Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-15-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
msmama
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,440

Sell me on a moderate resort!

I'm a Disney vet. Usually I go for the value resorts, but have stayed at Deluxe and CBR many many years ago (as a college student).

What is the appeal of the moderates?

To me the obvious appeal of a value is the cheapness, and I like the convenience of the Deluxe, but what's the selling point of a Mod?

(Son's birthday trip got out of hand and I'm planning for my son and I, ex-husband, my mother AND ex's parents. Trying to please everyone is...difficult, lol).
__________________
The little dude and Me

msmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
nessz79
DIS Veteran
 
nessz79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Naples, FL
Posts: 2,802

We have only done CBR as a moderate, but this is what we like about it compared to Values:

*Better pools with a slide
*A TS restaurant in addition to CS, in case we want to use TS but not leave the resort
*Better landscaping, prettier surroundings
*Lots of places to walk and my DH appreciates jogging trails
*Recreational Rentals- bikes, boats, etc.
*Nicer rooms (though CBR is still lacking queen size beds!)
*Tends to be quieter and more relaxed in general

We still use Values relatively often.

Another great value is the Swan and Dolphin. It is almost at a moderate price (and if you are a teacher or nurse, much more so) and you get a Deluxe experience. If you love the Epcot resort area, this should be a definite consideration.
__________________
Me DH DS (10) DS (9)
nessz79 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 01-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
KMcCP
Mouseketeer
 
KMcCP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Outside Boston
Posts: 265

Quote:
Originally Posted by nessz79
We have only done CBR as a moderate, but this is what we like about it compared to Values:

*Better pools with a slide
*A TS restaurant in addition to CS, in case we want to use TS but not leave the resort
*Better landscaping, prettier surroundings
*Lots of places to walk and my DH appreciates jogging trails
*Recreational Rentals- bikes, boats, etc.
*Nicer rooms (though CBR is still lacking queen size beds!)
*Tends to be quieter and more relaxed in general

We still use Values relatively often.

Another great value is the Swan and Dolphin. It is almost at a moderate price (and if you are a teacher or nurse, much more so) and you get a Deluxe experience. If you love the Epcot resort area, this should be a definite consideration.
What do nurses get?
__________________
KMcCP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 09:47 AM   #4
ABtwinmommy
Mouseketeer
 
ABtwinmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 209

I have never stayed at a value as they just don't appeal to me at all. The size/bed size and theming of the mods appeal to me much more. Also several mods have onsite ts restaurants, and the Port Orleans resorts have easy access to DTD by boat, where there are many more dining options as well as shopping and entertainment. From what I have read the mods are much calmer and quieter than the values, and that is very important to me. The pools are nice and not too crowded in my experience. And last but not least, the price is right. I consider mods to be very affordable and nice resorts to stay at. While I do want to try several deluxes in the future, I think the prices are kinda crazy. So for now I am very happy at the mods.
__________________
(Me) (DH) (DD 4) (DS 4)
--------------------------------------------------------------
February 1998-WL ~ March 2003-Offsite ~ April 2005-Offsite ~ July 2006-Offsite ~ March 2012-POFQ ~ February 2013-POFQ
Planning next trip to my happy place ~ Jan/Feb 2014-CR/BC
ABtwinmommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
nessz79
DIS Veteran
 
nessz79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Naples, FL
Posts: 2,802

Quote:
Originally Posted by KMcCP View Post
What do nurses get?
I'm a teacher, so I dont' personally use the nurses' rate. However, it is generally a good deal cheaper than the regular rate. It is not always offered so you have to check your dates.

For example, we went this past October for the Food and Wine festival. The regular rate was around $229 and we paid $159. That's about the price of a moderate. Not everyone likes the Swan and Dolphin (it's not Disney owned and has less of a Disney feel in some opinions), but we felt it was worth it.
__________________
Me DH DS (10) DS (9)
nessz79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 04:09 PM   #6
Masonmj84
DIS Veteran
 
Masonmj84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,242

IMO, as far as the resorts themselves go (i.e., aside from location, which, IMO, is the biggest advantage of deluxe over moderate), the moderate resorts give you about 80% of what the deluxe resorts offer at 50% (or less) of the price. Aside from location, the only advantages of deluxe over moderate that we mainly care about are somewhat larger rooms and more and better on-site table service restaurants (for example, we're not into club level).

On the other hand, there are several perks that are available at deluxes that are also available at moderates but not available at values. These include queen beds (except CBR), hot tubs, water slides, covered bus stops, better landscaping and, to us, more subtle and attactive overall theming that provide a more relaxed and resort-like feel than the values (which, to us, feel more like oversized motels with over-the-top Disney theming).
__________________
Masonmj84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
KMcCP
Mouseketeer
 
KMcCP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Outside Boston
Posts: 265

Quote:
Originally Posted by nessz79

I'm a teacher, so I dont' personally use the nurses' rate. However, it is generally a good deal cheaper than the regular rate. It is not always offered so you have to check your dates.

For example, we went this past October for the Food and Wine festival. The regular rate was around $229 and we paid $159. That's about the price of a moderate. Not everyone likes the Swan and Dolphin (it's not Disney owned and has less of a Disney feel in some opinions), but we felt it was worth it.
Good to know- thanks! I'll have to look into it.
__________________
KMcCP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 05:41 PM   #8
DLB
DIS Veteran
 
DLB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Northwestern CT
Posts: 780

Hot tub!!!' That is why I upgrade to moderate.
__________________
DLB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
disney1990
Wow, it make my heart skip a beat
I'm going to miss these when the season ends
Lighting the Way to Paradise
 
disney1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,736

Quote:
Originally Posted by DLB View Post
Hot tub!!!' That is why I upgrade to moderate.
This is my major reason for choosing a moderate -- HOT TUB. I actually like think the Values have a much better choice of food in their food courts.
__________________
Life is a Journey – remember to appreciate everyday -- be happy for this moment...this moment is your life



disney1990 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #10
carrie1626
DIS Veteran
 
carrie1626's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: WI
Posts: 2,289

The prices of Deluxes are outrageous.
I afforded only after booking during Value and Regular season and with "free dining" also, I had alot of $$ on my Disney Rewards Visa. Splitting the cost of the room with my adult sister helped too. So with all those things coming together it was very very affordable.

