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Old 01-21-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Did you have to talk your spouse into a higher level resort?

We have booked OKW and am going to change our reservations. I'm just not feeling it, and want something more exciting for my boys' first trip to WDW. I want to move our reservations to WL. DH gave me an original budget of $4000 and our OKW booking was $4200 - which was close enough. However, if we book WL it goes up to $4952. If we add CL, which I want to do - it adds $800 to the extra $700 so $1500 over our original reservations. If we cut a day and keep the CL, the difference is only $695 (not $1500), but then we lose a day. I don't think DH would want to cut a day to get club level, but I do. Well actually, I am willing to shell out the extra $1500 to keep the extra day and CL. We stayed at CL in Disneyland once, and ever since then I have wanted to do Club again. It will add an extra $800, but I don't think that is bad since we are staying 6 nights. Any good points I can tell him to help him add the CL?
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We have booked OKW and am going to change our reservations. I'm just not feeling it, and want something more exciting for my boys' first trip to WDW. I want to move our reservations to WL. DH gave me an original budget of $4000 and our OKW booking was $4200 - which was close enough. However, if we book WL it goes up to $4952. If we add CL, which I want to do - it adds $800 to the extra $700 so $1500 over our original reservations. If we cut a day and keep the CL, the difference is only $695 (not $1500), but then we lose a day. I don't think DH would want to cut a day to get club level, but I do. Well actually, I am willing to shell out the extra $1500 to keep the extra day and CL. We stayed at CL in Disneyland once, and ever since then I have wanted to do Club again. It will add an extra $800, but I don't think that is bad since we are staying 6 nights. Any good points I can tell him to help him add the CL?
Your story is that you need to upgrade resorts and upgrade to CL because of your 3 & 5 year old boys?

I can't really think of any points that would help.

You asked.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Have you run the numbers using the new promotion? We are staying at AKL (similar pricing as WL) the end of May/June - not club level - but our trip is costing much less then $5000.
And I can't help you sell the CL angle - I know people adore it - but I can never justify the addtional cost for our family.
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Have you run the numbers using the new promotion? We are staying at AKL (similar pricing as WL) the end of May/June - not club level - but our trip is costing much less then $5000.
And I can't help you sell the CL angle - I know people adore it - but I can never justify the addtional cost for our family.
The prices I put are including our airfare from Colorado, which is $1600.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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We stay deluxe club level and I can't think of anything to help your case for the kids sake. Because the kids really will not care about Club level, lol. But if YOU want it then just tell your husband that. Money wise it doesn't add up to an extra 800.00 for us because we just use the club for breakfast in the mornings and really don't use it for anything else. Maybe once or twice we will hit the 5 pm snacks but not everyday. We book it because my husband loves to stay club level, lol. Also we are not alcohol drinkers and that is where most people I know get the money out of staying club level, (or that's the excuse they use,lol)
I will say that with your boys ages staying at WL will be easier to get to MK on the boat than waiting on buses for everything Have fun on your trip and enjoy every moment.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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I would look into renting points for Davids or a DVC member. Best way to go in my OP. Then work out cost difference and go from there. Skip dining plan and budget yourself especially since u want to go club level, and purchase tickets via undercover tourist.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Hi Benswife! First, I agree those numbers seem very high - maybe check and re-run them applying applicable promotions. We've always been able to apply discounts and rarely spend more than $350/night for CL. (Exception: CR Atrium Club last October, but worth it for one night.)

Your boys are 3 and 5 years old - that's an excellent argument for WL and CL! My husband is usually the one advocating for a deluxe resort and CL because it's so much easier with kids. Seriously, breakfast is quick and easy. You don't have to worry about juggling trays at CS locations or finding breakfast food for the room, or spending lots at TS breakfast restaurants. I just can't emphasize how much easier it is to walk down the hall to feed your kids in the morning. They wake up and breakfast is ready! And you don't have to plan it, prepare it, or clean it up! (Well, we all clear our plates from the tables, but I don't have to put everything away like when I'm making breakfast.)

And it's great for an afternoon snack or healthy appetizers. If you stop by the lounge before dinner for a snack, the kids don't arrive at dinner hungry and are far happier. Better dining experience for everyone. And our youngest falls asleep during our dinner ADR relatively frequently, so we are happy knowing he already drank milk and ate fruit, veggies, cheese, maybe a chicken appetizer or two. We find our kids eat much healthier when we're staying CL - really cuts down on snacks in the park and increases the fruit/veggie/cheese/milk intake!

Then, of course, there's the glass of wine or beer during evening appetizers while our kids have some downtime with their snacks and other kids in the lounge. Our youngest loves to make friends in the lounge and talk to other kids about their day. And we love not paying $10 for every pre-dinner drink.

