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Old 10-09-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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Worth $426 extra to upgrade to a moderate?

We have always stayed at the All Stars, and are using the free dining promo again. We want to use the regular dining plan, so we'd have to pay to upgrade from the free counter service at the All Stars. If we go to a moderate, the regular plan is free, but we'd have to pay more for the room. I'm trying to convince DH to stay for 12 nights , since we'll be going in Aug instead of our usual Sept (more crowds & heat = more downtime). It would be 426 more to stay at POR or CB than AS Movies. Thing is, we're not pool people, so that is not a perk for us. Neither is the TS at the resort, since we already have enough "must do" TS to cover all our credits. Would you still choose the moderate for the extra money?
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Add up all your "must do" TS meals and see if it comes out equal or more than the upgrade. That's how I would decide. Personally, I love POR. Love to walk around after dinner and enjoy the peace and quiet. We also enjoy the boat ride to DTD.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Add up all your "must do" TS meals and see if it comes out equal or more than the upgrade. That's how I would decide.
I agree with this!

I think you will really enjoy the moderate; the atmosphere seems to be totally different from the All Star resorts from what I've seen online. May be a nice change of pace!
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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Last year we did free dining. We had originally booked in a moderate, but then after we crunched the numbers, we ended up downgrading our resort to POP, but then UPgrading the dining to the DELUXE DP (last year that was 3 TS and 2 snacks per day).

We had a phenomenal trip with tons of character meals. It was also great to be able to have a leisurely lunch in an air conditioned TS every day which served as a break from the heat and crowds. This may be better than a pool break, which you said you really aren't into.

The only thing we would have done differently is to rent a (cheap!) car so we could more conveniently visit other resorts. It was hard to take advantage of TS breakfast when relying on Disney transportation.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:48 PM   #5
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The 426 difference includes the TS upgrade at AS Movies

My numbers already include the upgrade cost to the regular DP at AS Movies, and we chose a TS dinner for each night of the trip. I would love to upgrade to DXDP (as we have done the past few trips), but with DD10 now being charged at the adult price, the cost outweighs the benefits. I don't think we'd ever do the CS dining plan, so I'm not even considering that option. The 426 difference is to stay at POR instead of AS Movies, with everything else being equal- we'd have the reg DP plan at either. The way I figure it, staying at POR would cost about 35.48 more per night, but I'm not quite sure if it's worth it, since we wouldn't take advantage of the pool or the TS location in the resort.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:59 PM   #6
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I would do it. We are not big pool people either because we have one at home and the kids had rather spend their time in the parks. The thing for me is the resort its self. I love riverside because of the theme, the boat to DTD and the location. The value resorts afe fine too but if i had my way i would stay at a mod. If I broke it down to just $36 or so dollars a night then there is no question where we would be staying. It's worth every penny to me, but either way you will have a great vacation!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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Do the upgrade if you can afford it
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:03 PM   #8
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Hi, we upgraded to cbr this past August with the free dining. For us, we spent such little time at the resort that it was totally not worth it. We will be heading to one of the all stars or pop next time
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:51 PM   #9
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We have always stayed at the All Stars, and are using the free dining promo again. We want to use the regular dining plan, so we'd have to pay to upgrade from the free counter service at the All Stars. If we go to a moderate, the regular plan is free, but we'd have to pay more for the room. I'm trying to convince DH to stay for 12 nights , since we'll be going in Aug instead of our usual Sept (more crowds & heat = more downtime). It would be 426 more to stay at POR or CB than AS Movies. Thing is, we're not pool people, so that is not a perk for us. Neither is the TS at the resort, since we already have enough "must do" TS to cover all our credits. Would you still choose the moderate for the extra money?
TBH, it doesn't sound as if you would take advantage of the things that make a moderate resort more appealing than a value resort for most people. Unless you find the queen size beds to be worth the price difference? But if it were me, I would upgrade to the moderate because I like the theming around the pools, even if I don't go in. And I like having a TS restaurant on the resort property, in case I decide to stay put rather than head out to dinner in the evening. Plus, I enjoy having that little bit of extra space and the separator between the bathroom sinks and the bedroom area.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:59 AM   #10
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We also "upgraded" to CBR. I will not do it again. We just don't spend time at the resort to make it useful & what we do like about the values, was just not at CBR. We HATED where the food court was located & how it was laid out. MUCH, MUCH more convenient at values
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:50 PM   #11
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We have always stayed at the All Stars, and are using the free dining promo again. We want to use the regular dining plan, so we'd have to pay to upgrade from the free counter service at the All Stars. If we go to a moderate, the regular plan is free, but we'd have to pay more for the room. I'm trying to convince DH to stay for 12 nights , since we'll be going in Aug instead of our usual Sept (more crowds & heat = more downtime). It would be 426 more to stay at POR or CB than AS Movies. Thing is, we're not pool people, so that is not a perk for us. Neither is the TS at the resort, since we already have enough "must do" TS to cover all our credits. Would you still choose the moderate for the extra money?
I would definitely pick POR over AS Movies any day. Especially for the length of time that you plan.

My favorite moderate is Dixie Landings/Riverside. Not only are the rooms larger and decorated nicer there is more to do there. There are sit down restaurants in addition to the food court. The pool is much nicer if you do decide to use it. There is a lounge area too.

You can also take a boat to DTD.

People claim that they don't spend much time in their rooms or at a resort to justify the upgrade--Maybe if they had a nicer place to stay then maybe they would spend more time there.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:18 PM   #12
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I would definitely pick POR over AS Movies any day. Especially for the length of time that you plan.

My favorite moderate is Dixie Landings/Riverside. Not only are the rooms larger and decorated nicer there is more to do there. There are sit down restaurants in addition to the food court. The pool is much nicer if you do decide to use it. There is a lounge area too.

You can also take a boat to DTD.

People claim that they don't spend much time in their rooms or at a resort to justify the upgrade--Maybe if they had a nicer place to stay then maybe they would spend more time there.
I have stayed at at Poly, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Bay Lake Tower, Dolphin, Caribbean Beach, and POP. Not once did I go in the pool. Not once did I spend much time in my room. Not once did I have the time to explore the hotel and rarely did I eat in their restaurants. I think my rooms at the deluxes and the deluxe villas have been very nice. Yet, I did not spend much time there.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:50 PM   #13
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I have stayed at at Poly, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Bay Lake Tower, Dolphin, Caribbean Beach, and POP. Not once did I go in the pool. Not once did I spend much time in my room. Not once did I have the time to explore the hotel and rarely did I eat in their restaurants. I think my rooms at the deluxes and the deluxe villas have been very nice. Yet, I did not spend much time there.
How come?
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:58 PM   #15
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If it were me, I would stay with Value. We recently stayed at CSR and will never go back. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful place, but for us it was too far to go to fill our drinks, bus trips were longer because we had to go to each stop, and ultimately we were rarely even there. Room sizes were pretty much the same. Almost all our time is spent in the parks. For us it didn't add up... We missed POP and will stay with there from now on. If you are not really resort people, I would suggest staying with All-Star. If you do spend a lot of time there, go Moderate. Best Wishes and I hope you have the most magical time!
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