.

I use Priceline all the time for all our other trips!
Boston- Whyndam- $60 (Feb 2000)
Braintree MA- Candlewood Suites- $40 (Jan 2001)
Orlando- Swan -$69 (Aug (2000)
Car- Dollar- Lincoln $22 per day (Aug 2000)
Airfare- PVD _ MCO via delta $160 (Aug 2000)
Airfare BOS to MCO via Midway $150 ( July 2001)

not bad so far!

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Poohlovr
01-07-2001, 06:50 PM
I tend to flinch when I hear people rave about getting 250-300.00 night rates!
Wish I could,know I can't. I think I'll keep reading here.

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NancyIL
01-07-2001, 07:57 PM
Beth - I never should have strayed! I just got caught up in the Swan/Dolphin posts over there. (I'm a big fan of those resorts because of their excellent customer service and great discounts!)

Yes, frugal gal that I am - I should steer clear of discussions about overpriced hotel rooms on that OTHER board - LOL!

The Pluto People
01-08-2001, 04:10 AM
When I read about that suite costing $720 a night my first thought was that an additional family could vacation at WDW with all the extra $$$$ that family is spending. But I guess "that it what makes the world go round..." No pun intended! ;)

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NancyIL
01-08-2001, 04:43 AM
The "suite family" will have spent almost $5600 on 7 nights' hotel. My family of 5 spent about $5600 on a 3-WEEK trip to Europe in Oct./Nov.! (Thanks to Rick Steves' books, frequent-flyer miles, and Marriott Rewards points for a free hotel in London for the first week.)

mar3990
01-08-2001, 09:12 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who cannot believe the prices some people pay. We always go to the Contemporary for one last monorail ride, lunch and to visit the fantastic game room before we head to the airport. While we love visiting this hotel and going to Chef Mickey's we couldn't afford to stay there with a family of six. I went up to the front desk while waiting for my kids and was quoted $350 for a room and told I would have to get two for six of us. As I sat on the couch still waiting I saw family after family checking in and just wondered what kind of jobs they must have. Oh well, I'm happy with HIFS or the like and thankful we are able to go on many disney vacations.

dmslush
01-08-2001, 09:25 AM
I missed that post over there, but I can't belive that they are going to pay that much. Where are they staying? I love all of the boards here, but I feel like a "poor" person over there because the best that we can afford is the All Stars. A lot of them seem to refuse to stay at the allstars, and here I was thrilled to find somewhere on site that I could afford LOL! :D

NancyIL
01-08-2001, 12:00 PM
The thread that prompted my comments here can be found at: http://wdwinfo.infopop.net/OpenTopic/page?q=Y&a=tpc&s=40009993&f=15009194&m=601096316

TWIRLYWIG
01-08-2001, 02:46 PM
I guess people just have different priorities. I don't have that kind of money either, but if I did, I still wouldn't pay that price for a room. So, why feel poor?

Twirlywig

singitalto
01-08-2001, 04:30 PM
I agree with the last post. Even if I had the money to spend $720 a night on a room, I wouldn't! I've found ways to get deluxe and pay for value(renting points for example) I always thought the way you keep your money is to be thrify with it! It's all priorities, I could go on a vacation and spend $5,000 just for the hotel for the week, or I could go on 5 vacations and spend $1,000 each time. With these boards, you can really get your money's worth!!! I love you guys!!! :D

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robinb
01-08-2001, 05:01 PM
Well ... if they can afford it, then why not?

How many times have you been asked "Are you going to Walt Disney World again?" Some folks don't understand about going to WDW and others do not understand about spending $$ to be comfortable. Personally, I wouldn't stay in an All-Stars resort unless I really had to. Mostly because I am spolied by staying in 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom vacation homes at BWV and OKW.

I hope you'll still let me hang out here in the Budget Board :).


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BethR
01-08-2001, 05:07 PM
For some people, staying on budget means refilling water bottles at drinking fountains. For OTHERS it is drinking American bottled water! :D It all depends on your perspective. :D
No matter WHERE you fit in, EVERYONE is welcome on the Budget Board! :)
So where do YOU fit in, Everyone?