As for location, we love the boat to MK from WL! It's such a relaxing way to start and end your MK day and beats the bus any day. The pool is wonderful, the lobby is beautiful, the theming is great and our boys LOVE watching the EWP from the beach at WL. All good - my husband was not going to do repeat visits to WDW until we moved away from mods and into deluxes - starting with WL.

Our boys are ages 6, 12 and 13 and we'd definitely stay CL for all three resorts during our upcoming trip if it were available. But it's not available for Poly (CL renovations this month) or AKV (sold out, I guess.) Still checking to see if AKV CL becomes available because we'd upgrade our reservation in a minute! When we first stayed CL, our kids were 4, 10 and 11 and they LOVE it. During non-CL stays, our youngest always asks "where is the snack room? can we go there?"
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #8
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Hi Benswife! First, I agree those numbers seem very high - maybe check and re-run them applying applicable promotions. We've always been able to apply discounts and rarely spend more than $350/night for CL. (Exception: CR Atrium Club last October, but worth it for one night.)

Your boys are 3 and 5 years old - that's an excellent argument for WL and CL! My husband is usually the one advocating for a deluxe resort and CL because it's so much easier with kids. Seriously, breakfast is quick and easy. You don't have to worry about juggling trays at CS locations or finding breakfast food for the room, or spending lots at TS breakfast restaurants. I just can't emphasize how much easier it is to walk down the hall to feed your kids in the morning. They wake up and breakfast is ready! And you don't have to plan it, prepare it, or clean it up! (Well, we all clear our plates from the tables, but I don't have to put everything away like when I'm making breakfast.)

And it's great for an afternoon snack or healthy appetizers. If you stop by the lounge before dinner for a snack, the kids don't arrive at dinner hungry and are far happier. Better dining experience for everyone. And our youngest falls asleep during our dinner ADR relatively frequently, so we are happy knowing he already drank milk and ate fruit, veggies, cheese, maybe a chicken appetizer or two. We find our kids eat much healthier when we're staying CL - really cuts down on snacks in the park and increases the fruit/veggie/cheese/milk intake!

Then, of course, there's the glass of wine or beer during evening appetizers while our kids have some downtime with their snacks and other kids in the lounge. Our youngest loves to make friends in the lounge and talk to other kids about their day. And we love not paying $10 for every pre-dinner drink.

As for location, we love the boat to MK from WL! It's such a relaxing way to start and end your MK day and beats the bus any day. The pool is wonderful, the lobby is beautiful, the theming is great and our boys LOVE watching the EWP from the beach at WL. All good - my husband was not going to do repeat visits to WDW until we moved away from mods and into deluxes - starting with WL.

Our boys are ages 6, 12 and 13 and we'd definitely stay CL for all three resorts during our upcoming trip if it were available. But it's not available for Poly (CL renovations this month) or AKV (sold out, I guess.) Still checking to see if AKV CL becomes available because we'd upgrade our reservation in a minute! When we first stayed CL, our kids were 4, 10 and 11 and they LOVE it. During non-CL stays, our youngest always asks "where is the snack room? can we go there?"
Agree 100% on all points!
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:09 PM   #9
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We have booked OKW and am going to change our reservations. I'm just not feeling it, and want something more exciting for my boys' first trip to WDW. I want to move our reservations to WL. DH gave me an original budget of $4000 and our OKW booking was $4200 - which was close enough. However, if we book WL it goes up to $4952. If we add CL, which I want to do - it adds $800 to the extra $700 so $1500 over our original reservations. If we cut a day and keep the CL, the difference is only $695 (not $1500), but then we lose a day. I don't think DH would want to cut a day to get club level, but I do. Well actually, I am willing to shell out the extra $1500 to keep the extra day and CL. We stayed at CL in Disneyland once, and ever since then I have wanted to do Club again. It will add an extra $800, but I don't think that is bad since we are staying 6 nights. Any good points I can tell him to help him add the CL?
Can you tell us your dates, ticket and dining options? Maybe we can help you out with pricing.

My DH is not fond of WDW. The only way he will go with me is if we stay deluxe, club level. um, ok!
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Can you tell us your dates, ticket and dining options? Maybe we can help you out with pricing.

My DH is not fond of WDW. The only way he will go with me is if we stay deluxe, club level. um, ok!
Dates: June 8-14 - 6 nights, 7 days
Dining Plan: None - just not worth the expense since we are light eaters and do a lot of sharing
2 adults and 2 kids (6 & 3 at time of stay)
Want hopper passes for 6 days. 7 is not needed because of an early flight out our last day.

