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Old 11-12-2012, 12:26 AM   #1
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So hard to choose where to stay

So I'm planning a trip to World in Dec. 2013. I'm between Art of Animation, Pop Century, and POFQ. Part of my trip crosses over with Pop Warner so I'm not sure how that experience will be at the values but its 500 dollars more for POFQ. I wish I could 3 times and stay at all 3! Any suggestions? Right now I'm leaning heavily towards AoA but if anyone has any advice I'd welcome it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Without details of your travel style, ages of travelers (or adults kids etc) etc its hard but IMHO, and only in IMYHO ...I would avoid values especially if its during a time you KNOW is heavy with groups...hoards of teems etc etc.....do you like sit down meals and fast food style, do you like lots of options or limited, will you enjoy 1 pool shared by masses or quiet pools or atleast a smaller resort of less people and only one pool...do you like opportunities to travel by boat and bus or just bus ?? Are you all about parks and not to interested in spending time in the resort or even DTD for that matter..
The great thing about Disney is that there ARE so many options...
I think its really important to get a good "fit" with a resort because it can seriously make or break a vacation..
I think that if you let us know about your likes and dislikes you may get better help....wherever you choose, I hope you LOVE it!
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:52 AM   #3
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Its likely just me (I just celebrated my 2nd 29th birthday) which is why the 500 dollar difference for POFQ is a bit off-putting. The Pop Warner kids come in near the end of my trip I think (planning Dec. 2nd-10th). I'm likely to be in the parks most of the time. I never got up so early because I wanted to as much as I did when I was at Disney. I was at the parks as much as I could be. We only left early the first day because I had a migraine (from traveling I think). Otherwise, I closed out a park pretty much ever day. I only used the pool once on my last trip and it was for about 10 minutes. Not because it was crowded but I was just tired and it was kind of cool out. DTD...based on my experience this past trip, I would go early in the week and not a Friday night! Yikes! Live and learn I guess! As for food, I don't eat a lot so mostly counter meals though there are a few sit down places I'd love to try. Via Napoli and the Sci-fi dine-in theater are 2 that I'm interested in trying. I haven't gotten a dining plan mostly because I can't justify the cost based on what I know I'll eat (pizza and fries. I don't need a desert or drink with every meal). If free dining pops up, well, no one turns down free food!

Sorry for the lack of info. I get too excited sometimes
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:23 AM   #4
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Like a1tinkfans said, I'd avoid the values too, but that's totally personal preference. I'm not a fan of all the kids and families and craziness of values. POFQ is our favorite resort. We've been staying there since I was a kid, and we love the quite, quaint, fun atmosphere. Being the smallest of the Disney resorts, it's always so much calmer than the other resorts! You're always close to the bus, pool, and food court, and we love having the boat to DTD. I find that the DTD buses are the least reliable so the boat is a lifesaver! I can understand the difficult decision with the price different, but for me, I'd go for it!
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:47 AM   #5
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I since you're traveling solo, I'd go with where your budget dictates. ESP since you plan on being on the parks from open to close, and you won't be at your resort much, you won't be bothered by the Pop Warner groups except possibly crowded busses. Are they at AoA? Have fun planning.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:39 AM   #6
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Keep in mind that in 2013, since Thanksgiving falls so late, Pop Warner will actually be the second full week of December based on historical data (12/7-12/14 presumably). This is what has happened every other year that Thanksgiving has fallen as late as it is 2013.

This year, the resorts are All Stars, CBR and CSR. It's almost always the All Stars, so I think all of your choices are safe. Only one I'd be concerned about is Pop. But, with AoA being new and POFQ being so small, I think either of those are safe bets.
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