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Kaa
01-08-2001, 05:23 PM
Even those people who spend $700+ per night for a resort room visit this board to find a way to pay less with the Disney Club or Annual Pass Holder discounts. I can't count the number of times I have seen someone asking about these and other specials for concierge level or suites at the deluxe resorts. I guess it just depends on your definition of Budget!

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Robinrs
01-08-2001, 06:17 PM
Nancy, I emailed you about this...LOL!

I think if Disney thought they could not get people to pay these prices they would not offer them. They know how to get loyalty from these people by offering what people what they want, but that "want" has the price tag of life attached to it.

It's why Lincoln Towncars and Mercedes Benz sells as well as Hyundai's and Kias... :rolleyes:

Frankly I have been in the position to spend whatever I'd like for a vacation but I have a child and priorities. I like to visit WDW regularly so if I spent my year's allotment on one trip that would limit me. Thank God for this board. They've saved me tons of money!

I spent 6 years not taking any vacations so now that I can I go as much as possible. That means finding deals. And like mar3990, since I've found the HIFS I know I can go and be happy as much as I like!

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TWIRLYWIG
01-08-2001, 07:13 PM
Honestly, I'm a bargain junky. I re-e-e-e-e-aly enjoy finding the best buck for my dollar. What a WONDERFUL high!!! For me that's the funnest part of a vacation. What would I do without you guys?

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jgates
01-08-2001, 07:24 PM
I am going to bet she is trying to make this special for the child with all the surgeries. Unless the money isn't an object to them, she should realize that the child will be so fascinated with Disney that the motel will be the furthest thing from his/her mind.

We had a fight about staying at the Polynesian in Wis Dells last weekend for a hockey tourney for $95 a nite. Mommy won and we stayed at the Comfort Inn in Reedsburg for $49.50 (continental breakfast included!). Guess what? DD was happier at the Comfort Inn cause all of her friends were there. She is now content to wait for the Poly until my budget allows it.

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NancyIL
01-08-2001, 07:51 PM
Getting a great bargain is like - the thrill of the hunt! It's getting a $200+ room at the Marriott Orlando World Center for $48/night through Priceline. Or a "buy-one-night-get-one-night-free" at the Holiday Inn Family Suites. I'm not talking about cheap quality, but good quality at bargain prices. Finally - there's great contentment after the fact, because the budget hasn't been overextended to the point of indebtedness.

JACKIE042
01-08-2001, 08:15 PM
IT'S QUITE OBVIOUS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT DOING THERE HOMEWORK. NOT ALL SUITES GOES FOR $700 A NIGHT. IF YOU HAVE A LARGE FAMILY, THERE IS NO HARM IN CONSIDERING A ROOM LARGER THAN THE STANDARD.

CORONADO HAS A SUITE THAT HOLDS 6 FOR $348.00 A NIGHT AND THIS IS WITHOUT THE ANNUAL PASS RATE. WITH AN ANNUAL PASS DISCOUNT, YOU WOULD HOPE IT WOULD BE CONSIDERABLY LOWER.

THE WILDERNESS LODGE/JR SUITE GOES FOR $430.00 WITHOUT THE ANNUAL PASS RATE.HOPEFULLY THE DISCOUNT WOULD BRING IT MUCH LOWERE. BOTH RATES ARE FOR APRIL.

WE'VE DONE THE 2 ROOM THING BUT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING THE ENTIRE FAMILY TOGETHER.

BambiTamby
01-08-2001, 08:33 PM
<font face="Comic Sans MS">The ONLY way we can afford to go to WDW is discounts and budgeting!!

I look at it this way...I have X amount of vacation dollars we spend.
(The average person spends 10% of his income on recreation!)
Then...with reward points of every kind,
I go hunting for the best deals and when I find them I share with others!!!

I am so glad that I found this board last summer!
Saved at least $70 on rental car and I got the
courage to do a priceline "try" and scored the
MOWC for under $60!!!
I immediately cancelled my YC Fall Fantasy ressies!!!

I do love staying at the WDW resorts,
but there ARE ways to get great deals!!!

Currently....I'm waiting for the Summer Poly specials or AP rates for July!!!

