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Old 02-08-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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$2000 more? Worth it?

We are headed to wdw in late August. We've stayed at all the mods and most DVCs. This time around we will have two standard rooms for 7 nights. Question is, are WL or AKL worth $2000 more just to stay at a deluxe? We've never stayed at a deluxe before. We have eaten at them and toured all but never stayed. We could use that $2K for plenty of other fun on the trip or even upgrade our flights to non-stop on the way home.

Will we see a big enough difference to feel like it was worth it? We have fairly simple easy going tastes, we do like the resort feel of CBR and we only use disney transportation.

I feel like we should stick with the moderate and feel like we dont need to hold back on special dining or purchases, possibly even have a good amount of cash on hand to take advantage of a decent bounceback offer (if they still do those).

Anyone have experience making the leap for the first time? Thoughts? Would you do it again? Why or why not?
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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We are headed to wdw in late August. We've stayed at all the mods and most DVCs. This time around we will have two standard rooms for 7 nights. Question is, are WL or AKL worth $2000 more just to stay at a deluxe? We've never stayed at a deluxe before. We have eaten at them and toured all but never stayed. We could use that $2K for plenty of other fun on the trip or even upgrade our flights to non-stop on the way home.

Will we see a big enough difference to feel like it was worth it? We have fairly simple easy going tastes, we do like the resort feel of CBR and we only use disney transportation.

I feel like we should stick with the moderate and feel like we dont need to hold back on special dining or purchases, possibly even have a good amount of cash on hand to take advantage of a decent bounceback offer (if they still do those).

Anyone have experience making the leap for the first time? Thoughts? Would you do it again? Why or why not?
For $2,000 I don't think the AK would be worth it unless you are HUGE a fan of the zoo or of animals. The resort is beautiful, but the convenience factor just isn't there. WL is a boatride away from MK, so that makes it more attractive to me. The rooms at both AK and the WL are pretty small as far as the deluxe hotels go. The bedroom space is about the same size as a moderate, though if you include the bathrooms they are slightly larger. The amenities beyond room size are comparable to the other deluxes.

I think I'd want either the BC/YC or Poly for the $2,000 difference. Last year we stayed at the AoA and used the extra money for the DxDP and did some fantastic character and signature meals. Last year we chose for the kids and went for the over the top AoA Cars section. This year my husband and I want to do a little more relaxing and get some pampering, so we dropped the DxDP and went for the Beach Club CL. I've stayed at the deluxe hotels before, and it's definitely worth it if you plan to spend a lot of time at the resort enjoying things.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:57 PM   #3
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Great perspective, thank you. YC/BC were both more and Poly felt outrageous. We've stayed at BCV in studios before so we feel like that was a treat with DVC points. But it really wasnt our favorite. The SAB area was great but we didnt use it enough to make it feel worth it. The walk to Epcot and boat to HS is a major bonus...
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:34 PM   #4
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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We would rather use the $2000 to stay longer than to upgrade to deluxe.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:57 PM   #6
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Split stay

One option would be to stay a majority of the time at a moderate, then switch over to a Deluxe for 2 or 3 nights. Then you have the best of both worlds!

I personally would say DAKL if you were going to upgrade. It's a very unique Resort unlike any other in the U.S.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:28 AM   #7
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I see that you stated that you considered the walk to Epcot and boat to HS is a major bonus, have you ever thought about staying at the Swan Dolphin? If you were looking at two standard rooms the SD offers a variety of suites. We stayed in an Executive Suite (3 posts with photos) and were very impressed with the rooms. As an added bonus we actually paid less that two standard moderate rooms would have cost!
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:06 AM   #8
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I agree with Mike

I enjoy the Swan & Dolphin!!! without the cost of the deluxe
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:03 AM   #9
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Once I made a jump to deluxe, it was hard to book elsewhere (but I have).

The 'worth' is subjective. Only you know if it is worth it for you.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:14 AM   #10
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Having always stayed at moderates we spent 2 weeks at the Beach club last summer. It was beautiful. The pool outstanding. The walk to Epcot just fantastically convenient. But we're back to POR this summer. So my conclusion. It wasn't worth it enough. We also really missed having a decent food court on site, even though we eat a TS daily.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:29 AM   #11
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I was strictly a values and moderates person until December 2010 when I did a split stay at AKL. Since then, I have gone as a traveling companion to a senior with mobility issues and have stayed at CR, SSR, and AKL (Kidani).

