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Old 01-14-2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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Is it just me....

Is it just me or is the pricing to stay on property getting crazy?? Even with 30% off to the general public is nuts!! Discounted price to stay at Animal Kingdom is over $300 a night, really and a moderate is nearly $200.00 a night! They are making it very hard for a family too take a vacation there. Any thoughts....
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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It's definitely not cheap, but it's not in "nuts" territory to me and my family yet. We've never gone without a discount of some kind so we've never paid full rack rate. We also stay at the least expensive resort we can which for us is POR because we're a family of five. For us price increases simply mean a longer time between trips because it takes longer for us to save for it. We stayed off-site once and hated it, so if we're going to go, we're going to stay on property.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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We are with you totally. I remember paying $69 at ASMO, and cant't believe how fast it DOUBLED!!! Now we are 5, so POR is our cheapest option and we are paying over $200 per night. We were always the "we will NEVER stay offsite" people. But have to say after working the budget for this trip....we are sitting on the tipping point to stay offsite. Think I would rather stay offsite than have to trim days off our vacation, or even try someplace else
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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If you can be flexible with your travel dates it does help a lot! POR has rates as low as $162 a night, depending on the time of year. And the All Stars do still go as low as $85 a night. Not bad at all!
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:09 PM   #5
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I go in the off season, so the prices really aren't nuts to me at all. We typically try and keep our hotel choices between $100 - $150 when we travel and the values are less than that at Disney. The moderates are right in that range most of the time (or slightly above).

I personally wouldn't pay the price of a deluxe, but it's just because I can't justify the cost for the time we spend in the room. I don't have an opinion on them though since I've never experienced them.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:14 PM   #6
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Yep, I'm with you, I think it is nuts. We have never stayed at the value resorts before, but that is what we're doing this time. I don't mind doing it for a change and we're looking forward to doing something different.

However, when I get on the website and see $400-$500 a night for the Deluxe Resorts, I have to wonder what on earth makes it worth that much money. Don't get me wrong , I know there are folks that love the deluxe resorts and don't mind paying for them. As long as those rooms are full the prices will stay high or get higher.

Our three kids are grown so we need 2 rooms for the 5 of us these days. We skip the parks with EMH, so that perk doesn't do anything for me. We don't charge things or have them delivered to our room... so that isn't worthwhile for us either.

Essentially, we stay on-site to use the Disney buses and some times Magical Express. It is nice for the parents and three grown kids to be able to bus back and forth when and where we want. When some of us wear out, the others can keep going if they want to.

I like the Mods, will be okay in the values, but I although I could pay for the deluxe... I just won't do it. I use the PIN or discount to get a break, but even so I think the prices of the moderate resorts are not nearly as reasonable as they were a couple of years ago.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #7
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Took my wife and 2yo dd this past september and the prices of everything were really bothering me. I've gone to Disney alot so it really sucks to think i won't be able to take my daughter in the future as they continue to gouge you for everything. remember we are only a few months away from their annual because we can price increase
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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Yes. We can't afford it. So we stay off-site and really love it. Tons of space, beautiful resort, separate bedroom for the kids, washer & dryer. And we like the flexibility of having a car and not relying in the buses.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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Yes. We can't afford it. So we stay off-site and really love it. Tons of space, beautiful resort, separate bedroom for the kids, washer & dryer. And we like the flexibility of having a car and not relying in the buses.
I think this is a very good option if you want a deluxe type resort at a reasonable price. Disney has there value and moderate resorts that are priced ok, but not what a lot of people are looking for in terms of amenities and room size. If the day comes when we can't afford a Disney deluxe. I would definitely explore the offsite options. The Waldorf cost less than the BC with 40% off.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #10
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Yes. We can't afford it. So we stay off-site and really love it. Tons of space, beautiful resort, separate bedroom for the kids, washer & dryer. And we like the flexibility of having a car and not relying in the buses.
As an AP holder, I go to WDW 4-6 times a year. I love WDW but for the first time we stayed offsite this past Oct/Nov. I always swore I would never stay offsite. However, we loved it so much, we have decided all of our trips will be offsite from now on. I came straight back and booked a one bedroom villa at Bonnet Creek for my upcoming May trip. I normally stay at the moderates, but if I can get a one bedroom villa with a fully equipped kitchen cheaper than I could even a value room (much less my preferred moderate) why wouldn't I. Even with the discounts Disney is offering now, my current reservation for a one bedroom at Bonnet Creek is still cheaper. I think Disney has finally ran us to offsite. I prefer having a rental car to using Disney's crowded buses and have an AP, so don't have to pay for parking. We can get better, but cheaper meals right offsite. With Disney's increasing prices for room and meals, staying onsite has lost it's appeal. I don't agree with the poster who says his 2 y/o daughter is going to stay 2 y/o for the next two years. Cheating Disney is wrong and is not the answer. Those of us that think Disney prices are too high need to speak out by spending our resort dollars and meal dollars elsewhere. Maybe then Disney will lower their prices.