Meanwhile...this IS the place to be to learn and share with others on how to go to WDW
on a budget !!!http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/hearts.gif

Even if I did have the money....$700 per night for lodging still doesn't add up on my calculator!
JMHO.....

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dmslush
01-08-2001, 09:00 PM
I agree bambi, without doing the different rewards programs and such, we would never be able to afford even the cheapest of trips. I grew up POOR, and I mean POOR!! And I have never been on a vacation. The closest that I ever came to a vacation was one and half weeks on an army base when I was in JROTC.. now how pathetic is that?? :rolleyes: There I was, doing push ups in the mud and it was a vacation to me because I had crossed the state line ;)

And I guess growing up with so little, I have always been very tight with what money I had. This may sound stupid, but planning this trip is almost scary to me because I have never ever spent this kind of money. I have never paid $600 a week for a hotel! I have never paid over $200 for a ticket. I have never ever done anything like this and I keep worrying that I after this trip is over something will happen and I will need the cash that we have spent!! Like I said, I'm pathetic :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

BambiTamby
01-09-2001, 05:26 AM
<font face="Comic Sans MS">No! Don't say that dmslush!!!

I grew up very POOR also!!!
My parents married when they were 16 and 15!
I remember dad struggling with a construction job, school (he went on to get an engineering degree), AND managing a RANCH!!!

I knew SOOOO many friends and relatives who would
"gloat" around us about going to Disneyland!!!

I also remember about 9 years ago,
I was a single parent.....
one day I stopped by my cousin's job (travel agent)
and was waiting to pick up tickets for my father.
Meanwhile, I looked thru all these wonderful WDW
brochures and told my little DS that one of these
days I would take him there!
She just laughed and said, "You! YOU can't go there!!! It's WAYYYYY to expensive for you and your family!!!!"

14 trips later....I hope she's enjoying her "crow" !!!! ;)

My motto....NOTHING is impossible to a WILLING heart!

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dmslush
01-09-2001, 11:32 AM
LOL Bambi, I have a few neighbors that will be sharing that crow!! About 75% of our trip is coming from the different rewards programs that I do. The only people that know that I am on the computer all of the time is because I am doing all of this stuff for a disney trip is my immediate family. I've not told anyone else because the trip is going to be my daughter's birthday present, and I don't want anyone to ruin it!!

All of my neighbors think I am insane for being on the internet so much.. I wonder if they will feel the same when they find out how much I saved on this trip!! :D :D

glo
01-09-2001, 04:36 PM
I am happy to have company likeyou guys! Even if I had tons of money, I just can't see myself blowing it on things I really don't want!

I have gone to Disney 15 times, and only the last three were on-site. I just can't see spending thousands on a hotel room. I guess what is most important to me is seeing my kids there. The wonder in their eyes, and sharing my love of the place.

I can't say I don't like staying sompeplace nice, but not at an exhorbarant price! I guess that is why I love the S/D so much. I feel like a queen there and still can afford it at the teacher rate!

That with all the rewards programs! Makes it a luxury vacation at a fraction of the price!

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Bella331
01-09-2001, 05:53 PM
I want so badly to stay at DW but going with 4 kids it's impossible, we'd need two rooms or a 2 br. Now I have to deal with the condo by Universal with a 1 1/2 promo thing to sit through. I just don't see the Magic there. They don't even sell hopper passes to Disney, Just universal...
I with I found this board 2 months ago I would have saved a bunch of money with all the advice and planning tips here.
I can still cancel our ressies at the condo if I can figure out how to buy these points.

Thanx for letting me vent
Bell

wmears13
01-10-2001, 06:58 PM
She would stop just inside the doors at Wally world and sniff to see where the clearance racks were-the thrill of the hunt.
Grew up 'frugally', but it paid off. My parents were able to retire VERY comfortably-Thank God.
Even if we had the money, still could not blow it on a vacation. I would feel guilt knowing how much good that money could do elsewhere.
Besides, gotta take the 'save a buck' challenge! :D :D :D :D

robinb
01-10-2001, 08:38 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I can still cancel our ressies at the condo if I can figure out how to buy these points.[/quote]

Do you mean DVC points?

