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Old 12-27-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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I must be cheap!

Holy moly are the deluxe onsite lodging options expensive!! $500-$900 per night during spring break time for 2013!! And really only for a glorified hotel room. Yea I get the onsite, your at Disney magic thing and convience but where does one put the value!?

Heck the moderate lodging during that time is crazy enough. I guess its off-site lodging for us.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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I have a hard time with the prices on the deluxe resorts too. I love staying deluxe but can no longer justify the cost.

I'm still ok with the moderate lodging costs but spring break is an expensive time so I'd be balking at that rate too.

Maybe a nice discount will show up for Disney resorts and you could move on site. Keep an eye open for the discounts on the Disney website.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
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Yeah. It is getting so expensive that I am looking elsewhere. We could afford the price, but I don't think the VALUE is there. Right now I have the Marriott Residence Inn booked for a December trip. I got a 2 bedroom condo type room (master bedroom with 1 king bed and second bedroom with 2 queen beds with full kitchen, living room, etc. PLUS full breakfast) for $139 per night. Plus 4th night free.

My girls are older now (teens) and appreciate the space more than the "Disney magic."

PS. Try the Swan and Dolphin too. We stayed there before and really enjoyed it. Loved the location.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:56 AM   #4
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I've heard a rumour in the Discount thread that there will be discounts released Jan3.
Personally for us, we'd rather stay at a wdw value resort then off site. By the time you calculate adding a car rental and parking fees staying off site, the savings diminish.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:00 AM   #5
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I've heard a rumour in the Discount thread that there will be discounts released Jan3.
Personally for us, we'd rather stay at a wdw value resort then off site. By the time you calculate adding a car rental and parking fees staying off site, the savings diminish.
We agree. We would NEVER stay off property. We have had to wait a long time for this next trip. We like the extra Pixie Dust feeling you get. We get 2 connecting rooms feels like a suite. Never touch our car while we're there. No a family suit isn't for us and was about $400 more than 2 standard rooms?!?( for 8 nights) . We have friends in Orlando who invited us to stay with them but we said no thank you.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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I know I'm cheap! However, we are fine with the value resorts and would not stay offsite for any reason. It's just a matter of personal preference and what is important to you in a place to stay. We always rent a vacation home at the beach, and we enjoy relaxing there, but that has no appeal for us at Disney.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:03 PM   #7
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Everyone's idea of value differs, and it's all good. However, for us, the deluxe rack rates have never been a good 'value'. Especially when compared to 4 or 5 star hotels offsite. We are quite content to stay at mods on most of our trips. We have the luxury of being able to pick our dates so that we can avoid the most expensive times of the year. And we can slide dates to take advantage of discounts that are of use to us.

I can't forsee a circumstance that would force us to stay off property. But we reserve our deluxe stays for special occasions during the off seasons.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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I'd prefer Value resort to off-site. POP is our favorite but we haven't visited AoA yet. If I were in your position, I'd book Mod if possible. If not cost effective, I'd book Value and change to Mod when a good code comes out. :-) good luck
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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We end up in deluxe because there are 5 of us and we prefer the 2 bedrooms so that the kids can nap or go to bed and DH and I aren't stuck tip-toeing around the room in darkness for a few more hours. I have come to really appreciate having a kitchen and laundry so we do save some money by eating breakfast in the room (as well as keeping snacks and things there) and save luggage space by doing laundry while we're there. But yeah, the prices are pretty crazy.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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Everyone's idea of value differs, and it's all good. However, for us, the deluxe rack rates have never been a good 'value'. Especially when compared to 4 or 5 star hotels offsite. We are quite content to stay at mods on most of our trips. We have the luxury of being able to pick our dates so that we can avoid the most expensive times of the year. And we can slide dates to take advantage of discounts that are of use to us.

I can't forsee a circumstance that would force us to stay off property. But we reserve our deluxe stays for special occasions during the off seasons.
Ditto
We will do a Deluxe trip only when its a short one (3-4 nights) and ONLY with at least 35% discount. I do not believe in paying an extra $150-$200 a night just so I can get to the park 10-15 minutes faster.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #11
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Out of curiosity, have you ever gone at Spring Break before? We went one time and swore we would NEVER go that week again. I've never been at Christmas, but Spring Break is the highest crowds I've ever seen.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:13 PM   #12
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Typically.. the week between Christmas & New Year's.. is a bit like Spring Break -- except on STEROIDS.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:36 PM   #13
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I like to find discounts on deluxe rooms - say AKL for $175-220/night - and IMO it is totally worth that price! It would however be a stretch to book a room for $500/night for me at the moment and I am not sure how worth it it would be.
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I like to find discounts on deluxe rooms - say AKL for $175-220/night - and IMO it is totally worth that price! It would however be a stretch to book a room for $500/night for me at the moment and I am not sure how worth it it would be.
Where are you finding that kind of discount?
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:34 PM   #15
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Where are you finding that kind of discount?
I don't know your dates, but I just booked 2 nights at the AKL for marathon weekend on expedia for like ~$200 in January. My other nights at the Swan and I'm hoping more rooms open up, but it does happen, just depends on your availablity.

Personally, due to work, I always book at the last minute (or last minute for Disboards) so sometimes I get really high rates and sometimes incredibly low rates. It might be worth to keep checking in, you never know when you might get lucky!
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