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:02 PM   #11
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As an AP holder, I go to WDW 4-6 times a year. I love WDW but for the first time we stayed offsite this past Oct/Nov. I always swore I would never stay offsite. However, we loved it so much, we have decided all of our trips will be offsite from now on. I came straight back and booked a one bedroom villa at Bonnet Creek for my upcoming May trip. I normally stay at the moderates, but if I can get a one bedroom villa with a fully equipped kitchen cheaper than I could even a value room (much less my preferred moderate) why wouldn't I. Even with the discounts Disney is offering now, my current reservation for a one bedroom at Bonnet Creek is still cheaper. I think Disney has finally ran us to offsite. I prefer having a rental car to using Disney's crowded buses and have an AP, so don't have to pay for parking. We can get better, but cheaper meals right offsite. With Disney's increasing prices for room and meals, staying onsite has lost it's appeal. I don't agree with the poster who says his 2 y/o daughter is going to stay 2 y/o for the next two years. Cheating Disney is wrong and is not the answer. Those of us that think Disney prices are too high need to speak out by spending our resort dollars and meal dollars elsewhere. Maybe then Disney will lower their prices.
Very well said!! I'm an AP holder too. Haven't stayed offsite in quite awhile, but this may be an option for the future. I'm trying to set up an April trip & waiting for AP rates is making me crazy!
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:30 AM   #12
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Hmm. I guess it's all relative. Pop at value season came out to about $75 a night weekdays, $85 weekends. Includes nice pool and park transportation, arcade, lake, food court and movies by the pool. I've stayed at one of the newer, nicer motel six out in Texas hill country for $59. Had unheated pool, no restaurant, not near lake, no arcade, and not at Disney. I think the extra $15-25 to add in some Disney magic is worth it to me. I can't weigh in on the moderates or deluxes because they are and will likely remain more than I can afford.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #13
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While I think that the deluxe pricing is going overboard I am surprised that you can stay on property at moderates and values so cheap! Because we like the deluxes we are considering getting a DVC. I do remember though being able to stay club level for the price of a standard view room just two years ago.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:16 PM   #14
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I agree.

Let's take a family of 4.

at a value resort 5 nights- approximately $120 a night

Park 5 day tickets (we will round and not add the extra $57 dollars for hopper) $260

So without food, we are at $1640 that doesn't include airfare or gas depending on how they get there

Just adding the dinning plan for 5 days that's an added $1100 making the trip $2740 dollars for a family of 4!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:19 PM   #15
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I agree.

Let's take a family of 4.

at a value resort 5 nights- approximately $120 a night

Park 5 day tickets (we will round and not add the extra $57 dollars for hopper) $260

So without food, we are at $1640 that doesn't include airfare or gas depending on how they get there

Just adding the dinning plan for 5 days that's an added $1100 making the trip $2740 dollars for a family of 4!!!!!!!!!
That honestly doesn't seem unreasonable to me at all.

If we go to Myrtle Beach for a week we're paying around $1000 for the hotel for the week. We eat dinner out each night as a family and get groceries for inside the condo or whatever for the day. Toss in some entertainment and we're easily at that price.
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