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Old 01-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #61
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[QUOTE=mom to minnie&mickey;47094796]Eating at another resort is fine, swimming not so much! I would never use a pool at a higher priced hotel which I am not paying for. QUOTE]

Not only was I told when taking the customer service training class at Disney that we could use any of the pools. We were also told at the resorts that it was okay and have never had any problems doing so.
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They are high. I guess I'm used to traveling. Last year, I went to Norway to see the Aurora Borealis and looking at the prices in USD almost made me swallow my tongue, much less Dresden during Advent, London, etc. But I would always prefer locations to amenities, esp in WDW. But I always love a discount if I can get one!

Like in New Orleans, I can either stay in the French Quarter for locations or on Canal for amenities, for the same money. I choose the French Quarter for location
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:35 PM   #63
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My biggest problem lately is the price you pay for a deluxe room and our past 3 trips at beach yacht and boardwalk the rooms seemed extremely worn, mold in shower pulls in carpet, dents in furniture, filthy balconies etc etc If they want to charge nearly 500 dollars a night then my room better be close to perfect! Trust me I have complained about my past trips to disney customer relations. Don't charge a ritz Carlton night per stay and have a run downed hotel room just cuz you are close to a park it's only a matter of time before we stop our semi annual trips and just stay at the Waldorf if I'm gonna spend this kind of $ I might as well be staying in a resort that truly is a5 star resort. Quite frankly Disney should be ashamed of themselves for the price u pay and the condition of the rooms i have been assigned in each one of the above resorts. the more I think about it I'm at fault for continuing to stay at a deluxe resort when I feel this way after each trip. Maybe I'm super picky but for almost 500 bucks a night I guess I have the right to be.
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Disney is like Kohl's. They jack up the price, so that when they have a sale, it looks like you are getting a great deal
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #65
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Seems like Disney has decided to go crazy high on everything this year.We paid more pp in Nov staying at POR (with dance the magic "discount") than we did Poly MKV a few years back. We did Dream balcony room for five for under 4800 this year a 7 day Fantasy same exact room and 3 weeks later was 9980!: There were reports of the Disney suites on Fantasy jumping from 17,000 for the peak summer week to 35,000 for seven days Even those rich enough to consider the suite balked at 35,00. So we left two kids home for DM and didn't book 2014 cruise opening day which was 2 weeks before Christmas. Seems like when Roy Disney died Disney decided to get greedier by the year.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:46 PM   #67
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If we go next year, it will probably be Deluxe. If the discounts aren't what we hope, we'll consider a cruise (non-Disney; we can't afford Disney cruises) instead. We can get a 7 night cruise to Bermuda out of NY for less that the price of a Disney vacation, since there's no airfare to consider.

What I'll probably do is book something when the 2014 prices come out, and just keep an eye on the dates for a refund of my deposit.
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Eating at another resort is fine, swimming not so much! I would never use a pool at a higher priced hotel which I am not paying for. QUOTE]

Not only was I told when taking the customer service training class at Disney that we could use any of the pools. We were also told at the resorts that it was okay and have never had any problems doing so.
Long ago it was fine. The rules have changed. And all pools have signs up stating they are for use by that resort's guests only. Some even ask to see room keys, and kick you out if you don't have one for that resort.

Now, pool hopping is not allowed (unless you are DVC and follow their rules).
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I too think the deluxe prices are ridiculous - what bugs me most though is how much the prices have gone up in such a short time span. The percentage increase has been unreal. I remember paying $320/night rack rate at the end of May for one of the four honeymoon rooms at WL - the last time I saw that room rate I about choked. It wasn't that long ago that you could get a room at CR or Poly for under $300 - closer to $200 with AP discount. Of course I remember the $49/night AP rate at the values and $79 at the moderates - really not that long ago.

