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Old 10-06-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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If you were staying for two weeks...

If you were staying at Disney World for nearly two weeks would you stay in a regular room (probably moderate but maybe deluxe) and have a dining plan or would you stay in a Villa and sometimes eat in and sometimes go out?

I'm about to run numbers and I don't know which would be more cost effective but also considering things like space, getting tired of eating out, etc. Would probably try and rent points if I stayed in a Villa (I have never done this) and most likely stay in a studio or if a good deal then a 1-bedroom. However, there is some appeal to staying more inexpensively in a moderate or a discounted deluxe if I could get one...decisions, decisions...

Opinions? There will be 2 of us for part of the trip and 3 for part of the trip.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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I would try to rent points and stay in a villa. My choice would also be a 1 BR. Of course, I may be biased, we just bought into DVC this summer.

The advantages to the 1 BR besides more space are a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer right in the unit. So both cooking and laundry are much much easier In a 1 BR. Cooking would be very difficult with only the studio kitchenette (microwave, toaster, fridge &sink.). Both studio & 1BR would both have a single bed (king in 1 BR, queen in studio) and a pullout sleeper sofa. The one exception would be at OKW where the studios have 2qu beds. GL deciding.

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Old 10-06-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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We always stay at least two weeks in the summer. We stay at a deluxe resort and either get the ddp or use the TIW card (annual passes). Have fun deciding!

For me - I don't want to cook ANYTHING on vacation!
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
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I guess we wouldn't necessarily need the meal plan but a TIW card would work too since we would be eating out ALOT (we do have an AP). I guess I prefer the 1 bedroom villa but don't like the price. We are also vegetarians and I get tired of searching out food sometimes although I don't really enjoy cooking. Ack! How will I decide?!
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:31 PM   #5
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I guess we wouldn't necessarily need the meal plan but a TIW card would work too since we would be eating out ALOT (we do have an AP). I guess I prefer the 1 bedroom villa but don't like the price. We are also vegetarians and I get tired of searching out food sometimes although I don't really enjoy cooking. Ack! How will I decide?!
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Look into renting DVC points, save a bunch on that. Renting DVC gives you the option to add Dining Plan without the ticket purchase. Done this before and loved the option.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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I think that some studio rooms can be smaller than standard rooms, so I'd definitely get a 1 BR if you decide to rent points.

I also agree on the split stay. I think doing a week at an Epcot area resort and a week at an MK area resort like BLT or WL would be ideal. Different atmospheres, different things to do, different food options. We only go for a week long trip at a time, but by the end of that week, I hate Disney food. I'm somewhat of a picky eater and always end up eating the same things and I'm over it by the time we go home. That being said, I also would not want to cook or make things while on vacation either. At the very least, the split stay will give you different eating options that may combat the same foods over and over and also prevent you from having to cook on vacation
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:49 PM   #7
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Two weeks! Good for you!
If it were us I would consider another option ... a regular room with AP and TIW card. Seems like that may pay off, and more flexible, too. As they say, 'you'd have to run the numbers'.... I always love that!...As if you didn't know....hah!

I know it's complicated, but I sure hope you have a great stay!

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #8
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With special dietary needs, definitely do the 1 BR. Also get a grocery delivery so you have things to cook. Since you know you will be eating out quite a bit, also get an AP & TIW card. Oh, and don't forget to eat at Jiko, I hear they have a good vegetarian menu.

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:28 PM   #9
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We don't do a full 2 weeks, but do stay 10 days. By then I'm thoroughly thired of eating out. And thoroughly tired of the same room at the same resort.

Since you are staying 2 weeks and having a 3rd person for only part of the trip, have you considered a split stay? Doing a room (or studio) for the portion when there is just the 2 of you, and then moving to a 1 bedroom villa when your 3rd party arrives? It would be less expensive than a larger villa for the whole fortnight, you wouldn't have the same 4 walls staring at you, and you'd have the cooking facilities for part of the trip.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:54 PM   #10
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We don't do a full 2 weeks, but do stay 10 days. By then I'm thoroughly thired of eating out. And thoroughly tired of the same room at the same resort.

Since you are staying 2 weeks and having a 3rd person for only part of the trip, have you considered a split stay? Doing a room (or studio) for the portion when there is just the 2 of you, and then moving to a 1 bedroom villa when your 3rd party arrives? It would be less expensive than a larger villa for the whole fortnight, you wouldn't have the same 4 walls staring at you, and you'd have the cooking facilities for part of the trip.
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We stayed for 11 days and I could not WAIT for a plate of something home cooked. Eating out for 11 days, 3 meals a day.
I would split it up into two stays/2 different vacations. I would enjoy the eating out and sharing a room for the 2 of you for 1/2 the stay - then enjoy the extra space and cooking a few meals for the second.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:35 PM   #11
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I would do the villa and eat breakfast in the villa most mornings. I would do as many lunches and dinners out as I could afford, though.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #12
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I wouldnt want to prepare any meals while on vacation. I would pick a mod or a deluxe with a nice food court so I could grab something light or a good snack. The BWI,YC,BC have the worst choices for a CS place
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:05 PM   #13
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We own DVC. If you aren't going to spring for a 1 bedroom, I think I would lean toward a resort room with AP/TIW.

NO daily mousekeeping in a DVC studio.
May be complicated to do the dining plan with 2 and then 3 people. May have to split your ressie to do that.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #14
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it would really depend on how much money i had to spend - if i'm on a budget - i would get a mod - if i had a decent amount of money - i would stay in a villa or the cabins - so i would have the choice of eating in or out - of course - tiw - no dining plan - it's too much food
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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we do stay each year two weeks (be there 10/28-11/10) and we used to stay deluxe and then went down to moderates POR being a favorite and then tried all the all stars resorts and then to POP and love it there bus service the best of any property. we do not even want to make coffee on vacation let alone cook. is just part of it for us
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