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Old 02-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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For thos who have stayed at Movies and Port Orleans...

For those who have stayed at Movies and Port Orleans was it worth the upgrade to a moderate? I'd love any opinions. We've been to Movies twice but never Port Orleans. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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Huge upgrade. Port Orleans is a great resort and recently remodeled. You can really tell the difference from the Values to the Moderates IMO.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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It was worth it to us. We like some downtime at the resort and enjoyed the pool and the relaxed atmosphere of POR. Food court was much better. Boat ride to DTD was great. If it were just a room to sleep and we were going to be at the parks all day, then the All-stars are fine for that.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:39 AM   #4
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No competition! Go to PO

Port Orleans is a HUGE upgrade over any All Star Resort. You will be wowed and never want to return to All Star.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by WDW_Diane View Post
Port Orleans is a HUGE upgrade over any All Star Resort. You will be wowed and never want to return to All Star.
This exactly! We had done Values (ASMo and Pop) and Deluxe (WL) but just returned from POFQ last week. Blown away. Absolutely worth the price upgrade to get to Port Orleans (either one) from a Value.

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:40 PM   #6
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We've stayed at Movies and Music. November 2011 we decided to stay at POFQ! Though we enjoyed Movies and Music, POFQ was well worth it. We stayed during Thanksgiving and the resort did not feel crowded at all. The beds are larger (queen) and the decor is beautiful. My boys loved the pool and the boat ride to DTD. Dh is now spoiled; he says that he doesn't want to go back to a value.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:26 AM   #7
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If you are a light sleeper or intent to spend any time at all in the resort, go for the moderate. Values are loud and far less comfortable. For some this is fine, I need more than Disneyfied Motel 6.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:43 AM   #8
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We have stayed at All Star Movies at least three times, Sports three times, and Music twice. We have stayed at Port Orleans once. Of course Port Orleans is the best. The resort is beautiful; the room was much bigger. Being able to take a boat is great. The next time we go, we are going back to Music because we do not have the money to go to a moderate, but we LOVED it when we were there.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:55 AM   #9
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Yes a huge difference! The POR has beautiful pathways, and my kids love the poos!!

the food court is one of the best on property!!

We really enjoyed our stays at the POR.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:20 PM   #10
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If you do not spend much time in the room or don't like multiple bus stops within a resort or a lot of walking, stay with Movies.

POR food court is IMHO the best on property for variety and value. The build your own pasta will easily feed two hungry adults with a single serving. It is very nice having numerous pools and pools with deep ends. If you want/plan to go to DTD the boat ride is VASTLY superior to bus service to/from ANY resort.

POR is large and it can be a hike, especially since paths are winding, to and from the main building. Being from The South, the theming there is nothing special to me. I spend so little time in the room that a moderate is "lost" on me most of the time, but if I was going to upgrade, it would be to POR!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #11
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We have stayed at both and I would go with POR. Better pools, and beautiful grounds, larger rooms. If budget allows I would upgrade IMO to a moderate.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:44 PM   #12
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We just got back a couple of weeks ago.. We stayed at Movies and have stayed at Sports too.. The values are fine but for a few hundred dollars more it is worth the upgrade.. We thought it would be better to save a few hundred in this trip but in the end we wished we had stayed at Por.. It's great and so worth the extra money.

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:56 PM   #13
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Wink ASM vs. POR

Riverside hands down the room will be larger, the theming more up-scale, sit-down restaurant also. There 4 bus stops at POR...only one at ASM.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:15 PM   #14
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When my older DS was little and money was tight, we stayed at Movies, and it was fine. He LOVED the giant Woody and Buzz, and everything else that was DISNEY. When he was 8 or 9, we started staying at CSR, and I swore I'd never do a value again. Now that he is 18 and not coming this year, but our younger DS will be, I think we may go back to the Movies for him. IDK, now I'm second guessing that again! Lol
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #15
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we have done movies, pop, riverside (aka Dixie Landings) and french Quarter...also four or so times at the Dolphin..
WE love movies...and we love French quarter...noise level wouldnt be an issue for us...we liked our first floor at Movies as well as FQ. I love the values...we dont need the slide at the pool and we are going to go in May so we dont really want the hot tub ..but we like the food court at the values much better then FQ...we would of gone to riverside but they dont like the Tables in Wonderland card...soooooo we changed from FQ to Movies and then AP rates came out and we saved 340 dollars going to Music...we only spend time in the room to sleep and change and go swimming...so we are good to go..
It really is a matter of what you want out of your resort. We did like the boat to DTD ...it was fun and we did enjoy it...
so just flip a coin...

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