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Old 06-26-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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My family of four is planning a January trip to WL. Would CL be worth it to us? My kids would eat breakfast, snacks, desserts. DH and I will take FULL advantage of the beer/wine/ alcohol. Or are we just better off shipping/ordering alcohol and snacks?
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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My family of four is planning a January trip to WL. Would CL be worth it to us? My kids would eat breakfast, snacks, desserts. DH and I will take FULL advantage of the beer/wine/ alcohol. Or are we just better off shipping/ordering alcohol and snacks?
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We love the WL CL .... and really enjoy the old faithful club and it offerings. We always eat Breakfast there and since beer/wine/ alcohol can be pricey, you should get your moneys worth.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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My family of four is planning a January trip to WL. Would CL be worth it to us? My kids would eat breakfast, snacks, desserts. DH and I will take FULL advantage of the beer/wine/ alcohol. Or are we just better off shipping/ordering alcohol and snacks?
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First, WL CL is absolutely We loved everything about it, the food, the lounge, the view from the lounge, our room (with a view of the castle), the CM's...everything was OUTSTANDING...

Second, when you think of CL, I don't think you can ask the question, is it worth it?? Because, if you are looking strictly at the numbers, the answer is probably no. You will never get dollar for dollar the return on your "investment" in CL. But, the intangibles are what makes us keep booking it. We really love having the IPO available to us...we still make some of our reservations but let the IPO do some...what is awesome is being able to call or email them and get a person, right away...not have to go through the automated system for answers.

We love the secured buildings/floors of CL. We love the personal attention that you get - it's just a being pampered on vacation thing. We don't spend like crazy in our normal lives so vacation is one place where we like to "live like a royal family"

We do shop a lot on vacation, we like having the stuff shipped right back to our room and not having to pick it up at the gift shop.

We love the turndown service, it's nice to have fresh clean towels at the end of the day.

It's all the little things that add up to being "worth it" for us. It's the experience. So, if those things matter to you, then I think you won't be disappointed.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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First, WL CL is absolutely We loved everything about it, the food, the lounge, the view from the lounge, our room (with a view of the castle), the CM's...everything was OUTSTANDING...

Second, when you think of CL, I don't think you can ask the question, is it worth it?? Because, if you are looking strictly at the numbers, the answer is probably no. You will never get dollar for dollar the return on your "investment" in CL. But, the intangibles are what makes us keep booking it. We really love having the IPO available to us...we still make some of our reservations but let the IPO do some...what is awesome is being able to call or email them and get a person, right away...not have to go through the automated system for answers.

We love the secured buildings/floors of CL. We love the personal attention that you get - it's just a being pampered on vacation thing. We don't spend like crazy in our normal lives so vacation is one place where we like to "live like a royal family"

We do shop a lot on vacation, we like having the stuff shipped right back to our room and not having to pick it up at the gift shop.

We love the turndown service, it's nice to have fresh clean towels at the end of the day.

It's all the little things that add up to being "worth it" for us. It's the experience. So, if those things matter to you, then I think you won't be disappointed.


i agree with all this. if you are looking for a way to save $$$ i don't think you will be happy with cl. we also enjoy the ease and relaxed feel of cl. we like the lounge and spend a lot of time there. we take advantage of the offerings but we realize we are paying for all of this. i like that there is always someone there to help us if we want to watch a dvd or change plans for the day. it feels like extra disney magic, people always going the extra mile to make sure you enjoy yourself. of course we realize it is disney magic we are paying for.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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Thank you! I'm dying to stay at the Poly, DH wants WL. We've never been to WDW. We will be celebrating our daughters 5th birthday, I just think the food/atmosphere of the poly is FABULOUS!
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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My family of four is planning a January trip to WL. Would CL be worth it to us? My kids would eat breakfast, snacks, desserts. DH and I will take FULL advantage of the beer/wine/ alcohol. Or are we just better off shipping/ordering alcohol and snacks?
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Worth is subjective as it's different for everyone, but we loved WL CL and thought it was definitely worth it for our family. The food offerings are good, the lounge has plenty of seating that is arranged around the railing overlooking the lobby, and the CL CMs are awesome. We stay CL more for the lounge rather than the snacks/drinks, but the food is a nice perk. I don't use IPO as I like to make my own ADRs, but it is nice to have them there if you need anything. Only you can decide if it's worth the extra cost for CL, but if the extra cost is doable, I don't think you'd regret it. Good luck .