It will be MOD for me next time.
__________________

I wish I were at WDW everyday
2000 NOV Polynesian 2001 OCT AS Music 2002 AUG Grosvenor DD 2003 AUG DoubleTree DD 2004 NOV Port Orleans French Quarter 2006 NOV POP Century 2010 AUG Animal KingdomLodge 2011 NOV Animal Kingdom Lodge 2012 NOV HGVC Internat'l Dr 25th Anniversary trip DEC 2013 POP/Caribbean Beach Resort Planning for POFQ in NOV 2014
carrie1626 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 07:17 PM   #11
disneybliss2
DIS Veteran
 
disneybliss2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,135

I was surprised by how much the moderates offered compared to the values. Truly, it's something you have to experience (at least for me) to see for yourself. You can see all the differences on paper (or computer in this case) but truly, for us, it took experiencing it to understand.
It took one time at a moderate to sell me on never returning to a value. We have also stayed deluxe once, and while we absolutely loved it and would make it our first choice again, it would have to be with a great discount to justify the additional charge. However, I would stay at a mod over a value without blinking an eye for the additional charge--totally worth the additional fee (to us).
Here's what we like better about the mods:
1. The mod we stayed at (POFQ) was SO much quieter and calmer. It set such a peaceful atmosphere that allowed us to relax after a long day at the park. It was also so much quieter that my children were able to sleep better. At the previous value (Pop) we had stayed at a couple of times, we always struggled with hearing people running, laughing, etc. by our room routinely until late hours. With young children, that was always an aggravation because it was hard to get them to sleep with all of the noise.
2. The pool slide was a plus with my kids.
3. Atmosphere was more appealing. While Pop was fun, it was also overwhelming to the senses after a full day at the parks.
4. MUCH better transportation (I know this could vary, but in our experience, it was much better--timing and consistency of buses & added service of boat at POFQ or POR)
5. Less crowded (at least comparing POFQ to Pop)
6. More room and bigger beds.
disneybliss2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 07:57 PM   #12
Robbi
DIS Veteran
 
Robbi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3,694

I like CSR as much as CR and more than the Poly.
On other threads, I've mentioned going to Disney's website or googling unofficial fill in the blank resort sites. You can see tons of pictures that might help you make your decision.
This site for instance has videos of resorts and the rooms:
http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/ASP/...r#.UPYJFmeyn0g
Robbi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 06:40 AM   #13
mouselike-harrier
Mouseketeer
 
mouselike-harrier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 366

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robbi View Post
I like CSR as much as CR and more than the Poly.
This. We have stayed at all the Deluxe resorts and my kids still talk about CSR. The grounds are quiet and beautiful and they absolutely loved the bus service which is hands down the best we ever experienced.
__________________



mouselike-harrier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 09:28 PM   #14
pigletto
DIS Veteran
 
pigletto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 8,719

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneybliss2 View Post
I was surprised by how much the moderates offered compared to the values. Truly, it's something you have to experience (at least for me) to see for yourself. You can see all the differences on paper (or computer in this case) but truly, for us, it took experiencing it to understand.
It took one time at a moderate to sell me on never returning to a value. We have also stayed deluxe once, and while we absolutely loved it and would make it our first choice again, it would have to be with a great discount to justify the additional charge. However, I would stay at a mod over a value without blinking an eye for the additional charge--totally worth the additional fee (to us).
Here's what we like better about the mods:
1. The mod we stayed at (POFQ) was SO much quieter and calmer. It set such a peaceful atmosphere that allowed us to relax after a long day at the park. It was also so much quieter that my children were able to sleep better. At the previous value (Pop) we had stayed at a couple of times, we always struggled with hearing people running, laughing, etc. by our room routinely until late hours. With young children, that was always an aggravation because it was hard to get them to sleep with all of the noise.
2. The pool slide was a plus with my kids.
3. Atmosphere was more appealing. While Pop was fun, it was also overwhelming to the senses after a full day at the parks.
4. MUCH better transportation (I know this could vary, but in our experience, it was much better--timing and consistency of buses & added service of boat at POFQ or POR)
5. Less crowded (at least comparing POFQ to Pop)
6. More room and bigger beds.
pigletto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 10:01 PM   #15
cmhguy
Mouseketeer
 
cmhguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 262

I enjoyed our stay at Pops, and it would likely be our first go-to choice. We don't spend a lot of time in the room, and we'd rather put our budget on other things than a room. A deluxe isn't something we would pay for.

The biggest reason we went POR over PoP for this year's trip - the weekend rates, after the spring sale, were VERY close in price! So, the cost of staying at POR or CSR over PoP was a VERY minimal difference. So - I thought why not go moderate.

I like the whimsy of PoP, but I soooo enjoy the calmness and peacefulness of POR and CSR. We are outside kind of people. Walking the lovely grounds, sitting on a bench and soaking it all in, and the over-all feeling of being in the theme of those two resorts is a big plus for us.

Lastly - the quiet pools! That's the push I need to go moderate....
__________________
Wonder 5 night - April/May2014
RPR -- POR - May/June2013
CSR - May/June2012
Pop - May/June2011
POR - June2009
cmhguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.