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Old 10-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
itutorfortravel
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Marriott Lakeshore Reserve / Cypress Harbour OR Disney POR w/FD?

Hi all...

really torn over what to do and thought I'd get some input from the DISboard experts...

We're traveling to WDW this December. It's our favorite time of year to go, and it's been about 5 years since we've been.

We have the option of doing a split stay between the Marriott Cypress Harbour / Lakeshore Reserve (4 nights) or doing 5 nights with Free Dining at Disney Port Orleans Riverside.

We have stayed in off-site condos for every other trip to WDW and it's been great each time....we've stayed in some beautiful resorts, but we would really like to stay on property sometime, too.

I just can't decide if we are going to be disappointed in the POR experience compared to other hotels we've stayed at before. We tend to splurge on our vacations and stay in really nice places...some examples in Orlando have been Sheraton Vistana Villages, Marriott Grande Vista, and Floridays.

The thought of staying onsite and having free dining is enticing though, too!

The difference in cost will likely come to about $800 to $1000 less to stay in the condos and have the same experiences in terms of days in the park and paying out of pocket for our meals. (of course, we have one less day in the condos, but even cutting back the WDW package to 4 days, it's $500 to $700 more than the condo.)...if it makes any difference, the one condo is a studio and the other is 2 Bdr. / 2 Bath and we are a family of 3.

So my question is...should we stay with the tried and true condo experience and save $ or should we splurge on a Disney resort with free dining...and is POR really a splurge or should we wait till we can do a deluxe?

All opinions and ideas are welcome! Thanks!
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