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Old 01-03-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Is $766 Worth it to Stay at a Value?

With the new code Hubby and I can stay at ASMU for approx. $800 less (incl. QSDP/pref. room at both) than POR. Is it worth it? I stayed at ASMU about 10 years ago and haven't been back since..have they upgraded it at all? We have stayed at Moderates ever since so I have no comparison at this point.

Is there another Value that might be nicer than ASMU?

$800 is a lot of cash today but I just don't know if it's worth it...Please any and all opinions! Thanks
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:00 AM   #2
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I like the values. I think that all of the All Stars are about the same nice wise, but you'll probably get varying opinions on that.

I think it depends what is more important to you - would you rather have a bit more spending cash with fewer amenities (sit down restaraurant, boat to DTD), or would you prefer more amenities.

We're almost never in our room, so values are great for us. My kids love the themeing, but now that we are a family of 5 we're heading to POR. If I head back with just 4 or less at any point, I'll go right back to the value.

It's just your preference. If you're in the room/at the resort more, I'd go with the mod. If you're not going to be there at all, I'd go with the value.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:05 AM   #3
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We love POP. The resort is fun and bright. Totally worth it to us. That extra money saved could buy a lot of groceries or better yet, put it towards another Disney trip down the road. Good luck and have a great trip!
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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I personally don't see the point of paying more for a Mod (though I see the difference in a deluxe). The travel time doesn't seem to be any better for a Value vs Mod and I don't feel like I'm $800 more comfortable at a Mod.

However, depending on time of year Values can get loud and crowded so if you really want down time outside of your room when you get back to the hotel, maybe a Mod is better. I just want to be in my room on a bed watching TV before I fall asleep though.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:12 AM   #5
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I like the values. I think that all of the All Stars are about the same nice wise, but you'll probably get varying opinions on that.

I think it depends what is more important to you - would you rather have a bit more spending cash with fewer amenities (sit down restaraurant, boat to DTD), or would you prefer more amenities.

We're almost never in our room, so values are great for us. My kids love the themeing, but now that we are a family of 5 we're heading to POR. If I head back with just 4 or less at any point, I'll go right back to the value.

It's just your preference. If you're in the room/at the resort more, I'd go with the mod. If you're not going to be there at all, I'd go with the value.
I haven't read all the replies, but I agree with this. We stayed at Sports in June '11 and found it really clean and cute. {CLEAN is HUGE for me. Give me small and fresh over big and musty ANY day.} I haven't stayed at Music or Movies so I can't speak to them specifically but for the amount of time we spent in our rooms, it was great. I *think* the Sports rooms had been recently updated. We stayed in the building closest to the big pool and the lobby/restaurant (I think it's called Surf's Up). It was great to have such a short walk to everything but did get a little noisy at night.

My feeling is that if you're going to spend a lot of time in your room, splurge. But if you plan to be in the parks or DTD or at various ADR's, use the $800 somewhere else.

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We stayed at the Boardwalk Inn (deluxe - Club Level!) the year BEFORE staying at Sports, and I still found lots to like about Sports... but again, we basically slept there, rested there in the afternoon, swam in the pool a few times, and showered/dressed there. Otherwise our trip was all about exploring the rest of the World.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:16 AM   #6
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I'll go out on a limb here ... We once rode out a hurricane after it shut down Amtrak to get home after 9 nights at the Poly at a value resort...

It was Pop Century, not knowing how long the service from Amtrak would be... Lets say we were deluxe vacationers for 40+ trips and our first encounter with a value....

Big big difference if you are used to anything better... Never again and certainly not for a whole vacation... Mood and attitude was not to our liking, same for amenities...especially the mob stampede for the buses, no organization or compassion for others... Just a total bad experience all together. Cured us of staying value no matter how much resort time we chose to spend ..

When we travel 1100 miles for periods of 9-12 nights, we gladly pay for better amenities, atmosphere and adult decor... It's our vacation and we're entitled to spend alittle more to feel pampered. We do spend considerable amount of time at the resort and wan the experience pleasant with over the top adult theming. We like being under one roof, inside hallways and different means of getting around.... Be it as it may, it's your choice and pocketbook, but we'll always book deluxe....
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:24 AM   #7
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We literally just sleep there so I say save the money.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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For our family, no it's not. During a 10 day trip, we like to have 2 resort days. We feel we get more value by staying moderate after 4 value trips.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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I'll admit it- I'm frugal. DH just calls me cheap. But I would still spend the extra money for the mod. We've stayed at a value before and really, really, didn't enjoy the experience. We like to spend a bit of time at the resort, outside the room. The mods make this an enjoyable thing to do. The values- not so much. And I really don't like how cramped the value rooms feel.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:04 PM   #10
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Pretty sure ASMU has full size beds and POR has queens. Does that matter to you? How many nights are you staying?

Liked POP for the price few times I have stayed there, but I didn't have a mini fridge (refused to pay extra for it but that may be already incuded now), no in-room coffee maker, standing in the sun for the buses was really hot on one of the trips and then, no one shared a bed so the size was fine.

I also stopped paying extra for views at the moderates and values. I have paid extra for a king at CSR and enjoyed that very much. Unfortunately, the preferred room locations I have received have never wowed me. I admit I basically accept whatever room I am assigned. I've asked if that's the best available and usually am told yes. I'm just so happy to be there I let it go.

How often do you go? I go enough that room location is hit or miss for me.

Good luck on your decision!
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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Think aaarcher86 said it best. If you are going to spend hotel/resort time stay in the mods. If it's mostly park time save the money and stay value. There is a point where my family of four got a little too big for the value and we needed just that little extra sq footage so it was mods mostly or Cabins in FTW.
You also may want to check if anything big is happening.We stayed once at ASSports when cheerleading comp was in WDW. 6am hundreds of HS cheerleaders were out practicing We survived though. It's Disneyworld .Beats working !
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #12
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For us - yes. We stay at Value and use the $$$ otherwise. We're never at the room - only to sleep - anyway, so it's not worth it for us.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:50 PM   #13
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For us - yes. We stay at Value and use the $$$ otherwise. We're never at the room - only to sleep - anyway, so it's not worth it for us.
As with 99% of most people. I agree 110%
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:42 PM   #14
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What about if you do a split/stay? We have done this in the past. First 4 days at Sports and then 2 day at the AKL on days we weren't going to the parks and just relaxed.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #15
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I would stay value in a heartbeat for that savings. I have only stayed at French Quarter for moderates. there are hot tubs at the moderates and not the value but in the summertime I don't want to be in a hot tub anyway. The restraunts onsite don't seem to be a benefit to me because I want to eat in the park anyway. I do like the boat to Downtown Disney at French Quarter (this is actually why we stayed there twice) and the resort is quieter than the values, but the values have some great things that the moderates don't.

I think the value hotels are brighter/happier than the moderates. More Disney icons at the values. This appeals to kids more.

I honestly didn't notice that big of a difference in the room sizes even though I know they are bigger at the moderates. Didn't feel any bigger to me when we stayed at French Quarter.

And I actually prefer the bus services at the values. I like the chained off lines there so you don't feel like you are in the middle of a stampede where everyone is trying to get on the bus like it happens at the moderates. This is a big selling point for me for the value hotels. I hate waiting patiently for a bus at the moderate bus stops only to be left standing on the bus because a million people who arrived at the stop after me shoved their way to the bus opening when it got there. super annoying!

Pop century has the goofy splash area. I don't think the moderates have anything like that.
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