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Old 02-11-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Difference b/t mod & deluxe

What is the difference between these types of accomodations, besides the price. Does the deluxe offer more, if so what is the "more" that is offered?

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Old 02-11-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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Each resort has its specific perks, but in general a Deluxe resort gets you interior hallways, rooms with balconies, better restaurants in the resort, and in general better location options, which lead to easier transportation. Like being on the Monorail loop, having boats to MK, or being within walking distance to Epcot and HS.

Then the next decision is which Deluxe resort, since their prices vary. Then there's whether to pay for a better view at the Deluxe resort. Oh, and finally there's Club level... Each step has its perks and is priced accordingly.

For us we enjoy getting a standard view room at one of the more economical Deluxe resorts, but your selections may vary. Enjoy!
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In short....


1. Rooms open out into interior hallways, as opposed to opening out directly to the outside. (To be fair, some rooms at AoA do as well)

2. Sit Down restaurants abound. Deluxes also usually have some form of quick service dining, but nothing like the food courts that you see at the moderates.

3. With the exception of AKL, deluxes have some form of alternate transportation other than buses to one or more of the theme parks (ferry, water taxi, monorail).

4. Complete room service.


1. Rooms open up right to the outside.

2. Expansive food courts with limited, if any, sit down table service restaurants.

3. Not as close in proximity to the main theme parks, so buses are usually the norm. Expect longer ommute times to the parks.

4. Pizza delivery to your room, but that's about it.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:33 AM   #4
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Also, every deluxe has access to a gym (sometimes share with adjacent walking distance sister property), but only one mod (csr) has a gym.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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All deluxe resorts, whether they be DVC resorts or regular deluxe resorts, are directly connected to either one of the 4 parks or DTD. In this way, transportation to the parks or DTD is easier and faster at least with respect to that one park.

Of course if you are staying at AKL and want to get to MK, your transportation options are the same as if you were staying at CBR or POP.

In many of the deluxe resorts, the lobby areas are quite spectacular and they can be decorated very beautifully depending on the time of year.
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DW and I have stayed at CSR, WL and BLT. Of the three, WL was our absolute favorite. As others have stated, the deluxe resorts have the interior hallways, “better” food options, and easier access to parks using Disney transportation. Outside of cost, the big factor for us was the Disney “WOW” factor at WL. Don’t get me wrong, all three resorts were great, but we really loved WL. CSR honestly just felt like another hotel. In all fairness, it’s a convention hotel and that may have had something to do with it. But, we loved the theme of the WL, the balconies and most of all, the boat to the MK.
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IMO the biggest (and maybe most "significant") difference is the one that comes with all "real estate" questions: location, Location, LOCATION!

If you are relying on Disney transportation for your visit, there is little that beats the deluxes when it comes to transportation. As other posters have noted, most of them are close to a park or have multiple modes of transportation not just busses.

IMO they tend to be the more "magical" of the resorts because Disney tends to up the wow factor to help justify the higher costs of staying there. I think the customer service is a bit better as well.
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I would look at the Accommodation Sections on Allears.net they have many photos and videos of the different resorts and fact sheet. Looking at the photos, the differences should be apparent.
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In addition to everything else that has been posted, the deluxe rooms are larger with most of them having a daybed. The rooms at WL and AKL are slightly larger than the mods, with the other deluxes being considerably larger (with the Poly and CR being the largest). Also, the deluxe resorts (with the exception of WL and AKL) accommodate 5 + 1 under the age of 3 in a standard room.

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My big thing Is I hate exterior doors which is why I never stay mod. Too motel like for me. I like being interior. I love the locations of deluxe hotels, pools, ts, ambience, smells in the lobby.
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Originally Posted by pl4bby
I love the locations of deluxe hotels, pools, ts, ambience, smells in the lobby.
That's an excellent observation... Smells in the lobby! I would have to say that the Poly wins this category hands down. Someone should start a poll for "favorite lobby smell". Perhaps I'll take the lead on that!
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Originally Posted by Andrew015

That's an excellent observation... Smells in the lobby! I would have to say that the Poly wins this category hands down. Someone should start a poll for "favorite lobby smell". Perhaps I'll take the lead on that!
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