Maybe we should just stay with what we have booked. I just want to have a great stay for my kids. I'm so confused.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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well this will not save a ton of money but you could think about getting rid of the park hoppers. We stayed at Wilderness Lodge for 6 nights for our 6year old DS's first visit and used the hoppers ONCE-but in reality we would have been just as happy to swim, watch a movie on the beach, do the campfire and watch the lights parade on the beach. We spent a day at Epcot, a day at Animal Kingdom and the rest at Magic Kingdom with our 6year old. Also......while Club Level would be nice.....to save money we did have a fridge in our room and order from Garden Grocer-you can also have them deliver beer and wine with your order. We made a quick breakfast in our room and packed peanut butter and jelly for a few lunches. We also did not do the dining plan. You could probably convince your husband of staying at Wl but not sure mine would go for Club Level.

Also.....your kids have nothing to compare it to so the place where you are already booked will likely be perfectly awesome for your boys! I did love being close to the MK and a fun boat ride away so maybe that's what you could tell your hubby.....
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Dates: June 8-14 - 6 nights, 7 days
Dining Plan: None - just not worth the expense since we are light eaters and do a lot of sharing
2 adults and 2 kids (6 & 3 at time of stay)
Want hopper passes for 6 days. 7 is not needed because of an early flight out our last day.

Maybe we should just stay with what we have booked. I just want to have a great stay for my kids. I'm so confused.
I have a few thoughts and some prices, too. I, too, would not pick OKW for my child's first stay. I actually think many of the moderates are more magical and would drop your price significantly. One moderate recently added a "CL like" option which I'll get to below.

I agree to drop the hoppers. You'll save over $200 and if you find you really need them, you can always upgrade your tickets when you get there.

Here are the prices I found using the spring discount. Let us know if you are getting different pricing. I have pricing with 6-day hop and 6-day base tickets and have included WL-CL, AKL-CL (which is a little cheaper than WL and is an AMAZING resort for children) plus CSR's new Business Class, which gets you some CL amenities (plus automatically puts you in the most preferred building at CSR) and is coming in at LESS than OKW:

WL, Standard Room, CL
with 6-day hop $4782.14
with 6-day base $4,539.30

AKL, Standard Room, CL
with 6-day hop $4,660.58
with 6-day base $4,417.74

CSR, Standard View, Business Class
with 6-day hop $3,087.86
with 6-day base $2,845.02

Here is the description of CSR, Standard Room, Business Class (it sounds like CL, light)

All rooms have 2 queen-size beds, hardwood furniture, desk and chair, vanity area with sink, a ceiling fan and a bathroom. All rooms are non-smoking. Amenities include flat-panel TV, in-room wall safe, voice mail, complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-fridge, coffee maker and access to Coconino Cove, our Business Lounge. A Pack 'n Play playard is available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. These rooms are located closer to the convention center and main building and offer standard views.

Coconino Cove – the new Business Lounge at Disney Coronado Springs Resort – provides a variety of exclusive amenities and upgraded services to our Guests.

Located in the Cabanas, building 9B, Coconino Cove is a semi-exclusive gathering place for networking, relaxing, working or playing.

Guests with Coconino Cove access will enjoy upgraded, semi-exclusive services and amenities, including:
Use of in-lounge iMac and PC stations, computer gaming consoles and flat screen televisions
Electronic device charging stations & boarding pass printing
Areas suitable for small groups to gather and meet in a relaxed setting
Assistance with dining reservations, ticket information and other special requests
Food & beverage offerings throughout the day
Guests with Coconino Cove access will be located in building 9B during their stay, convenient to both the lobby and convention center.

Coconino Cove is open 7:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 7 days a week.


No matter what, you will be in Disney and you are certainly not alone in second-guessing your resort choice! Have a great time no matter what you decide!
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CSR, Standard View, Business Class
with 6-day hop $3,087.86
with 6-day base $2,845.02

No matter what, you will be in Disney and you are certainly not alone in second-guessing your resort choice! Have a great time no matter what you decide!
This is a great idea!!!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great ideas everyone! Will definitely look into some other options! Thanks again!
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WL is an awesome resort and would be great with little ones as it's so close to MK via boat or bus. Plus the pool is fun and there's a geyser behind the pool that goes off every hour that the kids would probably get a kick out of. As far as CL, our first CL stay was at WL and I can't say enough great things about it (WL CL ranks right up at the top with GF RPC for me). The food offerings are great, the lounge is arranged in a way that provides plenty of seating, and the CMs are amazing. We only stay deluxe (sometimes with CL and sometimes without) and, IMO, even if you choose to switch to WL and forego CL, you will still have a magical trip as the WL is a great resort, with or without staying CL. Good luck.
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