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Old 07-24-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Question Would you stay club level if you didn't plan to eat breakfast at the club lounge?

Hi! Looking for opinions from those who have stayed club level at WDW. We (DH and I - no kids allowed!) will be staying at WL in January to celebrate our 20th anniversary . We've never stayed CL before, but I'm thinking about booking CL for this trip just to add a little extra something to the celebration.

Here's the thing, though - DH is a BIG breakfast eater; it's his favorite meal of the day. The continental breakfast offered in the club lounge would NOT do it for him. He needs his breakfast meats and potatoes, so we'll most likely be doing TS breakfasts each morning. I would also plan to make the ADR's myself, as I'm a bit of a control freak. I do feel like we'd be missing out on one of the bigger perks of CL by skipping the breakfast.

I don't want to ask, "Is it worth it?", because those types of posts drive me nuts. But, for those of you who have stayed CL in the past, do you think you would still book CL even if you weren't going to use the breakfast offerings? If yes, I'd love to hear your reasons why! Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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Hi! Looking for opinions from those who have stayed club level at WDW. We (DH and I - no kids allowed!) will be staying at WL in January to celebrate our 20th anniversary . We've never stayed CL before, but I'm thinking about booking CL for this trip just to add a little extra something to the celebration.

Here's the thing, though - DH is a BIG breakfast eater; it's his favorite meal of the day. The continental breakfast offered in the club lounge would NOT do it for him. He needs his breakfast meats and potatoes, so we'll most likely be doing TS breakfasts each morning. I would also plan to make the ADR's myself, as I'm a bit of a control freak. I do feel like we'd be missing out on one of the bigger perks of CL by skipping the breakfast.

I don't want to ask, "Is it worth it?", because those types of posts drive me nuts. But, for those of you who have stayed CL in the past, do you think you would still book CL even if you weren't going to use the breakfast offerings? If yes, I'd love to hear your reasons why! Thanks!
I would still book CL. We do use the breakfast food mostly because it is easier with children. But you still get the other food offerings during the day and the alcohol in the evening. Our CL rooms have been in great locations. Having the lounge to relax is lovely. Turn down service is a treat.

Chances are you would miss a food offering everyday no matter what so why not have it be the breakfast.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Personally, no I wouldn't book it and not do breakfast. That was a big perk to us to not have to worry about breakfast elsewhere and with 6 people it made it more financially worthwhile. We enjoyed the lounge other times of the day but I couldn't see us spending that kind of money and not doing breakfast there.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:51 PM   #4
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Breakfast is one of the biggest CL perks for us. In fact, the CL breakfast is why I didn't book any breakfast ADRs for our trip next month. I didn't see any reason to pay for breakfast twice.

That said, I think whether you should book or not depends on how the rest of your day goes and whether you drink alcohol. I don't drink, so if I was going to skip CL breakfast AND be away from the hotel past the end of the evening appetizers, it definitely wouldn't be worth it for me (I am like the OP and make my own ADRs so that service doesn't matter to me). But if you are around during part of the day to enjoy the food offerings and/or enjoy the evening cordials, beer, and wine, it might still be worth it.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:06 PM   #5
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Just know that the alcohol offerings in the evenings are very limited IMO. Other than having two beers total, we did not take advantage of the alcohol. At AKL CL there were two wines -- one white and one red, I had no interest in either and I'm a wine drinker; some American lagers (bud light type) and an African beer; and cordials only. I had stayed club level at other hotel chains and expected more of a full bar. It is my understanding the alcohol offerings at AKL and WL are similar. I just didn't want this to be too much of a surprise for you.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
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Wouldn't work for us.... We quit CL years ago...

I want a full breakfast. Not some token mouse meal that CL serves.... Eggs, bacon, home fries, toast juice and coffee with the option for pancakes ....

When CL went to higher costs and less food options we stopped....meager breakfast offerings, fish crackers and cookies and gummy bears for lunch and some hot appetizers for dinner with a few beers and white and red wine offerings.... A lot of money for that and you have tone there to get any..