But, if they can fill the rooms why would they decrease the cost? We've been DVC since 2002, but have always like to add a weekend at a different place from time to time. Especially when weekend points were so much more, which they aren't now. Unless we can get a CM discount through a family friend we don't bother. We have started doing the weekends at Universal and find the hotels are all far nicer and the rates (AP) comparable to Disney moderates, but the perks and service superior.
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I was thinking of staying at a deluxe and priced out the contemporary-Garden room. I always thought they were "cheap". I just checked for our dates in November and they are $487/night. I could not believe it. It's not Thanksgiving week either. The other deluxe resorts prices are outrageous as well. I can't believe disney can find people to pay these prices.
Have you seen the price of a Porsche lately or even a high end BMW? Have you ever checked out how much it costs to travel first class? How about a 25 year old Scotch or a 60" OLED TV?

There are always people who will pay a lot of money for luxury. I don't believe all of these rooms are filled with discounts only.
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Long ago it was fine. The rules have changed. And all pools have signs up stating they are for use by that resort's guests only. Some even ask to see room keys, and kick you out if you don't have one for that resort.

Now, pool hopping is not allowed (unless you are DVC and follow their rules).
I was there a couple of weeks ago and had no problem. If you are nice they are nice to you!!
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I too think the deluxe prices are ridiculous - what bugs me most though is how much the prices have gone up in such a short time span. The percentage increase has been unreal. I remember paying $320/night rack rate at the end of May for one of the four honeymoon rooms at WL - the last time I saw that room rate I about choked. It wasn't that long ago that you could get a room at CR or Poly for under $300 - closer to $200 with AP discount. Of course I remember the $49/night AP rate at the values and $79 at the moderates - really not that long ago.

But, if they can fill the rooms why would they decrease the cost? We've been DVC since 2002, but have always like to add a weekend at a different place from time to time. Especially when weekend points were so much more, which they aren't now. Unless we can get a CM discount through a family friend we don't bother. We have started doing the weekends at Universal and find the hotels are all far nicer and the rates (AP) comparable to Disney moderates, but the perks and service superior.
So Universal rates are cheaper on weekends? We had to cancel our precruise Universal trip but I agree the perks of staying onsite there were fantastic. Guess our next WdW trip is 5 days with 2 at US on the weekend. We really want to see what is like over there especially HP.
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Have you seen the price of a Porsche lately or even a high end BMW? Have you ever checked out how much it costs to travel first class? How about a 25 year old Scotch or a 60" OLED TV?

There are always people who will pay a lot of money for luxury. I don't believe all of these rooms are filled with discounts only.
A room at the Poly is far from the level of luxury a Porsche provides. I've had better suites at a Drury on the Riverwalk for $120 a night. You offered a Porsche or high end BMW as an example when in the hotel universe a Disney Deluxe is more the caliber of a Subaru. Yet, I agree - they are charging Porsche prices.
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I was there a couple of weeks ago and had no problem. If you are nice they are nice to you!!
Then you got away with breaking the rules. It is clearly printed on all resort information as well as at every pool. I'm not usually one to harp on the whole pool hopping thing, but it isn't a matter of being nice - use the pool you pay for. It really isn't anything understated or a wink wink nod nod kind of thing... The rules for sister resorts and DVC are clear and the rules prohibiting pool hopping are more so. Use the pool you've paid for instead of the one paid for by another guest.

Editing - not sure why that attributed to maxiesmom. We all know she would not be a poolhopper
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So Universal rates are cheaper on weekends? We had to cancel our precruise Universal trip but I agree the perks of staying onsite there were fantastic. Guess our next WdW trip is 5 days with 2 at US on the weekend. We really want to see what is like over there especially HP.
We have fallen in love with it and our kids have too. WWoHP is outstanding! The rates on weekend are higher than during the week, but overall significantly less than Disney for better quality resorst. We're paying $184 a night for MLK weekendat RPH. I think we paid $169 for HRH last Labor Day. With FOTL you can maneuver the parks easily and see everything without feeling rushed. Its the perfect weekend.

Actually I think there is an argument for staying at Universal and driving to Disney based on resort perks, but that's another story.
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