In my world the price jump is in no way worth it. Closest would be CR for me.

In the deluxes the buses run just the same, the food courts are WAY out of the way and with much smaller selections, and I did not experience any better customer service (in fact AKL was worse both times) than at a value or moderate. Yes, the rooms are larger and the towels are softer, but that is about it.

As PPers have said, I would rather have another trip, stay longer and/or eat better food. The suggestion for a split stay is also a good one.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:45 AM   #12
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The suggestion to stay at the mod resort and then go with deluxe just for 2=3 nights sounds good to me. It would cost you a lot less than $2000, leaving some money for the other things you mentioned.

I haven't done it yet, but it seems like a lot of people like split stays like that. They seem to do the first few days at a less expensive resort and really hit the parks then. Their last few days they spend more time at the deluxe resort they move to.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:07 AM   #13
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When we booked our last trip, we really struggled with deciding to upgrade to deluxe or not. In the past, we had stayed at the values and mods and contemplated staying at AKL for the first time. We saw a HUGE difference when we upgraded from values to mods (fell in love with mods) and wondered if we'd find the same difference when upgrading to deluxe. Our oldest daughter is obsessed with animals, and I knew the experience at AKL would add so much to our vacation for her.

To upgrade from POFQ to AKL for a 10 day trip was going to be $1,200 more. Not bad, but still hard for me to swallow. We could easily afford it, so that wasn't the problem. The problem is that I'm very frugal (which is why I could afford the upgrade) and had trouble justifying the leap. In the end, we went with it. Luckily, a room discount later came out that we were able to apply to our reservation which only made it around $600 difference. For that length of stay, I thought that amount was very well justified. I would pay the $1,000-1,200 fee to upgrade, but that's my limit.

We LOVED AKL, and I wouldn't trade that experience in the world. I'm so glad we did it. It was like a WDW vacation and a mini vacation to Africa all in one. The African theme and the animals really was a draw for us. It wasn't merely the idea of the deluxe. Other than the Poly or AKL, the other deluxes have no appeal to me, so for me it wouldn't be worth the additional fee to upgrade to just any deluxe just to be at a deluxe resort. I think you have to think of what is drawing you to a particular resort. Otherwise, I don't think the extra amenities (for me) are worth the extra fee. For us, AKL offered a unique stay that other deluxes don't offer; we weren't looking for the extra amenities per say, but the experience of the animals/setting.

All in all, I would definitely stay at AKL again. I would be hard to get me to pay $2,000 more though. As much as we loved it, I don't think it was worth that much additional money. For that amount of money, I'd happily stay at a mod and lengthen my stay, apply to dining, apply to another trip, etc. It's hard to determine if a resort or an experience is "worth it" to someone else, though. As other posters have stated, they have done deluxe and won't go back now. It's all a matter of opinion.

If nothing else, if you do decide to stay at at a mod or value, you could make a trip over to AKL or WL for a meal (Boma at AKL is wonderful). After eating, you could stroll the grounds, see the animals (if going to AKL) and get an idea if it would be worth it to you for a future trip.

Good luck with your decision!

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Old 02-09-2013, 09:31 AM   #14
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We are headed to wdw in late August. We've stayed at all the mods and most DVCs. This time around we will have two standard rooms for 7 nights. Question is, are WL or AKL worth $2000 more just to stay at a deluxe? We've never stayed at a deluxe before. We have eaten at them and toured all but never stayed. We could use that $2K for plenty of other fun on the trip or even upgrade our flights to non-stop on the way home.

Will we see a big enough difference to feel like it was worth it? We have fairly simple easy going tastes, we do like the resort feel of CBR and we only use disney transportation.

I feel like we should stick with the moderate and feel like we dont need to hold back on special dining or purchases, possibly even have a good amount of cash on hand to take advantage of a decent bounceback offer (if they still do those).

Anyone have experience making the leap for the first time? Thoughts? Would you do it again? Why or why not?

$2000? Nope, definitely not worth it IMO. I think you answered your own question above in the bolded parts. If that $2000 means holding back on special dining, purchases, and other fun, then it's not worth it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:52 AM   #15
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You have all been really helpful! We have talked about it as a family and are going to stuck with CBR. In the next year, the adults will make long weekend trip and stay deluxe to give it a try. That should not be nearly as costly and will give us a good taste of the deluxe style.

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