We just stay regular room, bring our own booze and drinks and when we're at the resort, we're at the pool or lounge.... No more CL. For us...
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:18 PM   #7
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But, for those of you who have stayed CL in the past, do you think you would still book CL even if you weren't going to use the breakfast offerings? If yes, I'd love to hear your reasons why! Thanks!
Yes, I would still book CL . When we stay CL, it's more for having the lounge for extra space and someplace else to go and relax than it is for the food offerings. We do enjoy the food offerings and think they are a nice perk, but that's not our main reason for staying CL. I'm not a big breakfast eater and could handle the club offerings just fine, but my DH and both DSs need more than a continental breakfast. They could maybe handle the club offerings once or twice during a trip, but not much more than that as they need a more substantial meal with eggs, bacon, waffles, etc. to start the day .
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:25 PM   #8
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When we book CL we enjoy the Breakfasts, and evening appie, wine, & desserts.
For us breakfast is more then enough. With bagels, oatmeal, fruit, pasteries, muffins, cold cereals, yogurt, toast, juices, and some CLs have hard boiled eggs.

Honestly, I don't know if I'd book CL if I wasn't planning on taking advantage of breakfast.
Will you be taking advantage of the evening offerings?
Aside from that, and turn down service, and CL staff that will help with planning, there is no advantage. Rooms are no different then other rooms.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #9
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If I wasn't concerned about the bottom line: yes.

as a family of 5 we love the extra space we gain from having access to the lounge.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:37 PM   #10
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I think at RPC, WL, Poly, CR or AKL I would do it. The lounges at those resorts are really nice to hang out in. I would not do it at the Epcot resorts. The lounges at those resorts are nothing to write home about. I would only do CL at an Epcot resort if you are doing for the perks.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #11
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We don't really eat much breakfast, maybe a muffin, but the big perk for me is being able to have coffee and read the DIS boards in the morning while everyone is still sleeping. I'm always the first one up and I like the freedom of having the lounge as a hangout. There's a TV, or you can read the paper, its sort of like having a suite instead of just a room. DH and I have stayed CL without our kids, we've enjoyed the lounge for getting drinks throughout the day and having some appetizers at night before late dinner reservations. Does it save us money? Probably not, but we feel pampered and everything seems more convenient. There is definitely a level of service on CL that you don't experience in other parts of the resorts.
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I want a full breakfast. Not some token mouse meal that CL serves.... Eggs, bacon, home fries, toast juice and coffee with the option for pancakes .....

Yeah, like the buffet that the Residence Inn Lake Buena Vista includes in its room rate.

Seriously, the only advantage I see in Club Level is the IPO. Maybe it is my imagination, but I seem to get a better table when the IPO makes the rezzie for me. Like the table for two at the window in the northwest corner of the California Grill we got 30 minutes before Wishes, the Magic Kingdom's firework show.

Or the table for two on the rail on the patio at the Rose and Crown for illuminations. The IPO set that up. Not sure if I would have gotten that table if that ADR was booked through the website.

Realize that this is anecdotal evidence and your experience may vary.

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Old 07-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #13
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Two adults: no I would not. WDW CL offerings are meager. Breakfast is the best perk. Midday is essentially nothing and evening gets you 2 appetizers, domestic beer and cheap wine. Late Evening liquors are very limited.

I could take some excellent wine and a couple glasses and enjoy my balcony for less. Even with eating breakfast in the lounge, it's hard to break even for 2 adults. Other perks for WDW CL are so minimal that I couldn't justify the added room cost.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:10 AM   #14
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We are two adults and would do it. We have stayed WL CL once and it was a most magical trip! We actually did deluxe dining and still stayed cl that year. If we could afford it we would stay cl every time. The lounge is just a nice convenience. I had a glass of wine from the lounge every day. we also used the cappuccino machines. I too book my own adr's for the most part but used the ipo to get specific things like chef's table at V&A, the Richard Petty driving experience, a safari tour at ak i cant remember the name now...things like that. CL for us is a nice luxury we wish we could afford more often! We haven't stayed CL since that trip in '10. I say go for it for such a big anniversary celebration!
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:55 AM   #15
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sure. we enjoy the club level experience. i feel like it kind of reduces the crowd interaction as much as possible. we enjoy having the lounge as a sort of escape in addition to our room. its nice to be able to get a drink and enjoy a view or just the lounge itself while our son is entertained with the tv, new friends, or enjoying a snack with us. we are not the type to keep food or alcohol in the room either.
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