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Lucky4me
01-11-2001, 03:57 PM
It depends on HOW much money I had. If I had millions yes, I would gladly spend $700 a night and not give it a thought. Since I don't, and probably never will, I will always be a bargain Betty! I do like staying at really nice places for really cheap prices. Keeping your eyes open on these boards is the trick.

Last month we stayed in a three bedroom vacation home. $400 for the whole week. (Bought from someone on these boards) Full size car for $120 from National (Thanks to Gail Hayden for giving me the heads up) $130 airfare from NY (Priceline) and several restaurant Gift Certificates from various websites. Oh yes, I also purchased park tickets from The Disney Store during that promotion where you got free GCs for merchandise. I ended up with $200 worth of Christmas presents. (Saw that here on the budget board) All in all the trip cost including food, well under $2000.

If I can duplicate the same thing for next year, we'll be going again. Where theres a will theres a way!

Bella331
01-11-2001, 05:06 PM
Robinb I will check out that site. This trip is costing us $5,000 for a week and we're not staying onsite. That just kills me. I want to find a deal for the 6 of us onsite for 2/17 to 2/25 My kids would love me forever. LOL I hope they do anyway.
This was a Christmas present for them. I got it together in 2 months. I guess thats why I didn't get any deal, my own fault I guess.

Aaron42
03-11-2001, 05:57 AM
Just for fun, I thought I'd put a post on the DVC board to ask what the true cost of a DVC membership was.

Caused quite a commotion. Check it out here. (http://wdwinfo.infopop.net/OpenTopic/page?q=Y&a=tpc&s=40009993&f=14009194&m=3980908211)

Just coming back from Disney with my gf, I spent only about US$600-700 total for an amazing 10-day vacation:
Hotel: $18/nite (Rosen Center, almost a 4-star)
Car rental: $18/day (Priceline)
7-day park hopper plus Passes: $228 each (CAA member price)
Plane fare: $65 each way (Southwest online)
Food: $150 (buffet breakfasts, plus grocery food and the occ. nice dinner)

I think I definitely should stick to the budget board. $700 per night, just for the hotel room?!? Not me - I think one can get a great vacation just by spending wisely and looking out for sales.

Mouser
03-11-2001, 08:23 AM
Even if I had the money to spend $720 a night I doubt that I would, not when I could find something cheaper....we spend little or no time out of the parks at all...I am a park fanatic and feel that is where my time is best spent since I have paid admission to see the parks for the day. I would rather spend less on a vacation and visit the parks more often (once a year for us now) than have a more expensive vacation every other year or so...

This Budget board is great and offers so much helpful info..no reason you cannot go to WDW on a budget and have a great time. :) :) :)

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Disney-Kim
03-11-2001, 05:48 PM
If I was really loaded...sure I would spend that kind of money for the honeymoon suite at GF.but since I am not ....I do what I can.
I have to say that I am in awe of any family that can afford WDW. We are a couple, no kids, early 30's. we do good. but every time we are on vacation I only try to imagine what it would cost us if we had kids to pay for too.

so heres to everyone who makes it to wdw with a family.
when my DH is CEO of the company I will be the first to stay in that $700 room. :D :D

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jgates
03-11-2001, 07:03 PM
I love the magic of the Rewards Programs. We stayed for 7 nites @ Courtyard DD for $65 out of pocket. One of our 5 day hoppers was free thanks to at the time, pointclick. (I was one of the last lucky few). Gas Cards for driving. Investigated good rates & stayed at the Marriott Ren @ St Augustine for 2 nites for about $160 (that was our pampering time). By using my Marriott Rewards card, I received enough points to earn a free night from Marriott's program. We used food certificates constantly on the way down and back.

I would say, after spending a fortune on souv's, we spent about $2200 for a 16 day vacation including 5 days at Disney & 2 golf clubs at Bass Pro Shops. All in all I was very pleased.