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Thank you! I'm dying to stay at the Poly, DH wants WL. We've never been to WDW. We will be celebrating our daughters 5th birthday, I just think the food/atmosphere of the poly is FABULOUS!
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We haven't stayed CL at the Poly (yet) so I can't comment on that, but we have stayed at the Poly before and since it's our favorite resort, I'm really looking forward to trying CL. I have read a lot of great reviews lately and the view from the lounge is supposed to be amazing . With that said, I don't think you'd regret either CL .
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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Thank you! I'm dying to stay at the Poly, DH wants WL. We've never been to WDW. We will be celebrating our daughters 5th birthday, I just think the food/atmosphere of the poly is FABULOUS!
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We stayed at VWL for our DD's 5th birthday last February, and she (and we) LOVED it. I'm sure CL would be great there, too.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #8
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We just stayed CL at AKL (not WL). I just wanted to mention that the beer, wine, alcohol choices are pretty limited. They had a couple of wine choices neither of which appealed to us, limited beer options (if you like light American lagers you are good), and the alcohol was truly cordials only -- no bourbon or other options. So in that sense we did not make out so to speak. I don't know your habits but wanted to point out it is different than other concierge offerings we'd had at other hotels.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:00 PM   #9
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Thank you!

Can anyone tell me how much this would cut down on food costs?

Also, can anyone staying CL go on the morning safari that is $50/person (Private one)? I know it's offered to AKL CL patrons. Thx!
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Its rare to get dollar for dollar "worth" out of CL, but "worth" is different to everyone. With a larger family, you actually may come out ahead in beverages, breakfast & snacks, but for a family of 3 its doubtful.

For us we only book it if there's a 35% or greater discount, and then we do use the lounge for every breakfast, we take water/soda back with us when available, then we have a big lunch, usually TS. We'll head back from the parks for the appetizer offerings in the early evening, and then go back out, just needing a snack, or spilitting a CS meal later. So for us, it does really cut down on dining costs. We're usually not back in time for the adult beverages, but if we are, we have some. Figure you're saving $6-$10 each on those alcoholic beverages (over park/resort prices) so if you're big drinkers, it will add up.

It used to be that you could take bottled water and/or soda back to the room with you to take to the parks, which for us, really saved a lot, we're big beverage drinkers. That literally saved us $20+ a day just in bottled water. This spring at WL CL they didn't have any out to take. We would fill the to-go coffee cups with ice water to take, but they're not as handy to toss in your bag for the parks. I've read on here that most CL's no longer have water bottles to give out.

We've only done CL at WL, BC & BWI. It seems most people go nuts over Poly & AKL, so we're dying to try those. With a discount of course!
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Can anyone tell me how much this would cut down on food costs?

Also, can anyone staying CL go on the morning safari that is $50/person (Private one)? I know it's offered to AKL CL patrons. Thx!
It's ONLY if you stay at AKL CL, not any of the others. Its on our "Wish List" LOL!!
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It's ONLY if you stay at AKL CL, not any of the others. Its on our "Wish List" LOL!!
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Oh one more thing - there is a thread dedictaed just to CL on this Resorts Board.....it should be on the 1st page or so....read it & you will have every question answered. You will also see pics of the food offerings at each CL so you can get an idea of what they offer.
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Can anyone tell me how much this would cut down on food costs?
The only thing I really see CL cutting down on in your food costs is breakfast. The offerings for lunch/dinner are not plentiful enough to make a meal of (unless you have a very light appetite), and most people probably aren't at the hotel during at least one meal time, whether it be lunch or dinner. We still scheduled a TS dinner during our CL stays and had a CS lunch. Really we didn't see any food savings over being in a non-CL room other than we didn't eat shipped granola bars for breakfast and we had to buy fewer drinks (both alcoholic and non).

In other words, you don't really do CL to cut down on food costs. You do it for the perks and the pampering.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #15
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CL is subjective and a really personal thing. We stayed CL at BWI last summer and we liked it okay (me more so than DH, who was not thrilled), but it really isn't our thing. The lounge is awesome--having the extra space to sit is nice, and it did help with our breakfast costs (oatmeal, pastries, hard boiled eggs, coffee). It was nice to have snacks, and of course the appetizers and desserts were great. But if you are in the parks most of the day, you won't be taking advantage of those things as much, since they are only out for a limited time. Breakfast, of course, comes out early, so it's easy to eat before hitting the parks.

That said, DH and I were both kind of uncomfortable with the attention you get from the CL CMs. It's all positive, of course, but we found we don't really like being waited on like that (like I said, a personal thing). We don't care about turndown service, don't need or want extra help...it's just the way *we* are. So even though we said we wouldn't book CL again, we did this year at AKL, solely for ability to do the Sunrise Safari (which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT). Plus, it'll be a fun surprise for the kids. They know we'll be at AKL, but don't know we booked CL. They loved the lounge last year and asked if we could stay CL again; we had said no, so they will be shocked.

Anyway, if you think you might like it, try it. You probably won't save a lot of money, but it's a nice experience, and lots of people find they love it. I'd say if it sounds like something that's up your alley, give it a shot! If you don't love it, or find it wasn't worth the money, then just don't book CL again.

ETA: My ILs booked BC CL last year while we were at BWI (which was sold out) and loved it so much. It works with their touring style--not in the parks as much, slower pace. They liked it so much they are doing a three way CL split this year--GF Sugarloaf, AKL (with us), and then BC again. Again, like I said--a personal thing.
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