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Old 10-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #31
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Doing a split stay in 2 weeks. I'd questioned whether or not bell services would move my bags and most replies said "no". Glad to know they did for you; I am hoping they will for me as well!
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #32
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I used to be one of those that couldn't justify the cost of staying on site when I could stay off site for so much less. But we are splurging this time on the GC and I'm so excited.

I work it out in my head by comparing how much more we would spend if we bought four airline tickets from SLC to Florida and a value package at WDW. Let's just say it's a lot more than four nights at the GC at Disneyland with 6-day hoppers. (We drive to DLR from here). Besides that, it's milestone birthday for me so we are splurging for a reason.

We are also splitting our stay. First night at the Hilton, nights 2-5 at GC and then we haven't booked a hotel for the last night. It doesn't need to be near DL though since we will have used all six days of our hopper by then.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:44 PM   #33
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I am wondering if an AP holder can check the AP rates at DLH for Nov 8-13. I have already decided that we are finally going to stay there this time We always stay offsite but DS(16) has always wanted to stay at the DLH. I figured we should do it this time as he may not want to go with us much longer. I am surprising DH and DS with this as I have told them we are staying at BWPPI and I am considering upgrading our parkhoppers to DAP's if the discount makes it worthwhile. Besides, it gives us an excuse to go again! (not that I need one!)
I am not sure I will be able to keep the secret as it is already killing me
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:07 AM   #34
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DLH: Standard room/View room

November 8: $293/$324
November 9: $347/$365
November 10: No availability/$365
November 11: $293/$324
November 12: No availability/$324
November 13: No availability/$351
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:10 AM   #35
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I am wondering if an AP holder can check the AP rates at DLH for Nov 8-13.
Unfortunately it's kind of late to get what you want just a month out. The AP rate rooms have really been booking up this fall. For your dates, for a standard room at DLH, AP rates: Nov. 8 & 11 are $293 and Nov. 9th is $347. The 10th, 12th and 13th are not available at all for standard room, AP rates. There are still rooms with a view for your dates at a higher cost, of course. The view rooms Nov. 8, 11 & 12 run $324, Nov. 9 & 10 are $365 and the 13th is $351.

They go up from there and those rates do not include taxes or resort fees.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:12 AM   #36
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@ Dana278: Must have posted at the same time. Yours is easier to read/linear.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:33 AM   #37
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DLH: Standard room/View room

November 8: $293/$324
November 9: $347/$365
November 10: No availability/$365
November 11: $293/$324
November 12: No availability/$324
November 13: No availability/$351
Thanks for the reply. I figured it was only 10%, not quite enough to totally justify the added expense of an AP. I have booked an upper level view room already. We will enjoy our one and only DLH experience!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #38
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Keep in mind that when you go for 10 days to 2 weeks, you'll need to buy 2 or maybe 3 separate tickets per person. DLR only sells 5 day tickets now.

As far as average cost, paying rack rate is extremely expensive. We are staying for 6 nights in late January at the VGC for $178/night. Renting DVC points is an attractive option for getting 40-70% off rack rates.
I say YES!! to this!! RENT or own (Disney Vacation Club) villas @ Grand Californian!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #39
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I love to stay on-site!! We have stayed at all three over the years. It definitely adds magic to the whole trip.

When there are 5 or less traveling in the group we stay on-site. However, when the number reaches 6 or more, we have to make off-site arrangements.

Only one time when there were 7 of us did we stay on-site. Two adjoining rooms at the GrandCalifornian for a week.

Our family is now up to 9.
The cost for two rooms on-site is a real HIT on my budget!!
With meals, snacks, blah, blah....

The full expense of our family Disney trips are always my $$treat$$ and I can't afford two rooms on-site now.


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Old 10-05-2012, 02:46 PM   #40
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Just curious, the people who say stay on site because it adds to the experience...
A are you staying at dgc? Or one of the others?
B have you stayed at wdw?

I ask because I have stayed at wdw to many times to count and 100% feel it I worth it
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I don't thing staying on site at dl is worth it, however I never stayed at dgc which I can see would be much cooler
If you think staying on site at dl is worth it and you have never been to wdw, don't even consider not staying on site there for a second
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:20 PM   #41
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OMG, you guys are terrible enablers. I just got a new job with a huge raise, so I changed my Dec 9-13 BWPPI reservations to Dec 9-14 DLH ressies! And instead of getting a parkhopper, i'm getting a premium annual pass. To hell with the extra money; you only live once, right?
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:31 PM   #42
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Just curious, the people who say stay on site because it adds to the experience...
A are you staying at dgc? Or one of the others?
B have you stayed at wdw?

I ask because I have stayed at wdw to many times to count and 100% feel it I worth it
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I don't thing staying on site at dl is worth it, however I never stayed at dgc which I can see would be much cooler
If you think staying on site at dl is worth it and you have never been to wdw, don't even consider not staying on site there for a second
A: 60+ stays at the DLH
1 stay at PPH
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B: 8 stays at the Contemporary /park view
3 stays at the Polynesian /club
1 stay Animal Kingdom Lodge /club
1 stay at the Grand Floridian /park view
I love the Magic of the DLH and it is my hotel of choice. From the moment I step on property, I feel like I'm 12 again and a Mouseketeer
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:37 PM   #43
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I've only stayed at 3 onsite hotels (two at WDW) but I'm weird. They just feel like hotels to me. So I get a more magical feeling from the money I save staying off-site, and the extra days I get to stay due to it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:18 PM   #44
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We're staying at DLH for our first trip in December, they had me at light up headboards lol but the EMH are going to be awesome for us to see as much as we can on what is probably the one and only time we will visit DL. It is costing us close to $2000 for 5 nights, but hey when you are paying almost $20,000 for the entire trip it is not a huge part of the budget

I bought an AP so figured I will make up the extra cost of that with the AP rate (can anyone tell me what the AP rates are for dec 9-14? I can't access that section until I validate my pass when we arrive in Dec) and then discounts on dining & merchandise will be a saving on top of that...hoping so anyway!

I can see if you live closer and go more frequently that maybe staying onsite isn't of great value to you for the extra expense but I am looking forward to be totally immersed in Disney from the moment I check in until the day we check out
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #45
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OMG, you guys are terrible enablers. I just got a new job with a huge raise, so I changed my Dec 9-13 BWPPI reservations to Dec 9-14 DLH ressies! And instead of getting a parkhopper, i'm getting a premium annual pass. To hell with the extra money; you only live once, right?
omg, that is AWESOME! Enjoy!!


We've stayed onsite and we loved it. Of course, prices have really gone up since then, and now we're a family of 6 instead of 4, so it's so much more expensive because of that too. The next time we're able to afford it, we'll stay at DLH, but until then, it's the Kids Suite at HoJo and we're very happy about that.
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