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Boardwalktime
03-11-2001, 08:43 PM
Interesting thread. I look for value over price. If I am getting a great value, even if the cost is high, that is a great deal. I am all over the priceline issues and saving money at Walmart, but, if I can stay in a room that sells for 6 or 7 hundred a night, why not. I am a DVC member, and I stay at the Boardwalk. We usually go to Disney for about 3 weeks every other year. My nights in a two bedroom 5 star unit cost me about $150 to $200 per night depending on the season. For me, I would rather pay that price to keep the magic alive 24 hours a day, instead of having to put all of the kids into a car, heading out to HY 191, and getting into the $39. a night hotel. There is nothing wrong with that hotel, its by no means beneath me, its just my choice. Mostly, I am tired of sleeping on the floor on an air matress !!!

my 2 cents :)

Lucky4me
03-12-2001, 02:47 AM
2nd reply on this post, is that allowed? ;)

Personally I like paying $50 a night for a $200 night hotel. There are ways of doing this and with a little effort you can have a 4* vacation on a 1* budget!

Someone mentioned about not going on elaborate vacations when they were kids. We went camping a few times when I was 8-13. I think in my generation (I'm 40) that was about it for most of us. I knew of only one kid in my neighborhood who was lucky enough to go to WDW. Most parents didn't go on big vacations until the kids were all up and out.

Today, living in the same suburban setting as my parents, almost everyone has gone to WDW at least once. Almost everyone goes on a yearly vacation of some kind. I think there is a different mindset about vacations today. Like its a neccessity rather than a luxury.

I also believe there is a crisis in this country with personal credit card debt. People will go on those vacations even if it means slapping 3 thousand or more on the visa and paying it off later. For most later never comes and they're sending in the minimum payment for years on end.

I refuse to do this. I love my vacations but will never go into debt to go on one. I have a comfortable life, a savings account and a nice retirement building. I could spend that $700 a night if I really wanted (on credit) but its much more satisfying not to. I don't cringe when I see other people paying through the nose, I just hope that they're wealthy enough to be paying cash for it and not vacationing on their future..

[This message was edited by Lucky4me on 03-12-01 at 06:56 AM.]

disneycampingdad
03-12-2001, 08:57 AM
Please keep in mind:

The ability to pay for something is not the ability to afford it.....

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The Pluto People
03-12-2001, 09:03 AM
Wow! I agree 100%. Great post! :D

lmmmdtmlem
03-12-2001, 09:09 AM
Hi, just wondering what a CAA rate is? Hope I'm not being too rude by asking. Thanks!

Julie

momzilla59
03-12-2001, 10:41 AM
Would I pay $700 a night for a hotel room? If I could afford it, why not? Of course you may have to put off buying that 3rd Lexus....
I tell you if I win the lottery I'm staying at the GF with the Grand plan and concierge service and all!
This trip, however, is at the budget level...$39 a night offsite, and if it hadn't been for posts here I Never would have gotten the courage to try Priceline ($225 RT on United).
We love to stay onsite, but the prices...*sigh*. I chose length of stay over location, otherwise our 18 day trip would have been considerably shorter. I love this board!

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Sharmaine
03-12-2001, 11:19 AM
Some of those resort board people can easily afford their $700/night vacations out of pocket change, but some will be paying for their vacations for years and eating Kraft Dinner. People are happy to discuss what they are paying for, but not usually how they are paying for it. I wouldn't bother comparing myself in terms of wealth/lack of it to people on any of these boards, because all of the really good details are missing.

I'm sure there are people spending $1000CDN/night who are poorer than me, and others who think $1000/wk is over the top and can buy and sell me. I KNOW its true with cars, sure its true with vacations too.

mikesmom
03-12-2001, 01:05 PM
Ten years ago I was a single mom, newly divorced and getting to the world on a VERY tight budget. I spent enormous amounts of time and energy getting the best deal. Then, I had more time than money.

Fast forward 10 years, I have my own little consulting business, I'm remarried, things are going well - I'm not rich but things are OK. BUT, because I consult, my time is often worth MORE than my money. If I spend two days getting a $500 discount, believe me I lost more than $500 in fees. I will be ahead more money if I book the higher priced room, rent a car (again, a timesaver) and get back to work. Now I'm not SILLY about it. I wouldn't do $700 for a room, but I can understand for a suite, especially if this a very important vacation.

I didn't feel poor back then, and I don't feel particularly rich now.

It's all in what works for you.

Aaron42
03-15-2001, 10:27 AM
Going thru CAA, we ended up paying about CDN$700 for 2 7-day Park Hopper Plus passes.
(approx US$450-460.)